Understanding Faithlife Proclaim’s Smart Media

Everyone in the church—from the administrator to the media director—should be able to create compelling visual presentations. That’s the game-changing idea behind Proclaim. We don’t think you should have to wrestle with your presentation software to make every slide look good. That’s why we include more than $1,000 of art with your Proclaim subscription that looks great immediately. Our Smart Media feature makes it possible.

Beautiful typography

To keep you from spending time matching a font and text color with your background, we preselect typography that goes with the background. This information travels with the art, so anytime you add it to a presentation, it will automatically match. As you add content, Proclaim will place, format, and size the text to fit the background.

We mark Smart Media with a lightbulb icon in the “My Content” bin, so you can tell it apart from your other media. As a Proclaim subscriber, you’re the recipient of a steady stream of new Smart Media. As our design team finishes new art, we organize them by look into packs. There are exceptions, but usually a pack includes four things—a title slide, a content slide, an announcement slide, and a song slide. To make it easy for you to advertise your church’s social-media presence, we often throw in a few specially formatted social-media slides too.

Effortless content

Adding content to your service item is easy. When you add a new service item from the “Add Item” menu, Proclaim adds to the “Content” section for that service item. The fields change to match the service item. For example, if you add a song service item, Proclaim offers fields for its title, lyrics, attribution, and hymn number. If you add an announcement service item, Proclaim offers fields for a title, description, location, contact, and date.

You can leave any of these fields blank if you like. Some will fill automatically if you’ve connected a 3rd party account like CCLI SongSelect. Others will add a Proclaim Signal to the service item when you fill them in.

This saves you hours every week. Rather than formatting slides, or manually creating Proclaim Signals, you make a beautiful church presentation in minutes and return quickly to the important work of the ministry.

Hybrid media

Every so often, our design team creates a slide with more complicated typography than usual. When the text is too complex for Smart Media, we publish the art to Proclaim in two forms—with and without the complicated text. This allows us to give you the best work from our designers, but also give you a fully customizable slide.


All Smart Media looks great without customization, but if you prefer a different font or text color, use the “Customize” section to achieve a different look. There you have full control over the typography, and Proclaim will remember the settings you use and apply them to the next slide you create. The reset button quickly reverts all your changes back to the default settings for that piece of art.

Smart Media is one of Proclaim’s most efficient features. It saves thousands of hours each week for pastors and Worship Leaders around the world. Subscribe today, and let Smart Media go to work for you.

Written by
Ray Deck III

Born in WV, Ray escaped to North Carolina at a young age. He came to Logos after an 8 year stint at a faith-based nonprofit in New York. When he is not assembling sequences of words, he’s probably running, surfing or shooting skeet, but you should probably go look for him. He has a terrible sense of direction and is probably lost.

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Written by Ray Deck III