Ever wanted to know how to design a picture quote to post to your social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+?
Today, I’m going to show you the very steps I take in designing a picture quote for social media.
Before we start, let’s take a look at the tools I’ve used to create this tutorial:
1) A layout program (I’m using Adobe Indesign) which includes:
– a document to create a page layout
– fonts to style my text quote
– toolbox to create shapes and add colour
2) An image to add visual interest. (I used a silhouette of a bird).
3) A typed text quote. (I chose one of Leonardo de Vinci’s quotes that I found on Google).
9 quick steps to designing picture quotes for social media
Import your image into a new document. (I first created a vector file for my bird by tracing the outline from a photo in Adobe Photoshop then imported it into Indesign. I did this so I can easily change the colour and shape of the bird but most importantly I wanted the bird to be clearcut instead of sitting on a square background. You will see what I mean in the next step).
Create a block of colour for the background using the shape option in the toolbox. (I used a rectangle).
Apply a colour fill or outline to your graphic using the colour palette. (I used a white fill).
Place your text quote in front of the block of colour. Using the text tool select the text then choose a simple typeface from the font menu.
Select the keywords you want to emphasise then change the font or style from the font menu.
Enlarge the quote by selecting all of the text and choosing a point size. (I usually experiment a little till it looks visually pleasing).
Continue with each keyword you want to emphasise. Select; change the size, font or style. (I try to only use two fonts within one design to achieve a simple clean look. I will then alternate the emphasis on words by changing the font style i.e. italics, bold, normal etc).
Don’t forget to emphasise the quote marks! Now colour the type by selecting the type using the text tool then choosing a colour from the colour palette. (I reversed my type by changing the colour to white).
Finally, save and export the file as a jpeg and upload to your favourite social media site!