ChurchArt Team

Q&A: Adding text to blank motion videos

Question: The motion videos on your site are very handy; can I change the text on them? Answer: Although you can’t make changes to videos that already contain text, you can add your own text or Scripture verses to our wide selection…

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See how a nameplate improves over time

A newsletter editor at a South Carolina church requested ideas for freshening up the publication, which we redesigned more than 10 years ago. These front pages show how the newsletter’s “look” has progressed over time: For the latest remake, our…

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Give VBS attendees a special certificate

Looking for a fun, easy way to honor the children who attend your church’s vacation Bible school? Celebrate what kids learn this summer by presenting them with personalized Certificates of Participation. As a bonus, we’re providing a free template from Essential…

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How To Unbox Your Boxed-in Text

When a layout is filled with boxes, the design has a “closed off” feel. But it’s easy to set your pages free! We addressed this in a previous “Design Tips” post called “Learn the proper use of boxes, screens and…

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Q&A: Adding drop shadows to make images “pop”

Question: How can I make an image seem to lift off the page? Answer: Drop shadows are graphic shadings that appear to be cast by an object on the page. You can add “depth” by using drop shadows on text, images,…

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Spruce up your color palette for spring

Do you ever get tired of using the same old colors in church publications? If so, your readers probably feel the same way. Now every year when spring has sprung, experts predict we’ll be seeing more of these 10 hues:…

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Q&A: Which font style belongs where?

Question: I’ve heard about serif and sans serif fonts. Is there a best place to use each style, and why? Answer: The little “hooks” extending from a letter’s main strokes are what distinguish serif fonts from sans serif fonts. “Sans” means without,…

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Dare to GO BIG!

When you want to apply some scale or emphasis, don’t be afraid to go a little larger! The examples below use “large scale” on key words to add more emphasis and create a dramatic effect. To enhance these features even…

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Learn The Proper Use Of Boxes, Screens And Rule Lines

We all like to box things in, or keep them separate from one another. Boxes, screens and rule lines can add visual balance to a page and help organize it. But used too often, these “dividers” can clutter a page,…

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