Five Great Sites for Instantly Creating Images out of Text

Q is for QuotationsDear Readers:

Erin Kirk attended a blogging workshop I taught at the Mount Hermon (CA) Christian Writers’ Conference. When I demonstrated several text-to-image websites, Erin got so excited that she immediately volunteered to review the sites and contribute her findings to Blogging Bistro.

I appreciate Erin’s enthusiasm, and the hours of work she put in to test each site and provide screenshots of her results. If you find Erin’s review helpful, I hope you’ll leave her a comment.

By Erin Kirk
Guest Contributor

Ever wonder how people turn clever quotes into text images for Pinterest and Facebook?

With any of the five tools below you can do it in less than a minute, and drive more traffic to your website or blog.

Let’s practice with a quote by John Muir: “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”

The Free Workhorse – Recitethis

With clean, easy design, Recite allows you to paste your quote on any of 25 standard templates. Nothing clever to say? No problem. Recite has a search function, where you can find quotes on love, leadership, aging, faith etc.

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Recite even rewards indecision. With one click you can change your quote or template. Once you’re satisfied, you can post it right to Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, or download it to your computer to use later.

Here are a few finished products:

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The Free Racehorse – Quozio

Similar to Recite, Quozio offers one extra feature – a bookmarklet that allows you to highlight anything off the web and build a text image out of it.

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Just install the bookmarklet on your browser’s toolbar, highlight what you found, click the bookmarklet and the text is ready to go on any of their 38 templates.

Goodreads has a massive quote library, use the bookmarklet there and your options are endless. However, if you want to save or email your work, Quozio asks you to sign in.

Check out these finished products:

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But if these free services have one shortcoming, it is a lack of control. A heavy user might tire of the template options or wish to change fonts or formatting – things neither site allows.

For a little more control try – Share as Image

This site works just like Recite and Quozio but with the $6.99 Pro Upgrade, you can apply your own colors, sizes and fonts to your text image.

A handy bookmarklet is available in both the free and Pro versions, but the free version offers only one choice of font and color scheme.

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Text2Image

Offers free, basic control with a choice of five fonts and ten colors. You can also manipulate the height and width of your text, then save the project to your computer as a jpeg, GIF or PNG.

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Here are a few Text2Image samples:

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But what if you want to attach the John Muir quote to a photo of your own?

Maybe, like me, you have hundreds of Rocky Mountain photographs on your desktop and some free time.

For the control-freak creative – Ribbet

This high-quality photo-editing suite comes complete with text tools. This rabbit hole is deep, super fun and free.

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Upload your own photos, edit them endlessly with special effects, enter a quote, change the font, color, size and placement; you can even change hair and eye colors. Then save the image to your hard drive, print it or share it with Facebook and Flikr.

If you need even more control or wish to upload hundreds of photos at a time, the Ribbet upgrade might be the right choice, and for a limited time, it’s free.

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At then end of the day, if your goal is to drive traffic to your blog or website, be sure to post your text image on your site first, then post it to Facebook or your Pinterest boards.

That ensures anyone checking out your cute and clever text image, arrives at your cute and clever website.

Do you have a favorite text-to-image tool?

Please post a link to your fave, and share a creative idea for using text-to-image on the Web.

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Erin KirkErin Kirk is a non-fiction writer blogging about faith, creativity and mission at goingtothesea.wordpress.com

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  • Great ideas Erin! Need to try one of these options for my Serenity fb page.
    Thanks
    Sharon

  • Great ideas Erin! Need to try one of these options for my Serenity fb page.
    Thanks
    Sharon

  • Just used Ribbet and loved it! Sooooo easy!
    Thanks again!
    Sharon

  • Just used Ribbet and loved it! Sooooo easy!
    Thanks again!
    Sharon

  • Quozio

    Thanks, Erin. We appreciate your review of Quozio – http://Quozio.com. We’d welcome your feedback and suggestions as we want to make Quozio the go to app for great looking quotes.

  • Quozio

    Thanks, Erin. We appreciate your review of Quozio – http://Quozio.com. We’d welcome your feedback and suggestions as we want to make Quozio the go to app for great looking quotes.

  • Great ideas- I did wonder where all those Pinterest quotes came from! I never did invest in (or learn) Photoshop, but I’ve used it’s cheaper cousin, Broderbund Printshop. I can use my own photos and add text, which is fun if you enjoy being a little creative!

  • Great ideas- I did wonder where all those Pinterest quotes came from! I never did invest in (or learn) Photoshop, but I’ve used it’s cheaper cousin, Broderbund Printshop. I can use my own photos and add text, which is fun if you enjoy being a little creative!

  • Katherine Jones

    Very helpful information, well explained and easily understood. Thank you!

  • Katherine Jones

    Very helpful information, well explained and easily understood. Thank you!

  • Thanks, Erin. I always pined over people who had pretty quotes on their Facebook and Pinterest. I chose Quozio. My first quote will post with my next blog update on Wednesday.

  • Thanks, Erin. I always pined over people who had pretty quotes on their Facebook and Pinterest. I chose Quozio. My first quote will post with my next blog update on Wednesday.

  • Erin Kirk

    That’s great. I didn’t know about these tools either until Laura showed them off at Mt. Hermon.

  • Erin Kirk

    That’s great. I didn’t know about these tools either until Laura showed them off at Mt. Hermon.

  • Erin Kirk

    You’re welcome. Love your site. So fun!

  • Erin Kirk

    🙂

  • Erin Kirk

    You’re welcome. Love your site. So fun!

  • Erin Kirk

    🙂

  • Erin Kirk

    That’s what I like to do too, but when I don’t have much time, the other sites are quick and awesome.

  • Erin Kirk

    That’s what I like to do too, but when I don’t have much time, the other sites are quick and awesome.

  • You should check out http://www.wordle.net/. Great for banners, desktop wallpapers or other uses.

  • Chris Yeager

    You should check out http://www.wordle.net/. Great for banners, desktop wallpapers or other uses.

  • Chris, I hope you’ll share a link to your blog post so we can all OOOH and AAAH over your quote!

  • Chris, I hope you’ll share a link to your blog post so we can all OOOH and AAAH over your quote!

  • Oh yes, I love Wordle and have used it for years! It’s a little different than the text-to-image method, but very fun to use.

  • Oh yes, I love Wordle and have used it for years! It’s a little different than the text-to-image method, but very fun to use.

  • Shay Moser

    I have been wondering how to turn quotes into text images, and now I know thanks you you!

  • Shay Moser

    I have been wondering how to turn quotes into text images, and now I know thanks you you!

  • Anthony

    haha, I’ve been searching and searching online for various add-ons and info for my site and your site showed up on Google. Worked out perfect cause your site answered THREE questions I had! Thank you thank you thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Anthony

    haha, I’ve been searching and searching online for various add-ons and info for my site and your site showed up on Google. Worked out perfect cause your site answered THREE questions I had! Thank you thank you thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Three for the price of one. Cool!

  • Three for the price of one. Cool!

  • Del West

    Add more templates.

  • Del West

    Add more templates.

  • irina

    mm. i use pixteller http://www.pixteller.com – i think its the nicest of all. it has a lot of features and templates to use. and most of all i can reuse other posters – it’s a feature they call repix. if somebody else made a picture on pixteller you can reuse it as template for your new image.

  • irina

    mm. i use pixteller http://www.pixteller.com – i think its the nicest of all. it has a lot of features and templates to use. and most of all i can reuse other posters – it’s a feature they call repix. if somebody else made a picture on pixteller you can reuse it as template for your new image.

  • Irina – Didn’t know about Pixteller — it looks like a good one! Canva also has that “repix” option — I adapted someone’s template the other day to create a graduation party announcement for my son. Thanks for sharing your tip!

  • Irina – Didn’t know about Pixteller — it looks like a good one! Canva also has that “repix” option — I adapted someone’s template the other day to create a graduation party announcement for my son. Thanks for sharing your tip!

  • charlyarg

    Indeed, this was my best choice for a love letter to my girlfriend. Amazing art, very simple and resourceful. Thanks Irina! (and Laura for opening the discussion).

  • Nancy Barnard

    Sharon ~ Hi…I would appreciate any help you may be able to give…I have a very difficult time to get Quozio (which I love, BTW) to start processing my image. I also get a lot of messages saying that “we are having difficulty connecting to (whatever the URL is). I use this regularly for my Pinterest group boards and it’s getting more and more difficult to get it to work at all. Any help you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Nancy Barnard

  • Nancy Barnard

    Hi…I would appreciate any help you may be able to give…I have a very difficult time to get Quozio (which I love, BTW) to start processing my image. I also get a lot of messages saying that “we are having difficulty connecting to (whatever the URL is). I use this regularly for my Pinterest group boards and it’s getting more and more difficult to get it to work at all. Any help you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.

  • Nancy, Instead of sending your image directly to Pinterest, you might try right clicking and “Save Image As” to your hard drive first. Then you can upload the saved image to Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

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