How to make LOLCats, Meme cats, Cat macros, or cat pictures with funny captions

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I've been reading the internet for a while, trying to finish it. I haven't done so yet, but I *have* determined, through rigorous, scientific, statistical sampling that the internet is 35.4% cat, within a 2% margin of error.

One of the more popular forms of cat on the internet, along with cat blogs, stuff on my cat, cats in sinks, cat vlogs, cat podcasts, and cat twitter, is LOLCats, also known as LOL cats, meme cats, cat macros, and I can has cheezburger cats.

For me, it all started with lime cat, but I'm sure the roots go deeper, to some sort of paleolithic cat wall carving.
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Step 1: Acquire cat images

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Given the aforementioned 35.4% cat composition of the interwebs, there really is no shortage of cat imagery. But flickr is always a great source of creative commons pictures.

Step 2: Find the right picture

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With so many cat pictures to choose from, finding the right cat picture can be tough.

It might take some time, but you need to find something that makes you say, "Damn. That's some funny-ass cat right there."

Step 3: Edit your cat

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Copy your cat into your favorite graphic editor. Here I'm using GIMP, because it's free.

Step 4: Caption your cat

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Next you'll need to add a caption to your cat. But what should your cat say?

Well, there's a great analysis of LOLCat speak, here, but this is why the picture has to inspire you.

LOLCat vocabulary does have certain highly frequent memes and words, including: "I'M", "IN", "UR" (your), "INVISIBLE", "HAS" (have), "MAH" (my), "HAI", (hi) and "BUCKET". These are then combined into forms like "IM IN UR FRIDGE, EATING UR FOODS", or "INVISIBLE BICYCLE."

In this case, I saw jumping. I saw bright colors. I saw an attack. I saw.... INVISIBLE PINATA!

Generally LOLCats type in white and in all caps, but there's no fixed rule.

Step 5: Feed the need....the need for LOLCats

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Meme cats has quite a few cats, as does i can has cheezburger. If you want, there's even the LOLCat generator.

But feel free to diversify.

Original images by Lester of Puppets, raindog, and JnL.
Freighter4 years ago
There are lots of sites that will do this for you...
Tom Buckey5 years ago
these are my attempts
sorry here they are
wat about lolporn?
dont forget "u eated my cheezeburger?"
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thats a cat? this site meeses up text drawing
reusesave5 years ago
im not sure about cats but i did do a dog here it is
dogg - Copy.jpg
golfer123456 years ago
da i made this one
lolz cat.jpg
poop113465 years ago
supercoolio6 years ago
I must say, a very good approach. A very good way to make LOLcats is to go to they have a lolbuilder, with TONS of hilarious picture to choose from. They also have some dog pictures.
Curious477 years ago
I am a cat person and I really like your ideas. I look forward to trying them out.
btop Curious476 years ago
Ahhh! The invasion of cat people has begun!
Juklop7 years ago
You used the wrong text.
nagutron7 years ago
This Instructable will also help you create LOLCOPZ, of which this one is a particularly fine example:
jakee1177 years ago
funny kitty
Crash21087 years ago
So you steal images and act like a 12 year old?
lol your jealos
Yeah, and he does a great job of it too! :D
Its not stealing if they give them away. I share all of mine under the CC-attribution-noncommercial license. That means you can do whatever you want with them, as long as I get credit for the original, and you don't sell it.
Love this. very fun!
I was kidding. :P
dianaw Aeshir7 years ago
thank goodness for that! has me smiling after a day from hell.
tomonto7 years ago
Jun 5, 2007. 9:43 AMCrash2108says:
So you steal images and act like a 12 year old?

ahhhhh...the american dream.
FreakCitySF7 years ago
It's Caturday! (google image search it)
I am a firm believer that the internet was made for pictures of cats.
Ora7 years ago
ac1D7 years ago
okay man.. you stole a COPYRIGHTED IMAGES, edited it, acited like a noob, and.. publish it without even a credit ? D I E
jeffreyf (author)  ac1D7 years ago
While I appreciate your stalwart defense of the hapless denizens of flicker-dom, your comment was neither positive nor helpful. Please note step 1, where I specifically search for creative commons licensed images. To be fair, I did forget to check the second box on flickr advanced search, which limits the search to people allowing derivative works, not just republication, and should have posted links to the original pictures. I have thus updated the Instructable with original image credits. P.S. I believe it's n00b.
Good instructable! MOAR!
Fenwick7 years ago
noes he be stealin my bucket!
carbon7 years ago
I've always thought that "Impact" was the official font for the lolcat community...
randofo7 years ago
pachanka7 years ago
May we all be twelve and enjoy it.... check out some of mine :)
Mitten7 years ago
Shoop da whoop?