How Do I Create My Own Meme Online?

By Jack SteinLast Updated September 3, 2020
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It wasn't too long ago when you needed to have the skill, creativity and, perhaps most importantly, a lot of idle time on your hands to make an effective meme. These days, composing a meme takes only a few minutes with the easy-to-use meme-creation tools on websites that specialize in meme generation. Because the websites use their own tools for generating memes, their ways of creating memes will vary. Here is a look at how the tools on some of the leading meme-generation websites work and get you started creating your own memes.

Imgflip

This website gets first mention on this list because it somehow embodies most of the things that memes are about: simple yet complex at the same time, witty, easy and they give you a quick fix. Imgflip claims to be the fastest meme generator on the planet. One visit to its website and you may agree with this claim. You can spot its meme creation tools on its homepage easily, along with choices of trending photos, GIFs and clips that you can modify into an "original" meme. If you're not in a creative mood, you can choose any of the trending memes on the site and share them instantly on your social media account.

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To create your own meme using the tools on Imgflip, go to the website and mouse over "Create" right next to the site's banner logo. This shows the submenu with the following choices: Caption a Meme or Image, Make a GIF, Make a Chart and Make a Demotivational. Click on your choice to get to the meme creation page. Alternatively, links to the same options are on the landing page, and clicking on the links will also take you to the same meme creation page.

On the next page, select the photo or GIF that you want to use. If the particular meme photo or GIF that you want is not on the page, use the search tool. You can also upload your own photo or the picture or GIF that you want to use if you have downloaded it previously. Add the text that you want to the image and click "Generate." The tool will give you a link to the image that you created to share it on your social media accounts instantly. If you want to download the image, you have to create an Imgflip account. Note that the memes that you create using Imgflip will have a watermark.

Imgur

Imgur is another popular website when it comes to memes. There is a strong chance that you may have seen and have been entertained by a meme or two that came or was created on this site. Its library has an extensive collection of meme templates that you can choose from to create your own masterpiece. The only reason that it did not get first mention on this list is that its meme creation tool is not immediately visible as the one on Imgflip.

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Once you get to Imgur's meme-generator page, the process is as easy as Imgflip's process. Start by selecting a default meme from their collection. You can also choose a meme background based on its popularity for the week, month, year or go with all-time favorites. After making a selection, type the text that you want to add and then click on "make this a meme." Once it is done, you can either copy its link or download the finished meme. You may also need to register to be able to use the meme-generating tool in full.

Kapwing

There are a host of other meme creation tools available online and to get themselves noticed, they would publish their own "top x meme creator" articles with their tools predictably being on top of the list. With so many sites touting themselves, it is easy to overlook good websites like Kapwing. Kapwing's meme generator works much like the tools on the other websites mentioned above so there's not much need for instructions here.

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However, this website gets a mention because of the many other features on its website that will take your meme creativity to new heights. Apart from the extra features on its meme creation tool, you can also use other tools on its website. These tools include a video maker and editor, subtitler, image editor, video cropper, montage maker and a host of other tools at your disposal to create a truly unique meme.

This list is by no means complete because there are many websites to create your own memes online. You may also want to check out websites like memegenerator.net, memecreator.org and makeameme.org to see if their tools work better for you. If you are using an Android device, then you may also want to try the following apps: GATM Meme Generator, Mematic and Memedroid.

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