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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.

21 Free Places to Get Photos for Church Promotions

21 Free Places to Get Photos for Church Promotions

In an increasingly visual society, our church communications have to stand out.

Recent statistics show:

  1. Content with a relevant images gets read 94% more than content without relevant images. (source)
  2. We retain only 10% of what we hear 3 days later, but when paired with a relevant visual we retain 65% of it 3 days later. (source)

Keeping that going takes a large pool of images. Between announcement slides, emails, social media and print, it’s easy to go through a stack of photos every week.

A subscription to a stock photo library is a great place to start, but it gets expensive fast. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of sources for free photos your church can use in their communications.

Each site functions a bit differently, so be certain you read about the usage rules and restrictions.

21 Sources for Free Church Photos

  1. Pixabay – login using your FB credentials for access to the library
  2. Picjumbo– free photos for commercial and personal work, beware the ads
  3. Unsplash – free high-resolution photos, 10 new photos every 10 days
  4. Public Domain Archive/ – public domain images
  5. Gratisography – quirky, stylized images
  6. Free Images– overseas collection, some images feel too European to work but others are good
  7. Stock Photos for Free – login using your FB credentials for access to the library
  8. CompFight – check the copyright permissions on the images you chose, some require attribution to the artist
  9. Jeshoots – collection is good but currently fairly small
  10. Snapwire Snaps free high-resolution photos, 7 new photos every 7 days
  11. Skitter Photo– license free, high quality photos
  12. Startup Stock Photos – use the archive link at the top middle of the page to see the full library
  13. ISO Republic – high quality, free photos for creatives
  14. Designers Pics – free high-resolution photos, no attribution required
  15. Splitshire – great images but the ads are annoying
  16. Kaboom Pics – new pictures daily, nicely cataloged and easily searched
  17. Life of Pix – all images are public domain, from Montreal so some images  contain French signage
  18. Morguefile – free images plus ability to search major stock photography sites from the same window
  19. Flickr – check the copyright permissions on the images you chose, some require attribution to the artist
  20. We Function – download a set of images based on theme
  21. Pexels.com – 50 new photos a day

Bonus Image Collections

  1. Photo Pin – quickly search a millions of images from across the web
  2. Bible Places – high resolution photos of Biblical location
  3. Freely Photos – totally free high quality Christian stock photography
  4. Magdeleine – hand-picked free images
  5. Sitebuilder Report – single search pane for images from 27 differnet websites
  6. Vecteezy – vector and jpeg resources
  7. Flat Icon – vector based icons in Photoshop and Illustrator formats

 

I’m always looking for other resources for free church photos. If you have something to add, let me know in the comments below.