TOOLS WE USE
Below you will find resources YM uses to create our website, projection software for events, and free, open-source software for churches on a budget. You will also find software we use to design graphics and social media content. Enjoy!
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications and services from Adobe Inc. that gives subscribers access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, along with a set of mobile applications and also some optional cloud services.
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
Canva is graphic design platform that is used to create social media graphics and presentations. The app includes readymade templates for users to use, and the platform is free and offers paid subscriptions such as Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality.
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
Scribus it is designed for layout, typesetting, and preparation of files for professional-quality image-setting equipment. Scribus can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters, and books.
TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your WEBP, JPEG and PNG files.
Create professional, custom websites in a completely visual canvas with no code.Their online visual editor platform allows users to design, build, and launch websites.
Figma is a collaborative web application for interface design. The feature set of Figma focuses on user interface and user experience design, with an emphasis on real-time collaboration, utilising a variety of vector graphics editor and prototyping tools.
WordPress is a content management system that serves as a free software that users can use as a tool for the creation of websites in a basic or professional way.
Google Fonts is a computer font and web font service owned by Google. This includes free and open source font families, an interactive web directory for browsing the library, and APIs for using the fonts via CSS and Android.
Digital Marketing Tools
Google Analytics lets you measure your advertising ROI as well as track your Flash, video, and social networking sites and applications.
Buffer is a software application for the web and mobile, designed to manage accounts in social networks, by providing the means for a user to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Instagram Stories, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, as well as analyze their results and engage with their community.
Google Ads is an online advertising platform developed by Google, where advertisers bid to display brief advertisements, service offerings, product listings, or videos to web users. It can place ads both in the results of search engines like Google Search and on non-search websites, mobile apps, and videos.
Mailchimp is a marketing automation platform that helps you share email and advertising campaigns with customers and prospects.
Bit.ly is a free service, with which you can shorten long URLs and then share them on social networks.
Facebook Bussiness suite
Easily manage your business’ Facebook and Instagram accounts with Meta Business Suite. Quickly check account notifications and manage posts between Instagram and Facebook. Grow Online Sales Today.
ProPresenter is a cross-platform (Mac and Windows) software for presenting lyrics, Bibles, videos and much more, built specifically for making high quality live productions in an easy way – including church worship gatherings, sporting events, conferences, and more.
Faithlife Corporation publishes and creates electronic tools and resources for Bible study. It produces the Logos Bible Software, but also publishes tools for churches.
MediaShout is a fully customizable church presentation tool that provides a library of worship songs, in-built Bible versions and functionality to edit in real time. MediaShout’s interface provides ribbon bars, script bars, cue pages, quick cues, editing windows and viewers tabs.
OpenLP is a worship presentation program licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2. It includes the ability to search through lyrics for certain words, search for Bible verses in the Bible, display lyrics and Bible verses in a friendly..
Praisenter is a free church presentation software package producing high quality Bible verse, song, and custom slides with image, video, audio…
Free Media Libraries
ChurchMediaDrop.com offers a wide variety of graphics, videos, sermon series graphics, motion backgrounds and more – all for free! This is media for churches created by churches. And everything is 100% free.
MinistryDesigns.media has over 11,000 church graphics you can download for free. Just create a free account and you’ll be downloading in seconds. All the graphics are organized by topic / event so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.
CreationSwap.com is an extensive library of church graphics, videos, logos, and social media graphics. There is a small selection of free media you can download with a free account.
Free Stock Photos
Download high resolution photos for free! Use the search bar or categories to narrow down your selection.
Thousands of artists upload their original photos to Pexels.com and you can download them for free. They also have a large selection of free stock videos you can use.
Unsplash.com is probably the most popular free stock photo site on the web. And there’s a reason for that. They have thousands of contributors and every single photo is free to use for your projects. Create a free account to start downloading today.
Free Stock Videos
Coverr.co gives away free videos for you to use however you need. Their nature shots are beautiful and would be a great resource to use in a sermon bumper or worship video.
LifeofVids.com is not your standard free stock video site. This unique web design will help you quickly find the video you need. They have free stock videos, loops and clips that you can use in any project. Their drone footage is especially stunning.
Pixaby.com might be known for their great stock pictures, but their free stock videos are just as impressive. They have housands of searchable clips that would be perfect for your video projects.
Free Stock Music
NCS Music is free to use for independent Creators and their UGC (User Generated Content) on YouTube & Twitch – always remember to credit the Artist, track and NCS and link back to our original NCS upload.
Tunetank’s music is ideal for use as free background music for videos and as free music for video editing.
Download the best copyright-free music for YouTube, TikTok, streaming, social media, podcasts and more. Create a free account & start downloading for free.