Have you seen the posters that take a series of words and turn them into a work of art? I recently found several free programs that allow you to type in your words and it will turn them into art. You can save, print or share your creations. I can see this having so many practical applications – post cards, birthday cards, program bulletins, school newsletters, blogs, gifts. The possibilities are endless. Here’s some free options to turn words into art for free.
How to Turn Words into Art
What is a word cloud? Simply a visual presentation of a group of words. Typically, the larger words have more importance. Blogs often use word clouds (or tag clouds) to show what has been talked about the most on the site.
Here’s an example of how I use the tag cloud (word cloud) on my blog. If you look over on the right sidebar of most blogs, you will see this tag cloud. The larger the words, the more I’ve talked about that topic.
Turning your words into art is super easy, requires no download, and is FREE! Check out these options!
- Go to Wordle.net and click on Create your own.
- New screen will open where you can type in a series of words. Just separate each word with a space. If you have a 2 part word (like Star Wars just connect them with a dash: star-wars) I highlight the string of words so if I want to add something I won’t have to retype them all later.
- The next screen will show you the word cloud. You can now customize the colors, font and layout. If you prefer to just let Wordle randomly choose for you, then click the Randomize option at the bottom of the screen.
- Once you are happy with your Word Art, you can save it as a public file. Worlde.net will provide you with the html code to add to your website. However, I found that you have more options if you just take a screen shot and save your art to your computer. Just click the “print screen button on your keyboard” and then paste the screenshot into paint or another program on your computer. That way you can crop out all the edit buttons and save it as a jpg on your computer.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Here are two more examples of how I used Wordle.net:
My son wanted to get in on the fun. So he started telling me all the things he likes. I can see this being fun for a child’s room decoration!
Other free sites to create word clouds
WordItOut: I liked this site because it allows you to decide which word is the most important. You can actually increase the size of particular words by going into the edit settings after you create your initial word cloud.
ABCya.com Word Clouds
This is a great place for kids to experiment with creating word clouds with their name and favorite activities.
ABCya.com word clouds for kids! A word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. Type or paste text into the box below and press the arrow button to view the word cloud generated. The appearance of a word cloud can be altered using the graphical buttons above the cloud. It is also easy to save and/or print the cloud by simply pressing a button.
Words definitely are works of art. How will you use these free programs? I’d love to hear and see your creations!