Kinja Image Tricks: Text Overlay (A.K.A. Image Macro Meme)


Have you ever wanted to do a quick Meme wit an image you found on the Internet, but don’t want to fire up Photoshop?

Kinja uses an Image Management service that is capable of doing URL-based transformations on the images it uses, so, we can use that feature to easily resize overlay add some text to them, without having to manually download them, edit them, and upload them!


As we previously saw (twice), we first need the image to be uploaded to Kinja in order to get an ImageID. Let’s say we want a reaction image for the E3 news and we liked this one:


By now you should know the drill, add a string to the URL between “upload” and the base ImageID:,l_text:Impact_30_stroke:“PLAYABLE RIDLEY”,co_white,g_south,y_10/s6ovaumr1xblyawjwehp.gif 


What this URL modification does is adding a text overlay with the text “PLAYABLE RIDLEY” with the Impact font of size 30 without a border around all the text (l_text:Impact_30_stroke:“PLAYABLE RIDLEY”), color white (co_white) but with a 5px solid black border around each letter (bo_5px_solid_black), centered at the bottom of the image but 10px up away of it (g_south,y_10)


As you can see, it even works on GIFs!


The spaces are changed automatically to the URL-safe “%20” so not worries. And of course, you can modify that URL according to your needs: change g_south for g_north, the color of the text, or the font...

...but then it wouldn’t be Meme-y

I hope you find this useful, too! You can try it in the comments!

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