Step one: Using your already saved image, choose "New Layer" under "Layer" - it will bring a box up and just hit ok. You will see a New Layer at the top of the layers box. If it is not at the top just use your mouse to place it there- otherwise it will be buried underneath the top layers.
Choose New Layer from the drop down
You can see that you have a new layer to work with - the new layer shows on the top right
Step two: Choose the Text Tool. It is in the toolbox and is the "A". Once you have clicked on it click on your image and the Gimp Text Editor will pop up.
A = the text editor
Once the text editor is chosen, just click on the image and the text editor box will appear.
Step 3: Type in your text. I like to put my name and website. If you are taking photos at a specific shelter, you may want to put the name of the shelter - their website- your name.. anything that will help identify the photo.
Typing in the box will appear on the image.
Step 4: Position the text on the image by using the guides. As you hover over the text on the image, you can choose to push the edges out and up or down or reduce the size of the box that the text appears in.
Use the guides to put the text where you would like it to appear.
Step 5: Choose the size and color of the text in the tool box.
You can change the size of your text by using the up and down arrows next to the size. Make sure that you adjust your text box on your image accordingly.
Change the color by clicking on the color section in the toolbox. A box pops up and you just choose which color you like best.
Image with adjusted size and color for text.
With the opacity set at a lower % the text can still be seen, but does not disrupt the overall image.
showing at 100% on opacity makes the text solid and easily seen, but can be distracting to the overall image.
Step 7: Flatten and save.
Choose Flatten under Image to combine the layers.
Once the image is flattened, you will see only one layer showing in the layer's box
When you save your image, notate that is the marked image so that you can easily identify it from the original version.