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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

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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

 

 

I don’t know how I missed this, but i just saw my friends from DigitalStache have a blog called GameShow where they are posting some great games.  With title like Smart or Stupid and Hit the Chip how could you go wrong.  They are providing instructions and graphics for some fun games.  Doesn’t look like it’s updated that often, but maybe some traffic will inspire them.

If you need some new games, it might be a good one to check out.

Game Show Blog | Game Ideas for Student Ministry from Digital Stache.