When you come across a beautiful sight — be it a beach, a mountain, or your pet’s face — sometimes, it inspires you to think bigger about what certain sights and experiences mean. For those moments, you might want to publish a photo on Instagram with an equally inspiring quote as the caption. However, you could take it even further — and save characters — by posting the Instagram photos with the quotes on it.
Posting images with quotes on Instagram can diversify your content on the platform and humanize your brand a little as well. Everyone could use motivational quotes during a busy Monday morning or a sad afternoon. So, try to make quotes for your next Instagram post with the help of these free apps that we show you below.
9 Instagram Text Apps to Make Inspiring Quotes
FaceGarage is a browser tool that allows you to create Instagram images with quotes overlaid in just a few simple steps. You can upload your image or use one of the site’s stock background images. Then start to type in your quote, adjust the font, text size, color, and formatting. Then you generate your image and download it to post on Instagram.
Our favorite thing about FaceGarage is the images don’t come with a watermark, so you can create more beautiful photos without a logo in the corner.
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Canva’s features extend beyond text-based pictures and, for that matter, social media. However, the mobile app and Canva’s gorgeous pre-made templates make it perfect for Instagram quotes.
Using the Canva’s social media post setting, you can do tons of things like to draft banners, flyers, cards, and posts of all shapes and sizes using one of hundreds of pro-level backgrounds. Of course, feel free to snap a photo on the go, as you want. Once you choose your image, you can complete it with more than 100 fonts, adjust the size and color, and publish.
ReciteThis is another quick and simple browser tool you can use to make quotes for Instagram. Its two-step process involves selecting one of the ready-made background themes, typing in your quotation, and pressing “Create.” From there, you can upload the image to a variety of social networks (not including Instagram). Or you can download the image to upload and post on Instagram.
The downside to ReciteThis’s ease of use is the pretty big visible watermark in the bottom-center of each image, but you can crop it out using your phone’s photo editor before posting to Instagram, depending on the design you make.
4. Word Swag
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Listed in iTunes’s top 100 apps in the Photo & Video category, Word Swag allows you create text images that are as edgy as the app’s name sounds. The app uses a special typing engine to create fresh quote designs based on the background picture you’re working with.
Just select (or shoot) your picture, type your quote into the app’s plain text editor, select one of nearly 50 styles, and shuffle through the diverse choices that appear. Word Swag has literally thousands of quote and image options to select from. They range a handy integration to Pixabay, a free image gallery.
This free app provide you with a lot of options to customize your quote image, font styles, and color schemes. You can use your own photos or choose one in InstaQuote’s library. It also allows you to automatically upload your image to Instagram so you don’t have to download it and then upload it.
The downsides to many free apps — including InstaQuote — are the prevalence of ad interruptions, and that many features are locked unless you upgrade to the paid version.
Text2Pic stands out from the crowd in a couple of ways. It has the widest variety of font style and formatting options — including 3-D and shadowing capabilities to add more effects to your text. It also auto-connects to Instagram for seamless uploading and posting on the platform.
The biggest draw back we’ve noted is the inability to upload your own photo as a background image, but Text2Pic makes up for that with a ton of different background options to choose from.
7. Quotes Creator
Quotes Creator has a neat feature that suggests quotes to use — including their attributions — to take the work out of creating an inspirational post for you. We also like how subtly transparent the watermark is to make it as distraction-free as possible. This is another easy-to-use app that creates quotes for Instagram in just a few simple steps — with an easy tap to upload to the platform.
Quotes Creator’s stock background options are a little cheesy, so we recommend you to find one for your own and create quotes for your brand.
8. Quote Maker
Quote Maker is another free app that tries to upsell its Pro version to unlock more background and style options, but you can always upload your own background if you feel too limited. Where Quotes Maker takes the cake is its cool font styling and effects. You could add neat decals to your brand’s name or a stamp-like effect to a company motto or mission statement.
We recommend exploring the app, but another warning — it can be glitchy if your design and editing actions get more complex. It’s best for simple images, like the one above.
9. Text on Photo Square
Text on Photo Square is only available on iOS devices (for now), but its distinction from the rest of the pack is that users can add quotes to videos, in addition to photos. You can upload your videos and add quotes to create a neat audio and visual experience for your Instagram followers. A cool quote-video might distract from the watermark, which is admittedly one of the larger ones on this list.
Some of these apps might be worth investing in the paid version to create more unique images — without the watermarks — to post quotes on Instagram. But for now, try out these free options during the next social media holiday to see if your audience is ready to be inspired.