It is always a bonus to have a series bundle (logo, presentation slides, video bumper, colors, theme, etc).Â You might want to do it yourself, but do not have killer Photoshop skills (TIP: Can’t afford Photoshop? Try GIMP or one of these other FREE Photoshop alternatives).Â You don’t need to be a great designer, you just need a little creativity.Â Here are three approaches to coming up with and building a teaching series bundle.
The Moderate DIY:
Maybe you have some Photoshop and After Effects skills and want to create your own series bundle.Â It would be irresponsible of me to try and give you design advice.Â Everything I know I have learned from YouTube tutorials, pstuts, aetuts, and videocopilot.Â If you don’t know how do do something, just Google it.
What I can offer you are a few sites I use for inspiration:
â€¢Â I buy several templates a year from videohive.Â If you have basic After Effects knowledge, this site will make your work look great and it will help you regain a lot of lost time doing motion graphics.
â€¢Â Flickr-storm – I find this search site pulls the best flickr images.Â There are even some useful search options.
â€¢Â Church Marketing Lab Beta
The Novice DIY:
â€¢Â Use similar colors. Have a common thread running through all your elements.
â€¢Â Buy backgrounds, like Back Packs Vol. 6 from Simply Youth Ministry, and use these for your series, then add your own images and/or text. (Click the link below to get 20% off any of the backgrounds at Simply Youth Ministry!)
â€¢Â Go to dafont or fontspace and download a font that is series specific (one more common thread). Use it in all your handouts and slides.
The No Skills DIY (Download It Yourself):
I am not ashamed to use other’s graphics.Â This makes our series look good, it saves a ton of time, and there are great sites that are offering their resources for FREE. Download quality series graphics from…
â€¢Â Elevation Church
PLAN IN ACTION: For our current series I went to dafont.com and downloaded this font.Â The font is our logo for this series. Then I went to VideoHive.net and purchased this After Effects (AE)Â project file, added the words I wanted, and changed their font to the font I downloaded.Â You can see the video bumper and font in action below. Â Feel free to download the video directly from Vimeo’s website and this Photoshop file. Â It contains the title slides, blank slides, and an interactive element (I cannot give you the AE file since IÂ purchasedÂ it but I created the Photoshop file).