How to Add Text or Effects to Pictures for Free


Adding effects and text to a picture commonly requires the use of a graphics editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop or Painter, but free programs can also provide the same effects. Picnik, a free online graphics editing program, allows users to apply colorized effects and customized text with no limitations on how many effects they can apply. These effects can be done to more than one picture at a time, and can be done on a Mac or a PC.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet
  • Image file in .jpg, .bmp or .png format
  • Visit and click on the "Get Started Now!" button. After the interface loads, click on the "Upload a Photo" button. Choose which image file you want to upload in the pop-up browser, and click "Open."

  • Click on the "Create" tab on the top portion of the interface. Click on the "Effects" tab. A list of effects will appear on the left side of the interface. To use an effect, click on its picture and press the "Apply" button. To adjust the strength of the effect, click on the effect, which will cause several sliders to appear. Move it right to increase its effect; move it left to decrease it.

  • Click on the "Text" tab to apply text. A list of fonts and a text box will appear. Insert the desired text into the text box, and click "Add." The text will appear in a movable box on the picture.

  • Left-click with the mouse on the text box, and drag the mouse to move it to any place on the picture. To make the text bigger, click on the small circle on the corner of the box and drag it away from the box. To make the text smaller, drag the small circle into the box.

  • Click on the "Save & Share" tab after choosing the desired font. Move the JPG Compression Quality slider to the right until the slider number reads "10." Click the "Save Photo" button below. In the "File Name" text box, name the picture and click "Save."

Tips & Warnings

  • To apply another effect, click on the effect and press "Apply" again, following all the steps listed above.
  • To reverse an effect or text change, click "Undo" in the upper-right corner of the interface.

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