We’ve all seen them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs and other social media sites — the beautiful quotes that inspire you, make you laugh, and brighten your day. You may Share, Retweet and Pin them to enrich the lives of others, but have you ever created your own inspirational quote images?
While the idea of creating your own quote image may sound daunting, you can use these free tools to make the task fast and easy. In no time you’ll be creating your own quote images and enriching the world with your insights and humor. You’ll be enhancing your social media accounts, boosting your blog posts and/or creating inspiration for others when you share your quote images.
When you want to share words of wisdom with the world, you can either type them in plain text:
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~ Maya Angelou
or share them as artwork:
Recite This is a free website that helps you “turn your quote into a masterpiece.” No need to be a Rembrandt, just type your quote into the text box, choose a template and click the Create button. Voila! Instant masterpiece!
You can share your creation directly from the site onto your social media accounts, including:
You can also email your quote image from the site, download the image, and share it via a link.
At a loss for words? Recite This will even help you find a quote to share. Click on the tab on the right edge of the screen to look through their catalogue of quotes. You can search by topics, such as humor, inspirational, love and leadership.
You’ve seen these before and probably had a giggle when you read their snarky quotes. Some eCards might be on nearly everyone’s Facebook feed for good reason — they’re funny and tend to hit home. Note that some cards might be offensive, some are politically incorrect, but you’re bound to find some that ring true to your life.
You can visit the Some eCards website to find funny cards to share and/or create your own. You can search through the site by category, such as:
and more. You can also search by keyword to find a Some eCard on the topic of your choice.
Creating one is easy, go to the Some eCard Create page and the site will walk you through the process. You can choose the background color and image, then begin typing. Save your creation and you’re ready to share it on social media directly from the site.
If the site’s editors choose your card as one of the funniest ones, it may be featured on the home page. Good luck, there’s plenty of worthy competition!
Some eCards is also available as an app:
The site is free to use and a Some eCards store is available if you’d like to purchase greetings cards and other products featuring their creations.
If you want to use your own photo in a quote image, head to PicMonkey and upload it directly from your computer, Dropbox, Flickr or Facebook. You can use your photo as the background and add text using your choice of font styles, sizes and colors.
PicMonkey is my “go to” photo editing site for the images I use here at The Wonder of Tech (including the first image in this article).
This video from PicMonkey guides you how to add text to your images:
Great news for fans of fonts! PicMonkey was updated yesterday to allow you to add text using your own fonts! Read about this exciting feature in the PicMonkey blog. See, Fun with Fonts! for more information about how to get your own fonts.
PicMonkey is free, but some features require a Royale membership for $4.99/month or $33/year.
[note] My full review of PicMonkey: PicMonkey – Make the Most of Your Pictures. [/note]
Canva can guide and inspire you in creating an image quote. The site offers a wide variety of templates, some sized especially for social media sites.
You can learn more about using Canva from their helpful Learn and Do design tutorials that show and tell you how to make and enhance your creations. They offer advice from the basics of how to use the site to design tips such as using color, adding depth and using photo filters.
Be sure to check out Canva’s tutorial on 5 Techniques to Marry Text and Image to make the most of your quote images. Get ideas on layering images, using shapes and wrapping text, then find out how to make the magic happen!
Most of Canva’s images are free, but some premium images will cost you $1 to use them.
ShareAsImage makes it easy to create quote images. With this service you can add text to images from anywhere on the web with just a few clicks.
According to ShareAsImage, tweets with images are 150% more likely to be retweeted. Need more convincing? The site also says that images get 84% more click-throughs than text links.
This video shows how easily you can add text to an image from the web.
You can type in your own text or copy and paste text from another website. Choose from over 30 fonts, add filters to images and share directly to your social media accounts. You can also see over 350,000 images already created on the website.
Website owners can use this service to allow others to share images from your website. You can choose to have your logo automatically included as a watermark on the image.
A Chrome extension is available so you can access ShareAsImage directly from your toolbar. See, 15 Fantastic Chrome Extensions to Make Your Life Easier for more information about Chrome extensions.
ShareAsImage is free to use, but a Pro account is available for $8/month that gives you added features and the ability to store your creations at their site.
The easiest way to share quote images might be Brainy Quotes. This free site has done pretty much all of the work for you. All you have to do is select a quote image from their vast library and click on the social sharing buttons to post them to your account.
You can search for authors, keywords or topics or just enjoy browsing through the dozens of quote images available for sharing.
Do you enjoy reading and sharing quotes? Have you ever created a quote image? Do you have any easy tools to suggest for creating and sharing quote images? Tell us in the Comments section below!