Here’s how to make those Instagram and Tumblr memes

Photo: daquan/Instagram

If you’ve dropped out of school and realized that your only hope of making money is opening an Instagram meme page, then you’re in luck! Well not really, but at least there’s an easy meme generating tool you can use.

Traditional memes as we know it use the ever popular ‘Impact’ font in all white with black borders, but with the rise of sites like Tumblr (not so much anymore) and Instagram, text/image memes have morphed to use fonts like Helvetica and Arial at normal weights with longer descriptions which are not really suitable in more traditional setups.


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Back when I originally wrote this post, making these memes was somewhat of a new thing, so there really was not an easy way to put them together. Fast forward to 2018 and there are more apps that you can easily put photos and videos together with your favourite meme text.

Over time, meme formats have also evolved quite a bit, and the apps I mention below cover a variety of them.


Meme + Generator Memes Creator (iOS)

Meme+ allows you to create memes from photos, videos, or GIFs. You can choose your meme style, add emojis, custom font text, stickers, and more. Like with most apps, there are the occasional ads and in-store purchases. For instance, there is a fee to remove watermarks.

Mematic – The Meme Maker (iOS/Android)

Mematic offers similar features with the ability to make memes out of videos, photos, and GIFs. It offers a simpler interface with the a number of free templates (a lot which we are already accustomed to). There are other paid templates, but you can easily get going with the free set.

Instagram Meme Maker Memeslay (iOS)

The Memeslay app is dedicated to those white background/Helvetica text-styles memes (even though you can customize the colors as you wish). You can snip in both videos and photos, but it does add a watermark to your meme. You can disable that permanently for $3.99. Yes it sucks that you have to pay a few bucks to make memes, but if you’re doing it as a side gig, I’m sure your “sponsored” posts will easily cover that for the convenience.

Modern Meme Maker (Android)

One of our readers also suggested using a recently released app called Modern Meme Maker. It’s only available for Android for the moment, but it’s very simple to use.

Simply choose your image, crop the section you want in your meme and then include whatever text you wish to include.

Once you’re done, hit Save, and that’s it! The font size can be changed, and there is an option to add your own additional watermark should you want to ‘protect’ your artwork should someone else steal it for their meme page.

Kapwing (Website)

If you’re looking for a video meme maker, another viewer suggested a new site called Kapwing.

It’s stupid simple to use. Just click on “Create Clip” at the top, paste in your video link (or upload if you like), then add your caption, and save! Once it’s done processing, you can download it.

The page normally loads up on the Meme Maker, however you can also add regular captions to videos with their Caption Maker. Just select the relevant option from the upload page, and go from there.

That’s it! Now you can finally grow your ‘awesome’ Facebook or Instagram page and finally move out of your mom’s basement into a one-bedroom apartment in SodoSopa. Or if you’re like me and just one to create one-offs, it’s all great for that as well.

If you do come across any more great meme apps like this, please feel free to email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required and I’ll be sure to include it.

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