Ready to add finish your blog header? In part one, we created a photo collage using Picasa. Now I will show you how to add text, with a nifty little trick to create a drop shadow effect.
Begin by opening your collage photo in Picasa. Remember that it will be stored in my pictures/collages/picasa.
In the sidebar, select “text.”
Click anywhere on your picture and type your words. Don’t worry if the font and size aren’t right, you’ll fix it later.
Use the text editing tools to change your font and color. You can also change the size using the editing tools, but I like to use another method, shown below.
After typing your words, if you hover over the box, a round circle appears – see above. It looks a bit like a clock. As long as your cursor is inside the circle, you can click and drag your words around. Hover over the little arrow tool (white arrow with a red dot – hover over the red dot and your cursor becomes a hand. This allows you to adjust the size and angle of your words. Just play around with it, you’ll see.
Once you have the font, size, color and placement of your text, click apply in the sidebar.
Save your work by selecting control+s. At this point, you might be done with your text.
Or you can take it a step further with a drop shadow.
My photo has darks and lights and the text just doesn’t look right without a bit of shadow. Picasa doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to text manipulation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add a shadow easily. We just have to get creative.
To add another block of text, you’ll need to have saved the first text. This makes the black text I added a permanent part of my photo. Until I saved, I was free to change the text as much as I liked, but couldn’t add a second text box.
To create drop-shadow letters, click the text box again.
Type your words and position them exactly over the first set. I’m choosing white for my letters.
Now just move the text box slightly up and to the side to create the shadow effect. Click apply, then save your work and you’re done!
To apply more lines of text, repeat the process. Remember that you need to save each text box onto the photo before Picasa will allow you to add a new text box.
Next step: tomorrow I’ll show you how to install your fabulous new header on your blog!