View Full Version : How do you make captions?

08-04-2012, 02:59 PM

I have a number of photographs/clipart for my book, most of them wants a caption (text underneath (not ON) the picture).

After having fooled around with SIGIL I get the impression that the surest, most controllable way to do this is to have the caption as part of the picture. However, that requires extra space beneath the pic.

I have a number of photo programs, (Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop Elements, Irfanview, Serif Photoplus) but am not really proficient in any of them. Any quick tips on how to do this?

I have looked around for dedicated caption software and online services, but no luck.

I have tried to use screen capture as a primitive way around the problem, but the capture comes out as lower quality than the original...

08-04-2012, 03:06 PM
From your post, I understand that, from an image X and a caption C, you want to obtain an image Y showing the caption C under the image X.

Do you have a strong reason for preferring this over using the following simple structure?

<img ... />
<p>Caption text here</p>

08-04-2012, 03:08 PM
Anyway, if you really want to have a new image, combining the original image and a (short) caption, you can use imagemagick and follow this guide:

08-04-2012, 03:12 PM
Moreover, in EPUB 3 you might want to use:

<img .../>
<figcaption><p>Caption text here</p></figcaption>

(tag <p> is not strictly needed)

08-05-2012, 05:07 AM
Note that, with a JPEG file, all editing will degrade the picture's quality.

08-05-2012, 05:53 AM
Well, maybe my idea is not so good after all.

Jellby, so thatīs why the picture gets worse and worse...

How common is EPUB 3 then?

08-05-2012, 04:22 PM
Not. There is also no backwards compatability for older readers, which is the vast majority.