Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Marking photos

    There were lots of questions about marking your photos yesterday.   Your photo editing program probably has a feature for adding text.    I use Picasa , which is a free download program, for my basic photo editing.  It is user friendly and allows me to crop, straighten, correct the lighting, change to black and white.  Those are the main things I use on it. 
   There is also a feature for adding text.  It took me several tries to figure it out, so you may need to play around with the feature.  Basically, I select the photo and save a copy.  That way I have one as an original with no marking.  
  • On the selected photo I select "add text".  
  • Then type in what you use as a mark.  
  • Next select the font and size.  
  • Then click the color selector and hold it down until the color chart pops up.  Then click the color you want the font to be.  Not every photo can be marked in black or gray  and still be seen. 
  • Once you have text as you want it, you can move it around or change the angle for placement.
  • Be sure to save the changed photo!
   A little research gave me some ideas about placement and why.  Placing the text at the bottom or top (like in the border of a quilt---wrong!)  allows for cropping and removal.  Placing text on a solid color area (sounds good to me---wrong!) allows for air brushing and removal.  The mark should be noticeable,  but not interfere with what you are trying to show.  As an example, I added a mark to the heart.  I made it faint and offset the placement.  The mark could be larger and through the center.....what ever you choose to do.
    The internet and digital age has made blogging possible and greatly enhanced our lives in so many ways.  And then on the other hand, it has made pirating easier for anyone with a computer.  There is always and good side and a bad side.  Insights: For me, I will chose to live by the Golden Rule.  I will ask to share someone else's photo or even to use it for inspiration.  I will give credit where credit is due.  I hope they will do the same for me.  
Happy stitching.  


Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Now that Picnik is disappearing, I need to find a replacement. Kinda of putting it off because I don't want to learn a new one but this sounds easy enough.

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the post, I never thought about marking my pictures. I will have to start that, especially my artwork. Have a great day.

Impera_Magna said...

I've been using PhotoBucket for years and didn't want to learn a new program (Picassa)... so I stuck with it.

Hadn't thought about having the "watermark" over light and dark areas.... good idea!

Terri said...

Thanks you, Debbie! I'll try that.

Lynne said...

Thanks Debbie!

Janet O. said...

I appreciate you sharing this, and I'm grateful that you emailed me about posting it. For some reason this post has not shown up yet on my blog roll.

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