How to Make a Picture Caption

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Sometimes, a few words can put a picture into perspective. Adding captions to your pictures can point out the humor in the images or provide background information on the subjects of your photos. You won't have to look far to find software capable of tagging captions to your images. With the help of Microsoft's Paint utility, you can draw custom comment boxes across your images and add text to the boxes.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Paint
  • Right-click on the image you wish to caption. Highlight the "Open With" option in the pop-up menu that appears, and then select the "Paint" option. The image will load into Microsoft Paint.

  • Select a shape for your caption box from the "Shapes" section of Paint's toolbar. Rectangles and bubbles are common choices for caption boxes.

  • Click on the "Outline" button in the "Shapes" section. Select the "Solid Color" option from the pop-up menu to add a border to your caption box. Select the "No Outline" option from the menu to omit a border.

  • Click on the "Shape" section's "Fill" button. Select either the "Fill Color" or "No Fill" to add a solid color to the caption box's background or to drop the background fill.

  • Drag your mouse diagonally across a portion of the image to draw the caption box. After the drawing the caption box, move the cursor over the center of the box -- the cursor will turn into the "Move" tool. Drag the caption box to the desired area of the image. Click any area outside of the box.

  • Click on the "Text" button in the "Tools" section of Paint's toolbar -- the "Text" tab will now appear in Paint's toolbar. Drag your mouse across the image to draw a text box, and then type your text into the box.

  • Use the text size box -- in the "Font" section of Paint's toolbar -- to change the size of your text if the text is larger than the size of the text box. You can use the other font options to tweak the appearance of the text.

  • Move your cursor toward a corner to turn your cursor into the "Move" tool. Use the move tool to adjust your text's alignment with the caption box.

  • Click on the "Paint" button. Select the "Save" option from the Paint menu to save your work.

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