I’ve been making these images since 2008. I do it for fun and relaxation (and because it takes less time than getting out my paints and brushes). You can get as fancy or as basic as you want. The steps are simple:
- Find a quote you love. Sources for quotes are all over the internet and Google is your best friend for finding them. Other sources include quotation dictionaries and your favorite non-fiction books.
- Find an image that gives support to the quote. My go-to source is MorgueFile as most of their free photos do not require attribution. You can also use your own snapshots or go to Flickr’s creative commons area (make sure you grab the link and name of the photographer to give them credit. You can do that in the alternate text of the image or in the caption). BE VERY CAREFUL about where you get your images. Read the licensing section for each photograph and choose only those images that are Creative Commons Attribution Required or Creative Commons no Attribution Required.
- Open up a graphics program. I believe Picasa is free, as is Pixlr. I use Adobe CS2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements, but I’ve also used basic scrapbooking software, Xara Photo & Graphic Design, and Serif Artist. You can also use Paint in your windows suite. Mac has an equivalent download I think is called Paintbrush (Mac users, chime in!).
- Open the image. Then create a text box on the image. Type in your quote and then play with font and font color until you are happy with the result.
- Save the image as a high quality .jpg or .png.
To get the most for your quote photo, you can add layer styles to your font (drop shadow, glow, etc). Another tip is to select the background image and desaturate or fade it. For images with strong colors or a lot going in, it helps tone things down so your quote stands out. In Adobe, you do this by selecting the background and then clicking on “layer” and then “layer adjustment.”
The most important thing is to play with your image in whichever software you choose. Learn what the effects do and try the font in various colors. Experimentation is part of the fun.