How to Hide Text in Pictures


If you seek to hide text within a picture, you're practicing a form of Steganography, the art of writing hidden messages. In years past, this feat may have been done with invisible ink or intricate pictorial composition, but software handles the job nicely in this computer age. Text is easily embedded within an image file. These files can be exchanged between associates with little fear of detection.

Things You'll Need

  • Steganographic software
  • Image file
  • Open a freeware program, such as Imagehide or point your computer's browser to an online Steganographic website, such as Mobilefish.

  • Load an image file into the program.

  • Type your message in the text field. Select the encryption option, if you wish to further disguise your text. When prompted, enter a password.

  • Click the "Write Data" button to embed the text into the picture. Click the "Save Image" button to save the file containing the picture with the hidden text.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some programs may limit the manageable file sizes and formats.

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