Help applying a purchased image

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I purchased a few holiday images and I can't figure out how to use them as a background image so I can put text on top of them. Please advise.

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Hi! Thanks for reaching out.

Currently Emma's editor doesn't allow for the use of background images. One significant reason for that is that there is no universal acceptance practice for rendering background images in an email inbox. This means there are rendering inconsistencies if a background image is used so even for designers writing their own HTML we would discourage the use of background images.

You mentioned wanting to add text on top of an image you have selected. One way to outsmart the email inbox is to add your text over the image using a photo editing application like Photoshop or Pixlr . You can then save that as a single image and drop that image into your Emma mailing. The result is that now you are using a single image rather than an image with text layered on top. One thing to note here is that you will want to keep that image below 700px wide x 800px tall.

Please reach out if there is anything else we can assist with.
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I got sneaky and it worked. I took an image I purchased from shutterstock and added it to PowerPoint. I then added a text box, and my logo on top of the image. Once i was happy with it, I saved it as a JPG, I added it to a custom blank Emma template. I think it looks pretty nice!
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Hi! You actually have the ability now to add text on top of an image in the editor:

1. Click on an image placeholder and either upload your image or select it from your library.
2. Click Edit this image.
3. Scroll through the options along the popup box's top, and select the Text button.

4. A text box will be inserted atop your image, and you can start typing. The black box around the text will go away once you apply it.

5. Click Apply.