How to Create a Simple Word Poster

Since sharing my original posters, I’ve been asked how I created them. I know many talented artists and writers who would benefit from adding their own quotes or artwork to a “meme,” so maybe I can help with a basic poster-creating tutorial using a free online editor.

Both Pizap.com and Picmonkey.com are good examples of free editors that give the option to edit an existing photo or to create a blank poster from scratch. Depending on which online editor you are using, the technique is often quite similar. Here I will show you how to create a simple poster using Pizap.com since it is the most basic free online photo editor I like to use.

How To:

-After choosing whether you are editing an existing photo or creating a new poster, make your selection of size.

-Then, you will select a color from the palette. When choosing a background color, remember that your text will overlay whatever color you choose, so you likely want to go with either a light or dark color. You can always experiment, so don’t stress. Have fun with it!

-I then chose a frame for my poster image by selecting the square frame icon at the top of the screen. Pizap has a wide variety of frames to choose from- especially in their “Simple” category. Here you can see I chose soft white scrolls to frame this image.

Slide 1: This is the first screen you will come to. Click on the box where it says “Canvas Color” and a color palette will allow you to choose your background color.

Slide 2: Notice the square frame icon is selected above to display the frames. Then I chose the “Simple” frames collection.

Now I will choose Text by clicking the “T” at the top of the screen. Write your text in the white box and it will appear in the text box on your poster where you can move it around by clicking and dragging. When writing text for posters, I recommend using several text boxes so you can arrange your words easily inside of your poster. With longer quotes, you may also want to use a couple different fonts, so getting used to typing only a few words in each text box will help in your designs. I encourage you to play with your fonts and sizes, but **make sure you click “OK” each time you are done editing each individual text box.** I tend to spend most of my time on a poster arranging text and experimenting with fonts.

-On the bottom of the screen, you will see 3 boxes. One is your text color, one is “Glow” or backlight, and the other adds color inside your textbox. In Pizap, it automatically backlights the text for you. It’s a good idea to un-check the “Glow” box to experiment with the way it looks or view your text with different colors backlit. My image I am creating is without any backlight or “glow” added.

-To add a Filter or Overlay, select the wand icon at the top of the screen. There are several to choose from, and each filter will make the image look completely different. You will enjoy layering filters over your photos also. Just remember that they do layer over top of one another, so make sure to remove each one after viewing it on your image. There are filters in the frames section as well.

Pizap tutorial slide 2

Slide 1: Notice where the text box is, the font selection of Chantilli, and the font size. Below, I can change color of my text, and when I’m done typing each section of text, I click the blue “OK” button.

Slide 2: I added an “Overlay” or Filter I found in the frames section (see frames icon selected above?). You can also access more Filters by selecting the wand icon. As you can see, Filters change the whole look of an image.

Pizap tutorial slide 3

Slide 1: Here, you can see I changed my font as well as added 2 butterflies from the “Stickers” section. I clicked on the Stickers or embellishments I wanted, then clicked to drag, and used the prongs surrounding the butterfly to make it larger, smaller, or turn in any direction. Notice above, the Heart icon is highlighted to access Pizap’s stickers.

Slide 2: All done! I finished editing my poster, clicked “Save” at the top of the screen, and was sure to choose the “download to my computer” option during the saving process. It also asks if I wanted to share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.

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Completed Poster using Pizap

I suggest getting acclimated to a simple editor like Pizap if you are interested in making posters with more sophisticated software later on. You can do so many things with free photo editors when you allow yourself to play around freely and experiment. At first, an editor might seem to be limited in options, but if you look with a discerning creative eye, you realize how much you can do with your images.

Pizap has a great frames selection, especially in their “simple” frames set that other editors might ask you to pay for. And Pizap also allows you to cut images out of other photos and insert them into your poster. I also like their large selection of filters, and I’ve noticed they’ve recently added more since reconstructing their page. When you connect your facebook or Twitter account with Pizap, your friends who create with Pizap can also like and comment on the images you create.

If you have been interested in creating a poster or editing an image of your own, I hope you try playing around with a simple editor like this one. I’d encourage you to first “Edit” a photo and play around with all of the tools available to you, lay text over top of it, try filters, etc. And then, try creating a poster from scratch with your favorite short quote. If you do, make sure to download your image to your computer and email it to me at abodyofhope@inbox.com. I’d love to see your creation!

If this tutorial helped you, let me know in comments and I will do a second one on how to edit in Picmonkey.com

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Photo edited using Pizap

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10000 Spoons Poster Made on Pizap

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on January 30, 2015, in Art Therapy, Poster Tutorial and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. lifeinslowmotion

    I’m so glad you did this – I tried to figure this out myself the other day, and I couldn’t find a good program or make it work. Just finished my first attempt 🙂 It’s not amazing, but I’m excited to try a few more.

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    • Thank you so much for letting me know this was a help to you. I’m so happy I had the opportunity to see your poster you created- you really did a WONDERFUL job! I was so tickled you designed something with so much detail and layers to it in your first try. I’m so impressed 🙂

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  2. Thank you SO much for posting this! I always see those wonderful posters and wish I knew how to create one. Now I do!

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  3. I love it! I use an app on my phone, but I had no idea how to make these on the computer without downloading some kind of expensive software. 🙂

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  4. This is super useful, I can’t wait to try! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. You are so wonderful for sharing your knowledge with those who can benefit! I love reading how confident you sound with your abilities, it’s a seriously beautiful thing to offer to show others how to do what you have taught yourself. You are such a gracious, loving soul, always giving people not just inspiration (well, lots of that too! <3), but the tools to actually realize those thoughts and glimmers and fragments through their own artistic spirit. Much love darling, i really hope your first month of 2015 has been full of art and affection.

    Sending you spoons, and soft hugs too!

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    • Awe, thank you Jess! I know you and so many others who will read this know WAY more than I do about editing software….
      I’m sure many will laugh at how basic it is, but it’s not for professionals- just for messing around and hopefully for enjoyment and more creativity. You are such an awesome artist- it’s an encouragement knowing you approve 🙂

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      • I don’t think it’s basic at all! Lots of pro designers use those programs on a regular basis and write tutorials on really silly things. Yours is not silly, it’s useful, it’s functional, it’s even printable, and bloggers who needed this push to explore their digital creative side just received it. Many writers didn’t think they could do this, and you showed them that there is no reason why they can’t try it out at least. You also showed how competent you are with programs that may seem basic on first look, but have pretty awesome potential. And again, pro designers use these tools for their images; no one wants to load photoshop every time. I pay $20 a month for it and I don’t want to open it up most of the time!!! Also, I personally needed inspiration, and I have never used one of the programs you mentioned and was fascinated by what you did with it, in such a simple way you created something I would have stupidly spent hours on in photoshop. Way to make my life so much simpler from now on!!! Thank you, babe! I know so many others on the entire sliding scale of digital artistic knowledge are grateful for this tutorial, and everyone uses these programs differently so it’s always, always fascinating to see what possibilities and techniques other talented artists are using, such as yourself. ❤ ❤ ❤
        Your badass creative and caring self is shining in this post from every angle!!! Plus you just took so much of the pressure out of designing for me and gave me an awesome refresher course at the same time. Artistic rut is officially over, and hopefully I will be posting over on the Chronically Inspired group soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you! All the love! ❤

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        • Awe, you are so awesome, Jess 🙂 You always have a way of making me feel better right at the times I am doubting myself the most.
          Thank you for saying that this was a good working tutorial. I’ve never created a tutorial, so I was learning something brand new. It feels good to teach someone something again after so long, you know?
          Actually, you know what’s so funny? Last night I was looking at the photoshop download since you told me about it on Chronically Inspired. You planted that seed, and now I’m curious about it 🙂

          I’m looking forward to seeing what breaks your artistic rut! 🙂 I’m so inspired by the first piece I saw of yours. It was so awesome, I can’t get it our of my mind. I’ve never seen something like that. Such a cool idea- I want to try!!!

          I’m so thankful for you and your always encouraging words. You are like a soft warm hug when it’s cold out ❤ ❤ ❤
          Love ya girl!

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