Motivational quotes are social media darlings—and it’s not hard to understand why. Everyone needs a little help putting pep in their steps, getting to the gym, or wrapping up a work project from time to time, and the right words can give you just the push you need.
We scoured the internet in the name of motivational quote research, and combed through enough of them to make us want to run a marathon, cook a turducken, and organize our sock drawers in a single evening. Instead, we put those go-getter vibes to work assembling a list of three popular ways to dress up inspiring words, complete with tips on how to get the looks with the tools on Picmonkey.com and the PicMonkey mobile app. Check out that good stuff right here, round up some words that make you want to take on the world, and prepare to GET SUPER PUMPED.
1. ‘Straight to the top!’ text
A lot of motivational quote images keep it minimal. White text on a black background (or vice versa) is often all you need when your words already pack a punch.
Employ a bit of design know-how by choosing a font that calls up the same emotion as your words. Think scripty or handwriting fonts for gentle encouragement (“You are amazing”) and bolder fonts for more get-going-right-now messages (“Cry a river. Build a bridge. Get over it”). For more about fonts and feels, and how to pick a few fonts that play nicely together, check out our font pairing tips article.
If there’s one rule in motivational-quote-making land, it’s to let those inspiring words fuel your creativity. Move your text to the left, put it in the middle, make one word a different color, play with sizes. Head to the Textures tab in the Editor to give your canvas a different look, or make a text mask.
Wanna start with a blank canvas on the PicMonkey mobile app? Take a picture of something plain (a piece of paper or bare wall) and tweak it with Brightness in Adjustments, or open any image and use the Draw tool to completely cover it in your favorite color. You can also give your canvas a too-cool-for-school look with Ombre in Effects.
And if you’re looking to mix some Picmonkey.com tools with mobile app goodness, let us introduce you to our good friend Hub.
2. ‘Let’s do this!’ pics
Give yourself a double dose of motivation by pairing a favorite quote with an inspiring picture. Use one you snapped yourself, or peruse the options on free stock photo websites and see what speaks to you. Popular pics include:
Nature (waves, clouds, mountainous landscapes, and flowers)
Fitness (weights, people running, yoga poses, etc.)
Sure, you can add text to your images on the quick with the text tools in the Editor or the mobile app and have a new source of get-up-and-go inspo in seconds. But if you wanna get a little more designy with it, try using the black and white effects to give your image a classic vibe, or leave one spot of color for added oomph.
If your words aren’t poppin’ enough, try using a blur effect on your photo to make them stand out. You can also create a layer between your photo and your text—just add a geometric shape (from the Graphics tab in the Editor or Stickers on the mobile app) and play with the sliders to make it slightly transparent. Top your shape off with your text, and your motivational work of art is good to go.
3. ‘Go get ‘em!’ graphics
Another oft-used tactic in motivational quote image design is the gawdgeous graphic/inspiring word combo.
Laurels, hearts, and arrows are all the rage. Weather and nature graphics are also faves, and often used with relevant quotes—’cause what better way to drive home the “If you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine” idea than with a smiling sunshine graphic?
You can scope out our folder of more than 1,100 graphics in the Graphics tab in the Editor, or b.y.o.g. with the Add your own option at the top. If you’re creating while you’re on-the-go, head to Stickers in the mobile app. Then size, customize, and layer until you love it.
If all these motivational quote image design ideas have you super motivated to make a few, but you can’t find the right words, take a gander at some of these beloved phrases.
“You will never have this day again, so make it count.”
“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.”
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
“Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”
“Actually, I can.”
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
“The best way to get things done is simply to begin.”
Word-filled websites like The Quotations Page organize their uplifting tidbits by author, and the ever-popular BrainyQuote lets you search by author, popular authors, authors celebrating a birthday that day, and authors trending in the news. Books are also treasure troves of great quotes, and then there’s the internet’s ultimate inspiration catalog, Pinterest.