A Complete Guide to Adding and Editing Text in Paint 3D

A Complete Guide to Adding and Editing Text in Paint 3D

Adding text to your image is one of the basic features of all photo editing apps. Fortunately, the improved version of Paint, i.e. Paint 3D, offers the same. You can add 2D and 3D text varieties. By adding text to your images, you can create cool banners, posters, and even logos. This article will give you a step-by-step guide to adding, editing, formatting, and performing other text-related tasks in Paint 3D.

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Inserting text in Paint 3D can be confusing. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Many people click on the text button on the top bar and start typing. Much to their disappointment, the text box immediately disappears as soon as they start typing.

If you’re having trouble, our guide will help you easily add text to your photos in Paint 3D. Let’s start.

How to add text in Paint 3D

Adding a text box in Paint 3D is a two step process, not one as many assume. Here are the actual steps:

Step 1: Launch Paint 3D and open the image to which you want to add the text.

2nd step: Click the text button on the top bar. Do not start dragging across the canvas immediately. On the right side you will find two text options – 2D and 3D. Select the type of text you want to add – 2D or 3D. Only then can you insert a text box.

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Once you have selected a 2D or 3D text option, drag the mouse over the canvas to create a text box, similar to Paint. You will see the cursor in the text box. Start typing your text.

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Click outside the text box to add the text to your canvas. Do not click outside the box if you want to format your text. You can use these steps to add text to blank canvas or photo such as wallpaper, poster, or any other image.

Note: Once you click outside of the text box, you will not be able to make any changes to the existing text, even if it is a spelling mistake. You will have to start from scratch. Pay attention.

How to rotate, resize and move text

With the text box still active, you can resize your text using the text box boundary. Click one of the tiny boxes in the text box to change its size. Use the rotate icon at the top of the text box to rotate your text. To move text, place your cursor over the border of the text box. A four-sided arrow will appear. Drag the text box using this.

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How to edit and format your text

You can choose the formatting style of your text before adding it. You can customize the font size, style, alignment, and color from the right panel. In the case of 2D text, you can even add a background color. Once you have selected the style, drag the text box onto your image. Click outside the box to save changes.

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You can also change the formatting after adding the text box. However, the text box must be active. If you click outside of the text box, you cannot edit your 2D text at all. In the case of 3D text, you cannot add more text, but you can rotate, resize, and perform other editing properties from the right panel by selecting 3D text first. To select the 3D text, double-click the text or create a selection box around the text.

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By default, when you choose a formatting style, it will be applied to all text in the selected text box. However, if you want to be creative, you can format each word or letter individually, as long as the text box is active. To do this, select the alphabet, the word, or the entire text, then apply the formatting tools from the right panel.

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How to curl the text

Unfortunately, you cannot create curved text in Paint 3D. But if you want to add curved text to your images, you need to create curved text in Microsoft Word and then add it to your picture in Paint 3D.

How to add more fonts to Paint 3D

Paint 3D uses the system fonts on your Windows 10 computer. So if you want to add custom fonts to Paint 3D, you must add them directly to your computer. Once added, restart Paint 3D and you will see the new fonts in the list of fonts in Paint 3D.

Textual emphasis

While Paint 3D offers decent editing capabilities for adding and formatting text, it lacks several important features. One of them being the ability to edit the text once it’s added. It’s too hard for any image manipulation tool. Imagine the problem you would have to go through if you made a spelling mistake. Likewise, Paint 3D also doesn’t allow you to choose a specific font size. The lack of such basic features of a powerful pre-installed tool makes third-party photo editing tools a peek.


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Last updated Sep 18, 2020

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