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How To Add Your Name To A Photograph Using GIMP

Updated on January 23, 2014

Free Photograph Editing

I use an awesome, FREE, program to edit my photos. I will be glad to own a new laptop with Adobe PhotoShop again. But until that time, I use GIMP. I have to say, GIMP is a program I enjoy very much. I am in no hurry to stop using GIMP. It is currently meeting all of my photo editing needs.

While GIMP is a free program, it includes tons of professional-grade features. I use only a handful of the basics and I am in no way a photo editing expert. However, I told my friend today that I would write down the steps I use to add text to my images so that she can mark her photos too. I've written out those steps. I have decided to share those steps here; both for my friend to see and for others to see that may not already be familiar with GIMP.

If you would like to check GIMP out for yourself, follow this link GIMP

GIMP can be used by almost anyone.

I feel that I must let you know that I"m technologically challenged. While I am able to edit photographs in GIMP, I am not able to take screen shots with my laptop. I am very aware that the visual aids would be better if they were screen shots. But they are not. They are photographs of my screen. It's the best I can do tonight. Even though I don't know how to take screen shots, I can manage to use GIMP well.

Finally, my camera is a Sony a37. I am in the process of learning to use it well. However, I can tell you that it is an amazing camera. I've included a list of materials at the end of this lens. I have included a Sony a37 for you to check out along with books about photography and GIMP tutorials from the experts.

Image Credit: All photos in this lens are mine. Dawn Rae – All Rights Reserved (Click on photo for larger view)

Time required: Varies

Difficulty: easy

Cost: FREE!


1. Complete all of your photo editing. Adjust your colors, levels, rotate, crop, and scale image to desired size. (I often try to remember to do a "save" here, in case I make a huge mistake).

2. "flatten" your image if needed (it is needed after things such as rotating. But not after adjust colors and cropping). There will be details about "flatten" in step 10.

3. With a nearly finished photo, click the large "A" on the toolbar. This brings up your text box when you click again on your photo.

4. Type your text in the box. This box enables you to see typos and make adjustments. As you type, the text appears on your photo.

Close this box when you need the other tool bars to pop back up.

5. Within your photo, some of your text may disappear. If this happens, you need to either resize your text smaller, or drag the box larger.

6. The default text color is black. But you can change to any color; by clicking the bar titled "color". A new box pops up titled "text color".

7. There are then many ways to choose your other color. I click around inside the square (in the "text color" pop up) and adjust until I'm happy. The color you choose, is the color at the point of the crossed lines if you are clicking inside the square box.

(note: I obtained these choices by clicking just south of "yellow" on the vertical rainbow colored bar next to the square)

8. Drag the text box (on the photo) to the location you want. (drag by clicking in the inside of the text box, hold the mouse button and drag)

9. Adjust the size by clicking the up or down arrows on the "size" bar. If the text becomes too large, simply drag your text box (within the photo) to a larger size.

10. When text is desired size, color, and location (i.e. if you are finished) you must "flatten" the layers in order for it to save. Click "image" at the top, then click "flatten". I do not yet know how to make my text opaque. I usually just use a text that blends in with the photo. Tonight I used contrasting text for demonstration purposes.

11. Name and "save as" your photo as you would normally save.

I would love to read your comments.

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Terrific lens! Wrestling with GIMP and this sure helps.

    • BunnyFabulous profile image


      4 years ago from Central Florida

      So helpful! Thank you for writing such an easy-to-follow tutorial.

    • mel-kav profile image


      4 years ago

      Thanks Dawn - this is extremely useful. Bookmarking now!!!!


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