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Learn How to Make Free Videos with Adobe Spark.

teacher avatar Albert Grande, Pizza Man and Internet Marketer.

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12 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction to Adobe Spark

    • 2. What Is Adobe Spark and Why It Is Awesome!

    • 3. Why You Should Use Video

    • 4. How to Sign Up and Log In

    • 5. Introduction to Adobe Spark Interface

    • 6. How to Craft Your Story

    • 7. Be Careful with Images: A True Story

    • 8. Adobe Spark Interface Part 2

    • 9. Part 1 Step by Step Sample Video

    • 10. Part 2 Step by Step Sample Video

    • 11. How to Publish Your Video

    • 12. Final Thoughts and Random Tips

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 In this class you will learn to make powerful videos using Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark is a free on-line tool full of useful resources to create videos. You will learn to create videos to use as a promotion, teaching tool, promote an idea, social cause, book, a small business, or event. You will be able to create a video from conception to a finished video which you can post on the Adobe Site, download your video to your own computer or post it to YouTube. (You may keep your video private as well)

Adobe Spark is cross platform and you can create videos using a PC, Mac Computer, I-Pad, or I-Phone.  The prerequisites are access to a computer, I-Phone, or I-Pad, Internet Connection and basic computer skills such as being able to save and upload a file. This class is geared for the beginning video creator. You can easily make amazing videos with a few clicks!

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Pizza Man and Internet Marketer.


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1. Introduction to Adobe Spark: Hello. My name is Albert Conde, and I want to welcome you to my course on how to make videos with Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark is an incredibly useful and powerful tool to make all types of videos. I'm a pizza man and a video creator. My website about pizza is called pizza therapy dot com. Over the years, I've made dozens of videos. One of my YouTube channels has nearly 1.5 1,000,000 views. Videos are an integral part of my Internet marketing efforts. I've made many videos featuring interviews, reviews and promotions. I found Adobe Spark to be a great tool. You can make explainer videos, promote your business and idea an event, your book, your website and even promote. Of course, not only that, but Adobe Spark is fun and easy to use. Best of all, it's free. I can't wait to show you how you can create your own videos using Adobe Spark, Let's get started 2. What Is Adobe Spark and Why It Is Awesome!: What is Adobe Spark? Adobe Spark is a free online program, which has three components. Number one you can make post, such as used in social media. Number two. You can create Web pages, which they call stories or number three. You can create animated slide show type videos to be used for all types of purposes, for this course will be concentrating on using Adobe Spark for video. Adobe Spark allows you to create slide show presentations, which can incorporate such elements as icons, pictures, even video. It's kind of like keynote or power point on steroids. The pictures can be your own or you can search for pictures to be used in your presentation . I understand that you just can't grab any picture from the Internet and use it in your presentation. You need to have a license right to use that picture or music. There are exceptions, and I'll talk more about it in a later video. But one of the cool features that Adobe Spark does have is that it will grab pictures that have Creative Commons, which will allow you to use them in your presentations. You can narrate it, slide if you wish, or use text on this slide. Adobe Spark also allows you to use music as a background theme musical coincide with each of your slides. You can use text and put text right on this slide or video. There are numerous design elements that you can use. There are also different themes you can use to change the style of your video. There's a paid version, which gives you more features, but you can make inspiring videos totally for free, which is what we're going to do here. I'll give you more examples in the next video. 3. Why You Should Use Video: here are some reasons you should be using. Video video is a very powerful way to get your ideas across. With video, you can use visuals and icons such as this slide. You can use pictures. You can add videos to show motion, and you can even elicit emotion with video. You can promote your products, events, books, love and business. Thats entire video was made using Adobe Spark. 4. How to Sign Up and Log In : the first step, and starting to make videos with Adobe Spark is to create an Adobe Spark account. You want to go to spark dot adobe dot com. You'll be taken to the sign up page, and you can see a link that says Click here to start now for free. Once you click on that link, you'll be taken to a page where you can sign up. You're given the option to sign in with your Facebook account Google account or sign in with an email address. You can certainly sign up any way you wish. I prefer to sign up with my email so I can stay on top the latest news from Adobe Spark and any updates that are available If you have an adobe i d. You can just sign in with that. If not create a new one. It's free. You prompted to create Adobe account right here. Once you sign up for an adobe account, you may need to verify your account, so once you do, just come back. Log in with your user name and password and you'll be ready to get started with Adobe Spark 5. Introduction to Adobe Spark Interface: let me introduce you to the Adobe Spark interface. On the top of the screen, you'll see a blue button with a cross on it. You're going to click on that button to get started underneath that, you'll see some examples of projects created using Adobe Spark. On the bottom of this screen, you'll see projects that you created, and if it's blank, you didn't create any products. Click on the blue button. You're going to see three options post page or video click on video. Here. You can put in the title of your video or skip it if you wish. We'll skip it for now, and you are presented with a series of templates for this story that you'd like to produce at the bottom of the page or arrows that will let you scroll through all your choices. You can promote an idea. Tell what happened. Our hero's journey show and tell Personal growth. Teach you a lesson on invitation or make up your own. For example, let's check out promote an idea. We'll pick this one. Adobe Spark is creating layout for videos. Once the layout is completed, you'll be presented with a short video, which will give you some helpful hints. We're gonna skip that for now. An actual notice. Adobe Spark has created templates for all of the slides that you could be using. We'll get back to this later. In the next video, we'll discuss some things you can do before you get started to create your first video. 6. How to Craft Your Story : in this video, I'm gonna talk about crafting your story. Let's get ready to create your video like anything else you want to do well. Preparation is the key. Videos can be a powerful way to tell a story. Promote an idea, event a book or advertise a product. You can introduce a website or market a business. The first step in creating video is to answer the question. What is the reason for your video? Ask yourself, Why am I creating this video? Who my creating this video for? Who am I trying to reach? You need to have an idea of what you want your video to be about. This is the first step in making your video. You want your video to tell an interesting story. As with all classic stories, your video should have an introduction. A middle and an end. Pretty simple, right? The beginning of your video should explain with the videos. About what point are you trying to inspire? What is the reason you're making the video? Use this part of your video wisely as you want to grab the attention of your audience. You may want to add some curiosity here to have those watching your video stay until the end. In the middle of your video, you want to continue to elaborate on your story, states, um, interesting fax and make your point. The last part of your video should have a clear ending. You may want to add some type of call to action. This could be Please visit my website, Take my course, check out my business, come to this event or even watch the next video. Understand? With Adobe Spark, you can use your own voice to tell the story. Or you can just use text on your slides and allow music to help tell you story. There are various types of music that can help you convey a certain type of feeling or mood as you go about planning your video. Make notes about the important points in your story. Since Adobe Spark uses slides, break up your story into small pieces. Your slide can help to highlight what you want to say. I usually create a script to help me with each slide you may find you can just explain your story with just note cards or do it on the fly. A great feature about Adobe spark is that each template you use will have promise to help you tell your story. All you need to do is respond to the prompts presented, and your video story will kind of create itself. You can easily create videos on the fly. However, in my experience, being clear about your story, message and purpose for your video will serve you and your viewers well. The images, icon and video you use for each slide should relate in some way toe what you're talking about. How you go about making your video is totally up to you. Be creative. Be passion. Have fun making your video. Remember, the video tells a story your story. Give your video a part of yourself and you won't go wrong. 7. Be Careful with Images: A True Story: this video is about a sad story that had a happy ending. It's all about using images that you find on the Internet or that someone provides to. You can use images you find on the Internet for your videos of website. The short answer is no. Don't do it ever. Let me explain my true story. A few years ago, I got an email from a subscriber on my email list. I posted the email with the images he sent on my website. I didn't think anything of it. A few months after that, I received a letter from the owner of a company stating I had illegally used one of their images. The letter told me to immediately take down the image, and included in the letter was an invoice for $1500 the letter said. I needed to contact them in 10 days to pay up, or they would take me to court on a copyright violation. I called the company, left a message saying, Indeed, the image was there and I would immediately take it down. Which, of course I did. I then asked if they'd be willing to negotiate a price. 1500 seemed a lot of money to me. I sent a follow up email saying, Basically no harm, no foul. Have a good day. A few days later, I got a follow up email. Front of this was someone who works for the company stating they were willing to negotiate to $900. This war has a small thumbnail picture of food. If I had purchased the picture from the company, the cost would have been five dollars. Now they wanted $900 for a picture that I posted by accident. I felt like I was in a big pickle. I immediately contacted an attorney who helped me settle the matter. Fortunately, my case did have a happy ending, and I was able to avoid any legal entanglements. Please learn from my mistake and be very careful of the images you use on your website and videos. I learned an important lesson here. Don't use images that you do not have legal rights to use. Just don't do it. This includes music as well as video. Adobe Spark does have music that you can use in their library, and you can use it without any problem. You can also use the icons they have without any issue at all. Adobe Spark will search the Internet for royalty free images, but they also offered this disclaimer. They explain. Quote. Adobe has no way of knowing whether the Creative Commons license information conveyed by Google, Flicker or others are accurate. That's why you need to follow up with the person who posted the image and confirm the accuracy of the license. Information yourself. Unquote, I'll include some resource is where you can search for free images that you should be able to use. Remember, though, check out the resource is and read the terms of use. The best images to use are ones you own the rights to. If you're unsure of where the image came from or if you don't have the rights to use it, just don't use it. Learn an important lesson from my big mistake. Now let's get started creating some videos 8. Adobe Spark Interface Part 2: okay in this lesson will go through all the tools that are available to you and adobe sparked so you can create your video and make it your own. We're gonna look at some of the options on the top of the screen. You're going to see a preview button. This will allow you to see how your video will look and sound. Next to that is a share button. You're gonna use this after your video is complete, you ready to render your video, you'll be able to share your video publicly. Keep it private if you want, and Adobe Spark will let you host your video on their website. There's also an embed code available. If you want to post your video on a website or blawg, you can even download your video, which will allow you to keep a copy on your computer. And then you can upload that video copy to a sharing site like YouTube on top of the slide window. Right here, there are four controls video, and you can upload a video clip. The text, which allow you to put text on a slide or video, and a new feature is that you can move the text around once you put it on a slide. Next to that is a photo button, which allow you to upload a photo or search for photos. And next to that is an icon button, which allow you to add in icon to a slide. Underneath this, you're going to see a round button with a microphone in the middle. This will allow you to record your voice to record. You need to hold down the button while speaking and release it when you're finished. For me. I found this a little difficult because you need to wait a second before you start to speak and then wait another second. When you're finished, you may not have an issue. I had to play around with it quite a few times the first few videos I made, but it's just something to keep in mind On the right hand side. On the top of the page, you're going to see a layout button, and this is the layout of your slide. It could be full screen split stream, put a caption and or title in text. Next to that is the music button, and this allows you do at music Tear tracks if you wish. Now there's a button here. You can turn that off if you want to. You don't need music. All the music is available for you, and there's quite a few different kinds of tunes that air here. You also have the option of uploading your own music. But as I'm gonna caution you on Lee, upload music that you have the rights to. Finally, there's a theme button which is gonna change, look and feel of your video. This is a great tool, which will give you the ability to totally change how your video is presented on the bottom of the screen. You're going to see your slides, and you can modify the slides that you have there. Add new slide. If you want or delete a slide, move the slides around and reorder them. You can just grab them and move them as you wish. The best way to familiarize yourself with Adobe Spark is to sign in and start playing around with it. You can create a sample video, which will help you learn some of the features that are available to you, or you could just start on your final video and I hope you do. There are so many different options to make video truly your own with Adobe Spark. It's a very powerful program. In the next video, I'm gonna let you look over my shoulder as I create a video from scratch. 9. Part 1 Step by Step Sample Video: thin this video. I'm gonna show you step by step, How to create a video first thing is to click on the button and then I'm gonna come to the title and name it how to make pizza dough. Okay. To start, I've got my title How to make pizza dough And then I click next And Adobe Spark presents me with some templates that I can use. I want to teach a lesson how to make pizza doing? I don't see it here, so I hit the arrow. There it is. So I picked this one. And now in the background, Adobe Spark is creating the templates for me to use. Now you're not locked into these templates. You can certainly, um, add a new slide or take one away. I don't need this, but I recommend if you're doing this the first time you watch the quick tips video. And so as you can see, Adobe Spark has created some sides for me to use. I've got an overview, The concept, an example explanation. You try it in some way. Those air great slides to start with on the right side of the screen, you'll see your options for your slides. You can do a full screen, a split screen, put a caption or just a title. I'm going to look at my template says an overview. So the first slide I'm gonna put in here is gonna be how to make pizza dough. So let's see, I'm gonna I'm gonna pull in a picture. I have some pictures on my hard drive, so I'm gonna pull one up and let's upload a picture. So you're gonna go over here to the right, which says, upload a picture and find it on my hard drive in my documents How to make pizza dough. First slide I'm gonna use is a picture of me making pizza. So I'm gonna pull that right up, upload the picture, open it when it's going to take a few seconds for it to come up. Okay, so there's the picture of me. It's OK. I guess I go with that. Um, now for layouts. I have a split screen here, right here, and I'm gonna add some text and I'll say, Oh, to make pizza did Okay. Another cool thing about Adobe Spark is the fact that once you put something in there automatically saves. You don't have to worry about hitting, save or whatever it's there. Now, here's another important feature. As you see in the middle of the slide, there is a little microphone. That's where you're going to record your audios. I'm gonna give this a try and see what you have to do is hold down the microphone while you speak. I'm gonna hold it down. This video is about how to make pizza dough. Okay, so now I can listen to it. Look down. This video is about how to make pizza dough. So I didn't really like that, So I'm going to re record it. And that's kind of a cool thing with Adobe Spark. As I said, the program is very forgiving. So let me try recording it again. This video is about how to make pizza dough. This video is about how to make pizza dough. Okay, so my first slide is done, and now I'm ready to do my next slide. I'm gonna hit the concept button here, so I think for this slide I'm gonna put in an icon. I'm gonna say pizza dough is fun and easy, So let me look. Here's the icon and I'm searching. I typed in dough and up here is a picture. If it pizza Great. That's a great out God, I'm just going to use it and I want to put some text in here. So I got to go to my layout and I'll get hit the caption. So now I can say doh is fun. Easy, but I want to say, Oh, wait, I'll say pizza dough. So I'm gonna put in some audio. I'm going to say that. So I'm just gonna hold down the mike and say pizza dough is fun and easy. Let's hear how it sounds. Pizza dough is fun and easy for my next slide. I'm going to use an example. I'm just gonna show the pizza ingredients. So I used my example Slide. I've got a photo. I'm goingto upload the photo. Let's see. And there it iss Okay, great. How money for my layout. I'm gonna leave. It is full stream. And, uh oh, I think I'll put some text on here, too. And let's see, put some text. I'm just gonna say so. Yeast flower keeps and water, and so I'm gonna record that. Also say right now. Oh, wait a minute. Made a mistake. You just need salt, yeast, flour and water. Casey, how that sounds. You just need salt, yeast, flour and water. So we're gonna end this lesson right now. I'm gonna do a part two and finish up this video. I'm gonna show you how you can change the layout at different music or different themes in the next video. 10. Part 2 Step by Step Sample Video: This is part two of my example video of how to make pizza dough. In this video, I'm gonna go over some or additional features of Adobe Spark. There are a lot of different ways that you can give your own video completely different field. I have completed the video. I've uploaded all the slides, so the video is almost completed. But now I want to do some fine tuning. For example, I'm gonna go here to lay out. I don't like the way the slide looks. I think I'm gonna use a full screen. So I just tap on full stream and it changes the whole slide. Another really cool feature is that you can move the text around to where every you want to . I added a slide with the dough recipe. And here's something else you can do. It's another split screen. You can swap it out and switch it just by clicking that arrow in the middle. I kind of like the way the recipe looks with the black background, someone will leave it there. Another thing I did was I uploaded a video of me mixing the ingredients of pizza dough and you're gonna upload a video the same way that you do a picture and you'll have a lot of a lot of flexibility of how long or short you wanted video. Another thing I want to show you is at the end of the video, I did a little bit of a call to action stuck in my logo, and here on this button, if you don't speak, you're able to change how long that slide is, so we'll leave it it three seconds. You could make it longer or shorter, but that option is only available if you don't have any speech on the video. The last slide is a credits for the slide, and I have little call to action here, and I think that's really important. When you complete a video. Another thing you can do, you can easily change the slides around. You can swap them out, and that's really a great feature to on the slide itself. If you click on the slide, you can duplicate the slide. You can delete the slide, or you can play it from here to give yourself an example on the top. Here, here is we are in the layout. Go to the music. There are lots of different songs here that you can choose and get a different feel for your video. There's a nice one, and in you can also upload music that you have the rights to, and I want to continue to caution you on that. Onley upload music if you have the rights to. On the last part of this is the themes I'm currently using the elevate theme, and you can easily change the theme and how it looks. You can get a flare theme, which kind of gives you like a kind of a pink tinge to the your slides. Or focus gives you another different blue kind of thing lots of different ways to change your theme and again to make your video completely your own. And I think that's one of the great things about adobes. FARC. There are just so many different ways that you are able to create a video. Well, this video is done. I'm gonna preview it for you, and next step will be completing the video and sharing it, and I'll get into that in the next video. But here's a little bit of what the video looks like this video is about how to make pizza dough. Pizza dough is fun and easy. You just need salt, yeast, flour and water you need one teaspoon of yeast one teaspoon of salt four cups of flour 1.5 cups of water Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Turn out the mixture on surface and need for 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle a little olive oil on the dough, cover and put in the fridge overnight. Your dough is ready to go, so there you have it. There's my sample video, and in the next video that I make for this course, I'll show you how to share your video and download your video and put your video out to the world. 11. How to Publish Your Video: Adobe Spark gives you a few different ways to publish your video. You can do it from your landing page where all your videos are, or you could just click here share. Or you can go to the video itself and click on the top of the page. What's a share? And here you're gonna be taken to a page where you can fill out some of the blanks. It's already got my title. Uh, I'm gonna put a ton. Subtitle on pick a category. I'm gonna go with food. Um, I'm gonna let it get noticed by the Adobe Spark website here. My name is on and over here. On the left, you'll see a button where you can download your video right to your own computer, so I'll download it. Also, it's going to take a few minutes. I'll be right back when it's finished. Okay? My videos finished downloading, and I recommend that before you publish, you download a copy just so you make sure that you have it. And now I'm gonna put it right out to the adobe website, create a link and it's going to create a link for me as well as publishing it out to the Adobe Spark website. So Adobe Spark has finished creating a link for me. I can publish it to Facebook, which I definitely will deal. I could put it on Twitter. I can email the link to myself, or I can use an embed code right here to put it in a Web page or my block. And that's it. That's how you complete your video. You're ready to go. So if you click this link right here, you can click it or put it in a Web page. I'll click it. And there is my pizza dough video on the adobe sparked page. And so there you have it. Adobe Spark will host your video, but you can download a copy. I've had a lot of fun doing this course for you, and I hope you've had fun learning how to use a dhobi spark. I've got one final video for you, and that will be my final steps for your video process. 12. Final Thoughts and Random Tips: here are my final thoughts. First of all, I want to say congratulations. You finished the course, and now you have all the tools and knowledge to make videos quickly and easily. Please use the knowledge I shared with you to create videos. The hardest one you create will be the 1st 1 After that, your projects will get easier and easier. Remember, the first step is the hardest. If you're dissatisfied with the recorded voice with Adobe Spark, consider purchasing an external microphone or high end headset. This will dramatically improve your recorded voice. Also, Adobe Spark automatically creates a credit slide at the end of the video. On this slide, they may give credits to the icon creator as well as the image creator. This slide is mandatory. I showed you in my example video how you can add your own text to that slide. Make sure you take advantage of this feature. I understand you can easily make videos on your iPhone or iPad. I've created videos with these devices without any issues with steps to create. Videos are exactly the same. You just need to go to the APP store and download the app and yes, it's free. Adobe Spark allows you to make free videos, which I think are stunning. According to the Adobe Sparked website, you'll always be able to use Adobe Spark for free with the free version. Adobe Spark puts a small watermark on your video. You can see the water mark here on this video. They will also show a slide created with adobe sparked at the end of each video. For me, the adobe watermark, it's a small price to pay to be able to create incredible videos at no cost. They do offer paid version, which will remove the watermark and allow you to brand your videos with your own logo. If you want to purchase the paid version, there's information on that future. When you log in and closing good luck and crafting your story, recording your slides and creating your awesome videos. All the best to you and all of your video creations. Onward upward! My friends, I know will be making amazing videos. Be well, stay well and creative video today