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Celebrate Mom | Social Media and Worship Slides

Celebrate Mom | Social Media and Worship Slides

Curious about the steps necessary to create graphics in Photoshop?

Here’s a sped up overview of Ryan at RAD Ideas using the Artboard feature in Photoshop, along with Smart Objects, to create 7 versions of the same design for all social channels + 2 versions for use in email communications.

(Total Elapsed Design Time: 29:48)

Free Mother’s Day Graphics

Social Media download

~ Facebook (2 versions)
~ Twitter (2 version)
~ Instagram
~ Pinterest
~ Google+
~ Email (2 versions)

Social Media photoshop file

~ layered PSD file
~ included flower photo courtesy of Unsplash, Dahlia by Anne Spratt

Worship Slides download

~ 16×9 (3 slides)
~ 4×3 (3 slides)

Worship Slides photoshop file

~ layered PSD file
~ included flower photo courtesy of Unsplash, Dahlia by Anne Spratt

Flower photo courtesy of Unsplash, Dahlia by Anne Spratt

Watch the full length video at YouTube

Increase Attendance for Dollars a Day with Facebook Boost Post

Increase Attendance for Dollars a Day with Facebook Boost Post

Using church postcards, door drops and flyers to promote an event is costly and hard to track.

What if you could…

  • Promote an event for just dollars a day
  • Target the exact people you want to reach
  • Know how effective the promotion is before it’s even finished
  • Adjust your budget as your promotion runs

You can with Facebook posts.

They offer a proven way of knowing what will work, before you even spend a dollar.

Watch the tutorial to see how easy it can be…

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How to Design Reusable Templates for Your Church Staff

How to Design Reusable Templates for Your Church Staff

You’ve spent time designing a promotion, and it’s nearly perfect. But, you just realized each ministry needs the ability to include their own piece of information in the design.

You don’t want to lose the visual consistency of the project or the branding, but you need a way to allow for changes. Some way to create a template that can be easily changed by the ministry leader, without changing the design.

In today’s #AskRADIdeas Lindsay asks:

What are the best ways to design templates so different ministries can add in their own text? Right now we’re designing in InDesign then saving the template as a jpg and bringing it into word as the background layer.

3 Ways to Create Church Graphic Design Templates

1) InDesign

Part of the Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign is the best place to start when creating a template.

The process would look like this:

  1. Create your visual design
  2. Add text boxes with temporary text (Date, Time, Location, etc.)
  3. When the design is complete add a new Layer using the Add Layer feature (Window / Layers / Add Layer)
  4. Name the New Layer (Editable Text)
  5. Choose the text boxes containing the temporary text
  6. Drag them into the Editable Text layer
  7. Lock the Original Layer containing the design elements
  8. Share the InDesign file with your ministry leaders so they can make their own edits

 

2) InDesign and Adobe Reader

(idea from a Beth Moore study put out by LifeWay)

  1. Create your design in InDesign (see above: InDesign Steps 1-7)
  2. Turn off the Editable Text layer
  3. Save as a PDF
  4. Open in Acrobat Pro
  5. Add text boxes using the Tools menu (Tools / PrePare Form / Add a Text Field)
  6. Format the Text Field (Right click / Properties)
  7. Save the PDF
  8. Send the PDF to your ministry leaders

 

3) InDesign and Word or Publisher

  1. Create your design in InDesign (see above: InDesign Steps 1-7)
  2. Export the design as a JPG (File / Export)
  3. Open Word or Publisher
  4. Import the JPG design as a background image
  5. Add editable text boxes using the Add Text box options
  6. Send the file to your ministry leaders
4 Ways for Non Designers to Create Church Graphics

4 Ways for Non Designers to Create Church Graphics

You have a church event to promote, and you’re stuck. The leader wants a graphic for Sunday Slideshow, Facebook image, Sunday program and you’re just trying to get through the day.

You didn’t go to school for design, but the responsibility is on your shoulders. What can you do?

In this week’s #AskRADIdeas Debi asks the question plaguing so many church staff members.

How do I create graphics when I’m not a graphic artist?

Thankfully, there are several options for your church.

Here are…

4 Ways for Non Designers to Create Church Graphics

1) Hire a designer

A graphic designer will be able to take your project and create something uniquely tailored to your church.

You can expect the process to include a project overview where you share your topic, goals and details. The designer will then get back to you with design options. When you’ve settled on a design they will deliver the finished graphics to you.

If you are looking for custom visuals this is a great way to go. You get the experience and knowledge of a designer, without the expense of another employee.

2) Library of designs

Several companies have created “done-for-you” design libraries that your church can use.

Pick a design, download the visuals and start using them immediately. You get the quality of a professionally designed graphic, in the time it takes to download the files.

The cost for download access depends on the company. Look for monthly, yearly or life-time access plans when determining the best fit for your church.

Recommendations:

www.open-edit-print.com

www.sharefaith.com

www.ministrypass.com

3) Templates

Using templates will take away the frustration of staring at a blank screen and creating a design from scratch. They give you the flexibility of customizing your promotion, while speeding up the design process.

The process is simple:

  • Download a Word, Publisher, InDesign or Photoshop template
  • Add your unique information into the editable regions
  • Save the file
  • Start your promotions

Recommendations:

www.open-edit-print.com

www.stocklayouts.com

www.creationswap.com

4) Image Editing Software

A number of online tools are available to help you create designs without needing Photoshop. You can pick a design size, add your elements (text, images, etc.) and save the file for use.

The trade off is your time. You should expect to spend time learning the tools and then creating the graphics themselves. If you need different versions of a design (Sunday Slideshow, Facebook image, Bulletin announcement) you will need to recreate it in each format.

Recommendations:

www.sumopaint.com

www.pixlr.com

www.canva.com

www.123rf.com

How is your church creating visuals? What other options would you suggest? Let me know in the notes below.