How To Add Text To Photos To Share On Social Media Using A Mac

 

Learn how to add text to photos to share on social media using a Mac computer!

6 easy steps will make you look like a marketing genius by adding your own custom text to graphics that you create with your own camera shots.

Create unique photo posts that include your branding and your inspirational message to share on facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Google+ and more!

Use the same process to add custom text on stock photos provided you are NOT violating copyright rules when using them.  Tina Red Johnson, a Web marking consultant and social media manager,  shares some important copyright information on the Photo Tour Global Directory™ blog that could be helpful to read before using an image that you did not shoot or create.

CAUTION… be sure to read the Copyright regulations prior to ever customizing someone else’s photo whether it is free or you paid for it!  

Have some fun with photos expressing a message that is unique to you by adding text to a simple photo.  Below is a background shot taken by aiming the camera at some flowers that had sun shining on them and leaving the camera out of focus only showing the mix of colors.  Click  to shoot and upload the image to the computer for some colorful background photos to customize with an inspiring message!

6 Easy step to add text to photos:

1.  Open  the photo on your Mac computer in Preview.  You will see the preview bar at the top with “file, edit, view, tools”  

A open the graphic you want to customize with text 

2.  On the top Preview tool bar go to Tools tab then drop down to Annotate and click on Add Text  for a box to open on your photo.

A go to tool bar select Annotate then add text

 

This is a text box to add your custom words

 

3.  Go to text box on the screen and put the cursor in the box.  Then go up to the tool bar again and click on “Tools” going down to “Show Fonts.”  so you can select the font type, color and size you want to use in the newly formed text box.

A go to tools and select fonts

 

4.  A Font box will show up on the screen  so you can select the font type, color and size you want to use in the newly formed text box.   Select the color from the box that has the T and green color box. When you click on the color box you can select the color you want to use on your text.   You will also select the size of the font and typeface all on the same page before typing in the text box.

From Font drop down menu click the style and size of font and the color

 

5.  Type in the message in the text box that shows up as fine lines with circle grab spots on the text box that will allow you to enlarge the text area to cover what you want.

Type in your text and then open save as from file on top menu bar

6.  Final step… save your work!  Go to the Save As on the drop down menu under the “File” tap at the top.  Be sure to use “Save As” so you keep your base image free of changes and can use it over and over again. Label your work with a title you will remember.  If you want to add your company website at the bottom of the photo it is another way to brand your message.

When you are done adding your text go to file and save as whatever you want to name it

 

A save your edited graphic in SAVE AS so you can keep the original clean for other words.  Know where you want to save it.

Finished post that can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and Linkedin took minutes to create.  

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Open the graphic you want to write on

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Use this link for the flower shoot free photos  posted above. You can download and personalize with your own text for marketing.  The free photos are not to be used for other commercial   products, only marketing and social media posting campaigns.

Get over 200 free SEASONAL stock photos when you subscribe to the Photo Tour Global Directory™ newsletter.  Each month you will get photography and travel tips along with information on global workshops being offered and 10 new seasonal stock photos for you to use in your marketing.

It’s 6 easy steps to add text to photos to share on social media using a Mac computer.  Please come and share a link in the comments any of your work using this technique and the free photos so we can re-share for you too!

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What Can You Learn In A One Hour Google+ Hangout On Air!

 

Who knew how much you can learn in a one hour Google+ Hangout On Air?

Meet Shelley Roth 

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Shelly Roth is a talented and knowledgable Social Media Navigator, Trainer, Consultant, Speaker and Author.

She lives life to the fullest, shares it abundantly and LOVES her dog Buddy!   

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Shelley has started a monthly Google+ Hangout On Air called Funday School  which includes….. FUN, and GIVING on Friday!

This week the topic discussed by knowledgable leaders in their field was:  Grow your business by moving form scarcity to abundance. 

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Google+ Hangout On Air events provide anyone with an idea, business, product or service to share an opportunity to have up to 10 panel members LIVE on a youtube channel sharing information that can help or be of interest to others.

The dynamic members of this panel  (above on the filmstrip) making a difference in the world today were:

J-Coby Wayne ~ Chief experience guide at Energy Arts Alliance.

Deb Tummins ~ Corporate Leader Coaching

Suzette Cotto ~ Social Identity Branding

Pam Terry ~  Public Speaker Coach Author

Carra Riley ~ Small Business and Social Media consultant

Each panel member shared about 5 minutes on their thoughts of how working from “abundance” can impact your business.   

We had an inspiring discussion of how the Principle of abundance moves you to the Law of attraction making everyone happy with the outcome of the help they may need.  The viewing public is able to ask questions LIVE while the event was airing so there was great input from outside the panel as well.  See the archived event right here.   Who knew what could be learned from a one hour Google+ Hangout On Air! 

The Following are “Carra’s Cliff Notes” from the one hour Google+ Hangout On Air event produced by Shelley Roth.

  1.  Giving and sharing of your knowledge shows you as an expert.
  2.  Have a spiral steno pad with you at all times or voice memos on your phone, even by the bed to capture ideas that come and can be implemented.
  3.  Try a 100% satisfaction guarantee with your service.
  4.  Give of yourself by sharing your time.  Work from the principle of abundance KNOWING you will have the time to do what you need to do.
  5.  Ask 3 questions a day:    *  Who was I nice to?  *What did I learn today?  * How am I better today than yesterday?
  6.  Marketing thought to embraces… understand that some people are NOT going to like you no matter what!  SWSWSWN  Some Will, Some Won’t  So What, NEXT  
  7.  Must have a business platform set up so when you are giving there is something concrete for people to come back to for more help.
  8.  The Law of polarity keeps away things that can keep you from doing what you need to do.
  9.  Be sure to inhale as well as exhale… when giving don’t forget to be open to receive.
  10.  What you give should be effortless and seamless.
  11.  All energy converts.
  12.  Rehab from the mind set of “scarcity.”
  13.  Be like a wave.. go with the flow of the tide.
  14.  Applause is gratitude from the audience for what you have given them.   Take time to honor and thank the audience for their gratitude.
  15.  Scarcity is a mentality not a reality.
  16.  New thinking from the Harvard Business Review…. Gratitude is the new will power.
  17.  BE the purpose you are.  It’s all connected
  18.   There is ONE MIND…. connect with it.

Amazing what one hour on a Google+ Hangout On Air can bring out to help move thought to a higher altitude on a personal and business level.  Should you have any questions about the concepts shared feel free to contact any of the panel members to learn more about this way of thinking that can change your life!

Follow this link to subscribe to future Funday School events.

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Identity Theft On Social Media Profiles…Runs Rampant

Identify Theft has migrated over to social media profiles and is something everyone should be alert to. The concept is running rampant and should be on your radar when engaging in cyberspace!

Individuals participating in social media need to be watching for people and profiles that that don’t make sense. If you are managing your own social media accounts, you may know or have some relationship with people in your circles, followers, friends or connections.  Having a strategy of the people you connect with and engage with makes sense when trying to build a group of supporters for your business, product or service.  There is a saying…. if it waddles and it quacks, it’s a duck!  Don’t be fooled by Identity Theft of social media profiles.

3 simple questions to ask before you circle, follow or like someone:

  1. Is the profile or about page complete and do I relate to this person?
  2. What does their stream look like and what do they post?
  3. Why would I want to connect with this person?

Profile Identy Theft

When building your sphere of social influence, just adding numbers of followers/friends/circles for numbers sake is NOT the way to grow an “Organic” following.  The goal might be to have raving fans that appreciate the content you share over social media and then in turn add value for help with the new Hummingbird algorithm that Google has moved to for “Semantic Search.”    Selecting specific people that meet your guidelines will have you grow your business and share your same values.

All this comes back to who you are connecting with, keeping your eyes open and your 6th sense working for people who might not have your best interest at heart.   

On Tuesday, January 21 my identity was stolen on facebook and an individual was was posting as me adding all my friends as a new account.  He had taken my profile picture, my cover photo and several of my past photos along with my employment history and was acting as Carra Riley.  The name on the new account with my stolen identify was Carra Riley Riley.   The thief was smart as he used my name and put the middle name as Riley because when facebook shortens the name it shows Carra Riley with my profile so everyone thought it was me and had no idea it was identity theft of my profile.

At 6:15 am I was awakened by a call from Virgil Cowen a member of the Photo Tour Global Directory™ and photographer in Southern California.  He apologized for calling me so early but felt that I needed to know that someone had stolen my identity and was engaging with friends that had accepted him in private messages indicating he was from a government agency and had free Federal Grant money which would only be available by filling out a personal questionnaire.  Virgil was the first to let me know about the Identity theft of my social media profile on facebook by the name of Carra Riley Riley.   A big thank you goes out to Virgil Cowen for picking up the phone and letting me know so early.  It could have been 9:30 or 10 before I would have logged into facebook and many more friends might have been lured in by this fake social media profile of me.  If you see a fake profile or what looks like a fake profile trying to engage with you just pick up the phone and call your friend!  You could save them many hours of anxiety by getting right to work to stop the profile from engaging from the identity theft.

Tric Ortez is another facebook/social media friend from Florida and she was alerting me to this scam on instant messaging when I opened facebook.  She took the time to share a post on her “Tricnology” blog, the conversation that went on between the fake profile Carra Riley Riley and the end user of my facebook friend names Mr. Juwen Smith.  Yes, Smith might be the first clue in that conversation that the profile might not be legitimate among other things link spelling and grammar.  Tric, thank you for taking the time to share with screen shots your online experience.  We need a world of helpers watching our backs when we are engaging in cyberspace.  

The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming when you see your picture and someone posing as you, writing bizarre things on the internet to friends that you know.  

 

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Immediately a post went up on the facebook account indicating to friends that there had been an identity theft of my profile using my picture and the name Carra Riley Riley and not to friend this person.

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The process to terminate a false identity on facebook has to commence from the person who has experienced the identify theft.  Friends of the person with the stolen identity profile ALSO need to REPORT the fake profile FIRST and then block once they have realized the Identity Theft has taken place.  The process is identified with screen shots below.

The stolen social media profile starts friending all of the original profiles friends.  The friends think that the person is starting a new account as they recognize the stolen profile picture and maybe event the cover photo from the friends page.  Without thinking sometimes friends will accept the new friendship request and that is when the direct messaging starts with the request for information for the free money or a link to something special which can sometime connect to a phishing scheme.

Step 1.

FAKE profile asks to friend you.  

1 Friend request from Carra Riley Riley

The steps to follow to Get facebook to CLOSE this fake account… the first thing you will see is a new request from Carra Riley as a friend.. the first clue is the name Carra Riley Riley There are 2 Rileys.. this is very sneaky as when you go through the process further they just use her name without the middle Riley and you might think it is Carra. What you are going to do is OPEN THE ACCOUNT to be able to report it.. don’t block it from here or they account will not be closed by FB REORT FIRST then BLOCK after reporting!

Step 2.

2. Open profile and see what friends they have friended.. make a list.  See he has event taken the work history and school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN THE ACCOUNT by clicking on the name Carra Riley Riley… it will not hurt you our your account. The fake account will look like her cover photo, her photos from albums and her background.. so it does look like Carra Riley… but it is NOT…… This is the False Identity of Carra Riley Riley

Step 3.

8 go to timeline and it looks like me with the name Carra Riley

Once you open the fake Carra Riley Riley account go to the “gear” on the right and click the drop down menu to Report and or Block The content looks like it is Carra Riley as the middle Riley is deleted when you look at the time line.

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When you click on Report and/or Block This Person the drop down menu comes up and you need to click Submit a Report and then click Report Carra Riley’s account.. Remember you are reporting the FAKE Carra Riley Riley account but again it looks like her with the name. Just make sure you are on the Carra Riley Riley profile.

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13  must say friend and click my name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is very important you tell facebook that this profile is pretending to be someone you know. Be sure to find the real account Carra Riley in the auto populate area so facebook knows the real Carra Riley has had Identity Theft with her profile.

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Then screen comes up to let the REAL Carra Riley know you turned the fake profile in.

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NOW go back to the Fake Carra Riley Riley profile and click Report/Block again so you can BLOCK the fake profile. You do this AFTER you have reported the identity theft.

Step 8. 

17 now block Carra Riley Riley

BLOCK Carra Riley Riley and you will be done with this Fake profile account..

Once facebook has processed the claim from YOU the person who is being impersonated AND your friends have also reported the fake profile the stolen identity account will be deleted from facebook!

Carra Riley Riley account terminated

Feel free to share this to help with awareness of the New Identify Theft on social media profiles. Be sure to watch all your accounts on Twitter, Google+ etc. and think before friending, circling or liking new accounts!

Remember when someone has photos like this on their profile account and it seems too good to be true…. it’s too good to be true..

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Watch out for the Juwen Smith profile on facebook who is promising the free government money.

Should  you experience Social Media Identity Theft and your friends accept the fake profile friendship, send those friends a private message or mention to them on your stream the fake profile has friended them and what they need to do to REPORT the fraud and then block them.  Big thanks to Chris Riedel from  Chicago Title in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for sharing that tip with me and posting on his facebook to let our mutual friends know about the identity theft.  It was easy to go on the fake profile and capture the names of the 46 friends that had friended him the day before.

As the Cosmic Shift Happens™  you may want to read about how subtle the scams are and how easy it is to be sucked into a trap.  Being careful and taking a step back before acting will help keep you from experiencing SMS or Social Media Syndrome™.  Keeping a good positive attitude when strange things happen will help you to create balance in the Cosmic Cow Pie™ of life!

Identity theft on social media profiles is rampant so think about what you are reading from someone you know and question if things make sense before acting.  

 

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Photography And Engagement, Are You In The Game?

 

Photography and engagement, are you in the game to win with new connections?

We are in the digital image age and any impression a business shares, has is about 3 seconds to do it’s job to determine if a potential client might click on the photo for more information when a link is included. Photography is the doorway to engagement™ so your first impression is going to set the tone for winning in the marketing game.

Advertising today has to have an image with the “gottcha” factor.

Big companies are sharing images created by consumers on Instagram and Pinterest to encourage engagement and sharing of their business profiles and links.  The images anyone is posting on social media venues have the potential of being shared all over the world.  This new technique of connecting should inspire anyone looking to promote their own business, product or service to have the best photos possible to share in an methodical program to bring continuity to the story being told to bring a consumer to action.  That call to action can be sharing the post or opening a link which asks the consumer to make a decision to buy or subscribe to a newsletter.  The key to getting that call to action in motion is the graphic or photo shown to stimulate the behavior.   To be in the game as the business or consumer the images you post must create an emotions when viewed.

Home Depot has a Halloween Event going on with a daily theme of photos to share on Instagram.   The program is called the “Photo-A-Day Challenge.”  Home Depot has invited the public to share photos on Halloween or Fall with specific themes for seven days prior to Halloween.  You can see the themes in the graphic identified by day.

 

Home Depot Photo Theme contest

The Theme to share on Instagram for October 24, 2013 was Leaves and the daily post for Home Depot shared the theme so people would be able to follow, know the hash tags to use and comment!  # or Hashtags are used as searchable words.

Home Depot Photo a day challange

Below is the Home Depot Instagram profile page and you can see the posts from each day and that they are starting to SHARE on Instagram a photo selected from the Photo-A-Day challenge with the hash tags #letsdothis #fall #HomeDepot #PhotoOfTheday #Halloween #October and more.    By using the hash tags on the posts the terms are searchable on Instagram which are sometime shared on twitter and also fall into trending words on cross social media platforms.  What that means to Home Depot is that their name will be showing up in searches for #Halloween #Leaves #Fall #letsdothis #PhotoOfTheDay #autumn #inspiration

Interesting how Home Depot is taking the word #inspiration as one of the hashtags as anyone searching the word, inspiration will come across the Home Depot tags by hundreds or thousands of posts of consumers in the game.  

Home Depot on Instagram

This shot shows Home Depot sharing a consumer post with leaves posted by @ellaclairblog   Home Depot has 43,123 followers on Instragram so  this is a huge shout out for @ellaclairblog as it shows up on the Home Depot Instagram profile page and starts conversations and engagement just from the photograph.

Home Depot leaf share

The share with the Home Depot Photo-A-Day Challenge shows up on the profile page of Instagram.

Carra Riley Instagram profile

Home Depot has a social media team that commented within 2 minutes of posting this photos of leaves.  Instagram is ONLY a mobile app and consumers can only be accessing this Instagram event on their photos.  For Photographers this is a great way to get some of your work out.  There is an app called iWatermark to have your name added to the photo for additional exposure.

Home Depot post on Instagram by Carra Riley with conversation by HD

Home Depot has a planned posting agenda to use photography as the doorway to engagement.  Get in the game and start posting your photos for additional exposure from large companies encouraging photo sharing.

Home Depot Halloween posts

If you do not have photography skills you might want to connect with a local photographer to learn about possible classes or even personal tutoring.  If you don’t have time to capture images around your area you can connect with local photographers through the Photo Tour Global Directory™ site and hire someone to create the story you want to tell through images.

Photography is the doorway to engagement™.  Stunning images must be part of the posting mix if you are in the game to win!

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Confused About Navigating The Web?

The World Wide Web is confusing for many businesses and individuals.

Check out this post by HubSpot and get the free downloads that can help you navigate the cyber venues!

Get your free copy of  “An Introduction To Google+ for Business” at this link.


Take some time to read the FREE information then put into practice some of the great ideas to streamline your social media time and become more effective.

If you are still confused, contact Carra Riley for a Free 30 minute consultation to determine what tools might help you navigate the web a little faster with more specific, unique response.

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