Friday, 30 April 2010

Those Wordles!

OK, several people were asking questions about Wordles after my post yesterday; I don't claim to be an expert by any means but I'm quite happy to explain how I do them for the benefit of anyone who's interested! :-) (Please note though that I use Blogger so certain steps and images are specific to that.)

So, I go to the Wordle website and click on Create. My blog address goes into the second box.


When I first tried to create Wordles, I'd click on Submit and then I'd just get a blank screen! It turned out I didn't have the most up-to-date version of Java, so when I'd downloaded that I was fine :-)

The Wordle might start off looking something like this:


Next then I change the Font, Layout and Color settings to my liking. If they're all set and there's still something I don't like about the Wordle (an unfortunate juxtaposition of words, perhaps!) then I can just click Layout -> Re-layout with current settings. (In practice I don't do this with my blog Wordles, I like to just see what happens with them!)

Once I've done all this, I scroll down slightly so the whole Wordle is visible on my screen, and I get a 'screen grab'. If you haven't come across this term before, it just means a copy of everything on your screen at that point - all the images above are screen grabs. To get one you need to find a key called Print Screen (mine says Prt Sc for short). I find that holding down Ctrl and hitting Prt Sc works to get the image copied to the clipboard, but I understand that for different computers you may need Shift and Prt Sc, or maybe Alt and Prt Sc, or even Fn and Prt Sc... (If you know of another way then please mention it in the Comments as it may help someone, thank you!)


Next up I copy the screen grab to a new Paint document, save it as a JPEG, and then use my usual picture-editing software to crop out the bits I don't need. For some reason copying straight into my picture-editing software is a faff, you may well find you can do it without any difficulty and cut out that step. After cropping I end up with an image of about 835 pixels wide, which I then display at X-Large size here on my blog!


So, that's how I create my Wordles. I hope it answers some of your questions. If anything I've said isn't clear, do please ask about it in the comments and I'll do my best to help!

Just one final thing. Be warned, these Wordles are addictive..... ;-)

8 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Nice tutorial. Thanks!
Rinda

Sian said...

This is definitely one to come back to..thanks, Mel!

Rachel B said...

Fab tutorial, thanks Mel x

Amy said...

Thanks Mel :-)

Jimjams said...

Thanks Mel - I wondered how the words from a blog got in there!

Just had a try and am now aware that some words are merged into one another ... I'm sure I didn't type "butterflyteal"!!!

I'm sure you know this already, but if you right click on a troublesome word you can remove it completely!

Jo.C said...

I've just seen this on Mary's and I am definitely going to have a go at this. Love it :0)

Hey Birdie Designs said...

Just found this Mel, thank you!

Gail said...

Thanks for posting a link back to this. I always wondered why I couldn't get it to work.