Social networks seem to be filled with image quotes lately. Why so popular suddenly? The answer is simple – Pinterest. Unlike other social sites, Pinterest is all about images. So if you have something to say, you need an image to do it. While you could share the same quote images all your friends are using, why not create your own? With a few free sites and a free image editor, it’s easy to create a pinnable quote for Pinterest. You can even share them on other social sites like Facebook.
Find Your Quote
The first step is to find your quote. You can use an existing quote, create a bit of wisdom on your own or use the text to say something about your business, website or blog. Pinnable quotes are an extremely popular way for websites and businesses to post about products, promotions and events. You can also use favorite lines from movies, TV shows and music.
If you’re looking for a quote, a few of my favorite sites include The Quotations Page, Brainy Quote and The Quote Garden. Just remember, unless the quote belongs to you, always credit whoever said it. If the quote is listed as anonymous or unknown, include that as the credit.
Find An Image
The next step is to find an image. This one can be a bit tricky. Never, under any circumstances, use copyrighted images unless you have permission. Instead, use copyright free images or those with Creative Commons licensing. Obviously, your own photos are perfectly acceptable. Remember that if anyone other than you is in the picture, check with those people before you pin their face to Pinterest.
A few sites to try for completely free images are Morgue File and Wikimedia Commons.
Create A Pinnable Quote
Finally, the step you’ve been waiting for. Choose a free photo editor on Pixlr. In order to add text, use either Efficient or Advanced. If you’re new to image editing, stick with Efficient to keep things simple.
Open your image in the editor. Select your source. If you’ve downloaded the file to your computer, select Browse. If you found the image online, use Open URL to upload the file directly from the host’s website. Select Text. Choose one of the available font groups.
Type your quote in the text box. Select a font. Choose your alignment and the color of the text. Drag your text to place it where you want on your image. Use the small dots on the bottom and side of the text to change the size of your quote. Press Apply when your quote looks like you want.
If you need to undo anything, press the Undo button.
To further customize your pinnable quote, consider using an Effect or adding a Border. Both are great ways to add your own personal flair to whatever image you choose.
The final step is to press Save when you’re done. Choose a name and the quality of the file. The default works fine for Pinterest. Press Save again and choose where you want to save the image quote.
Finally, log in to Pinterest and show off your work!