Divine Design No. 8

I recently began a new series of lessons from the Book of Judges entitled “In Their Own Eyes.” The theme came from the very last verse of the book (21:25) which says:

 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

As I went to produce the powerpoint presentation, I kept coming back to one idea thematically. A face, blurred out or covered up. I discovered several pictures on Unsplash that seemed to work, but nothing quite perfect. To give you some to reference, some are displayed below:

I tried some of them but didn’t really like the imagery, text, and color match. Then, I found this photo and knew I had the solution. 


You can download the photo from Jurica Koletic at Unsplash by following this link. While the picture was more than her face, the dual image of the same model represented something very valuable to me in this design. Israel was both faithful and faithless in the Book of Judges, both sides of the same person you might even say. This image, with a little work, would provide the perfect visual component to that theme throughout the series. 

After the selection, I got to work. The first thing I did was resize and crop the photo moving in closer to the model. That left me with this image. 

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I then added a colorful filter with yellow and blue bursts on each end which gave me the image below. This filter had a two-fold effect of adding color and softening the image itself.

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After that, the only edit necessary before adding font was to introduce one more layer of color to darken the photo and allow the font to pop of the image. Using a semi-opaque dark purple produced the following final image. 

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When it came to fonts, I went back to one I had used several years ago for a VBS. It’s entitled 806 Typography and you can download it for free by following this link to Dafont. As I told you earlier, the title is “In Their Own Eyes.” I decided to stack it vertically with a slight downward tilt over her eyes to produce the following design:

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The only thing it was missing was a note about Judges. I added a smaller byline to the title in the same font with a light yellow color to produce this final title slide:

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In the end, I’m very pleased with this design. It ticks all the boxes I was looking for as I set out to illustrate my sermon. It’s bold, dramatic, colorful, yet still somewhat mysterious.


All Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright (c) 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

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