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Visual Quotes. HOW TO: Quote Using Text-to-Image Tools (and Go Viral)

tools to create visual quotesWe love quoting: Some phrases are so cool that you just can’t help sharing… Or sometime you just need to confirm what you are saying (referring to a source). In any way, if you are creating content, you are probably quoting a lot.

And here’s a fresh idea for you: Use images to quote!

There are some absolutely obvious benefits of using this method:

  • You are not running into the risk of duplicate content
  • You have a great chance to go viral: People love sharing images and don’t forget about Pinterest!
  • You have a great chance to earn some links (people will never grow tired of making posts like this)
  • You make your photos original even if you grab it from a stock photo site.
  • You can even use them in display advertising and many other forms of marketing
  • If you become good at photo editing, you can even turn that into on of your monetization methods and sell your creations like Colorlib suggests

Here are some cool tools for that:

Beautifully Annotate a Photo

Text on a photo is evergreen: Think about lolcats – they are like AGES long! Or demotivators: You laugh even if you have seen it thousands of times! … and share as well!



Canva will save your previous creations, so you can go back and edit any time

Canva is a go-to tool when it comes to any form of visual marketing, including creating visual quotes. Creating a quote with Canva will probably take some time with Canva, only because there’s a ton of templates, fonts and forms to choose from, so you’ll be busy picking and moving things around. It’s actually addicting.

I’ve been using the free account of Canva for ages, never needed to upgraded but they do have a PRO version.


This is one of the best options if you want to drop a quick beautiful quote without spending too much time on that. It works via browser bookmarklet: Just highlight the text and click the bookmarklet. The system will then give you a large choice of themes (background and fonts).

It’s really a fun experience!


A quick online visual quote generator that requires no login

(There’s also a similar tool but a paid one here; I haven’t played with it but looks cool!)

Quotes Creator

Over HD is a fun app I like a lot. You can take a picture, add text to it and share within one minute of time. For text, you can:

  • Pick a font (a bit limited but quite enough)
  • Adjust the fond size
  • Adjust the photo brightness (e.g. to

Create beautiful visual quotes and post them to your social media accounts from your smart phone

(Tags Maker is a free online alternative of it but I couldn’t make my images look that sleek with it)

LOLCat Generator

The moment you start thinking the world if tired of lolcats, you see another presentation with lolcats-styled style and hear the room absolutely hooked.

Yes, once invented, lolcats are not growing old, and LOLCat Generator be a cool refresher to use for your quote (especially when a funny-looking cat doesn’t really match the serious tone of the quote):


A demotivator is another old trick for short quotes.

Annotated Screenshots

Clarify it

I don’t remember myself blogging WITHOUT taking screenshots. A screenshot is worth thousands of words and since English has never been the most powerful part of my writing, I use a lot of them 🙂

So here’s the quick round-up of screenshot makers that can also annotate (add text and arrows) to beautify your quote:

Runs on Tested? Text on image looks good? Price Best part
SnapDraw Windows XP No Not too modern Free Oldest and comes very recommended
Snagit Windows, Mac Yes Looks very sleek and also has a spell checker $49.95 Comes very recommended
Awesome Screenshots Plus Google Chrome Yes (on FF) No enlarge the font (?) Free Doesn’t require you to download anything (use within your browser)
Clarify it Windows, Mac Yes (on Mac) Looks awesome Free Very sleek and easy to use

Are there any cool tools I have missed?