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Fall is just around the corner and maybe you need a few new fonts to spark some creativity in your slides, flyers, and calendars. Here’s a great post over at Hongkiat.com with 20 free minimalistic fonts you can use.  Minimalism is the name of the game in design right now, so this is a great cheap way to keep your designs looking fresh.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Photoshop

In youth ministry today creating graphics has become a necessity.  Maybe you need them for your slides, your making a flyer, or just for a new cover image on your Facebook page, graphics touch so much of what we do.  Not all of us have the budget to cover Photoshop, so I thought I would cover a few options out there to help make creating and editing graphics a little easier.  Even if you don’t feel like you are the most creative person, these tools can help you look like a pro.

1. Canva.com

Canva is a great and easy to use way to create great looking graphics. They have a number of pre-defined templates you can start with (social media images, flyers, posters, business cards, invitations, collages and more) or you can design a custom one. You can upload your own images, use their stock images or buy premium stock images from their library to use in your projects. The cost is free so it’s hard to argue with that. As a bonus they have some great tutorials if you are new to design that will help teach you about using colors, fonts and more.

2. Pixlr.com

If you are used to working with photoshop and are looking for something that’s closer to that experience you might like Pixlr.com/editor. It has a more traditional photoshop like screen with your toolbox floating on your canvas.  It also allows you to upload your photos for use in your projects, but they don’t have the library of included images like Canva does, but you can start with a URL to an image if you’ve already found one online you like. It’s also a free tool, but to get the most out of it, you need to create an account.  They also have some more basic design tools with Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-Matic.  These are really designed for photos that allow basic cleanup, filters and boarders.  They also have some mobile apps you might be interested in, you can get links HERE.

3. BeFunky.com

BeFunky is another Free service that allows you to edit photos and turn them into graphics that you can use for slides, flyers or elsewhere. They do have a paid version that gives you more filters, graphics and frames to use, but the FREE level still is robust. They also have mobile apps you can use on iOS (free or pro) or Android.

What tools do you use?

In our next post we’ll explore more mobile options.

Image Credit: geralt

It’s hard enough getting up in front of your friends and family to play, but this is the worst.

HT Mashable

Summer Movie Guide 2014

Chris —  June 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

Movie, Theater

I love summer movies, and they can be a great opportunity to hang out with students from your youth ministry. The team over at The Source for Youth Ministry has put together a great summer movie guide.  Some of the have already come out, but there are plenty of blockbusters still to come.  Check it out and know what movies may make great youth group activities.

You might also want to check out their FREE reviews and discussion starters.  They already have a few of the summer movies posted for you to use.

If you are looking for more info about what movies contain and what age groups they would be appropriate for, check out Common Sense Media.  It’s a great resource for reviews movies, tv shows, books, apps, and more.

 

Image Credit: Halmeoni 

The folks over at Simply Youth Ministry have their biggest sale of the year going on right now. Save at least 40% off, plus get 40 FREE backgrounds.  Great time to stock up. These prices are good till June 12, so shop early.

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Free Mac App Software Bundle

Chris —  May 30, 2014 — 4 Comments

Mac Bundle v3

For all my Mac using friends out there, I wanted to let you know about a great bundle of FREE software that will only be available for a few more days.  There’s a ton of bundles out there, but this one included one in particular that I thought could be fun for Youth Ministry.  It’s called X-Mirage and it lets you mirror your iOS screen (iPhone or iPad) to your Mac.

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This is great if you want to make demo videos of an app to share, but I think it has great potential for a youth group stage game.  Since it will let you mirror multiple iOS devices at one time you could have two students playing the same game up on the big screen and the crowd could cheer them.  So many fun possibilities, post your ideas in the comments below.

In addition to X-Mirage, you also get:

  • Elmedia Player Pro – a utility to help download streaming video from the internet.  A great way to save those youtube videos to use in a talk or in your presentation software.
  • ClipBuddy – a utility to organize your cut / paste selections
  • cf/x Mosaic – turns your photos into mosaic art
  • Plus a few more

The bundle is free, so what do you have to loose.  Have fun!

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mileiqDo you ever have to turn in your mileage for reimbursement?  I don’t know about you, but I often forget to start tracking when i leave somewhere and then have to look things up on google maps after the fact to see how many miles I’ve driven.  That works OK, but I found this great app that will track it for you and you don’t have to think about it: MileIQ.

It’s easy, start the app, and it will track all your drives and you can classify them as personal or business in case you are mixing your trips in a day.  Then you log onto your account to download your activity or send it to yourself right from the app.  It’s super easy and it’s free if you have less than 40 drives a month.  I will I’ve noticed a faster battery drain when using it, so I would recommend keeping your phone plugged in while in the car so you don’t find yourself with no battery at the end of the day. Right now it’s iOS only, but they say an android version is on the way.

This could be a great way to track your mileage this summer to make getting reimbursed easier while you are out and about driving students to events or picking up supplies.

Wow, this took me back to elementary school.  They should introduce these kids to Oregon Trail.

5 Sites for Free Fonts

Chris —  May 19, 2014 — 5 Comments

Letters, A, Abc

Have you ever sat down to make a brochure, calendar or flyer and realized you really need a new font because people around the church have seen the same font on the last 7 flyers you’ve made for your youth ministry? Well, here are 5 sites with 1000′s of free fonts you can use in your next project.

  1. Dafont
  2. FontSquirrel
  3. 1001 Free Fonts
  4. Font Space
  5. 1001 Fonts

Summer is coming, maybe experiment with some new looks this season.

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The fine folks over at the Buffer blog have put together a list of 53 free stock photo resources for you to use in your youth ministry projects.  Everyone knows that pictures just make blogs, flyers, brochures, announcement slides, and social media more interesting.  I use a lot of stock photography, but I don’t always have the budget to buy it.  Here are a few of the sites off the Buffer list that that I’ve used:

Jump over to Buffer to see the whole list:

53+ Free Image Sources for your Blogs and Social Media Posts