Over the past week, I’ve been working on a winter retreat for our College & Career group.
This morning, I spent a couple of hours putting together the promotional pieces for the retreat. I created a quirky graphic specifically for this event. In today’s post, I thought I’d share how I did it.
The title for the retreat is “White Out” for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious would be that it’s a winter retreat; but there’s more to it than just that.
The secondary reason speaks to the purpose for our retreat, with a peculiar twist. During the retreat, we’ll be focusing on 2 Corinthians 5. Specifically trying to focus on “The old has gone, the new has come!” (5:17b)
We all need spiritual, mental and relational editing at times. Sometimes, we need to Wite-Out our previous thoughts or statements and write over them.
Therefore, a Wite-Out graphic seemed appropriate!
I used a program called GIMP, which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is becoming one of my favourites. If you’re new to graphic art software, this is a great starter program!
As for my image specifics, I found a stock image of a Wite-Out bottle. After opening it in GIMP, I created my own label shown above; adding in the pertinent key points of our retreat as the branded front of the bottle.
Do you have a favourite software for ministry? If so, what is it and why do you love it?
Photo Credit: J. Norton, January 12, 2014 for Westbourne Baptist Church