Rich.. if you can give me a quick pointer on how to maintain the font size it would be great..
My problem is that everyone submits pictures as different resolutions so on a super hi-res photo the font has to be pretty big, but i cant use that same size on the next one which might only be 640x480 photo.. and its not easy to see how they will look compared to each other in a final product.
What you need to do Heath is rather than just opening the photo in photoshop or whichever package you have, you need to size a blank page first. In Photoshop, go to file, then new, then set your width, height and resolution of the blank file. The good bit here is you can select millimetres, so you know your pictures are no bigger than A5 (if it is the same as last year), so size your file at 210mm wide and 149 high and I would recommend 300dpi for resolution.
You now have a blank page in front of you. You then need to import your photo in to that page, so File, then Place and select the image you want and you will see you can then size it within your file. Make it the same size as your blank canvas.
You can then go to the text icon and set your font size to whatever you want (ie 12, 18, 24 etc) and type your text. Save your file and then follow the same process for the next photo. By importing your photos in to a set blank size, it means you are working on the same physical size canvas, so your fonts will match throughout.
If you want me to size and type out all the comments you have come up with, I am more than happy to do so and can return all of them by this time tomorrow no probs. I should be able to do about 15-20 per hour, so it is not a lot of work. I also have an ftp site you can upload all the pics to if it helps.