How-to caption

bound_cuck

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I was hoping that other posters on this forum could post there techniques for putting text on the images. The problems I have are judging the size font to use. Unfortunately some images are larger and when opened up the text is small and hard to read.
 

stoneknight

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I use Paintshop Pro they have a selections of comic word balloons so I can do dialog ;D when I add Text to the side or bottom of a picture I create a new image use the same measurements as the picture. If I add it to the side I make it's the same height of the picture like 780 pixel then I just make it the width I want. If I add it to the bottom of the picture I do the same thing. this way the blank image your adding the text to is always in proportion to the image so the text is always clear.
 

bound_cuck

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Thanks Stoneknight. Captions are fun to make, but it's frustrating when the software doesn't want to cooperate. I think I might work on a batch now with Paintshop Photo and see if I can get it to work.
 

daverp

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i am no expert but i use a simple easy to use windows PAINT ---can t make bubble capions or anythind hard --just smiple words underneath or on side of pic ---i might suggest you start wihth this then move on to more complicated programs---6 yrs i never moved on lol
 

bound_cuck

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I used paint, but I never cared for the results. The text sized would often be messed up, and the text just wouldn't come out very sharp. At least with my experience. I finally got Corel Printshop Photo to work like I wanted it to. It's a little more work, but I like the results. It's funny because I do a lot of photo editing, but the one "simple" task of addink decent text with the program was giving me headaches.
 

stoneknight

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Anyone interested can try here http://www.superlame.com/ it's where TFRY make his caps. You do the whole thing online free and it's pretty easy to use. I made this in just a few seconds

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dicklet

Member
I like to use power point. Fix up the pix in whatever editor you have, then paste them in to a text box as the background image. Then copy the text box to the clip board and paste into the editor as a new image (works with photoshop). Example below.
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Vannilla

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http://inferiorwhiteboys.blogspot.com/
I'm a MS Paint guy myself!
its 10% application, 90% imagination
 

bound_cuck

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I certainly agree scarf, it is at least 90% imagination. But it's easier to be imaginative if you're not using all your brain power to figure out software issues.

I'm glad to see people posting their, software preferences.
 
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Vannilla

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Love this one!
dicklet said:
I like to use power point. Fix up the pix in whatever editor you have, then paste them in to a text box as the background image. Then copy the text box to the clip board and paste into the editor as a new image (works with photoshop). Example below.
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freshlydirty

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Scarf said:
http://inferiorwhiteboys.blogspot.com/
I'm a MS Paint guy myself!
its 10% application, 90% imagination
Never would've guessed it in a million years. You squeeze every little bit out of that program that you can because I surely woulda' bet you used photoshop or paint.net or similar. I've made a few with ms paint. Saving in .jpg format from that program renders the text blurry. Saving in .bmp makes it clear, but the file is so damn big. You're images are crystal clear, pic & text, do you save in .jpg and if so, how do you keep the text quality from being degraded? I'm thinking of moving on to paint.net after I saw janef recommend it.
 

bound_cuck

Well-Known Member
Exactly the problem I had with paint was the clarity of the text and image. I never even thought about file type. Once I got my Corel Printshop Photo to cooperate, I have had not problems, even when saving in JPEG.

Great point about the final file type though.
 
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Vannilla

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I usually rezsize the picture first to get it the size I want andmaking sure there will be enough room for the text with out messing up the picture. I'll use a "watercolor" brush sometimes to create the text field - sampling a color, then "painting" the area before inserting the text so it shows up nice. A nice Bold font help too
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See how I "brushed" around the top trying not to mess up their pretty hair!
My biggest problem is doing these things with a hard on!
http://inferiorwhiteboys.blogspot.com/
 

Zagg

Zagg is IR obsessed.
Excellent technical explanation. Also, great pic. Definitely hard-on producing.

Scarf said:
I usually rezsize the picture first to get it the size I want andmaking sure there will be enough room for the text with out messing up the picture. I'll use a "watercolor" brush sometimes to create the text field - sampling a color, then "painting" the area before inserting the text so it shows up nice. A nice Bold font help too
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See how I "brushed" around the top trying not to mess up their pretty hair!
My biggest problem is doing these things with a hard on!
http://inferiorwhiteboys.blogspot.com/
 

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