You’ve probably seen these little quotes all over Instagram, whether they are inspirational, motivational or relatable, they seem to be very popular at the moment! I think they are like rays of sunshine and can add a little happiness to someones day. I love making and sharing quotes on social media and creating your own quotes to share isn’t as hard as you think! In this blog post, I am going to show you how to make your own quotes, my personal top tips to make them stand out and where to get pretty fonts from. Let’s get started!
First of all, you will need some sort of editing programme. You can splurge and go all out and purchase Photoshop however, there are many free websites and editing programmes that work just as well (especially if you don’t have the pennies for Photoshop). My top recommendations are Canva, Picmonkey and Pixlr Editor. In this post, I will be talking about Canva as this is my favourite and I use regularly.
Setting the size
Let’s start by setting the size for your Instagram quote to 1080 x 1080 px. This will ensure it is the correct size and fits nicely with your Instagram. If you set it too big, too small or one side longer/shorter than the other, it will not look right.
Select Create a Design, then click Custom Design and input the dimensions. Make sure it is set to 1080 px. Once you have done this, you will be presented with a blank canvas ready to start designing!
Next, you want to think about a colour scheme. You might be thinking “why?” and I shall explain. A colour scheme is important as this (along with other things which I explain later in this post) is what makes your quote stand out. For example, if you are sharing a powerful and positive quote, you’re more than likely going to choose a bold colour scheme whereas a soft, neutral colour scheme wouldn’t work. So, depending on your quote, have a think about the kind of colour scheme that would best suit it. Not sure which colours work best? Don’t worry! There are lots of handy colour scheme websites. Paletton is my personal favourite. It lets you input a colour and then generates different palettes for you to choose from.
Using your colour scheme
In Canva, select Background, click Solid Colour and then input your chosen background colour. Similarly, you’ll want choose the colour for your font. I usually stick to black or white depending on what background I use but don’t be afraid to experiment with colours!
Finding a Font
Now it’s time to choose a font. As I mentioned earlier with the colour scheme, a font can really make a big difference. The font should match up with the vibe of your quote so for example, if your quote is sad, you wouldn’t choose a bold font as this just wouldn’t suit it. Canva comes with a range of fonts for you to choose from however, if you are looking for some free pretty fonts, then this post is for you: Free Calligraphy Fonts. There’s also a ton of free design resourses including, free fonts here: Your Complete Guide to Blogging Tools and Resources.
Choosing a Quote
I find most of my quotes on my Pinterest “Quotes” board where I have shared nearly 1000 different quotes. If it is a generic quote, then I will use word-for-word however, I like to take inspiration from ones I have seen on Pinterest and come up with my own quotes. Most of the quotes I share are the ones I have made up myself and have been my most popular!
Spacing it right
Spacing can really change the appearance of your font. It’s not just as simple as pressing the enter key between each sentence as this won’t look right and will leave a large gap between lines. Canva comes with a handy Spacing feature which lets you add space between letters and sentences. I would recommend playing round with this until you are happy with how your quote looks.
While you may want a simple design (and there is nothing wrong with that!), don’t be afraid to experiment with colours, patterns and textures. Sometimes I like to add little doodles, pretty frames or cute graphics such as the roses, glitter and newspaper clippings you see in the example above. Canva has tons of graphics that you can add or there is the option to upload your own!
I hope you have found this post helpful, useful and excited to make your own quotes! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments sections and I will answer them as soon as possible. I cannot wait to see what creations you come up with!