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Creating Visual Memes

  • Episode 354
  • July 1, 2014

Promote your product, web site, blog, or brand by sharing graphical memes that catch people's eye in their social media timelines.

We used one of the Logitech C920 webcams for our main camera this week to see if we could get good picture without the flicker.

Topics Covered:

  • {play 4:26}Welcome to our newly registered viewers.
  • {play 8:05}Studio D on Day 1: a brief look at the space on our first day.
  • {play 12:22}Feature: Creating visual memes for promoting your blog, product, web site or business on social media such as Facebook.
    • Get your hands on the GNU Image Manipulation Program at
    • The phrase we'll use for this demonstration: How many thorns in our own personal lives have prevented us from becoming jerks? – yet we despise the thorns. We don’t see them for what they really are.
    • Obtaining legal "free" (no cost) images using Google's image search and the Usage Rights filters. We chose a thorny situation by Robert S. Donovan, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.
    • Ensuring the dimensions are appropriate for memes.
    • Adding text to the image.
    • Adding an em dash can be done by:
      • Ascii: ALT-0151
      • Cheat: Copy and paste from Wikipedia
      • Linux Unicode: CTRL+SHIFT+U, 2014, Enter (this great tip revealed by keckeckec in the chat room)
    • Throwing design standards out the window to make certain words stand out by enlarging the font.
    • Adding a vignette above our image to create a good contrast between the picture and our text.
    • Adding a drop shadow to your text.
    • Moving our drop shadow using the move tool and keyboard cursors.
    • Adding a web URL to the meme to ensure it is always included with the share.
    • Saving an XCF file in GIMP ensures you can later edit the layers.
    • Exporting a JPG or PNG file will be needed in order to share your image on social media.
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  • {play 55:31}Taking a look at our viewer location map.
  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Bekah Ferguson



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