Have you ever wanted to create images with text for Pinterest or your own personal blog/website but had no idea where to start or what software to use?
Don’t worry, you don’t need the latest version of Photoshop and you certainly don’t need to learn how to use the fancy web based image editing software either. All you need is a basic understanding of PowerPoint and any image resizing tool (windows live photo gallery works well).
I am going to break it down as simply as possible so that in a few minutes you will be able to add text to your own images and have the freedom to express your creativity in any way you like.
Step 1: Inserting an image
Open a blank presentation in PowerPoint (file>new>blank presentation) and insert your image (insert>image>select your file from your computer). If you don’t have Microsoft PowerPoint, you can use a free PowerPoint clone, Open Office to do this as well.
Try to keep the image large to start out with as it will be easy to resize the image later if you need a smaller size.
Here’s what we have so far:
Step 2: Adding text
Now, decide what text you want and where you want it. Insert a text box (insert>text box) and enter your text, don’t worry about font and format right now.
Step 3: Format and style your text
Now that you have your image and the text you want, it is time to give your image some flair. There are countless options available to you when it comes to choosing font type/color/size/etc. It is important not to get overwhelmed; sometimes keeping it simple can be the most effective technique when it comes to formatting your text. Additionally there are many different free fonts available to you online. My fav font spot is DaFont and my Doodles Pinterest Board. (follow me while you are over there!!) You can also Google Free Fonts and see what strikes your fancy.
This little guy has the font “Bauhaus 93” and a font size of 54
Step 4: Getting Fancy
Now that you have your image and formatted text, it’s time to make the image as appealing as possible. You can do this in countless ways that are only limited by your imagination. One quick technique is to start by selecting the textbox you created earlier and right clicking to reach the format options (right click text box>format shape>fill>solid fill). Now choose your desired background color and transparency, if you want the background to cover the image set transparency to 0, otherwise drag the slider until you reach the desired effect. For the image below I chose “black, text 1, lighter 50%” for the background color and set the transparency to 55%. Feel free to experiment with these variables in any way you like.
Here’s what we have so far, looking good!
Step 5: Saving as an image and Re-sizing
Now that you have your image just the way you want it it’s time to save it and get it uploaded to the internet. Select all of the elements of your image by pressing ctrl-A, then right click and select save as picture. Now you have your own image saved as an image file ready to upload to the masses, but there’s one last step before you can proceed. Sometimes when saving images from PowerPoint you may run into a bit of white or dark space around the edges. This is where your image resizing tool comes in, simply crop out the areas you don’t want and voila you’re finished!
Step 6: Upload!
This is the fun part, once you have saved and resized your image you are ready to upload it to Pinterest or your blog/website.
I hope this tutorial was helpful and effective in teaching you this great skill! Let me know in the comments below!!
P.S. this is one way to add text to your images, the easiest way I have found is with The Logo Creator. Much easier and more fun!!