The ChurchArt Online Blog
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>