Now is not the time for Clip Art! I grew up using Clip Art, and, just like my childhood, Clip Art is in the past. Let me introduce you to Canva, where you can create beautiful sermon graphics with ease using templates and my secret stock photo websites. I’ve even got a video tutorial for you + you can take home the graphics I create in the video. Sound good?
Today we’re talking all about putting together beautiful sermon graphics with zero graphic design experience. Don’t fret, it CAN BE DONE! I promise!
With a couple of simple tools and a few ideas under your belt, you’ll be designing great graphics in no time! However, before I jump full steam ahead into a tutorial video, I first wanted to lay down a couple of things that you should keep in mind while designing sermon graphics.
1 | Versatility
This may seem like a strange principle to put first, but let me explain its importance. See, if you’re doing a sermon series, its really worth putting together some great graphics that you can use for weeks and weeks to promote the series both on social media and at church. This will save you SO much time and effort, guaranteed. The easiest way to do this is to create one graphic with interchangeable elements (such as texts, photos or backgrounds) and then reuse that graphic for each different sermon. So, when you’re designing, don’t make life difficult for yourself!
I like to stick to a simple formula:
2 constant elements + 2 versatile elements = versatility
So, I may not be a formulaic genius but this formula makes it super simple to keep the graphic versatile. You’ll see in the tutorial video that my two constant elements are the title of the sermon series, and the transparent box that sits behind the subtitle. My two versatile elements are the subtitle (or the title of the sermon for that particular week), and the background, which I simply change out with a picture depending on the theme.
2 | Keep It Super Simple
This is the age old adage (you might know it as Keep It Simple Stupid or the KISS principle) that really speaks for itself. See, even though God has given us incredible brains that can take in a lot of information, we really just prefer looking at things that are beautifully simple. It also makes the graphic more memorable. And, even better, it’s going to save you time and effort, and look better when push comes to shove.
So, what can I put on a sermon graphic?
+ 1 Series title
+ 1 Sermon title
+ 1 Image
+ 1 Decoration element (optional - such as a shape or line to highlight words)
That. Is. It. That’s all you need!
Okay, I’ve put together a pretty great tutorial video for you, so I’m going to let myself do the talking and let you watch it here:
I hope you enjoyed the video! If you’d like a copy of the graphics I made in the video you can get free access to my resource library to download them and a host of other super handy church comms PDFs. Happy downloading!