Tutorial 1: Adobe Spark


Points: 15 pts
Due date: Friday, Jan. 26 at 11:59 p.m.
Resources: Adobe Spark
Summary: Create a post, a page, and a video using Adobe Spark.


Overview

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Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use, web-based digital content creation tool that you can use to create and share dynamic and visually engaging stories.

Adobe Spark supports three types of digital content, three ways to express ideas:

  • Spark Posts
  • Spark Pages
  • Spark Videos

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the Spark interface and functions and options for each type of Spark digital content.

You will use Spark in to create the content for your Presentation 1: Personal Professional Introduction assignment.

We will complete the majority of the tutorial in class using the resources and process on the Intro to Adobe Spark page.

Task

Create a post, a page, and a video using Adobe Spark

Step 1: Create a Post

  1. From the MyProjects screen, click on the green + to create a post
  2. Select the “Start from Scratch” option
  3. Add your name as the title for your project
  4. Move the circle to try some different styles for your type.
    • When you find one you like, select “Done”
  5. Select “Design” from the top right of the screen
    • Try out some of the preset designs until you find one you like
    • Select “Done”
  6. Select “Layout” from the top right of the screen
    • Try out some of the preset layouts until you find one you like
    • Select “Done”
  7. Select “Background” from the top right of the screen
    • Click the green + a the top right of your design, then and add a photo
      • Search for a photo using one of the resources listed
      • If your layout allows for multiple images, you can change them as you see fit. First select the photo you want to replace, then select the “Replace” option.
    • Try resizing your images
    • Select the Adjust button and experiment with rotating and scaling the images
  8. Select “Palette” from the top right of the screen
    • Try out some of the preset palettes until you find that fits with the colors in your photos
    • Select “Done”
  9. Select “Text” from the top right of the screen
    • Use the circle slider to try out different styles until you find one that fits with your images and color palette
    • Select “Done”
    • Try resizing your text so it works with your current images, layout, and color palette
    • Try using the other text control options to refine your text: shape, color, font, opacity, spacing, and align.
  10. Go back and make any refinements to your design, layout, images, color palette, and text.
  11. When you are happy with the results, select the “Share” option
    • Select the “Education” category
    • Because you’re not ready to share yet, turn “Get Noticed” off
    • Create link
    • This saves your file to Adobe Spark. You access all of the items you create on the Projects page in Spark.

Step 2: Create a Page

  1. From the MyProjects screen, click on the blue + to create a page
  2. Add a title and subtitle – About Me
  3. Add a photo
    • You can search for a photo or grab one from your iPhone if it is connected
    • You can always change these photos later on
  4. Add text to the photo
    • Write a brief introduction about yourself.
  5. Add three more text sections that represent interests you have
  6. Under the first text section heading, add a photo
  7. Under the second text section heading, add a Glideshow
    • Add two photos to the Glideshow
    • Add a text for one photo
    • Add a photo to the other photo
  8. Under the third text heading, select a video
    • Remember, we are just experimenting. You will have time to change these photos, video, and text later
  9. Try different themes
  10. When you are happy with the results, select the “Share” option
    • Select the “Education” category
    • Because you’re not ready to share yet, turn “Get Noticed” off
    • Create link
    • This saves your file to Adobe Spark. You access all of the items you create on the Projects page in Spark.

Step 3: Create a Video

  1. From the MyProjects screen, click on the red + to create a video
  2. Add a title – My First Spark Video
  3. Spark offers a number of templates, but for now, select “Start from scratch” (the red button)
  4. Go to Layout and make sure the current slide is set to “Fullscreen + thing”
  5. Click on the “+” in the center to add a TEXT title
  6. Click on the “+” to the left and add a PHOTO
    • Select “Upload photo”
    • Navigate to the photo on your hard drive.
  7. At the bottom left, click on the “+” to add another shot
  8. Add a VIDEO to this shot
    • Navigate to a video file on your hard drive. It should be in .mov, .mp4, or .m4v format.
    • Select the file
    • Adjust the in and out points, so the clip is about 3 second long.
    • Adjust the sound so the audio on the clip is set to “Mute.”
  9. Click on the “+” in the center to add a TEXT title
  10. At the bottom left, click on the “+” to add another shot
  11. Add another VIDEO to this shot
    • Navigate to another video on your hard drive.
    • Adjust the in and out points, so the clip is 4-5 seconds long.
  12. Go ahead and play your video – use the play icon at the bottom left or the PREVIEW option
  13. Adjust the theme and music
  14. Try adding additional shots
    • Try adding photos using the “Find photos” option
    • Try adding an icon
  15. When you are happy with the results, select the “Share” option
    • Select the “Education” category
    • Because you’re not ready to share yet, turn “Get Noticed” off
    • Create link
    • This saves your file to Adobe Spark. You access all of the items you create on the Projects page in Spark.
  16. Go back to your Projects page using the Sp icon at the top left of the screen.

Turn it in

  1. If you aren’t already there, navigate to the Projects page in Spark. You should be able to see all your completed projects on this page
  2. Log in to the 381 Blackboard, go to the Assignment Dropboxes section, and locate Tutorial 1: Adobe Spark
    1. Under the Assignment Submission section, select the Write Submission button
  3. Go back to the Projects page in Spark and for each of your final projects (Post, Page, and Video) follow these steps to copy the URL into Blackboard
    • Click on the share icon for each project
    • Click Create Link
    • Copy the Shareable Link URL
  4. Go back to Blackboard and copy the URL in the Written Submission box
  5. Repeat this process for each of your three final projects
  6. When all three URLs are copied into Blackboard, select “Submit” to turn in the assignment.

Grading Criteria

Your main goal with this task is accuracy and completion. Using elements of a standard Tutorial rubric – you will be graded on content, completion, and conventions. Your instructor is looking for the following criteria:

  • Content: Meets all the criteria for the assignment.
  • Complete and Thorough: All steps of the tutorial are completed in full. Demonstrated ability to understand and follow requirements.
  • Conventions: No misspellings or grammatical errors. The finished tutorial is properly formatted and is correctly turned in to Blackboard.