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 consider posting a photo on Instagram with an equally inspiring quote as the caption. But you could take it even further -- and save characters -- by posting the photo with the quote.
You've likely seen quotes on Instagram posts before, but you may never have created one for your brand's account. Here's a recent Instagram quote we shared here at HubSpot:
Posting quote images on Instagram can diversify your content on the platform and humanize your brand a little, too. Everyone could use a motivational quote during a busy Monday morning or a slow Tuesday afternoon, so try out an Instagram quote for your next post with the help of these free apps.
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FaceGarage is a browser tool that helps you create Instagram images with quotes overlaid in just a few simple steps. You can upload an image of your own or use one of the site's stock background images, type in your quote, adjust the font, text size, color, and formatting, and voila -- 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 posts that don't have a logo in the corner.
Canva's many features extend beyond text-based pictures and, for that matter, social media. But the mobile app and its gorgeous pre-made templates make it perfect for Instagram quotes.
Using the Canva's social media post setting, you can 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 well. One you select your image, you can choose from more than 100 fonts, adjust the size and color, and publish.
ReciteThis is another quick and easy browser tool you can use to create 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 download the image to upload and post on Instagram.
The downside to ReciteThis's ease of use is the highly visible watermark in the bottom-center of each image, but you might be able to crop it out using your phone's photo editor before uploading to Instagram, depending on the design you choose.
Listed in iTunes's top 100 apps in the Photo & Video category, Word Swag helps 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 choose from through a handy integration from Pixabay, a free image gallery.
This free app offers a lot of options to customize your quote image, font styles, and color schemes. You can use your own photos or one of InstaQuote's, and it 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 downside 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.
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 finding your own and uploading them.
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.
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.
Originally published May 23, 2018 7:59:00 PM, updated January 30 2019