Sermon on the Mount Sermon Series

At the beginning of 2018, I sat down to design the artwork for a two-part sermon series dedicated to the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7. I wanted something that embodied the boldness of Jesus’ sayings without being confrontational. Initially, I believed someone preaching might be the best step, but gradually came around to the idea of a mountain scene. After searching for quite some time, I settled on a mountain vector created by the artist named abybak at Vectortock.

*So you know, I have an account with them and paid $1 for the jpeg file and I highly recommend you do the same. You can pay as you go or buy in bulk. It’s highly worth your time. While I recommend free photos and fonts, sometimes, you just can’t beat the professional work of some graphic artists. Vectorstock helps your small amount go a long way.

You can download this file by following this link.


I realize this mountain isn’t an exact representation of the one from the story. That seemed too unrealistic when I considered this design and what I really wanted it to convey. In the end, after looking at realistic hills and mountains from Israel or the Middle East, I realized what I really wanted was something that would resonate with my audience and (whether it’s appropriate or not) this is what they think of when I say mountain.

I began by cropping the text out of the original design and moving the mountain up on the page. I placed it above the center line because I knew the font “The Sermon on the Mount” would reside under the image. That gave me this look.

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I then lowered the exposure on the image to darken the background and the mountain. That resulted in the following look.

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After looking quite some time for the proper font, I settled on High Voltage Rough which can be downloaded for free on DaFont by following this link. With just a little adjustment including capitalizing every letter and matching the color to the dark ink on the image, we have our title slide without the filter.

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To finish the slide, I added a filter that was downloaded from Creationswap entitled Slevin by Pierce Brantley. You can download that filter for free by following this link. The photo below shows the filter by itself.


After placing the filter above the title slide, removing the “buttons” along the top and adjusting the opacity all the way down to 20%, I was left with the following, finished product.

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In the end, the filter provided the perfect adjustment to the slide. It added a rough, grunge-style finish that seemed to echo some of the same outdoorsy-type elements the image of the mountain portrayed. I was very pleased with the title slide.

When it came to the content slides, I shifted the wordmark to the bottom right and incorporated the same font with simple wording to highlight sections within the Sermon on the Mount and points to consider about each subsequent section.

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