Tutorial: Word Cloud

Behold! A completed Word Cloud assignment made using Puck’s Epilogue from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

PuckWordCloud

But Mimi how did you make it?

Gather around and let me teach you all my ways.

1. For starters,  I searched around for word cloud generators. The one listed on the assignment page did not work for me, What I ended up using was this site. It’s actually a children’s site but it works really well.

2. Once you get to the site, scroll down and there should be this big box that says “WordClouds”

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And in little tiny letters at the bottom it says “click to start.” You want to click that.

Why am I so small?

Why am I so small?

 

3. After clicking to start, you should see another box. But this box says Type or paste words here.

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Do exactly that. Type or paste words into the box. And then click the arrow in the bottom right hand corner.

Next Button

Next Button

 

4. After hitting the arrow you will be taken to a randomly generated word cloud of your text.

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You could call this done, but the assignment says “Choose a font and color scheme that reflects the emotion behind your choice of words.” So a little editing is required.

5. Above the cloud you just generated, there will be an editing bar.

Edit Time

Edit Time

There are six editing tools.

  • The first is word count. If you click this you can determine how many words show up in your cloud.
  • Second is the word filter. When this filter is on it will omit common english words (like the, a, etc etc). Off allows them to be in the cloud
  • Randomize is exactly what it sounds like. It will keep your text but randomize everything about it (The color, font, text style)
  • Color allows you to change the color of your word cloud. Both the text and background are changeable.
  • Layout lets you change the way the word cloud words are structured. Sideways? Up and Down? It’s up to you to decide.
  • And last is Font. Font lets you change the font to something that fits for your work.

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 For mine I decided to go with a bold font and summery colors to fit with the summer faerie theme of a midsummer night’s dream

6. Finally you’re going to want to share your work on your blog. After you’ve decided you’re happy with how it looks you can screen cap it (you’ll need to figure out how your computer does screencaps) or just save it to your computer. This site allows you to do this. Simply hover over the three line icon on the far left of the edit bar. You’ll get a drop down menu.

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Hit save and save your wordcloud to your computer.
And that’s it. Enjoy your fancy word art! (/^▽^)/



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