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Turning Text Into Images
What do you do if you quote extensively for a certain hub and the text kept showing up on your plagiarism checker? You don’t want a ‘Duplicate’ stamped on your hub, do you? But those quotes by poets or authors could be absolutely integral to your hub and you might want to use quite a few of them to make a point. For so many people, this whole thing about plagiarism and how it constrains them sometimes can be so very frustrating! This is especially the case when you writing for sites where you hope to earn some money. How on earth do you quote your favourite poem without your whole article being trashed because it shows up as being plagiarized? I know people who literally want to tear their hair out because they just don't know how to get around this and it can leave writers very frustrated. So what is the solution?How can you get that quote into your article and avoid the ignominy of being branded a plagiarist? How can you write what you want without that piece of mindless software spoiling your happiness?
How do I do it?
First of all, remember that a piece of software can do that much and no more. Don't expect it to be able to differentiate between what is your writing and what is a quote from your favourite poet or author. Once you accept that, then you can go ahead and be practical and think about how you can write what you want and quote what you want without feeling like you've done something wrong. All it needs is a bit of understanding of how to do it and a few practical steps.
There’s an easy way to get by it – turn the text or the quote into an image. Once you do that, the software sees the quote as an image, not as a string of words and it passes muster. Simple - and it does so much to ease your frustration!
Here’s a step by step way how to do just that.
Simple and straightforward
It's really very simple. All you have to do is follow this step-by-step tutorial. Once you do it a couple of times. you'll find it's a breeze!
First, the simplest way. Open your Image editing software – Photoshop, Paint.net, etc – open a new file, choose the text tool and type out the quotes. Or, you could copy it from your Word or Text document, go to Edit and click Paste. Now save it as a jpeg file and you’re done. All you need to do is to upload it into your hub in the appropriate place as a picture, not text.
Opening a new Image File
Placing your Text/Quote
Naming and Saving your file
Now wasn't that as easy as pie? That's really all you need to do! Open, paste, save - and there you are, all done! All you need to remember is that you need to upload that as an image and not into a text capsule.
With a bit of embellishment
So now you know how to do it and once you're quite familiar with the process, it's time to jazz it up a bit. It's time to spread your wings and experiment with what else you can do with it. What follows has been done on Paint.net – you can do it with any other image editing software too. Try out a background – make it a bit snazzy with colours, gradients, special brushes (now there’s inspiration for yet another hub!) and then put your quote on another layer. Save as a jpeg file and you’re done.
Colouring and Layering
You know what? You don't have to stop here. Now it's time to fly and let your imagination loose! Not to mention your creativity! You can have a picture in the background – one that is relevant to your quote – how cool is that! So if you are writing about flowers, you could actually have the picture of a flower on which the text is placed. Or you could have the image of the person who wrote it.
Now this is rather simplistic - but you get the gist. You can do just about anything with your quote. Old world fonts, backgrounds, gradients, superimposed images....whatever!
Adding the Quote
Saving the Picture and Quote
Once your quote is turned into a picture or an image file, Google will not crawl it as text but as an image – so you’ve escaped the spider bot’s eagle eyes by changing the form while you still give the reader exactly what you meant to. That's all it takes in the virtual world. Know what goes on and find out how to get past it.It isn't quite beating the system as understanding it and operating within its limitations.
It’s easy – and it could add a bit of visual inspiration to your hub – go ahead, try it and you’ll soon be experimenting with new ways of presenting those quotes. No more frustrating, no more cursing, no more wasting time. You can have your writing out there the way you want it - and it won't be classified as plagiarized!