Pablo create text images

Become a Master at Creating Text Images

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.

Pablo Buffer text image
Once you’ve created your image, you can share it to your social networks right within Pablo. As you probably know, tweets and updates with images get more clicks than plain text.

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 Buffer create text images

The Downside

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.

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  1. Jeannette I just came across pablo over the weekend. I love quotes but (horror) I don’t even have Photoshop! Indeed it is not as flexible as I would like but still ok. I also use, quotescover, quozio and recitethis to mention a few of these turning text quotes into images.

    • Susan — you don’t need any help in creating images! Yours are so terrific. Pablo is for artistic dummies like me!

  2. My go-to free program for putting text on quotes is PicMonkey. When I was teaching, we were given a free copy of Photoshop. I would open it up and just be overwhelmed. I wish I did have the time to learn how to get really good at photo editing because I know I have a knack for it. I currently have Adobe Photoshop Elements and it’s definitely more user-friendly than the full-blown version of Photoshop.

  3. Jeannette,

    I hadn’t heard of Pablo yet. I’m a huge fan of Buffer. So, I’m not surprised that they came out with this.

    I’ve been using Photoshop for about eight years now. (We own a really old version that we bought when we had our photography business.) It is a very expensive program and it’s overkill for the needs of most bloggers. The reason that I continue to use it is that I know how to quickly create graphics in it.

    I’ve used PicMonkey before and it’s great for resizing photos. That’s my go-to tool if I’m somewhere and don’t have access to my computer. I’ve tried Canva and I never took the time to get the hang of it but bloggers I know create stunning work with it.

    So many people have been tweeting great quotes as pics. Now that you’ve introduced me to Pablo, I bet that’s what a lot of those bloggers are using. Since I really need to tweet more images, I’m going to check it out. Thanks!

    • Sherryl — I actually did tweet a couple of text images. It will be interesting to see if they boost my referrals from Twitter. LinkedIn is still my top referral source among the social networks. I didn’t know about PicMonkey and just took a look at their site. My next test!

  4. That is an awesome looking tool Jeannette!

    And does appear, based on what you said, it does seem to be simple enough that even a
    non techie like myself might even be able to stumble through it and have some fun!

    Thanks so much for sharing this resource, as I hadn’t heard of it before!

  5. Such images are quite inspiring with relevant quotations. The contrast color is a key so that your readers could find it easy to read and enjoy the text of the images with different colors.

    This post has introduced interesting methods to get this done. I appreciate it.

  6. Jeannette- My go to is Photoshop. I have had no choice but to know how to use because of all the images on my website site. It is a lot easier to use than Adobe Illustrator. You can download a free version to try it out.

    • Arleen — I understand why you use Photoshop. Your whole business is predicated on promotional items that need to be attractive for your customers to want to buy. Makes perfect sense because you’re in the product business whereas I’m selling a service — basically I’m a wordsmith who uses images to illuminate my copy.

  7. Hi Jeannette, isn’t there a lot to learn? I just learned to use Paint and I’m so proud of myself – now I’m going to check out Pablo. I have signed on to Buffer previously but never really knew what to do with it. Time to get back on and try and figure it out.

    • Lenie — Buffer’s principle function of posting your updates at timely intervals is even more important, in my view, than Pablo. You can get the Buffer extension on your browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.). It will appear on your tool bar and you just click on it and pick the networks you want to update and Buffer will schedule them for you. I use it that way all the time. And if you use Pablo, you can schedule your posts/updates from this tool.

  8. These are really very good Jeannette! I haven’t even attempted to make text pictures so this is very good information for a novice like me. I do need to get more creative with my blog images…. another thing to do! Sigh!

    • Jacquie — it would have been fun if you did a text image of one of your quotes in your last post. Why don’t you try it and insert a text image in that post to test it out.

  9. Thank you, Jeannette. Have used Buffer for a long time in order to tweet with pictures but had never heard of Pablo.

    Tried for fun and created a photo with text on it and tweeted it. For tweeting Pablo comes in handy.

    Am personally not keen on using photos with text on them in articles on my blog for the simple reason that in my opinion that can make the article look like an advertisement. An advertorial. It’s probably because of my background in media:-)

    • Catarina — I agree that Pablo is ideal for tweeting text images and I’ve done a couple myself. Glad you found it handy.

  10. I love this idea for creating images! I have bookmarked Pablo. It looks great at first glance. I do have Photoshop but sometimes you just want something simple and straightforward. I like Canva for its simplicity and ease of use too.