We love art, are passionate about helping churches create professional-looking communications and are a fun bunch of folks. With an in-tune creative director and a rock-solid team of artists, we will provide the art you’ll want to use, plus templates, puzzles and extras that make your job easier.
Q&A: Display your Church Mission Statement
Question: Do you have suggestions or samples for printing and framing my church’s mission and vision statements? Answer: Displaying these statements is a great idea! We’ve created two templates — formal-looking and contemporary — for that purpose. Choose the style that best fits your congregation. Then display the framed statements in the church office, fellowship hall or…Read More >>
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 of blank videos. To do that, you’ll need video-editing software. Many computers come with Windows…Read More >>
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 designer began with the nameplate. That entire area is now much larger, with room for…Read More >>
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 Church Certificates: Children’s Edition. Simply fill in the information, print and sign. Then watch children’s…Read More >>
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 rule lines.“ Below, learn how to make an outlined text box less “boxy.” The unboxed…Read More >>
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, photographs and text boxes. Most word-processing and layout programs have functions for adding basic drop…Read More >>
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: Add new life to your publications this season by incorporating these colors. You’ll find some…Read More >>
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, so sans serif fonts don’t have those little hooks. Because serifs help with readability, serif…Read More >>
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 more, you can apply appropriate colors.Read More >>
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, confuse readers and even form barriers that unintentionally separate copy that belongs together. Below is…Read More >>
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