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How to Create LOLCats aka MemeCat aka Kittah aka Cat Macros

Posted in Humor, Technology, We Welcome Our Feline Overlord by engtech on April 01, 2007

LOLCats are pictures of cats with funny sayings on them (wikipedia page for LOLCats). On their own they aren’t so funny, but for some reason a page full of them can really get you going.

Well Known LOLCat Sites

How to create a LOLCat

  1. Get a picture of your cat. Or someone else’s cat.
  2. Crop and resize it to a maximum with of 400 to 500 pixels (so that it will fit on a message board or web site).
  3. Pick a LOLCat meme saying that is funny (or that you at least think is funny).
  4. Use a graphic program to write on the picture with a font in all caps, white text with black outline.
    • I recommend Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. It’ll cost you a little extra but go big or go home.
    • I use Arial Black with 40-56pt white font using a black stroke outline of at least 2 to 3 px.
  5. Save the image as a JPG because it is a photograph (GIFs or PNGs would make a much bigger file size).
    • Be careful with compression! Medium can be ok but too much compression will look bad. Check out my examples further down for a couple of them with too much compression.

How to create a LOLCat (EZ way)

  1. Use Gordon’s LOLCat builder web tool

Picking a LOLCat Meme

What makes a LOLCat meme funny? If I knew that then I’d be a thousandaire. After months of extensive research I identified a few that keep cropping up.

  • Licking something — I has a flavor
  • Messing something up — Oh hi I fixed yur something
  • Inside something — Im in ur noun, verbing ur noun
  • Name that cat– Tankcat, Concerto Cat, Monorail Cat, Happycat, Ceiling Cat
  • Cat with food — You/I eated somethin
  • Cat with something — I has a somethin
  • Cat staring at the distance — I can see forever
  • Can in a weird pose — Invisible something
  • Cat trapped in something — IT’S A TRAP
  • Fat cat — Jabba-talk to Han Solo
  • Surprised expression — O RLY?
  • Big cat in little thing — I are tiny kitn
  • Cats testicles – HARBLs
  • Something to do with bums — surprise buttsecks
  • Cat instructions — you hafsta do something

Anil Dash goes further into what makes good kittin pidgin.

//engtech LOLCats

My friendly neighbourhood mascot was kind enough to pose for the following LOLCat examples. Feel free to hotlink these images by cutting and pasting them into your own blog or forum.


<a href="http://internetducttape.com" title="//engtech LOLCats"><img


alt="O HAY ARE THESE YOURS?" /></a>


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<a href="http://internetducttape.com" title="//engtech LOLCats"><img


alt="MOAR MOAR MOAR" /></a>


<a href="http://internetducttape.com" title="//engtech LOLCats"><img


alt="I DONUT FIT HERE" /></a>


<a href="http://internetducttape.com" title="//engtech LOLCats"><img


alt="O RLY?" /></a>


<a href="http://internetducttape.com" title="//engtech LOLCats"><img


alt="I HAS A BOX" /></a>


<a href="http://internetducttape.com" title="//engtech LOLCats"><img



This post was brought to you by the letters L, I, R, P, A and the number 1.

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  1. Webomatica said, on April 01, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    (disclosure plug in comment) : “No engtech cats were harmed in the making of these cat fotos”.

  2. Bella Slasher said, on April 02, 2007 at 7:50 am
  3. Bella Slasher said, on April 02, 2007 at 7:51 am

    So much for my expression of love for your stinky cat.

  4. raincoaster said, on April 02, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I think that’s the first disco-referencing LOLCAT I’ve ever seen. Congratulations on breaking new ground in Lolcatdom.

  5. raincoaster said, on April 02, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Also: the Random Kitten Generator might come in handy, for those with no in-house model.

  6. A.J. Valliant said, on April 03, 2007 at 5:19 am

    I’m so disillusioned right now.

  7. engtech said, on April 03, 2007 at 6:01 am

    @aj: are you disillusioned because of the way I sold out my cat for petty internet fame?

  8. A.J. Valliant said, on April 03, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    No, your Cat was on his way to fame regardless… provided he could get over his fear of strangers.

    I’m disillusioned that your awesome brilliant blog lowered itself to teaching people how make those retarded cat pictures. The*cringe* LOLcat thing manages to combine the unoriginality of a meme, the gritty edge of “Americas funniest animals, and the sickening treacle of an adult using baby talk.

    You actually did a pretty good job with yours[1], but this is not an artform that should be encouraged.

    [1] The Baba Yaga one was particularly clever.

  9. engtech said, on April 03, 2007 at 7:08 pm


    Yeah, but that’s what April 1st is all about. :)

  10. cheezburger said, on April 07, 2007 at 5:13 am

    hey engtech, thx for ur instructions. we posted a link to it on ar front page :).

    we have fun with ichc, lolcats/lol*/meme* pix are fun, people like it — strong emotional responses. we hope our enjoyment transfers through our site. it is a mess, but hey it’s all about experimentation!

    chzbrgr = ^ _ O =

  11. cheezburger said, on April 07, 2007 at 5:14 am

    i’d suggest also adding links to free image editors like paint.net , n one for mac osx, though I don’t know of one.

    chz = ^ _ O =

  12. Gordon said, on April 09, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Driven by a desire to create LolCats without having to open a photo editor, I wrote LolCat Buildr. It’s more limited than building them manually, of course, but a good tool if you’re lazy.

  13. xineki said, on April 09, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Just wanted to let you know, “It’s a trap!” isn’t so much about Star Wars. it refers to Guilty Gear. Apparently the blue nun character looked a lot like a female. But he’s not. Easy misunderstanding, I mean nun usually = female. But a lot of guys found out too late, after they had already claimed the guy was hot.

    So about half of the internet instantly became gay. A “trap” now refers to any androgynous (can’t tell the gender) character, especially in anime, that a guy could accidentally go gay for. And the lolcat “it’s a trap!” is used to drive home the point, or point out a boy character that looks kinda female.

    Just figured I’d let ya know :P

  14. engtech said, on April 15, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    @Gordon: I love your tool. Wish I’d found it sooner.

    @xineki: I hadn’t heard that side of it. I’d always seen the “It’s a trap” with photos of Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi.

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