[Video Tutorial] How to add text to your image

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2018-05-31 09:55:59

Pixelmator Pro lets you easily add text to your images — find out how in this tutorial video.

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2018-06-21 21:20:42

How do you convert px into sizes used in word processors? For example, what point size would a Helvetica showing 38 px be in Word?
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2018-06-21 21:36:00

Hi Robb.

Word processors generally size their type in points. There are 72 points per inch.

Pixelmator and Pixelmator Pro size their text in pixels. When you create a new image you set the resolution of the image in Pixels Per Inch (PPI). Assuming that you will print/display at 100%:

size in pixels = size in points × (PPI/72)

size in points = size in pixels × (72/PPI)

Typically, designs for screen use have been at 72 PPI* and design for print are at 300 PPI.

So at 300 PPI your 38 px font would be 38 × (72/300) = a little over 9 pt
And at 72 PPI a 38 px font would be 38 pt.

If you're in the middle of a drawing and you want to check the resolution of the image, go to Tools > Image Size where you can see and change the resolution of your image. If you have rulers on (⌘R to toggle) you can change the displayed units on the rulers by control-clicking on a ruler.

Hope this helps.

- Stef.

*although now that retina screens are commonplace, it might be more appropriate to design at 144 PPI