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    JuicingRaw
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    Hi everyone,

    I am looking for an easy to use program that will give me the ability to add nice, shadowed text over the top of an image.

    Some example of what I hope to achieve:

    http://www.voemhealth.com/media/2012/06/aloeha-juicerecipe-voem.jpg

    http://www.elizabethrider.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Beginner-Green-Juice-Recipe.png

    Thank you

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    Healthy Personal Finances
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    Oh – I would love to know this answer too !!
    Thanks for asking :)

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    SamanthaE
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    Hi There,

    If you are looking for a free solution, I would recommend having a look at PicMonkey – http://www.picmonkey.com.

    Hope that it helps and does what you are looking for.

    Cheers,
    Sam

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    eWAY
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    GIMP – A free/open source editor with very similar features to Photoshop (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/The_Basics/)

    PhotoShop Elements – The basic version of PhotoShop (http://www.alibony.com/pse/20090519text.htm)

    Pixlr Editor – A free cloud based editor (not great for large images due to being web based) (http://support.pixlr.com/pixlr/topics/adding_text-1i4fd7)

    I’d suggest going with PhotoShop elements due to the user interface and tutorials available. You’ll also be able to touch up images to make them nicer for web pages rather than just adding text to photos taken etc.

    Maclean

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    JohnTranter
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    Paint.net from http://www.getpaint.net/ is free and I find it simple to use, but it still has layers and various effects you can use. It’s not as powerful as photoshop/gimp though.

    There’s a fair few plugins for it, a drop shadow tutorial can be found here if you don’t fancy installing the plugin
    http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/17076-drop-shadow-request-for-assistance-with-simple-text-effect/#entry294360

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    The Copy Chick
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    I’m a huge fan of [URL=”[URL=http://s71.photobucket.com/user/abbanabba/media/shadow.jpg.html][IMG]http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i157/abbanabba/shadow.jpg~original[/IMG][/URL]”]Photoscape [/URL]for all kinds of simple effects.

    [IMG]http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i157/abbanabba/shadow.jpg~original[/IMG]

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    markn
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    +1 to Paint.Net. I’ve used it many times to do exactly what you want. It does almost anything the image editing n00b (like myself) is ever likely to want to do.

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    We use the GIMP – because it is available on all our machines – versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

    So it doesn’t matter which of our machines we are working on – we can edit images. :)

    Kathy

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    Greg_M
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    I like the GIMP too, Avairy (web based) is ok for a lot of stuff.

    Something maybe worth noting though, any text over an image, while it looks good will not be indexed on search engines … seems a waste of relevant copy to me.

    You can do it with CSS though, and still have the content indexed.

    If you create a

    or whatever, make the image the background of same, then style the text in the element using CSS, you’ll get the same result, but Google will index it.

    I’ve done this on a couple of sites, means you can use H1 tags etc. Playing with the font is easy using Google fonts or similar. Drop shadows, gradients, even letterpress effects come out of the box with CSS3.

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    JGF
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    I’ll add to Paint, it is a standard program on Windows PC’s, very basic, has most standard fonts in Microsoft Word and is super quick to use and edit bulk photos, which makes a big difference when you are doing lots of photos. You can also crop, resize and do basic designs.
    Most graphic designers will laugh at this, but it gets the job done.

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