Adding Text Picture in iPhoto

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Velo-Guy, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2007
    Ok.....someone please tell me that I can take a picture from my iPhoto library and add text to it and call it good. I don't know if I'm over thinking this or just failing to see where that option is but I would hope and pray that a program like that would have the foresight to have a "add text to photo" option.

  2. macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    Sorry man, iPhoto is not an editing program for text and the'll need something like Photoshop.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2007
    #3 what is iPhoto good for except for selling Macs photo albums and books etc.
    Can anyone give me a cheap in-expensive basic/general photo editor?
  4. macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    iPhoto can do all kinds of photo editing, as well as album organization, interaction with other iLife apps, etc. Just because you can't overlay some huge text on it doesn't mean it's not an editor.

    If you want something free that will replace Photoshop, you might try Gimp, or Gimp+Seashore.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2007
    I don't know what your experience level is in "photo editing" but being able to label, put ownership rights, water marks etc is a BASIC operation for any software CLAIMING to be image editor. With that being said, iPhoto IS NOT an editor by industry standards.
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2006
    Sounds like you are probably not the intended market for iPhoto.

    That you use the term 'industry standard' is a giveaway that you are not an average home user.

    Home users, those not interested in reselling, etc, are likely not to give a whit about watermarking and/or copyrighting their photos.

    iPhotos ability to perform basic crop, color correction, and red-eye removal suits the average home user.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    not possible. not the initial market strategy for's more 'photo organization' using keywords and arranged by date etc..

    that said, i wonder if they might incorporate a basic text feature into the next version.

    you'd think there would be a plugin app to take the date details and stamp the photos.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    re: adding text to iphoto

    If you want to add text in iphoto, or add watermarks, it is very simple to do... the text part is kinda basic, but the watermark, of which you can customize to your hearts content is very easy to use.

    go to
    and look at their iwatermark software...
    $20.00 and in a few minutes you are ready to go...

    i have used it on many photos that i post to photobucket
    for customers to look at and possibly buy from me...

    heres a sample...
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    still not an iPhoto solution..

    why not apple put a watermark function on iphoto.. not necessarily to add text but just to add a single line of txt through a function..
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Because inevitably it would infuriate the market that it is intended for. iPhoto is based on a theme of simplicity so that the most basic Mac user can figure it out. Watermarking is not something they would need if they are using iPhoto. Plus imagine all the troubles users would encounter when they accidentally watermark a photo without making a duplicate in iPhoto then they have to re-add it to the library...etc.

    Chances are if you have to do watermarking, you'll be doing more intensive editing, thus having Photoshop. Not to mention that if iPhoto had more features it would steal from the Aperture market.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    Not even Lightroom can do that without a third party plugin.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    Adding text in iPhoto

    I use the "edit in external photo editor" function in iPhoto. Obviously this requires a separate graphics program. I use Pixelmator which I think was $20 but I know there are many free programs (GIMP, etc).

    I just right click on the photo I want to watermark in iPhoto, choose "Edit in external editor" it will open the image in Pixlemator, I can paste my watermark then hit save and it's back in iPhoto with the watermark.

    Attached Files:

  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    With the newest version, you can turn any photo into a greeting card. Select a photo, then click on + button in the bottom-left corner of your iPhoto window. Then click Card and choose the card you want to use.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2007
    This clip just somewhat helped me out. Now I'm trying to figure out how to choose a specific font though.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    Lightroom can add a watermark without a 3rd party plug-in - there's a checkbox for it on the export screen. The built-in functionality is extremely limited and I use a 3rd party plug-in instead, but it's there.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008

    After you type your text go to tools in Preview and select Show Fonts or "Command T". Then highlight your text and select the font and size you want.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    Adding text or Wordart to iphoto

    Save photo to desktop
    Drag into Word
    Place Wordart or text over photo
    Use Grab software on your mac to capture picture as Tiff
    Add photo back into your iphoto library

    Works great with no degradation of photo!
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2009
    Thanks for the tip!

    Thanks for that mcink, I was stuck with a photography project deadline and had a look at iwatermark, ended up buying it (most useful software is way too expensive, especially when converting US dollars to NZ dollars)
    It is fast and intuitive, really great to use.
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008

    still not an iphoto solution...
    i hope apple is listening and add auto watermark function on iphoto..
    for now since i have photoshop, i've written a photoshop script to do the watermarking..
  20. macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2009
    This is completely off topic but am I the only one wondering what the guy in the corner of your sample photo is doing? He appears to be answering quite a substantial call of nature...
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
  22. macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2007


  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2003
    Nope. He is just taking a dump.:rolleyes:

    Nice crop.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2010
  25. macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2010
    iphoto gives a advanced edit option and this tools even more useful. but through this option you can change the size and strength of the picture easily and you want to furture editing like insert text in picture then you can use image editing software like photoshop, coraldraw etc.

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