I am looking for a software that allows me to add text to a picture and to easily select and customize the text. It should have these requirements:

  • Easy to add image from clipboard. I usually copy images from google by right-click on it and select Copy Image (Firefox). I don't want to download the image.
  • Add text quickly, and be able to re-select it
  • Be able to change the text outline. The lack of this feature in most light-weighted softwares is the reason I ask this question.

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  • Easy to copy image after edited to clipboard. Being able to Ctrl-A then Ctrl-C is favorable.
  • Free, or better, open source.

I use Windows, but it would be nicer if it's available for Linux. Another option to consider is light-weight.

  • Doesn't MS Paint do all these?? Feb 28, 2016 at 16:11
  • I can't figure out how to customize the text border, unfortunately
    – Ooker
    Feb 28, 2016 at 17:45
  • what do you mean by adding text border? Could you tell about it clearly? Feb 28, 2016 at 17:50
  • It may be usually called as text outline. I have added an example in the question
    – Ooker
    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:18

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If you need a software to draw texts on pictures I recommend you the free yet powerful Image Editor Gimp in which you can draw texts on your pictures beside its many other features. You can download it for Windows, OSX or Linux.

Tutorial for adding outline effect on text can be found here.

If you ever need an online free tool for putting text (captions) in various formats (including outline effect) on your pictures I recommend AddText.com or Picfont.com.

  • Gimp is powerful image editor but it's heavy. All the websites require me either to download the image from Google before upload it or download the final result. If I have to choose one between the two, I would use Picfont.com
    – Ooker
    Mar 7, 2016 at 5:55

Paint.NET with the plugin Outline Object will satisfy the requirements. It is an FOSS and available only in Windows.

Pinta is a similar FOSS to Paint.NET, but available to Linux and Mac as well.

  • Paint.NET is not open source (though some of the older versions were).
    – vclaw
    Mar 19, 2016 at 16:50
  • Your link is not working anymore. I just tried installing the outline plugin for Paint.NET and it doesn't work
    – Joe Jobs
    Dec 26, 2021 at 21:57

My current software is Pinta. It doesn't require me to install any plugin to modify the outline of the text. Moreover, the default feature of Pinta even has more function than the plugin of Paint.NET.

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As suggested by Ooker - "My current software is Pinta.", Pinta is a great software for you. I'd also like to recommend you Inkscape. It's a great program that saves text as an vector image. Krita is another great software. But it's not that relevant. Hope this helps you.


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