Create fun and amazing word art in fun shapes using any text you want, even a website page! It’s quick and easy with lots of customizable options! Perfect for kid art, school projects, holiday decorations, and even wall decor! This post has also been updated to address issues some readers were having with Tagxedo!
CRAFT YOUR OWN FREE WORD ART ONLINE!
I first posted this tutorial for free word art back in 2013, so it’s just a few months shy of 6 years old! That’s a first grader! It’s hard to believe The Love Nerds have been around that long already, but here we are.
In those 6 years, this post has continually remained one of my most visited posts, which is amazing. I love that I’m helping so many people find amazing sources for free word art.
However, since 2013, there has obviously been technology changes, and it’s been brought to my attention that some people are having issues using Tagxedo, which was the primary site I discussed in the original post.
After diving into the issue and doing some trial and error, I’ve come to bring an answer that has worked for some people to get Tagxedo to work because I know some people love it and want to keep using what they know. It doesn’t work for everyone though – isn’t technology fun?
Therefore, I am also bringing you all a whole NEW site to also try that I’m really loving for making free word art online. If you have NEVER used Tagxedo, I would definitely recommend skipping it and using this resource instead. You’ll find all the details about what and how below!
HOW TO USE TAGXEDO TO MAKE FREE WORD ART:
There are a lot of programs to make word art, and their abilities and ease range dramatically. Tagxedo is easy to use with fun shape options, which is why I originally chose to share this program. I don’t want word clouds that are just a rectangular image; I want the fun shapes!
When using Tagxedo, you will be able to choose from a selection of shapes and colors, and then enter your own words by typing them in, pasting them in, or adding a website. You will be able to sign your image as both a JPEG and a PNG.
Here is what the homepage looks like. You want to click on the CREATE button or you can enter a link into the START NOW section on the right.
There are also lots of examples that are fun to look at under SHOP and GALLERY as well if you want to get inspired; people have gotten really creative with their Tagxedo art.
After you clicked on CREATE, you will then come to this screen below. Here is a quick rundown of the tools you have had your disposal to use.
To enter your words, click on LOAD in the top left of the screen.
Color Respin: When you press this, the colors of the words currently being used will just shift around, so the individual words will change to a different color in the collection. It can make a bigger difference than you would think in the overall look of your image.
Theme Respin: If you click on the arrow, it will allow you to choose different color themes. If you click the rotating arrow button, it will randomly cycle through the different color schemes each time you press it.
Font Respin: If you click on the arrow, it will allow you to choose a different font. Pressing the rotating arrow button will allow you to randomly cycle through different fonts to see what you like best.
Orientation Respin: This allows you to choose the direction that you would like your words to face.
Layout: This will shifts the words around in the your image and will effect the balance of the words within the shape, possibly moving bigger words to a different location.
HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT TAGXEDO TO WORK ON YOUR BROWSER:
Since originally posting about Tagxedo, browser changes have made it so that it does not work for everyone. I’m going to provide a few solutions to try if you love using Tagxedo and want to keep using it. If you have never used Tagxedo before, you might just want to skip and instead use Word Art so that you can skip any possible technology bugs.
If your browser won’t work for Tagxedo, you will be brought to an error page that prompts you to download Silverlight. Do so and reboot your computer. For some people, this is enough to get the program working.
From what I have read, it seems it will NOT work on Chrome no matter what though so you will need to try Safari, Mozilla, etc. It will also not work on Safari 12, which I believe is the currently as I am writing this the most recent update. Realize these things change quickly and I will not be able to stay totally up to date on this information.
HOW TO USE WORDART.COM TO MAKE FREE WORD ART:
WordArt.com is my new favorite resource for making free word art online. It works very similarly to Tagxedo above, but it is definitely a newer, cleaner version to use. Plus, I think it give you a little more control over your final product.
Here is what you will see when you head over to WordArt.
They make it very obvious where you need to go next to start making your free word art. Just click on CREATE and you will be taken to the screen below. Just like I did with Tagxedo, let’s walk through the main sections and options that WordArt provides you the creator.
WORDS: This is the first drop down menu on the left hand side and it should be automatically open when you come to this screen. There are a few ways for you to enter your words for the art work. You can type the words into the little spreadsheet there or you can press import which will have a pop up screen that will give you two choices: text or web.
Under input, TEXT allows you to quickly copy and paste words in OR you can click WEB and enter a web address where you want them to choose words from.
SHAPES: There are a ton of shapes in different categories for you to choose from. You also can customize your own shape by either ADD IMAGE where you can upload your own clip art, image or photo or ADD WORD and you can design a word you want to be the shape.
FONTS: There are lots of fonts to choose from and all of them have settings on the right side that allows you to customize further. Additionally, WordArt.com allows you to upload your own font, as well.
LAYOUT: This option is all about the direction of the words. You can also define exactly how many word phrases you want on the art and how tight you want them together.
I find that the toggle for density under LAYOUT is almost more about balance. If you have it all the way to the left, you will have some words much larger (this is determined by how often it appears in your text); if you have it all the way to the right, the words are much closer in size.
STYLE: Here is where you can play with colors, background colors, and any desired animations.
VISUALIZE: The red button is how you render your design on the right from the choices you made on the left. You can keep pressing it to refresh and shift around your word art until you are happy with the final product.
When you are all done designing your free word art, DOWNLOAD is at the top. The great thing about WordArt.com is that it allows you to download JPEG, PNG, PDF and SVG! SVG is awesome for those that have a Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Explore and want to cut out their designs for a project.
GENERAL TIPS FOR MAKING FREE WORD ART:
HOW TO MAKE PHRASES
One of my readers asked how to keep words together in their word art designs, such as “husband & wife”.
When you add your text to Tagxedo, you will want to use a tilde “~” between the words you want to keep together. For example: husband~and~wife. Tagxedo will not work with an ampersand or any symbol, so you will need to use just words.
When you are adding your text to WordArt.com, you have a couple options. If using the input method with copy and paste, the process is exactly like Tagxedo above. You need to use a tilde and avoid any symbols.
You can also enter phrases into the spreadsheet method on the main dashboard and you can use symbols there, like ampersands. It’s easy to add those into the spreadsheet after other inputting methods.
HOW TO GIVE CERTAIN WORDS BIGGER IN YOUR WORD ART
There is one way to do this that works in both Tagxedo and WordArt. The more often a word appears in your inputted text, the bigger and bolder a word will appear in the text.
You can also adjust this in the spreadsheet on WordArt. The second column says SIZE; adjust your number bigger if you want the word to be more prominent in the design.
SUBMIT YOUR OWN SHAPE
I mentioned this above, but this option is what really gives you ultimate freedom and control over your design. You can upload your own shape or create your own phrase for the word art to form itself around. You can use clip art, photos, or symbols.
To play around with this option on WordArt.com and see how well it worked, I uploaded a version of my logo for The Love Nerds! I then used thelovenerds.com for the web source of words and here is what I got! It was so fun to see how well it would pick up the logo details and incorporate them into the final design.