If working with Photoshop is a breeze for you, then read no further. This post is for people like me who are all thumbs when it comes to creating images for blog posts, social networks and presentations.
The good people at Buffer have developed a tool called Pablo so that you can easily create images imprinted with text. That’s what I did for the feature image above this post.
Buffer, if you didn’t know, is a handy tool that enables you to schedule updates to your social media networks. It can be installed as an extension to your browser or on your smart phone.
Pablo to the Rescue
But on to Pablo. Within Pablo you can use one of several images they supply or upload your own and choose from a number of type fonts and sizes for your text. The background can be kept as it is, converted to black and white or blurred.
Once you have the image uploaded, you can position the type where you want it. Pablo has a list of 130 inspirational quotes to choose from if you don’t have one of your own. They also provide a list of stock photo sources. Here is an image I uploaded with a quote from Steve Jobs.
But you can also use these images in presentations. For example, I could use the image about blogging in a presentation to a client about the benefits of having a blog.
Here is one of my favorite Chihuly photos with a quote about color. I used reverse (white) type to make the quote stand out as I did in the feature image. For my images, I used three different type faces, red type for Steve Jobs and italics in two images.
Pablo has its limitations. I couldn’t move the citation for each quote to the right side where I’d prefer it to be. Also, the colors aren’t as intense as the originals and seemed to take on a somewhat tan hue. The typefaces are limited. It took me a while to figure out how to upload the next image and override the one I had just worked on.
But if you’re looking to create an image quickly and post it to a social network or design a cover for a presentation, Pablo may do just fine.