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How to make a word cloud

4 simple steps to making a word cloud

Here is how to create a word cloud for free

I have just found a really cool word cloud tool that is absolutely free to use.

It’s simple and quick to use and you can use the resulting cloud in any way you want, including commercially.

The word cloud I just created with this tool:

Word Cloud | Wordle | Recipe for Happiness

 

Create your own word cloud in 4 simple steps:

1. Go to Wordle.net

2. Either paste the words (in the example above, I pasted the content of my entire book, Recipe for Happiness) or paste/type in a link or RSS feed

3. Customise your word cloud (fonts, colours – including your own brand colours by using HEX codes, layout, max number of words etc)

4. You can now print your image or share it on the Wordle website, but you can also ‘Open in Window’, make the window as large as you can on your screen and take a screen print (I use Jing.com for screenshots, another great free tool) so that you can then embed the image in blog posts, websites etc or even use it for postcards, posters, t-shirts, book artwork or whatever else takes your fancy!

Other word cloud creation sites I have tried:

For the sake of fairness and impartiality, I have tried out a few other sites.

Tagul – for cool shaped word clouds

If you have a bit more time and want to play around with shaped word clouds, then Tagul is the tool for you.

You have to register (free) on this site in order to use it and there are tons of customisation options (though the choice of shapes is a bit limited).  Colours are chosen by a gradient chart rather than by HEX code, so again not a great one if you want to use your brand colours, but that is the only limitation.  Saving options are in abundance and you can also make your word cloud publicly visible if you want.

Word it Out

It also let me paste in the entire contents of my book, but whilst there are a lot of customisation options, colour customisation is only by means of a colour wheel, so you can’t be precise and input your brand colours with HEX codes.

The Jason Davies Word Cloud Generator

Looks and feels very ‘mathematical’ – you input orientation options in terms of angles and there are options on there relating to scale that I, frankly, don’t understand.  No customisation of colours, but you can input just about any font (you have to know the name and type it in).  It also let me paste in the entire contents of my book.  On the plus side, saving as SVG or PNG file is simple.

So, for very simple and quick word clouds, I recommend Wordle.net.  If you want funky shapes, have a bit more time, don’t mind registering with the site in order to use it and aren’t bothered about brand colours, use Tagul.com.

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