Making text or quote graphics can be a real pain in the rear. You have to find the right font, colors for the type and the background and then you have to figure out how to arrange them.
Even if you know what you’re doing, you can spend an inordinate amount of time trying to work out the perfect layout. And not all of us do know what we’re doing causing an even bigger issue. I know that you, like me, have seen some awful quote images that have been busted out. It’s not because they suck – it is because this is hard. There is even a job for this: “layout artist”.
Sometimes I want to do it myself and sometimes I don’t and sometimes when I do it doesn’t turn out okay. So, whenever you don’t, won’t or can’t, I’ve found an awesome online tool for creating your images. Recite This.
You input your text.
Scroll through the options at the bottom. Take note that the amount of text you use will impact which templates your quote will show up on. Click on the one you like and click again to go through to finalize your graphic.
Now you have several options. You can post directly to Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Stumble Upon. You can download the image to your computer (will be a PNG format). You can also link to the image online through the permalink. Last of all you can email it to yourself or others.
So here are the pros – fast, easy, free, easy to post to social media, no design skills needed, no special software needed. And the cons – Recite This logo at the bottom, amount of text can limit options, sometimes key words don’t show up in the right place on the image for maximum impact, images are all portrait (tall rather than wide). FYI – The image at the very top of this post I cropped down and moved the logo over – it started out tall and skinny.
In the long run is it worth it? Heck yes.
Wanna see a few that I whipped up?