Sunday, June 24, 2012

Adding Text to a Picture in Microsoft Word

Here is a quick tutorial on how to add text to an image using Microsoft Word.  I’m sure there are other ways you can do this, but this is how I would do it if I didn’t have my program.  You might have to play around a bit to get the text to look how you want it to look, but it is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it. 

Find the picture you want to use and save it full size to your picture library.  Open a blank word document.  Locate and go to the insert” tab on the top menu bar.  Click on the “picture” button and your pictures library will open up.  Find your saved picture and click on it.  It will open in your word document. 

Right click on the picture and scroll down to “wrap text” then select the “behind text” option.   You can also re-size your picture by dragging the corners or sides and rotate by using the little tool at the top.  

Once you have completed these steps it is time to add the text to your image. 

Find the “insert” tab once again and select either “text box” or “WordArt” to add your text. 

I selected WordArt for my example.  It will add a box that says “your text here” and take you to the “drawing tools/format” tab.   Replace “your text here” with your own text and then position the text box where you want it.

Once you have your text where you want it, change the font and size to your preference under the “home” tab.  I used the Waltograph v4.1 font.  You can download it for free at; 

Go back to the “drawing tools/format” tab to add the finishing touches.  I used “text fill” yellow, “glow” lt. blue.  Like I said before, play around with the different colors and styles to personalize it just the way you want it.  

Just an added note:  You cannot save the picture as a .jpeg in Word, but there is a simple way around that.  Make sure that your entire image is visible on the page (No cut off edges or lines).  Press the Alt + PrtScr buttons on your keyboard.  This will save your desktop screen.  Open up a program like paint and paste the image you just copied.  It will most likely have unwanted areas on your image.  Just use the crop tool to cut out what you don't want and save from there as a .jpeg.  If you use Microsoft publisher or PowerPoint, you can save as a picture file directly with no extra steps needed.      

Here is the finished product.  :)

If you like this tutorial and would like to see more, please let me know what you are interested in learning about and I will add it to my blog.  Thanks!