How to Design Graphics When You’re Not a Designer

When did pastors suddenly need to minor in graphic design in order to keep up with the demands of ministry? We live in a world that is driven by content, most of which is visual, thus we need to consistently post stunning visual content online. There’s a catch though. Have you tried working photoshop? For most ministry leaders, the learning curve is just too much. You should be focusing on more important things.

So…what do we do?

Posting a quote from the sermon on Sunday or a verse applicable to the season can keep your congregation in step with your church and the word. But finding a great program to create beautiful text art can be difficult- many apps have hidden fees or are just too difficult to use.
We did the work for you and compiled a list of the best free and easy website and apps for creating text art for your social media account!
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Websites


Quotes Cover

(Quotescover.com)

Pros: Simply input your text and this website will create color schemes and fonts layouts for you to choose from. You can also upload your own photo if you don’t like the solid color backgrounds they provide for you. This tool has more features than it seems at first glance, and a quick browse of the websites “tutorial” page will show you how to use them.

Cons: The website layout is a bit outdated, but nothing you can’t work around.

Difficulty level: Medium rare
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Recite

(Recitethis.com)

Pros: This is probably one of the fastest and easiest tools on the list. Input your quote, select a style, and your picture is made in a few seconds!

Cons: Leaves a small “Recite” brand logo at the bottom of each picture.

Difficulty Level: A breeze!
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Pablo
(Pablo.buffer.com)

Pros: There are hundreds of background images to search through, and the interface of this website is extremely easy to use. There are also many templates and built in tools to keep your text centered- if you’re detail obsessed like me!

Cons: There aren’t many fonts to choose from.

Difficulty level: No sweat
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Behappy.me

(behappy.me/generator)

Pros: Another very fast and simple text generator, pop in your text and choose a font!

Cons: Only provides plain color backgrounds

Difficulty Level: Easy Peasy
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Android

Textgram

Pros: This app is great because it has several pre-made templates if you’re in a hurry, but it also has lots of customizable features if you have the time to play around a bit! There are tons of fonts and backgrounds to choose from and even more to download for free. This app also leaves no watermark.

Cons: There are just a few pesky ads that get in the way sometimes.

Difficulty Level: Tricky, but easy to learn
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Fonteee
Pros: Not only is this app a breeze to use, it automatically arranges your font into beautiful styles- keep tapping on each style and it will show you even more options! You can also download pre-made typographic quotes and edit the backgrounds they provide for you.

Cons: This app will leave a “Fonteee” watermark in the bottom left corner once you save the image.

Difficulty level: Piece of cake
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Pixlr

Pros: This app has lots of other editing tools on it besides text tools, and lots of unique fonts.

Cons: There is a bit of a learning curve, and you are unable to go back and edit text once you are done with it. You also have to provide your own background.

Difficulty level: One of the harder ones
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Youversion
Pros: You probably already have this app- it’s your Bible! Simply tap on the verse you would like to create an image from, and select “image”. There are plenty of beautiful backgrounds to choose from, and editing is super quick and easy.

Cons: There are not a lot of text options available to make each picture unique.

Difficulty Level: Easy peasy
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iOS


Typorama

Pros: This is probably the best free iphone apps for typography that’s out there! Besides a library of tons of unique backgrounds, this app automatically creates beautiful designs from your own custom text.

Cons: sigh, it leaves a watermark. But that’s not too big of a deal, is it?

Difficulty Level: So easy
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Quick cap
Pros: It’s pretty basic as far as fonts and colors go, but that’s what makes it so fast and easy to use.

Cons: This is another app that makes you provide your own background photo, and leaves a watermark in the bottom right corner when you save your finished work.

Difficulty level: In the middle
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Font candy
Pros: There are tons of quotes provided for you as well as lots of fun fonts in this simple-to-use app.!

Cons: There are not provided backgrounds for you to choose from in this app, and it leave a watermark in the bottom right corner.

Difficulty Level: Super simple
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Photophy
Pros: This app has great options for templates and is fun to use- giving you a custom made look from a premade template.

Cons: Some of the templates don’t allow for much editing, and fonts are limited depending on what you use.

Difficulty level: Takes a minute to learn
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Rose DeVoe was born in Vermont, is an alumni of Word of Life Bible Institute, and is now a senior at Davis College in New York. She grew up in Jos, Nigeria, and has no idea how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” She loves taking pictures, discovering new shows, and considers herself a cat person.

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