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Are you always looking for a new way to do sermon presentation slides, display scripture, or create new themes for your presentations in general? We want to help! Of course most of our media is used for the worship or music portions of the events you are a part of planning and executing. Aside from a few of our fantastic collections where you’d get some blank slides, we wanted to give you 6 ways to become a better designer:

1. Find great inspiration.

Inspiration breeds inspiration, and there’s no better way to increase the quality of your work by surrounding yourself with great inspiration websites. These are blogs and databases of pre-aggregated concepts that can help you develop a new concept. Here are a few to explore: 

 

2. Use Better Fonts.

Most design gets elevated or devalued with the use of the right or wrong fonts respectively. So make it a point to become a student of great fonts. There are a plethora of free font websites out there, along with premium and subscription sites. Here are a few to check out:

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3. Find Simple Design Tools.

Any great craftsman is only good because of the tools at their disposal. Like most craftsman, you can’t start with the most artist, complicated tools though. You have to start with easy and simple. They help you learn principles and techniques. If you want to become a better designer, then you need to use simple tools that will teach you along the way. There are a few we recommend:

 

4. Curate Better Design Elements & Media

This is where great design thrives or dies, when you don’t have a great image or base to build off from. From stock media websites to building blocks to add to your designs, there are a wealth of options available:

 

5. Use Cohesive Color Schemes.

Color speaks volumes in design and it has the ability to communicate on a psychological level. Finding the right balance to color pairings is like baking a really delicious cake. It’s part art but mostly scientific. Check out a few great resources for color theory:

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6. Maximize Design Hierarchy.

Most bad designs I see don’t understand the importance of hierarchy in design. It’s the thing that makes sure the most important thing is the thing that is most seen. What is the most important thing – your logo? your headline? the date? Make sure everything points to that and gives space/direction toward that object or element. Here are some great articles on Design Hierarchy:

 

 

 

Great design is inviting, welcoming and warm. It helps people engage, and we should become masters of great design. So become a better designer and start leveraging these 6 great tips. What elements and resources have we left out?

 

 

Author Luke McElroy

Luke McElroy is the founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to TripleWide Media, SALT Conferences and Orange Thread LIVE. He is the author of The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement. Hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine in 2013, Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful worship environments for thousands of Church communities throughout the entire world. He currently lives in Nashville, TN and regularly writes about creativity, leadership and faith at LukeMcElroy.com 

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