A crash course in how to make your own memes

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Step 4: Create it

Once you have your photo — it doesn’t matter if you took it, screen-grabbed it, or found it online — you can use any of the services below.

Imgur Meme Generator (web-based)

When you get to the meme generator, click on upload new background on the right-hand side. Then, either drag your images into the box at the top of the pop-up window, or paste an image or URL in the text box housed directly beneath the Browse button. Once you do that, Imgur automatically uploads your image and brings you to the creation page.

imgur meme

Once your photo is ready, it will appear on Imgur’s editing page, where you can type in the text that will accompany your image. Here, you can do all sorts of things, like move the text and resize it. You can also opt to submit it to Imgur’s public library. Be sure to name your meme before clicking make this meme!

imgur meme generator

Your next page gives you a bunch of options on what to do with the meme you just created. If you want to keep it for later, just right-click the image and save it to your computer. You can also copy the link so you can share it later. If you do not want to save the image on Imgur, take note of the deletion link, because it will only appear once. Otherwise, you can add it to your Imgur account (and you can create one if you’d like).

imgur meme generator result

Congrats, you’ve just made a meme through Imgur!

imgur completed meme

Meme Generator Free (iOS/Android)

If your most creative when you’re on the run, then consider ZomboDroid’s Meme Generator Free, which is currently available for both iOS and Android. Download the app and click the photo icon, which is in the upper-right corner in iOS and in the bottom-right corner on Android. Doing so will allow you to access your own photos, though, Meme Generator also has a ton of stock imagery to choose from! Select the photo you want and the app should automatically take you to the next step.

meme generator app

Enter the text you want to appear on your image at the top and bottom of the meme. Select what size font you’d like — we recommend sticking with “normal” — and click MAKE IT.

meme generator app 2

Now, either use the disk icon to save your meme to your photo album, or the share icon to share it. Here, you can copy it to your clipboard, or share it directly to Facebook, Twitter, or an email address. It’s that simple with Meme Generator!

Finished Meme Generator Meme

Pixlr (web-based)

Not all of us can afford Photoshop, but thankfully, we all have access to a Photoshop-like web app called Pixlr. From the home page, click Open image from computer and select the image you want to meme-ify.

To add text, click on the Type Tool icon, which is emblazoned with the letter “A.” Choose Impact as a font — it’s the go-to choice for memes — and make sure you type in all caps. Fiddle with the font size until it’s proportional to the image. Then, choose white for the font color.

pixlr desktop

In the Layers window on the right-hand side, right-click on the layer containing your text and click on Layer styles. Afterward, choose Outer Glow, change the color to black, set the hardness to 10, and select a size somewhere between 6 and 8. The latter depends on your font size.

pixlr desktop layer styles

To save your photo meme, click on File > Save. Pixlr will automatically select JPEG as your output format, but you can change the name of the file if you wish. You shouldn’t need to make any changes in regards to the Quality settings, though, setting it to 100 will save the image with no compression. Click OK, and a pop-up window will allow you to save the resulting file directly to your computer.

pixlr meme save

Congratulations! You’ve just made a meme using Pixlr!

pixlr meme finished

What if you’re making a video meme? Read on.

Instagram

Instagram video screenshotAfter launching the app, tap on the Instagram camera icon in the center of the bottom menu bar, and then tap Video . To start shooting your short video, press and hold the grey circle. You have a minute to use, so use it wisely. When finished with a clip, let go, and you can move on to another shot. If you don’t like the last clip, tap on Delete at the bottom of the screen.

Do remember that you can only delete the most recent clip, so don’t move on to your next shot until you’re 100 percent happy with the results.

Keep clicking next until your video shows up on your Instagram feed. That’s when you know that yes, your Instagram video meme is up and running!

Snapchat

Snapchat in recent years has become much more popular, replacing earlier social media sites like Vine in sharing short videos with friends. After launching the app and getting your subject in the shot, you’ll want to press and hold the large circle, which starts the recording process.

snapchat meme screenshotYou can shoot video without a time constraint, and it’s all in one shot (no clips like Instagram has). Once it’s done, you can add all kinds of emoji, text, and effects to your video to make it pop — just like you would if you’re snapping a pic.

You can even save a clip too: look for the down arrow icon in the lower left hand corner of the screen after you’re done recording your clip. We’d recommend sharing it to your story over you friends — that way anyone following your snaps will be able to see your work of art for up to 24 hours after you take it.

YouTube

You can easily create a video meme by recording yourself on YouTube via webcam. When you’re logged into YouTube with your Google account, click on Upload on the top right of your screen. On the next page, you’re going to want to click Get Started under Live Streaming in the right-hand column.

You may have to complete account verification (it’s a simple process), and allow your computer permission to enable to camera and mic before continuing. From there, you’ll be able to stream out your thoughts to YouTube, but remember here that it’s all live, so that means if you mess up, there’s no starting over.

youtube meme

With the whole live bit, something that you might not have intended to become an internet meme might actually do so because of the content within. There’s plenty of examples of exactly this on the internet, like the following. Maybe you might just become internet famous for a totally unplanned reason.

Step 5: Launch it!

Of course, for a meme to be  a meme, you need to get it lots of online exposure. Tweet it, post it on your Facebook or personal websites, share on on Reddit, email it to your family and friends. Happy meme-making!

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