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    Default Suggestions software to add text to photos

    I have a lot of photos in my computer. Most of them have been put on discs, and when I did that, I was able to put text.

    With the great great grandbabies I've decided to have prints made of a lot of photos, but I seem to no longer have any software that allows text.

    My purpose his is to put names/places on he pictures before having them printed and put into albums. Technology changes, but actual photos in an album will be here for generations.

    Any suggestions as to a relatively inexpensive product that will allow me to add simple text?
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    Default Re: Suggestions software to add text to photos

    'microsoft photos' is free and built into windows 10
    it allows very basic editing including writing on or adding typeface to photos
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    You can do it with your phone.
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    Microsoft Paint. If you have a Windows machine you probably already have it.

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    thanks. I probably do.
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    Just downloaded free photo editing; says it does text.

    Given that technology has, in my lifetime, rendered 8mm, super8, Video tapes, CD's, DVD's, slides, either antiquated or at risk of being antiquated, I think have prints made is a good idea. Putting the names of the people, and maybe the place, will be appreciated, I'm sure, by my great grandchildren. And the prints will survive changes in technology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    that takes dedication
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    Turning out to be an adventure. Got photoshop for windows 10, add text to a photo, save it, but it gets saved with the photo in a different file. No matter where my file is, it gets saved to 'this pc' kind of randomly.

    Have tried downloading several free programs, but I get a screen from Microsoft based on an old, defunct, email address. This is strange, as a few days ago that sent to my current email address security updating.

    I can copy the photo with the text to the file it originally came from, then change the name, and delete the photo without the text, but that seems a hard way to do what should be a simple thing.

    Then there's likely only 20 photos than need names added.
    Last edited by John Smith; 10-17-2021 at 07:44 AM.
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    Paint (as mentioned) - included with Windows (since Windows 95 or thereabouts & it's definitely in Windows 7 or 10), saves to the original file of a new one - normal JPG or PNG, etc. file types.
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    I see Paint 3d, guess I can try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Smith View Post
    I see Paint 3d, guess I can try it.
    you can do it all from 'microsoft photos', which is the default that your photos open in when you double click on them

    you' find it easier to save and catalog from 'photos' than from paint
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    There must be several thousand different ways of doing this.

    Personally I hate mucking up the original image

    Given access to a really good colour printer - I might be tempted to use a word processor such as MS Word - set the page to the layout you want (landscape or portrait) import the picture into a suitable frame and then add whatever text below (above or to the side - your call) then print.

    Archival quality colour printing is a significant challenge, you use the phrase "Then having them printed" - by whom and from what format?????
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    you can do it all from 'microsoft photos', which is the default that your photos open in when you double click on them

    you' find it easier to save and catalog from 'photos' than from paint
    Thanks. I played around a bit with both, then thought about all the albums of prints from past years, and think I'll just have the digital pix made into prints, then put names and places on all of them; enough so the people are identified, and some of the places.

    I'm open to suggestions on how to do that. I've got a label maker and lots of label refills.
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