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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

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.

xmirage

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!

Get the Bundle Now

 

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.

Star Wars Day

“May the 4th” otherwise known as Star Wars day is coming up soon.  This year it happens to fall on Sunday, so if you want to have some fun with it in your program.  The team over at DYM have you covered.  They have a great FREE Powerpoint game for you to download and use.  Enjoy, and May the Force be with You.

Visit DYM to Download

Great Game Ideas

Chris —  March 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Who couldn’t use more game ideas for Wednesday Night?  Last week the YS Idea Lab featured the king of youth group games, Les Christie giving some fun ideas.

What’s your favorite youth ministry game?

Need more games ideas, check these out:

Ball and Game Bundle - Physical
Games - Video Edition - Physical
Absurd Holiday Games Vol 1 - Digital

Son of God Movie Resources

Chris —  February 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

The Son of God movie from Mark Burnett opens this week, and I saw this awesome version of the trailer done in LEGOs.  It might be a fun way to introduce your students if you plan on taking a group.  You can also download a ton of FREE resources from the film’s site.

Do you plan on taking a group of students?

Flappy Crowd Youth Ministry Game

Chris —  February 21, 2014 — 3 Comments

If you are looking for a super fun new game for your youth ministry, you need to check out Flappy Crowd.  You may not be able to get Flappy Bird in the App store any more, but you can still get your students playing a fun version on the screen in your youth room.  Get the crowd flapping to keep the bird in the air and collect coins and power ups.

This is how it works:

Check it out over at DYM.

Don’t Miss NYWC

Chris —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

NYWC in San Diego wrapped up last week, and it was an awesome weekend.  Here were some of my highlights:

  1. The Big Rooms – The speakers and worship leaders were just great.  There’s a lot going on in my personal life right now (check my Facebook page for more on that) and God just orchestrated exactly what I needed to hear.  Plus worship with people like Rend Collective, Digital Age and Audrey Assad was so uplifting.
  2. The Idea Lab – This was something that we started at NYWC last year, and it really came into it’s own this weekend.  It’s such great practical training in an intimate setting.  The talk backs with the speakers and artists were also a great insight into who they are and why they do what they do.
  3. Just being around youth workers.  There’s nothing like spending the weekend with thousands of other youth workers.  I love catching up with friends that I usually only get to see in person at these events.  It’s a giant gathering of so many my Facebook friends.

If you were there what was your highlight?

There’s still time to join us in Nashville.  It’s my favorite Youth Ministry event in one of my favorite cities.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  If you register by Friday you can still save up to $50 a person.

I hope to see you there.

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