inserting text in photo using preview

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  1. evniwi macrumors newbie

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    Some time ago I learned of a technique to insert text (caption) into the body of a photo. I am pretty sure it used Preview, but I cannot get any further than that. Can someone guide me through that again?
     
  2. andylyon macrumors 6502a

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    I would also like to know this, anyone?
     
  3. filmweaver macrumors regular

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    Here is how to add text in preview:
    Tools; Annotate; Add Text
    Then type your message.

    You can also enable the font menu to adjust fonts etc…

    Have PHUN :)
     

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  4. manmeet macrumors member

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    ?

    Why don't you use photoshop cs4???
    And the reply above me is totally correct!
     
  5. andylyon macrumors 6502a

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    Thank-you, so simple!

    Not everyone has PhotoShop!
     
  6. evniwi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't...

    I tried this, I found annotate, but the options on that submenu are grayed out!. There is also a text tool under tools, but it is grayed out. What is the problem?? Help!
     
  7. filmweaver macrumors regular

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    You have to have a file selected and opened before the menus will activate; Snow Leopard is so smart!
    You can also select the menu item at the top; see photo
     

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  8. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    I think the new annotations in SL are great. I can now return my bosses PDF attachments marked up with text, circles, arrows... all indicating how stupid he is. :D

    I used to do this in my windows days but it took a separate application, lots of whiskey and a rabbit's foot.
     
  9. evniwi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still need help!

    Thanks for sticking with me. I am not on Snow Leapard, only Leopard 10.5.8. But when I was able to do this 18 months ago, I was not on S L either. I got Apple care whatever on the phone, and they were no help except to agree the items I mentioned should not be grayed out! They want me to reload Preview......I am thinking not since when I checked this on my son's mac (exactly the same one) his items are greyed out also. Do I need to upgrade to S L? But in the meantime, does anyone have an idea for me?? Thanks much-
     
  10. evniwi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    More information: I think the jpegs have to be changed into pdfs first, then the annotate button works. I can oval and rectangle. However, I have discoverd that I don't think I want annotate - that puts a little notepad icon on the picture with verbiage that can be seen outside the picture. I USED to be able to pick font and color and type a cute title INSIDE the picture! Still pretty sure it is with Preview and maybe they had to be PDFs. But I can't figure out how to do it the way I used to. ANYONE?
     
  11. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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    Leopard:
    Open picture in Preview > Annotate - note > Draw Text box on picture with curser > Tools > Show Fonts & Colours > Select Font, colour and size. Drag text box around to fit.
    Note 'Annotate' will be greyed out but click hold it and it will work..
     
  12. evniwi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ashka!

    OK, I am with you up to the text box. I drew the text box, picked font, but how do I type it in??? When I click inside the text box as if to type my message in it, it goes away and I get the awful clump noise it makes when you have picked something that does not work. Help!
     
  13. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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    Please bare with me I'm now on SL...

    From memory "Note" is already typed in the text box in a rather large font, stretch the box out till you see it. Select & Change that to the size & font you want to use and remove after you have typed something else in the box. Never have the box empty.
    Play with it, it will work :)
    S..
     
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  16. jondao08 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone. I am also having an issue similar to this and I was hoping someone could help me as well. Sorry, I don't mean to steal your thread!

    I would like to add text onto a pdf slide show that my biology professor put together (seems to be through powerpoint) that is published on the class website and available for us to download. When I got to Tools>Annotate I only see four options of adding an oval, rectangle, note, and link. I've been using the note option but it simply makes a little note image next to where I click on the slide and provides a text box on the left side to comment in. I would prefer to actually write on the slides since my professor leaves sentences out so that people can fill them in during lecture. Could someone show me how to add the text box on to the slide so that I no longer have to have a whole bunch of note images that clutter the slide? I'm also on 10.5.7 if that matters. Thanks in advance!
     
  17. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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