No matter what your church is like, you’re bound to have graphic design needs. It might be your weekly newsletter, your youth camp registration form, or advertising and social media graphics, but whatever your needs, graphic design can often be either a) time consuming or b) expensive. If you’re lucky, you might just run into a combination of both!
Fortunately, people are working round the world non-stop to help you out with these problems, and I’ve compiled a shortlist of my favourite, go-to resources that will help you win at church graphic design.
Without further ado...
1 | Graphic design | Canva
Canva is quickly becoming a favourite for many people. I may have a soft spot for them because they are Australian, however don’t let this turn you off! Canva is the ultimate resource for free, easy-to-use graphic design. ANYONE can use Canva. I repeat, ANYONE.
Simply sign up for free or log in using Facebook; Canva will save all of your designs online, let you use a multitude of templates, give you access to free icons and fonts, and best of all, they have thousands of designs that you can edit to suit your needs.
PicMonkey is the Canva of photo editing. It is simple, free and churns out beautiful photographs with ease. You can adjust contrasts, crop, burn and dodge, draw on your photos or write on top of them, remove blemishes, add filters…the list goes on.
Pixlr is free photo editing software too, though its a little bit harder to use, and a little bit more like Photoshop. If you’re keen for a learning curve, Pixlr can help you produce gorgeous photos for all sorts of church media.
3 | Free stock photography
Okay, this isn’t ‘one website’. But over the years I have collected an army of great websites that give away free, aesthetically pleasing stock photos. These are not your regular, cheesy stock photos of bowls of fruit and toothpaste-commercial-families. These are photos that you’ll be proud of when you add them to your designs, and that you can guarantee are from this century.
Three favourites are:
4 | Fonts | Google Fonts
Fonts can get preeettty expensive, especially if you’re looking for something in particular. Thankfully, Google has come to the rescue with plenty of free, downloadable fonts for you to peruse. All of their fonts are optimised to be easy on the eye, so you can be sure that your church-goers will be able to read your writing!
5 | Infographics | easl.ly
This is quite a new one to me, so I’m not a pro yet. But, if you want to create infographics, easl.ly is easily your best bet. Infographics are often time consuming and require a lot of skill, but they are such valuable tools for sharing information with your church! You can create an infographic to share in church, or something to share online, simply with a few clicks.
I hope these tools have helped you! If you'd like to check out more tools that I recommend for small churches, simply hit the button below and you'll be given access to my free resource library, where you can download my Master List of Must-have Tools for Churches!