How Do I Insert Photos Into The Text?
-- by Loretta --
The following information is for using Word Perfect with techniques from our experiences. Microsoft Word and other software have similar ways of doing these same things. We will add the ability to post messages to our web site soon, so we can hear about your experiences, choice of software and techniques.
This is a fairly simple process.
Start at the beginning of your story and add pictures systematically.
Put the cursor in the general area you want the picture.
Click on the button at the top of your screen that opens a file. On some software you may need to use an ‘insert’ option instead of the ‘open’ option.
Find your picture folder and double click on the picture that you want.
Your picture should then appear in your text.
With the picture highlighted (a bold square frame around your picture or squares dots on the corners) your picture is selected for modification. You can move it by pushing in your left mouse button and dragging the picture around.
You can add a caption by right clicking on the mouse and a column of options will appear. ‘Create a caption’ may be near the top. Click on it. Now your picture will have “Photo #1" blinking at the bottom of the picture. Backspace to make that disappear and then type your caption. You can then change the font size or font type or center your caption.
Change the size of your photo by going to one of the corners with your cursor and when your cursor turns into a diagonal arrow, push down your left mouse button and begin to drag diagonally. Your picture will follow. When it’s just the right size, stop.
Click once anywhere on the document to get the focus from your picture back to the text of the document or click once on the picture to select the picture again.
With the picture de-selected, click on your save button. This will tell the computer to memorize where that picture is because you want it to stay there. If you don’t save it then, your picture may move out of place if you add new text or pictures above it.
With your printer, print that page. Are the pictures large enough? Often they look much smaller when printed. The bigger the pictures, the more enjoyable the book.
After you have added a few pictures, if you remember one that should have been put in and then go back to add it in, it may cause difficulty with the other pictures you’ve added in below it. They may move on you, or the text might move and then your original picture won’t be in the right spot for the text. So then you’ll have to move the pictures around again until they match up with the text. But, that’s the price you pay to make a story. So, be as careful as possible in the beginning and you won’t have as many problems as you proceed.