If you’ve spent any time around here, you can tell that I enjoy playing with graphics—especially when it comes to sharing quotes.
I rely on God-breathed Scripture to convict and change me. But wise words hold power as well.
Many times in my life God has used the words of others to open my eyes to His truth or apply it to my life in a new way.
So I often feel compelled to pass those quotes on in hopes that they will bless and encourage others.
My tools of choice for creating graphics have been iPhone pics, the wonderful photos from Unsplash—which has a very open license (The site says, “Do whatever you want.”)—and, of course, PicMonkey, a site which lets me edit to my heart’s content.
With PicMonkey, I usually begin by cropping my photo to be square or Pinterest-pin shaped. (Graphics that are wider than they are tall don’t seem to show up well on my favorite sites—my blog, Pinterest & Facebook.)
While at Basic Edits, I check to see if my graphic needs to be sharpened, over-exposed, under-exposed, or color-enhanced—whatever will complement the quote I have in mind.
Then I click on Effects, where I can age my graphic, posterize it, turn it into a Poloroid, soften the focus, etc.
What’s nice about PicMonkey is that the arrows at the top of the pic always allow me to undo what I have done. Also, I can save my work along the way in case there’s a really great look I want to use at a later time.
Once I’ve played with Effects, I click on Text and copy & paste my quotes onto the graphic. Once I’ve done that I can change the alignment, color, and size of the words.
Then I get to play with the fonts. Some fonts allow me to “Bold” or “Italicize” them. Wider fonts are great for layering, which enables me to give the words a 2-D look.
My last step is adding a Frame. I pretty much always finish with Drop Shadow—even if I’ve used another frame before that. I feel like Drop Shadow makes my graphic “pop” when on my blog or in the Facebook stream.
***Recently, I discovered a new place to grab free graphics: Death to Stock Photo. I signed up for the free tier and have received two batches of photos so far.
Just click on the graphic to view sharing choices.
For this great Charles Spurgeon quote, I layered italicized Roman Antique font, white over black. The background originally looked like this before I cropped, enhanced & posterized. (I resized it for this post. You can grab it full-sized from the Unsplash site.)
Here, I layered the Special Elite font, white over black. The background originally looked like this before I cropped & enhanced. (I resized it for this post. You can grab it full-sized from the Unsplash site.)
The font for this graphic is Cardo bold. The graphic originally looked like this before I cropped, enhanced & posterized. (I resized it for this post. You can grab it full-sized by signing up to receive emails from Death to Stock Photo.)
I hope you’ve been encouraged by the quotes or helped by the how-to tips.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!
***Photo Backstory: I created these graphics with free images from Unsplash & Death to Stock Photo plus the effects at PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. Pass them on!
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