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Sermon Design with Figma

Figma is a design tool that runs in your browser. You can use it for many may things, but this article will show you how to create designs for your sermons or sermon series with it.

You can do the same thing with Snappa - it is a much easier to use, but you will have to pay for it if you start to use it frequently. Figma is a bit harder to get started with, but it will be free (if you don't have lots of collaborators) and you can do more things with it long term.

Steps

Create a Figma account

Click the Sign up button at the top of the page:

Figma landing page

Create your Figma account:

Figma account creation
  • After you have got your account, you will see an onboarding guide from Figma. Click through it to learn some basics about Figma.
  • Open a new document and get started on your sermon design:

Draw a rectangle

  • Select the rectangle tool (at the top left):
Rectangle Tool
  • Draw a rectangle with the tool - make it any old size:
Draw a rectangle
  • In the panel on the right: change the H and W fields to 900 and 1600:
Resize a rectangle
  • Zoom out a bit (ctrl and scroll wheel) so you can seen the whole rectangle you just created.

Install the Unsplash plugin

To pull in images easily we can install the Unsplash plugin (you only have to do this once).

  • Right click on the canvas, in the menu select Plugins → Manage Plugins...:
Manage plugins menu
  • This will pop open a new window - click on the Community tab on the left:
Figma plugins manager
  • Click on the plugins tab:
Click on community
  • In the list, find Unsplash and click the install button:
Install Unsplash plugin

Add an image

Now we have the Unsplash plugin installed we can add an image:

  • Go back to your canvas
  • Select the rectangle (click on it)
  • Right click the rectangle and in the menu select Plugins → Unsplash
Open Unsplash plugin
  • Now we can grab our image¬
  • Click on search and search for "mountain"
  • Find a suitable image & click to add it to your canvas. Close the unsplash popup
Select an Unsplash image

Add a splash of colour

We want to add a colour overlay to make our image a bit more interesting.

Colour overlay settings
  • Click on plus near in Fill section
  • Change Linear to Solid
  • Click on the block of colour and change it to a nice blue shade
  • Under layer, change Pass Through to Multiply
  • Fiddle with transparency until things look nice
  • It should look something like this when you are done:
Image with overlay

Add some text

Now it's time to add some text!

  • Click the T at the top of the window
  • Draw a box in the the middle of the rectangle
  • Type in the box, select all the text, then change the text settings:
Image with text
  • Pick a nicer font, make it the right size and change the colour to make it suit
  • Add a subheading by repeating the steps - create a new text box and fiddle with the font and position until you are happy
Image with subheading

Experiment

  • Change things!
  • Change the colour overlay, or the text size, or the font, or use a different background image. Move the text around. Just play around with it until you get something that looks good.

Export

  • Select all the content (ctrl-a)
  • Group everything (hit ctrl-g). You can undo the grouping with ctrl-shift-g if you want to change things around again
  • Click Export (on the bottom right hand side)
Export
  • Expand the preview to check that things look ok
  • Click the Export button and save your file to your computre
Export preview

That's it! You're done.

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