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Does anyone know of a module or method to create a node where users can upload an image, add text on top of it through a WYSIWYG, then have the image combined with the text (merge the text and image into one jpg/png)?

We are trying to find a way for users in a school to add slides to our digital signage without using powerpoint, and I was wondering if there was a Drupal module that could do the job or help make it easier.

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I don't believe that there's a module that supports the dynamic placing of text on top of an image in a wysiwyg editor. However, you should be able to use the imagecache_actions module to superimpose a text field onto an image field; IOW, you'd need to have separate fields (or a field collection) for the image and text. It also supports custom actions which should allow you to exploit the imageapi and GD as per your requirements.

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If you're displaying slides on your website, you don't have to merge the text with the jpg/png. You can create a js slideshow with images and texts over them using CSS. You can use Views Slideshow for that. Basically, it can create js slideshows using Views. Sou you can create a content type with a body and an image field, create a view to display the nodes for your content type and display them using Views Slideshow.

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