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
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Here are a few Text2Image samples:
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.
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.
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 Kirk is a non-fiction writer blogging about faith, creativity and mission at goingtothesea.wordpress.com