31 Stunning Church Graphics for Inspiration

September 21, 2017

Get inspired by these 31 stunning church graphics. Each comes with its own big takeaway and a list of the fonts used in the graphics.

 

There’s a well known quote that says, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” Some attribute it to Picasso, others T.S. Eliot, and others Steve Jobs. Nevertheless, the truth behind the quote is what matters.

 

Every piece of art – church graphics or otherwise – has been directly or indirectly influenced by another piece of art before it. Everything's a remix. Other famous words that sum this up were penned by Solomon, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

 

When I was young, I loved to draw, and by the time I was in the sixth grade I had developed an artistic rivalry with another boy in my class. We would have drawing contests on our lunch period (I was cool like that).

 

I distinctly remember my ability to copy any comic that we attempted to draw. Whether it was Calvin and Hobbes or Garfield, I could replicate the scene perfectly, without any tracing. My rival wasn’t quite as good at copying existing scenes, but he had something I didn’t have – originality. Anytime we were asked to create something on our own, his mind would seemingly overflow with creativity and ideas, and I would just try to remember the last time I drew Odie.

 

Emulating the work of others is something I continued to do when I began working in church. I would try to make my videos look like the best videos I had ever seen. I’d try to make my websites look like the best websites I’d ever seen. And I’d try to make my church graphics look like the graphics I admired most.

Along those lines, I want to share with you 31 church graphics I’ve created. 31 of my favorites. You can use these as inspiration for your own graphics, or you can copy them completely! Regardless, I hope they spark some creativity in you, and give you some inspiration as well.

 

31 Stunning Church Graphics For Inspiration:

 

1. Abstractions

Abstractions Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Futura PT Heavy, Futura PT Heavy Oblique

  • Big Takeaway: Most graphics feature text that is center aligned. Mix things up by justifying your text to the left or to the right.

2. Black & White Icon

Black & White Icon Style

  • Fonts used: Ovsyanka, Lulo Clean One Bold

  • Big Takeaway: Church graphics frequently suffer from overdesign. One easy way to simplify your visual efforts is to limit your color palette. Experiment with a black and white palette to create an elegant and simplified graphic.

3. Black & White Photo

Black & White Photo Style

  • Font used: Calluna Regular

  • Big Takeaway: Borrowing a visual technique from cinema, the use of very small text is an easy way to boost drama in a graphic.

4. Bloom

Bloom Church Graphics Style​

  • Fonts used: Futura PT Heavy, Futura PT Heavy Oblique

  • Big Takeaway: In this graphic, I found a flowery background that I really wanted to use. But it was tremendously difficult to work with. It was busy, vibrant, and conflicted with the text. I added a #88a5a9 color layer using a 50% Difference blend mode to solve that readability problem.

5. Flat

Flat Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Alex Brush, Homestead Inline, Nevis Bold

  • Big Takeaway: A single-color background with white text is simple, but timeless. The background color in this graphic is #86e2d5.

6. Bright

Bright Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Effra Bold, Effra Light

  • Big Takeaway: Negative space is a design term referring to the areas around and between the subject(s) in an image. In this example, the subject of the graphic are the two lines of text and the rectangular shape. The key here is to balance your graphic’s subject(s) with its negative space. There shouldn’t be too much or too little of either. Firstly, make sure your image doesn’t lack negative space. Secondly, ensure the balance between the negative and positive space isn’t too stark.

7. Camo

Camo Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: The Great Outdoors Regular, Lulo Clean One Bold

  • Big Takeaway: When using a shape layer to help improve your text’s readability, consider using an existing color from your background as the shape’s color to create a more unified graphic.

8. Color

Color Church Graphics Style

  • Font used: Glowist

  • Big Takeaway: Instead of a simple white underline, this graphic features a white underline with an overlay blend mode of 100%. Combined with a colorful background this creates a visually compelling anchor point for the graphic.

9. Flock

Flock Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Montserrat Black, Montserrat Light

  • Big Takeaway: Good design demands contrast. Perhaps the easiest way to accomplish this is with typography. Don’t simply settle for a touch of contrast though, see how far you can push the limit.

10. Grain

Grain Church Graphics Style

  • Font used: Stampbor Grunge

  • Big Takeaway: Digital photographs don’t really contain grain nowadays. Blending heavy film grain with a digital photograph will give you a vintage & cinematic bedrock for your graphic.

11. Grit

Grit Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Haste, Seafool

  • Big Takeaway: Much can be done with simple circular and rectangular shape layers. But when you need something with a bit more personality, use an unconventional shape to create a badge for your text.

12. Grunge

Grunge Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: DHF Dexsar Brush, Lulo Clean One Bold

  • Big Takeaway: Contrast doesn’t mean conflict. Make sure your typography choices match visually and emotionally with your iconography, background, photography, and other visual choices.

13. Icon Texture

Icon Texture Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Clavo Bold, Lulo Clean One Bold

  • Big Takeaway: Use a white outline icon as the anchor for your graphic. Find free icons at a site like iconfinder.com.

14. Leaves

Leaves Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Lance, Kepler Std Italic

  • Big Takeaway: Especially when working with a busy background or a variety of layers, be confident that the text in your graphic is readable. Consider your church’s projector (the colors/brightness/contrast will likely differ from your computer monitor) and any other medium where this graphic will be delivered. Is the text too small? Is the font a script or other difficult-to-read typeface? Is the tracking/leading of the text properly set? Do your best not to prioritize design and trendiness over basic readability.

15. Maps

Maps Church Graphics Style

  • Font used: Fibre Vintage

  • Big Takeaway: Church graphics frequently suffer from overdesigning; simply adding new layers and elements to a graphic without a clear purpose. Take inventory of each and every element in your graphic and ask yourself, “What purpose does this element serve?” Consequently, “Would this graphic suffer if this element was removed?” It’s helpful to have a bias towards removing items. The burden of proof should be on the side of keeping the element/layer. Your default should be to delete.

16. Marble

Marble Church Graphics Style

  • Font used: Esther Regular

  • Big Takeaway: An effective way to separate a graphic’s text from a busy background is to create a shape layer. Just a simple rectangle will often do the job.

17. Ocean

Ocean Church Graphics Style

  • Font used: Lulo Clean One Bold

  • Big Takeaway: Try pairing a headline with a byline in a non-traditional manner. In this instance, the headline and byline are aligned in opposite directions within a rectangular outline.

18. Paper

Paper Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Birdhouse, Ovsyanka

  • Big Takeaway: Using a script font is a great way to infuse personality and playfulness into a graphic.

19. Party

Party Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Lance, CornerOne Bold

  • Big Takeaway: Looking for a great selection of backgrounds for church graphics just like these? Check out Envato Elements. The background from this graphic was downloaded directly from there.

20. Polygon

Polygon Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Auther, Lulo Clean One Bold

  • Big Takeaway: If you’re working with a particularly vibrant or busy background, reduce the contrast and/or saturation of the background layer to improve readability.

21. Retro

Retro Church Graphics Style

  • Fonts used: Pacifico, Damion, Homestead Regular

  • Big Takeaway: Blending a grunge texture by adjusting its opacity (the grunge layer in this graphic is set to 37% opacity) is a simple way to create a retro look in your graphic.

22. Rocks

Rocks Church Graphics Style