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How To Tip

How To Unbox Your Boxed-in Text

By ChurchArt Team | June 20, 2018

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…

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Art Tip

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

By ChurchArt Team | June 11, 2018

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…

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Inspiration

Spruce up your color palette for spring

By ChurchArt Team | May 11, 2018

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…

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Design Tip

Q&A: Which font style belongs where?

By ChurchArt Team | April 11, 2018

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…

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Art Tip

Dare to GO BIG!

By ChurchArt Team | March 11, 2018

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.

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How To Tip

Learn The Proper Use Of Boxes, Screens And Rule Lines

By ChurchArt Team | February 11, 2018

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…

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