How To Create Hand Drawn Lyrics: From Paper to Projector


19 Apr 2016

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Cody Jensen (@Cody_Jensen) who serves as the media director at City Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He just launched a free online course that gives step-by-step instructions for creating hand drawn lyrics that you can use in presentation software like ProPresenter. After taking the course myself, I immediately knew that I had to share it with our TCP community.

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Here’s what Cody had to share about this topic:

Hand drawn lyrics may seem like a cool fad that all the hipster churches are doing, but I have found that there is something powerful about handwriting. Like receiving a hand written thank you note, seeing something hand written communicates care and connects you to the writer.

In a worship context this is still the case. After we hand drew the lyrics for a special service, I received so much positive feedback from our church about how they were able to focus on worshiping more and how much more engaging the worship experience was that we have now implemented hand drawing all of our lyrics. It’s actually an interesting paradox of how a seemingly more distracting element has actually created more focus.

So, if this is something you’d like to try, here is my step-by-step process of how I accomplish this and also some resources to help you get started.

I was extremely impressed by the quality of Cody’s instruction. He gives great detail on the tools he uses, as well exact steps in Photoshop and ProPresenter. This course even includes a free download of hand drawn lyrics for over 40 songs!

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What Do You Think?

Would you ever try hand drawn lyrics in your church?
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Kendall Conner

Kendall Conner serves as the Creative Pastor at Piedmont Chapel in Greensboro, NC. He is a graphic designer, video editor, and all-around media geek, but above all enjoys seeing lives changed. Together with his beautiful wife, Holly, they strive to use media to spread the message of Christ and equip others for ministry.

Comments

  1. Love this idea! Always looking for new and creative ways to communicate and connect with the congregation.
    Thankyou for bringing such fresh content for us to continue improving!

  2. Paul Esteves : April 20, 2016 at 4:44 am

    This looks great, I’m interested to know why you’d go through the extra time of handwriting/photoshopping and not just using a handwritten font which would give the same effect?

    • Hey Paul, because in my opinion, hand written fonts look more like fonts than they do hand written. Even a really good font will not have any subtle difference between the same letter throughout the words. If you were to write out a song and compare that to a font, the font would lack emotion and (again, in my opinion) look cheap.

  3. How does this show up on the Stage Display?

  4. I´ts really awesome, thank you!

  5. This is so cool. I have added a lot of songs to our library but they seem to disappear when I load up pro presenter the next time. Is this because I am adding images instead of text? Should o be saving them as presentations instead of songs? I’ve lost a couple of hours work so it’s pretty frustrating.
    Any help would be really appreciated.

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