Not much one for reading the thread are we...
See this bit in your instructions:
Once on the des top look up at the top of your screen for the menu bar again for the "TOOLS" menu.
Now look to the left a bit. What app are you in now? Preview by any chance?
So, no you can't add text to a photo in iPhoto, but you can in Preview.
Some Image Editors That Support layers:
Pixelmator - $60
Seashore - Free
GIMP for Mac - Free
Xee 2.1 - free
In my opinion PSE 11 for Mac is the best of the bunch. Gimp is very powerful but the GUI is a bit clunky.
Thank you Neil, I agree it's pretty ridiculous that photos can't be edited in iPhoto, particularly with all those other editing features.
I'm sorry that people like Terence take the time to respond - people who should keep their thoughts to themselves.....people who use their own insecurities as a path to an excuse for sarcastic ranting that helps no one.
Your post was helpful!
While I'm at it, I used preview to add text to an image, for a flyer. After printing it out, the font is dim and too thin. I've tried typing the text into Open Office and Text Edit, Bolding it, and then pasting it in, but the Bold doesn't hold. (poem) And there seems to be no way to make it bold within Preview - am I missing something?
Perhaps this will help you with the editing in PSE:
Using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as Your Editor of Choice in iPhoto.
1 - select Photoshop or Photoshop Elememts as your editor of choice in iPhoto's General Preference Section's under the "Edit photo:" menu.
2 - double click on the thumbnail in iPhoto to open it in Photoshop. When you're finished editing click on the Save button. If you immediately get the JPEG Options window make your selection (Baseline standard seems to be the most compatible jpeg format) and click on the OK button. Your done.
3 - however, if you get the navigation window
that indicates that PS wants to save it as a PS formatted file. You'll need to either select JPEG from the menu and save (top image) or click on the desktop in the Navigation window (bottom image) and save it to the desktop for importing as a new photo.
This method will let iPhoto know that the photo has been editied and will update the thumbnail file to reflect the edit..
With Photoshop Elements the Saving File preferences should be configured as shown:
I also suggest the Maximize PSD File Compatabilty be set to Always. In PSE’s General preference pane set the Color Picker to Apple as shown:
Screenshots are from PSE 10
Note 1: to switch between iPhoto and PS or PSE as the editor of choice Control (right)-click on the thumbnail and select either Edit in iPhoto or Edit in External Editor from the contextual menu. If you use iPhoto to edit more than PSE re-select iPhoto in the iPhoto General preference pane. Then iPhoto will be the default editor and you can use the contextual menu to select PSE for your editor when desired.
Note 2: editing a RAW file with either PSE or PS creates a new file which must be saved outside of iPhoto, i.e. the Desktop, and imported as a new photo into the iPhoto Library.
And there seems to be no way to make it bold within Preview - am I missing something?
For more control over fonts and styles try the BorderFX plug-in for iPhoto. It will let you place text annotations, like titles, keywords, dates, or watermarks ono the photo or a custom border.