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The Method To My Madness
How to turn a scene from an anime (or any video) into demotivational posters.

Step 1: Think of a scene
Think of the scene that you want to capture.

Step 2: Capture the scene.
This can be a pain in the a**. You need to find the right frame that encompasses what you want. For best results, Avidemux or VLC (I use VLC) will work great. You might need several play throughs to get it just right. If the scene can't be encompassed in one shot, try a different scene. Trust me, it happens.

Step 3: The Generator:
There are two good sites I have found to generate the demotivational poster:

diy.despair.com
I have found that their poster maker is easy to use and fast. You can zoom in on the image and edit the text as many times as you want until you get it the way you want.

motivationalmaker.com
This site supports portrait posters, as well as both scaling and cropping the image. Unfortunately, they do not support zooming in on the image. The other major catch is you get ONE shot at it. Unless you have a form rememberer, if you screw up one word, you have to reenter the text from scratch.

I've used both, but you can choose which one you like better.

Step 4: Taglines
Now think of the taglines. This can be frustrating to find the right word or words to wrap up the situation. The title should be kept short. The sub-text should be a sentence but two might work as well.

Step 5: Upload!
Upload to deviantart. The title should be the title of the demotivational poster. Descriptions can explain inspiration or just to add a witty line. The keywords should have your title and the title of the anime where it came from. Optionally, characters and demotivational can also go into the keywords.


And You're Done! Show it to the rest of the world!
Here's how I make a demotivational poster.

Edit: Added motivationalmaker.com to step 3 due to the fact that it is also a really good demotivational poster maker.
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tie-dye-flag Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use youtube and Photoshop. I simply use the PrtScn button on the keyboard, paste it into paint, reopen it in Photoshop, and copy-> paste it onto a black background in a new Photoshop file. Then I add the text.
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HikazePrincess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i used this site to make my motivationals: [link]
and i just googled pics (some of which turned out to be screenshots) and came up with lines i thought were funny
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kah0922 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm... from the looks of things, the ones I named are superior to that site. It's feature of no watermark (that can be removed with MS Paint) is nice, along with the ability to re-edit the image.I'm not saying it's a bad demotivational poster generator, but it's not the best out there.
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HikazePrincess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its the first one i found, so i guess thats why i use it
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TruExtent Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
cant you just press the arrow button and go frame by frame to the right frame instead of play/pause/play/pause?
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kah0922 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's if you're using Avidemux. But Avidemux has some issues with h.264. VLC doesn't. You can slow down videos to a crawl on VLC using the play speed control. Personally, I like VLC better, but it's your choice on how you get the image.
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