This is a Guest Post by Jamie Northrup who specialises in Web Design and Development, and also the founder and owner of Deuce Group.
As a blogger, I always try and find a great picture to go with each one of my posts. I want something sleek and modern, but an image that is also relevant to what I’m writing about in the blog post.
Thanks to a new free web tool I found called Wordle, I never have to worry about finding relevant images again, as all you have to do is paste your text in their generator and bingo they create a beautiful word cloud image to be used anywhere you want for free. You do need a screen capture program or plugin to be able to take your creation as you can’t just save the image itself, you can use your print screen button on your keyboard and then paste it in Paint if you don’t want to use screen capture software.
The best thing, besides it being free, is that you can customize the shapes, colors, fonts, words, and layout of each graphic or you can even let their generator make a random one for you.
I know a lot of bloggers worry about image licensing, well with Wordle you don’t need to worry about that because you have permission to use them freely wherever you want and you don’t even need to link back to them. It’s great because you can save money when you don’t want to use stock images that you need to pay for, or save time looking for graphics, free or not.
I have created 3 Wordles so far, two for the slider on the front page of my website, and the one for this post.
Enjoy creating, and please share your creations with me.
Jamie Northrup is a 29 year old Canadian web consultant based in Montreal. He has been working online since 1995 and has experience in web development, web design, e-commerce, eBay, social networking and online marketing. He is also the founder and owner of a company called Deuce Group.