Adobe Spark is one of the newest and probably easiest ways to create your own videos for all kinds of web postings. And it’s really fun to use!
Today I’m going to show you how I created this 20 second video using Adobe Spark, in a little over an hour.
You can also watch the tutorial at the bottom of this page.
Now granted, it does take some pre-planning, and I did go back and tweak it, but let me show you how I put it together because once you get in and start using these tools you’ll realize how easy it is and you’ll think of all the possibilities for yourself.
First, here’s my (first) Spark video, “Curiosity”:
And, here’s the process I used to create it:
My idea was to use a quote and spread it over 10 frames. I located a dozen
background images and put them together in a folder I called “Spark Test.”
Then I went to Spark.adobe.com, and started by clicking on the big yellow button with the plus sign and then clicking on the big red button with the plus sign for video.
I entered a working title, knowing I was probably going to change it later.
Next, I browsed through the story template options, and chose
“Make Up My Own.”
Now I can see the first frame of my story, and from here I can pick a theme from the right hand column.
I chose “Slideshow” because I like the subtle drop shadow on the typeface, and also, the transitions between frames is smoother, and more like a dissolve.
From here, I chose a layout option. After testing each of these I found that the one on the bottom, “Thing & Full Photo” worked the best, and looked the best, with full frame images and type overlaying the image. It also has smoother transitions from frame to frame, almost like a dissolve.
And here’s the story-building process: by clicking in the middle of the frame you can add text.
Once selected, you can just start typing. By clicking in the left margin you can add images. After you click on the “add photo’ icon, go to the “Upload Photo” button in the upper right corner.
To add another frame, just click the white frame with the plus sign in the middle in the lower left hand corner. It’ll add a frame closest the one you’re working on. At anytime you can change the order or switch layouts or themes, although if you change a theme on one frame, it will affect them all.
Once I had a few frames in place, I stopped to check my progress by clicking on the play button in the left corner.
At the end, I click the X in the upper right corner and I’m back at my “editing zone.”
It’s looking pretty good so far, but I wanted to smooth it out, so I adjusted each frame to appear for 3 seconds. You’ll find the slider under the viewing frame in the right corner.
You can also record your own voice track by tapping the red button in the Center, or choose music from the library, accessed by the button in the upper right corner. I chose “ Stroll in Central Park.”
I discovered that you can adjust the type size and by adding several spaces at the beginning of the praise on the frame and the type will recenter itself only smaller.
Once I made these changes, I decided it was done for now , so I clicked the “Share” button. From here, I had my choice too share it online or simply download to your desktop.
Because this was so much fun, I spent a little more time refining it. Adobe Spark had me loving the process and the evolution of my little idea, which turned into something better than I imagined!
Adobe Spark includes a whole new set of tools to make Spark Posts, Spark Pages and Spark Videos.
I used Spark to make the banner at the top of the article, and also made versions for Pinterest, Twitter, and others using the resizing tool and myriad of existing template options.
Here’s the video tutorial I made, for closer look:
If you found this helpful, or have any questions, please let me know!
Feel free to share, and thanks for watching!