Graphics, Memes & Quotes. Oh, My!

Renee Ann Smith —  July 1, 2015 — 13 Comments

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.

Charles Spurgeon qutoes Take a stand on the Bible

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.)

Unsplash free graphic

Lifting othersHere, 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.)

Unsplash free graphic 2

Death to Stock Photo

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.)

Death to Stock Photos

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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This week I might be linking up with  Motivation Monday, Thoughtful Spot, Small Wonder Link-Up, Playdates with God, Book Musing Monday, The Art of Homemaking Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Sharing His Beauty, Mommmy Monday Blog Hop,Monday Musings,Modest Mondays, Make Your Home Sing Monday, Busy Monday, Tell Me a True Story, Ra Ra Link-Up, Turn It Up Tuesday,Titus 2 Tuesdays,What I Learned This Week, Titus 2sday Link-up, Testimony Tuesday, Enchanting Rose, Raising Homemakers, Woman to Woman, A Little R&R, Wake Up Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays,Wise Woman Wednesday, Three Word Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Pin Worthy Wednesday, Coffee for Your Heart, Currently @DearestLove, Juana Mikels Wednesday Link-up, Mom’s Morning Coffee,Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving Thursday, Booknificent Thursday, Tell His Story, Live Free Thursday, Thought Provoking Thursday, From House to Home Link Party,Grace at Home, Christian Fellowship Friday, Faith-filled Friday Faith & Fellowship Friday,Friendship Friday, Equipping Godly Women, Freedom Friday Coffee Date @Dearest Love, Friday Features Link Party, Fridays Unfolded, Everyday Jesus, Dance with Jesus, Paula’s No Rules Weekend Hop, Blessings Counters, Saturday Sharefest, Saturday Soiree, Saturday Situation, Still SaturdayFresh-brewed Sundays, Sunday Stillness, What I Learned This Month, and The Sunday Community.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

13 responses to Graphics, Memes & Quotes. Oh, My!

  1. Thanks for the great tips, Renee. I love PicMonkey too – so user friendly. I bookmarked the photo sites you shared and will be sure to return to them. #threewordwednesday

  2. From a fellow lover of words and quotes. Thank you so much!! Great tips !! I’m bookmarking this page so I can come back to it. Wow that’s some list of link ups – linking up is all knew to me so a great reference. Thanks for taking the time to share your wisdom.

  3. I do love your graphics and thank you for the link to Pic Monkey; I have loved it.

  4. Renee, I always enjoy seeing your graphics on FB! You are one talented designer. I’m happy to find a couple of places to get free graphics. I take most of my own photos but on occasion I just need/want something professional. 🙂

  5. I love PicMonkey too. Makes my images pop! Following you at #livefreeThursday.

  6. I am a big Picmonkey fan too and thanks for giving us a peek on your method. I haven’t tried polarizing yet and like that effect. and thanks for the new to me site for photos. I will check them out. I am exploring Canva too. does some things Picmonkey doesn’t do but more confusing and not as user friendly. Thanks again.

  7. I use Canva. Can you save on PicMonkey? I tried using it before. I will have to revisit. I also like the site for photos. I take a lot of my own photos, but sometimes I don’t have one that quiet fits my graphic. 😉

  8. Thanks for sharing this information! It is always nice to learn where to get free photos! Visiting from Christian Fellowship Friday 🙂

  9. Renee Ann,
    Thank you for teaching us how to use PicMonkey. So many options that I didn’t know about…FUN!

    And thank you for sharing at DanceWithJesus. Happy 4th!


  10. Great how-to and easy to understand! I think the drop shadow looks good on your blog because of the white background. It just makes defining the edges easier to see, kind of like inking the edges of a frame in a scrapbook would do. Thanks for sharing and for linking up at Biblical Womanhood for Christian Fellowship Weekend! Hope to see you again next week. Have a blessed one!

  11. Hey Renee,

    I came over on the #YouAreInvited Link up, and I’m glad to find your site!

    I love all of the graphics ideas, and I was just searching for some more free photos. I’m going to check out Death to Stock, and I appreciate your suggestions!

    I also followed you on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram! I add a couple of your pins to this link:

    Hope you have a blessed day~

  12. Renee, I SO appreciate these tips and suggestions! I will be checking out the free picture site and maybe even pic monkey for photo editing (I currently use Fotor– and it fulfills the purposes without dropping the $$ for Photoshop… Someday 🙂

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