Those of you who read the Internet Patrol regularly know that it’s super-easy to paste one image into another in Preview on a Mac, but did you know that you can also easily rotate, tip or tilt that second image to any slanted angle that you want? And you can do the same for text! You can rotate it, tip it, slant it, even make it vertical! It’s all easy, once you know how!
(If you missed the first article, you can read it here: How to Combine Images on a Mac)
Here’s how to do that image or text rotation:
How to Rotate Text or an Image in Preview
First, open the image to which you want to add and rotate the second image or text.
For this demonstration, we have chosen the image of a hot air balloon.
Now, let’s say that we want to use the image as the background for a sales flyer, so we want to add the text “Big Sale” to it.
First, go up to the menu bar in Preview, and click on ‘View’.
Click on ‘View’, and select ‘Show Markup Toolbar’.
This will add this to your view:
Now click on the ‘text box’ icon, which is the box with the ‘T’ in it…
…and Preview adds a text box to your image (or PDF). Don’t worry that it’s not where you want it, or not the size and font you want.
From here you can drag the text box around and put it where you want it, and also enlarge or reduce it.
And you can change the font face, size, and color here:
So here’s what we have so far:
But we want that “Big Sale!” splashed diagonally across the page, like a banner, like this:
“WHOA!”, we can hear you saying, “How did you do that??”
Ok, ready to have your mind blown?
With the text box selected, hold down the ‘command’ key on your keyboard.
Now, while holding down that command key, put your index finger and your middle finger on your trackpad, with a little space between them, and pivot your middle finger around your index finger, either clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending on in which direction you want to rotate and tilt your text.
And you can do it with images, too!
Let’s say that instead of just putting a kitten on Lady Gaga’s head, like we did here, we want to put a kitten standing on it’s head on Lady Gaga’s head.
You do the exact same thing – after pasting the kitten into the Lady Gaga image (following the directions here), we just rotated that little baby kitty until it was on its head!
And that’s how you rotate or tip your text or image to make it slanted, vertical, or even upside down!
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