Jan 262011

Have you ever wanted to have an arrow to point to something on your photograph?


This picture was taken at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois.  We love visiting Presidential Museums as we travel and Lincoln’s was especially memorable.  Here you see where the entire Lincoln family poses very patiently all day, every day, so you can have your picture taken with them.

Pointing out Mr. Lincoln and me seemed a fun thing to do.  The text is easy with Picasa, but how do you get the arrows?  Well … it’s also using the Text Tool.  You just need a text character that looks like an arrow.  There are lots of them.  Open the Character Map accessory application in Windows, find the character you want and copy it.  There are some simple arrows in the Arial and other standard fonts, but I like the slightly fancier ones found in the Wingdings font.


Click on the one you want, then click Copy.  Now, come back to Picasa and the text tool, then use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl-V, to paste.  You’ll probably just see a letter, like ‘F’ at first – if so, it means you need to change the font in Picasa to Wingdings … the font showing in the Character Map.


I also added a white outline to the black characters to help them be more readable.

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Adding Text to Pictures