Get a more professional look for your website by adding text to a photo. This is especially helpful when you want to use a featured image for your posts with the titles on them. I’m going to teach you step-by-step how to add text to a photo using a few simple tools.
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One of the programs I use is Microsoft Office Powerpoint (which is a program I purchased when I got my computer). Here is a one-person option that is pretty reasonable, but you will see other options that allow for more than one user as well if you have multiple computers or people who will be using the program.
I use Microsoft Powerpoint continuously for my business. It is an amazingly useful tool to make creative and instructive content for my sites.
The other program that is extremely useful is called the Snipping Tool. This is a free program. If you google it, you’ll see it pop up like this:
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Step by Step Instructions – How to add text to a photo
Let’s get right into it. So your first step is going to be to open up your Microsoft Office Powerpoint. I always keep the powerpoint and the Snipping Tool pinned to my task bar at the bottom of my computer:
Once you have opened a new Powerpoint presentation, you want to take the picture that you want to add text to and insert the picture into a page of the blank presentation by clicking on the Insert tab and then the the Pictures tab as illustrated here:
When you do this, your computer opens up, so you will want to go to the folder that contains the picture you want to work on, and simply double click on the picture to insert it into your Powerpoint page:
Once you insert the picture, you can then adjust the size of the picture on the page by clicking, holding and dragging the little circles in the corner of your picture to the size you want up or down:
Now that you have the picture sized, it’s time to add the text. Keep in mind you can also add other pictures. I made a really cool picture for one of my other posts on traffic using three pictures together. There is the picture of the road, and then I put the people over that, and then the computer screen behind the people. I added text to it as well, and I was pretty pleased with the results. You can see this example of how creative you can be here:
To add text, you will, again, click on the Insert tab at the top, but this time you are going to insert WordArt over on the right side on the top. You can click on the pre-filled fonts and colors, but don’t worry, this can all be changed very easily, and I will show you exactly how to do this below.
In this example, I chose the gold font. (Please note that these font and color choices will vary depending on the design you have chosen for the presentation, but, again, you will have the option to change them, so don’t worry too much about this at this point).
Once you choose one of the fonts and colors from the drop-down, a box will appear on your picture with the words “YOUR TEXT HERE” inside, and it will automatically be highlighted for easy changing.
All you do is type your text. If you want it to go down and not straight across the page, you will need to use the carriage return button (enter) to bring the words down like you would for a new paragraph. See my example here. I am trying to fit the words into the space on the picture in the middle of the page, so it needs to be vertical and not horizontal.
Once you have typed your text, in order to change anything about that text, you simply highlight it like you would to Bold your text or Italics your text. It’s the same principle. So, I highlight my text because in this picture, I need all the words to be left justified, not centered the way they are now:
While the text is highlighted, you will want to go to the Home button. This houses most of the functions to change the text, such as the color of the text, whether it is centered, right or left justified, the font of the text, and the background of the text, etc. What I did next was to click on the Home button and then click on the left justified tab to bring the words to the left to fit in my picture properly.
Next, I need to move the text so it will appear in the center of that picture. You simply click on the edge of the text box and while holding the click button on your computer, or the left mouse button, you drag it where you want it, rotate it using the little half-circle icon at the top of the text box, and to make it smaller to fit, you simply click on the small A (the large A will increase the size of the font) like this:
Now my text is where I want it as follows:
I was not pleased with the font and the way it looked, however. I was thinking I should go with a font that makes it look, perhaps, a bit more old-fashioned.
Therefore, I highlight the text once again, and again I click the Home button, I use the B to bold the text, and then I drop down the color choices with the underlined A, and I choose a green text, which I thought went well with this picture:
After I choose my color, I highlight the text again, and I choose the font from the drop-down menu. I liked the ALGERIAN font, which gave it that old-fashioned look I was going for.
I wanted to put the name of my website at the bottom of the picture also, but when I typed it in, I felt I couldn’t hardly see it or read it, so I decided to put a background behind my text. That’s a simple process. You follow the steps above, and then you simply click on the Format button at the top once your text is highlighted, and you can drop down the menu of the various backgrounds that are available to you. I chose the light green background to go with the font I used in the picture for the title.
Once you get your picture looking exactly how you want it, you use the Snipping Tool to capture the picture and then save it to a folder on your computer to be used on your website.
Here is my finished product, which is also the featured image I used for this article. I hope you have gained some good knowledge on how to add text to a picture for your website.
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