Frontpage Tips and Tricks, Saying it with Pictures


Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes you like a few words to define what your picture is all about.

  1. To add some text to your photo, first click on the image once to select it.
  2. Next, look at the picture toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Find the icon of the large A.
  4. Click on that icon, and a text box will appear in the center of your photo. Don’t worry that the text box is right over the most important part of the photo, just type the text that you’d like to have appear with your picture.
  5. When you’ve finished typing, click once in the center of the text box and hold down that mouse button. Now drag the box to the place you’d like to have it appear on your picture.

Now, plain black text may not do justice to that picture of your pretty daughter or handsome son. Once you have that descriptive text on your photo, you probably want to turn it up a notch.

  1. To change the color of the text in the text box, first click once on the text box to select it.
  2. Now look at the toolbar at the top of the screen for the Font Color icon. It looks like the letter A with a bar of color under it. (If the text in your text box is black, then the color under the letter A will be black as well.)
  3. Click on the little arrow next to the Font Color icon and pick a color from the options presented. The color of your text will change automatically.

Now let’s say that you want to change the color of the text that’s on your photo but you’ve got a real Martha Stewart streak. None of the standard colors will do: You’ve got to do it yourself. In fact, you want the color of the text to match the color of the flowers in that vase in the background. Not a problem!

  1. First, click once on the text box on your photo to select it.
  2. Now find the Font Color icon at the top of the screen. (Remember, it’s the one of the letter A with a bar of color under it.)
  3. Click on the down arrow that’s to the right of the Font Color icon and select More Colors from the bottom of the menu.
  4. In the More Colors dialog box, you’ll see a button labeled Select; it has a little eyedropper on it. When you click the Select button, you’ll notice that your cursor turns into an eyedropper.
  5. Move your cursor/eyedropper to the photo in question and click once on the color in the photo that you’d like the text to be.

You’ll notice that the color you click on will appear in the New box. If you like the color that you’ve selected, click OK. If you don’t, click the Select button again and choose another color till you get the one you want. Once you click OK, you’ll notice that the text changes to the color that you chose.

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