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8 Tricks the Pros Use for Great Church Website Photos Blog Feature

By: Joanna Gray on June 2nd, 2016

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8 Tricks the Pros Use for Great Church Website Photos

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We are working a new feature release schedule and we expect to begin the first few announcements soon. In the meantime, we've got a list of tips and tricks to keep your church website looking shiny and new from the outside in.

We've all seen it. Crummy graphics that make the rest of a church website just look bad. Nothing fits the space, the photo is blurry or cropped badly. Maybe there are words running across someone's face or some other kind of weirdness in a photo. I've got a healthy respect for graphic designers and I know I can't do what they do. But it's easier than ever to reach the level of "not horrible."

The following is a list of great ways to get the job done -- better than usual.

1. Canva

This service has a tutorial and great preset grids. Many of their options are free or only cost $1. They have preset font combinations, grids to hold your images together and a growing library of clip art images and photos. If you do purchase any of their elements, you get a 24 hour window to make changes and download it again without having to pay a second time.

2. Picmonkey

The folks at MailChimp and Survey Monkey bring you a photo editing and touch up service that is just as easy to use and learn and -- bonus: mostly free. Of course, there's a paid upgrade version, but you can get a lot done with the free version of this service, too.

3. Skitch

We all know and love Evernote. It's time to meet the free add-on, Skitch. Hello, Skitch! This service allows annotations, edits, highlights, adding text, screen grabs, and some easy ways to save and share the output. It's probably not the style you'd want to use lots of places "in public," but it's great for adding clarity to internal communications.

4. Lightstock

Non-cheesy, non-licensed, photos for your church. Many of these options are paid with download credits, but sometimes that's the route you need to go. When it's time to upgrade, Lightstock is a great place to start -- many of their images match the unique needs of church graphics.

5. CreationSwap

Free graphics and stock images for churches. Upload your own or choose from the free download library. Faith-focused photos, videos, graphics, sound files, and more. Shared from around the world.

6. Church Media Drop

Free graphics and images (and so much more) for churches by churches. Browse by category and find the media you need. They house a selection of sermon images, word art, announcements, etc. Upload your own to share the love and make it easier for other churches, too.

7. Unsplash

Free hi-resolution photos available for download and reuse on your website. Free (do whatever you want) photos you can use in sermon art, slide background images, or whatever you need. They upload 10 new photos every 10 days. You can even subscribe to photo updates.

8. Pexels

If that's not enough free stock photos for you, try Pexels. They upload 50 new photos each day.

 

These tools are built for people like you and me. There's no steep learning curve and a certain degree of success is guaranteed. Best of all, most of these services have free or very low cost versions. Click through, give them a try and see which new tools you'll be using this summer. Any tools you use that we missed? Leave your suggestions in the comments below -->