Putting inspiring Baha’i quotes against beautiful visuals to compose a graphic representation is a novel way to share our Holy Writings. It’s also really easy to do thanks to all the tools and resources out there! Today we’ll give you some tips on how to create your own quotes in image form from your phone. From there you can turn them into wallpapers, share them with friends, post them to social networks, or even print them. Let’s get started!
1. Using Mobile Apps
The easiest way to create a Baha’i quote image is to use one of the popular apps available for iOS and Android phones and devices. These apps typically give you a range of backgrounds, text styles, and effects that you can use to create your images. They also have built in sharing features so you can post from the app straight to your favourite social network or if you’re creating an image for your personal use (e.g. as a phone wallpaper) you can just save the image to your camera roll.
Most apps are free to use but will leave a small watermark unless you purchase the paid or ‘pro’ edition for a few dollars. There’s lots of options, but the nicest that I’ve come across are:
Most apps provide free background images that you can use. If you get tired of those, you can of course get creative and take your own photos! Try finding simple textured background photos, like closeups of grass, or wood, or other natural elements. Landscapes and slightly out of focus photos can also work beautifully. At the end of the day, the best thing to do is experiment!
You can also grab professional photos from sites like Flickr or 500px, but be sure to search for images with an appropriate license (such as the Creative Commons Non-commercial Usage license). Alternatively you can even purchase photos from sites like iStockPhoto but these can be pricey.
Here are a couple of examples of beautifully digitally composed images:
2. Using Web Tools
Here’s a couple of images made with ReciteThis:
3. Using Photo Composition
Making images of Baha’i quotes doesn’t have to be a digital composition! You can create setups and then photograph them. For example you could try writing or illustrating out a quote by hand on a lovely piece of paper and photographing it. Or you could photograph a quote from an existing printed source like a book cover or poster.
Here are a few examples of beautifully photographically composed images:
Printing & Making Wallpapers
There are a number of great services that let you print your Instagram photos to a wide range of mediums. One of the more popular services is Prinstagram where you can turn your Baha’i Quote images into prints, framed prints, booklets, calendars, stickers and gift cards!
There are lots of other services out there, and you can print to magnets, pillow cases, and all sorts of odd stuff! Here are 13 more ways to print Instagram images.
Once you’ve created an image on your phone, it’s also easy to make it your phone’s background or wallpaper. Save the image to your camera roll or image library, then use the phone’s settings to make it a wallpaper or lock screen image.
There are some very talented graphic designers making quotes in this format, and you’ll find lots of them on Pinterest. For example check out this user’s Quotables Pinterest Board for inspiration. To get really serious you may need some more advanced graphics tools like Photoshop or Pixelmator.
There are also lots of dedicated Baha’i quoters on Instagram, here are three of our favourites:
Share Your Creations with Us!
We’d love to see your creations, so if you’re posting images to Instagram, be sure to add in a link to your Instagram profile in the comments below!