Church graphics are a central part of any marketing and branding strategy for your church. From social media to your church’s newsletter, the right graphics grab readers’ attention.
You don’t have to limit yourself to boring graphics just to save money. In fact, there are free platforms and resources for creating your own graphics.
The best part is you don’t have to be an experienced graphic designer to create stunning graphics for all of your church needs.
Canva is available for free, though there is a paid version if you need more features. However, the free version is all you’ll need to edit images and create church graphics like a pro. Upload your starting graphics and edit to your heart’s content. Add text, edit colors and crop. You can even work as a team to edit on the same platform. Canva often stands out due to the extensive tutorials available to help you get started.
Gravit Designer is an advanced graphic editor that’s completely free to use. Don’t be intimidated by all the options. The platform is made for detailed graphic creation and editing. However, it’s easy to perform simple tasks, such as changing transparency, adding text and combining photos. There are free YouTube tutorials listed on the site to help you learn how to use all the features.
While most Adobe design products aren’t free, Adobe Spark is Adobe’s free graphic design platform. Create simple graphics, video stories, newsletters and much more. Adjust lighting, transparency, size and most anything else you can think of. If you’re having trouble getting started, look through the Inspiration section to see the types of church graphics you can create.
Snappa could easily become one of your favorite platforms for creating church graphics. It guides you step-by-step through the process. From helping you choose the perfect image size for it’s purpose (social media, blog, newsletter, etc.) to making it easy to search for beautiful copyright free stock photos, everything’s included in a single platform. It’s ideal for beginners and even has tools for helping you share your newly created graphics. The site claims you can create the perfect graphics in just minutes.
Want to create stunning photo collages as part of your church graphics? BeFunky has you covered. It’s a free platform that helps you create beautiful graphics and collages. It’s designed for everything from restaurant menus to fun blog post images and everything in between. The platform includes a photo editor, collage maker and graphic design all in one. Once you get used to the tools, you’ll be creating the perfect church graphics in no time.
If you want to create quote-style graphics, such as an inspirational verse, ReciteThis makes it quick and easy. Just enter your quote, choose a template and the platform creates a shareable graphic for you. While the templates are rather limited, it is an ideal platform for creating quick social media graphics or something for your email newsletter.
Pictaculous isn’t a graphic designer, but it helps you choose the right colors to go with your graphics. For instance, want to know what color scheme to use in your newsletter based around your main graphic? Upload the image and Pictaculous chooses the best colors for you.
Finding The Right Graphics
All of these free platforms are great, but you need an image to start with. While you likely have church photos to use, sometimes you want something different. We previously covered tips on how to create the best church photography, which you can edit in most of the platforms above.
For copyright free photos that go beyond standard stock images, try:
- CreationSwap – free and premium photos and videos
- Church Media Drop – backgrounds and slides designed for churches
- Church Motion Graphics – free backgrounds ideal for quotes
- Saltful – free images specifically for churches and ministries
- Freely Photos – church-based Christian stock photos
- Unsplash – free images with new added weekly
- Pixabay – free graphics and cartoon-style images
Don’t forget to also check with other churches. Many are happy to share graphics with other churches. After all, if a graphic helps draw someone in, it’s well worth sharing with others.
Do you need a great website to go along with your newly designed graphics? Contact us today to learn more about our church web design services.