Creative Ministry Toolbox is a new, weekly segment that highlights one of our favorite tools that we use in the creative department of our church. Have a resource worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below!
Great design is super important in today’s church because our culture equates an organization’s aesthetics with its legitimacy. Simply put—God may look on the inside, but man will judge a book by its cover every time. If our ministries are going to be successful at reaching people in this digital age, we must present ourselves in a way that is aesthetically inviting.
One of our favorite tools for design in our church is Adobe Creative Cloud
. When this subscription-based service was first introduced, there was a lot of hesitation in the creative world. People thought this was just another way for Adobe to make money. Well…that might be true, but there are definitely some benefits that make it worthwhile.
Without some of Adobe CC’s programs, most of the work that we do with video, projection, print, web design, and social media wouldn’t be possible. Photoshop is the #1 piece of software that I use in my department. But I’d be lost without Illustrator and Premiere, as well.
Here are three reasons why I’d recommend it for any church:
1. This is professional-grade software
In the design world, Adobe is king. Their software is used by designers everywhere and is the number one choice for professionals. When you subscribe to the full Creative Cloud suite, you’re equipped to edit images, design vector illustrations, publish print documents, create websites, produce videos, make music, and design motion graphics. You’re only limited by your creativity.
2. You can find tutorials everywhere
Because Adobe’s software is used by so many people, you can find tutorials all over the internet. There are professional classes on websites like Lynda.com or an endless supply of free, fan-made tutorials on YouTube. These will really come in handy because Adobe’s products aren’t always beginner-friendly. They take time and tutorials to truly master.
3. The pricing structure is reasonable
While there has been some critique of Creative Cloud’s pricing structure, there are definitely benefits. Beginners and those serving in ministry cannot always shell out hundreds (or sometimes thousands) for software like this. With CC’s monthly pricing plan, it’s very affordable for people getting started. You can get the entire suite of programs for only $50/month (for two computers). Upgrading from CS4 or higher? You can get a deal for only $30/month. Students can also get a deal for $30/month.
Only need Photoshop? There is a really sweet deal that is only $10/month. Check it out here.
Do you use Creative Cloud? Let us know in the comments below!