Becoming a Better Writer Series: Purpose Driven Writing

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] There are many forms and sorts of writing: short stories, fiction books, newspaper stories, articles for magazines, blogs, you name it. And within those forms, the styles vary widely as well. It’s interesting to see for instance how much the Dutch newspaper style varies from the American approach. No matter the form or style however, the best writers have one thing in common: they are purpose ... Continue Reading

Why Pixelmator Isn’t a Photoshop Alternative

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I've been using Pixelmator for a long time, now. It has been deemed a good alternative to Adobe Photoshop for Mac users, and for the most part, I have to agree. When you consider that Pixelmator will cost you $30—I got it for $15 while it was still version 1, now they're on to version 3—and Photoshop will cost you $10 per month, you can understand that Photoshop will come with features and options that Pixelmator just doesn't offer. Since I started using Adobe's Creative Cloud, I've had a ... Continue Reading

What Makes A Good Headline [Infographic]

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I wish that I could say that because I have been blogging for more than five years of my life and at least 2,000 articles under my belt across the Internet, that I have become some kind of a guru with crafting the best posts you would ever read. The reality is, I still have so much to learn and work on if I want to peak at my craft. One of the most difficult parts of blogging is creating the best title possible. For an article like this, it is simple because I am sharing an infographic with you ... Continue Reading

5 Tips for Creating Better Church Graphics

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It’s that time of the week again. The lead pastor needs a graphic for his new series. The student ministry needs a graphic for their trip to laser tag. Communion is coming up this month, another event that will need a graphic also. Creating graphics for your church isn’t always glamorous. Whether it’s the new sermon series, a promotional graphic, an image for social media, or a slide for Sunday morning, the graphics queue can sometimes feel unending. ... Continue Reading

Attack of the Crazy Stock Images

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No, Thailand is not that exciting—it's the attack of the stock images!?!? Is it just me, or is this why so many of us like to avoid paying for images through Getty, Shutterstock and others? Check these out: ... Continue Reading

Quick Photoshop Tip: Using Guides for Images [Video]

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Whenever I used Photoshop to create featured images for blog posts—like this one—the cropped thumbnail doesn't always turn out right. While some WordPress plugins and social media spaces won't crop an image, others will. Popular post plugins, related post plugins, social media shares, etc... will sometimes grabbed the tiny cropped image that WordPress produces. The default is usually 150x150, an Instagram square style. Using Photoshop's built-in guides, you can quickly and easily add some ... Continue Reading

The Future of Adobe Creative Apps and Microsoft [Video]

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I remember when I first got my Mac. It was pretty exciting. :) After years of using Windows, I was excited to start digging into a number of exclusive Mac based apps. Most of them were for web development, as apps provided by Adobe and others came in both flavors. However, I remembered a time when this wasn't the case and Adobe was only for Apple! Times have certainly changed, and while I didn't think I would ever switch away from Apple, a collaboration of Adobe and Microsoft that looks ... Continue Reading