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michelfrommeudon Level 1 (0 points)

Now ro add a text to a photo ij iphoto?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,920 points)

    You don't. You need an external editor for that:


    In order of price here are some suggestions:

    Seashore (free)

    The Gimp (free)

    Graphic Coverter ($45 approx)

    Acorn ($50 approx)

    Pixelmator ($50 approx)

    Photoshop Elements ($75 approx)


    There are many, many other options. Search on MacUpdate. You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that edits made in another application will be displayed in iPhoto.

  • dennislogue Level 1 (0 points)

    One of the Free Photo Editing packages that was overlooked was Picassa. You can add text, rotate and scale, also change fonts. Pretty good and simple for free.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,980 points)

    Apple Preview also will add text to a photo - export the photo and add the test with Preview and then import the modified photo to iPhoto



  • dennislogue Level 1 (0 points)

    Great Tip. I teach a small Mac classs out in a rural area and someone asked me how to do it with just the programs that come with a Mac. She said someone at the Genius Bar told her she would have to buy Aperture or a third party program. I told her I was sure she could do it without a third party program but then couldn't find a way.


    I use Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom so I realized I never actually tried. I couldn't imaging how Apple could have left out a simple edit feature like graphic annotation.


    Then you showed me the feature included in Preview ... I had always considered Preview as a passive application so I am once again surprised. I have used it to change file types with "Save As" but didn't think of it as an editor. Now that I'm dinking with it, it's got some decent editing features for what I thought was just a viewer ... Even color adjust.


    Thanks again!

  • Jeff Swain Level 1 (105 points)

    I can open a picture in Preview (4.2), but when I click  Tools >  the text tool option is greyed out and I can't select it.  Is this what I need to add some text to a picture?  And how do I get it selected?  Thanks, Jeff

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,398 points)

    You have to use the Tools ➙ Annotate ➙ Text menu option..  Then create a text box and add the text to it and save.  This could be done from inside iPhoto by making Preview the external editor of choice.



  • Jeff Swain Level 1 (105 points)

    In Preview, when I choose  Tools > Annotate  there are 4 options (add oval, add rectangle, add note, add link) but they are all greyed out so I can't select any.  I don't see  Text  as an option.  Many thanks for your help!

  • dennislogue Level 1 (0 points)

    I think the text annotaiton is relatively new. It may not have been available in 4.x.x. I know I started teaching folkls about it in 5.x but I discovered it by accident so I don't know how long it has been able to annotate text. I do recall some students with Leopard not being able to annotate text. So We got them onto Picassa.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,398 points)

    dennislogue is correct.  I'm using Preview 6 that came with Mt. Lion.


    With your version I think you select add note. Not sure what you have to do to get that menu to be ac tive.


    If you can't figure it out your best bet is to use one of the image editors TD mentioned or Pages if you have iWork on your Mac.

  • Rxbcbailey Level 1 (0 points)

    I use an editing app for my iPad or iPhone (lots out there) to edit and put text on photos then save and it goes into my photo stream. Even some camera apps for the iPhone you can do most of the editing with text inside the app.

  • DUNKYD Level 1 (0 points)

    How does a complete idiot , computer wise, write titles on my 'event pics' after a holiday. I read  about preview but cannot 'export' pics to preview.

    Have a cheapie cybershot which does not have fineviewer or similar.

    I transfer from the camera to iPhoto, put them into batches per trip, name the event but cannot title each pic.

    Keywords don't travel with the pics when emailed either.

    I have Preview on my Mac dock and iphoto.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,980 points)

    Export to the desktop, open thephoto in preview and use the anotate tool to ad text, save and import into iPHoto



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,398 points)

    Setup Preview as your external editor in iPhoto's Advnaced preference pane.



    Then set it back to iPhoto.  Now you can Command (right) - click on a  photo and select Edit in External Editor go get Preview as your editor:


  • dennislogue Level 1 (0 points)

    I can not figure out why Apple hasn't added Annotation to iPhoto yet??? Perhaps they don't want to compete with "Aperture"??? But at this point I think it's rather cumbersome to have to work in two Apple applications (Preview and iPhoto) to annotate, keyword and edit a photo. My suggestions to most of my students is to go get Picassa for free. It will set keywords and annotate and when it's done (if you work out of your "Pictures" folder) iPhoto will even pick all that up when you import pictures into iPhoto at a later date.


    Another issue with Preview is the version of Mac O/S you are working with. I believe you need at least Lion (10.7) to be able to run the version of Preview that supports annotation. But as I said, it's kind of a kludge to have to open in Preview to Annotate and then open in iPhoto to add keywords, faces, photo adjustments and rename.


    Until Apple adds these very simple features to iPhoto, I would suggest the free "Picassa" program from Google. Just make sure you keep all your photos in your "Pictures" folder or in sub floders under the "Pictures" folder. Then when Apple wakes up, you will just be able to import everything with edits into iPhoto when it finally gets those very basic annotation features.


    I know that soultion probably offends the "Apple Purists" but Apple isn't perfect and productivity, ease of use or workflow are sometimes more important than "Brand Loyalty".

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