How to get text on a picture with Microsoft Publisher
Many software enables the creative writer to write text on pictures, but being a dynamic (but forever struggling, learning by trial and error) user of Microsoft Office I have learned how to use most of its available programs instead of loading my computer with all kinds of everything (to struggle with).
I honestly hate learning how to do something I want to do with computer software. At my age I hate spending time learning how to do anything via modern technology. I prefer sticking to what I already use with success. I absolutely hate realizing that my children and grandchildren are 'getting it' instinctively while I wreck my brains trying to achieve the simplest goal via electronic technology. But once I get on top of something new, I don't regret challenging my patience and mental ability.
I will never be able to call myself a wizard on computer software, not to talk about hardware. But I will always be willing to share the knowledge I obtained by trial and error and thanks to the HELP-function (F1) of most/all software.
So here is MY WAY of writing text on pictures. It may be the wrong way, or the most complicated way, I have no clue. But fact is, this is the way I accomplish my goals in this specific field -
I am using Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. Don't allow the slight difference of appearance of other versions to discourage you. The terms for functions are mostly the same, though re-arranged.
Getting text on a picture step by step
Open Microsoft Publisher.
Open a new blank document. (Try your creation at first with a landscape orientation - Blank 11 x 8,5)
Save, save, save.....
Save your file (and do this often as you go), consequently sparing yourself going nuts when losing work due to a power failure or whatever can go wrong while you're busy struggling your jack off doing what you are doing.
Insert picture -
In the Insert-menu, clicking on 'Picture' will open your Windows Explorer in order for you to find, select and insert the picture you want.
Insert a text box in picture
Still in the Insert menu, click on the "Draw Text Box".
A cross will appear to be maneuvered with the left button of your mouse. By keeping the button down you can draw a box according to your preference. You can alter the size of the box by dragging the corners and the sides - (maneuvering it with the left button of the mouse.)
The default box is transparent. (You can change it later with Text Format tools.)
Typing text in the box is only possible when you are IN the box, seeing the cursor inside the box. (Just click in the box and not on the picture).
You will need to alter the size of your text: Type any letter in the box, select all with Ctrl+A and pick your font and size in the Home menu, or in the Text Box Tools Format menu. The latter appears automatically in the menu-bar when you work inside the text box.
In the same menu also chose a color for your text. If the picture is dark, you will not be able to see dark text on it.
Type your text.
In the Text Box Tools Format menu you will find all the tools you need to format the text as well as the text box according to your preference, i.e. frames and fill-in color. The right button of the mouse will also provide a menu inter alia allowing the formatting of the text box.
BTW: By using F9 or Ctrl + maneuvering the scroll wheel/tool of the mouse, you will be able to zoom-in and out in order to have a larger/smaller view on your work.
Once done with your text and happy with the appearance and location of the text box the picture and the text-box have to be GROUPED.
In the Home menu -
Select all (Cntr+A) and click on the group tool.
Save a grouped picture
The right button of the mouse will open a menu that allows inter alia "Save as picture'.
Save your picture in JPG-format, or in the format of your choice.
In order to use this picture in HubPages or elsewhere on the Internet, I have learned by trial an error to reduce the size of the picture to 700 x whatever pixels.
For some reason saving a grouped picture is not always successful. Either the picture or text-box doesn't save successfully. But trying again (and again) with the cursor on different spots on the grouped picture, you will eventually succeed. (One day, I will hopefully know exactly why this simple procedure of saving a grouped picture is not always a success.)
NB: You can insert many text boxes for text in a single picture, then group all of it at the end before saving the file as a picture.
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