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A crash course in how to make your own memes

If you’re on social media, you should already know what an internet meme is. A meme is a funny picture that goes viral on the web, and it typically has a visual element and focus. It comes in various forms, though most of them feature photos emblazoned with witty text. But what if you want to make your own meme? There are websites that will allow you to quickly customize your own from a host of existing ones. All you need to do is to choose a image template, type in your desired text, and share away. However, if you want to create a whole new meme of your own from scratch, it’s not exactly tough.

Related: These are the most popular memes of all time (and their stories)

Step 1: Do your research

Know your memes — It’s good practice look at memes out there that have gone viral already, especially current ones. These can provide inspiration — maybe there’s a certain meme theme that’s popular at the moment, for instance — and allow you tell you if somebody’s already tried your idea.

Now that you know that Boromir from The Lord of The Rings has a quotable quote, you may want to use a favorite classic film and use a distinct and popular catchphrase from it.

The above image, for example, has been re-appropriated into meme-dom many times.

Keep a watchful eye on trends — As we’ve already said, keeping current can be a big source of inspiration. Facebook and Twitter are great for spotting trends, and entertainment topics are usually a win. Take note of what makes you laugh the most and what gets the most responses.

For example, as of the writing of this article, Hillary Clinton’s reaction to pyrotechnics at the 2016 Democratic National Convention was spreading like wildfire on the internet. Probably because it’s comedic gold.

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Also, Game of Thrones has been a source of inspiration for many a meme as of late because, well, who doesn’t love Game of Thrones?

Choose a subject you can relate to — If you’re not a sports fan, you might have a hard time selling a sports-themed meme. Cute animals are always a great go-to when you are tapped out of ideas, but if you really want to push the envelope, choose a public figure you can easily imitate. If you’d like to use a personal experience as the center of your meme, choose one that’s easy to relate to.

Decide on a medium — The easiest medium to use is a photo, but if you can be funny on camera, you might want to venture into video.

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