How do I put text labels on wallpapers?

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  1. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all,

    I have collected quite a few wallpapers of sceneries and whatnot from around the world. I like to cycle these every 15 minutes just to break the concentration a bit when I am working too seriously on a project. What I would like to do is go back and add a text label to these, say at the bottom left with a short description of what/where it is I am looking at.

    I am studying web design, but not graphics design, so something like photoshop is not even an option. I have a version of gimp installed, and was really thinking about looking at pixelmator later.

    Is this/ or what do I need, and what would be the basic steps to accomplish this. I have a 24" iMac ALU and all of my wallpapers are 1920x1200.

    Again - my graphics background is limited to drawing straight lines with a ruler. Thanks - be gentle.
     
  2. mashny macrumors regular

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    If all you need to do is put labels on the photos, just open them up and type the label wherever you want it, then close it. I've never used Gimp, but I'm sure there's a text tool in it.
     
  3. mac-convert thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, thanks - I will try that. I didn't expect it to be that easy.

    If gimp doesn't do it, then I'll give pixelmator a shot.
     
  4. mashny macrumors regular

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    It really is that easy. As long as the photos are where they should be in your directory, you can do whatever you want to them and they will display.
     
  5. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    web design IS graphic design. Unless you mean web developing like PHP then I dont know how you can get by with webdesign without knowing graphic applications like Photoshop.
     
  6. mac-convert thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    First, mashny - you are right - it is that easy. Gimp wasn't that obvious, but in Pixelmator it was - that has sold me on that program!

    stainless... - sorry for misleading anyone on what I am working on learning. What I am learning is css/html/xhtml/server-side, etc stuff. The programming end of things, not the graphics end of things. I'll have to leave that to an expert in that area. I'll learn how to use their designs (legally of course, or in concert with), but not create them. It's not my strength, obviously, and why I don't want to pay 650US for a program to edit wallpapers.

    I posted here to get an experts advice on where to start, and got it.

    Thanks again
     
  7. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    Skitch is free and will let you put text on the image. That's what I would recommend.
     
  8. mashny macrumors regular

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    Glad I could help. I do all my photo editing in Photoshop--I've been using it for years--but Pixelmator looks very interesting, and for all it seems to offer, the price can't be beat.
     
  9. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    In that case youre a developer, you dont want to confuse that with designer when applying for a job heh
     
  10. mac-convert thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Heh, not looking for a job, just some part-time work of my choosing. Retired from the technology sector - been there - done that - own a lota t-shirts. Thanks for your input on my original question, btw. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

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    Just out of curiosity, what do you do now?
     

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