How to Add Text to Images in Your Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D - dummies

How to Add Text to Images in Your Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

Add text to your photos to create captions, inspiring messages, business promos, whatever. It’s all doable with your Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D by using one of the free programs provided with the camera: ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac).

After opening ZoomBrowser EX or ImageBrowser, track down the picture thumbnail. If you used the Canon software to download pictures from your memory card and didn’t change the default download settings, the pictures should be stored inside a folder called My Pictures or just Pictures, depending on the operating system you use. Normally, the folder list appears on the left side of the program window.

Follow these steps to add prose or poetry to your images:

  1. Double-click the image thumbnail to open it in a viewer window. Then choose Insert Text from the Edit drop-down list.

    Look for the list at the top of the window if you use the Windows version of the program and at the bottom if you’re a Mac user. Either way, you see your photo in the Insert Text retouching window. Here’s a look at the Windows version of the window (the Mac version is virtually identical):


  2. Click in the preview at the spot you want to add the text.

    In Windows, be sure that the Text tool, located under the preview, next to the Zoom tools, is selected before you click. After you click, a text box appears, as shown in the image in Step 1. At any time, you can resize the box as needed by dragging the little boxes that appear around its perimeter. To move the box (and any text inside), just drag inside the box.

  3. Type some text.

    The text appears in both the image preview and the Text area on the right side of the window.

    To add the date and time you shot the picture, click the Import Shooting Date/Time button. Similarly, if you added comment text when organizing your pictures, clicking the Import Comment button enters that text for you. (You can add comments via the Comment pane that appears when you browse images in Preview display mode. For details, see the ZoomBrowser EX or ImageBrowser software manual, provided on one of the CDs that shipped with your camera.)

    You can specify a font (type design), size, and color and add bold, underline, or italic formatting. The Antialias option smoothes the jagged edges that can occur when letters contain diagonal or curved lines. As a rule, keeping this option enabled is a good idea.

  4. Click OK and then choose File→Save As to save your edited photo.

    Choose TIFF as the file type.