What’s a Word Cloud?
Word Cloud is an image with words. You turn words into stunning images, like this:
I use Word Clouds regularly for teaching and learning new vocabulary. If you’re a visual learner like me, Word Cloud is a powerful tool. Recently, I’ve learnt some new words about tea tasting and tea culture, so I’ve turned some tasters’ jargon into images.
Today, I’m going to show you 5 easy steps to create your own stunning Word Cloud with a magnificent web tool called Tagxedo. Tagxedo is my favourite as it supports European languages and exotic languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
Tutorial: Turning words into a stunning Word Cloud:
1) Go to Tagxedo, click on the word Create – You’ll find ‘Create’ is on the left and on the top of the page.
2) You’ll get to this page (see below). Click on the word Load on the left.
3) In the big box next to the words Enter Text, enter all the words you want to appear in the final image. Advice: Type all the words in advance on a document, then Copy and Paste the words onto this space. Now hit the Submit button.
4) After 4 seconds, you’ll see a stunning image, created using the words you’ve just entered, like this.
5) If you’re happy with this image, SAVE it now on your computer. Click on Save/Share/Print to save your image on your own computer as a JPG file.
I normally choose the size of 2mp for my Word Cloud.
Success! You’ve now created a stunning Word Cloud. Congratulations!
Note 1: After step 3, be bold, be creative! You’ll try other features, won’t you? Try changing Colour, Theme, Font, Orientation and SHAPE — your creativity is boundless.
Your creation will amaze you.
Note 2: The size of the words on your Word Cloud depends on their frequency of appearance. For example, if you want the word WORDPRESS to appear larger on your image, you need to enter the word WORDPRESS many times. The higher the word frequency is, the larger the word becomes.
For example, I inserted the word WORDPRESS many times in my tea-related vocabulary list.
I’ve played with some features, and now I’ve got different images using the same words that I used for the first image in this post: