Among the numerous useful and powerful software and applications developed by Adobe, the Adobe Creative Suite contains software specified for the more creative field, such as video making, digital painting, photography, web design etc. Adobe Spark is one of those applications. It is good for creating entertaining and visual content quickly and easily to share on your social media or other platforms. Adobe Spark offers 3 different types of visual content: Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video. I’ve already made tutorials on how to use Spark Post and Spark Page. In this post, I will be going through how to use Spark Video. Spark Video lets you create and edit slides like a powerpoint and play it like a video. You can use it to tell a story, showcase a product, prepare for a presentation etc.
To create a new video project, click on the blue Add button on the top centre of your projects page. Then click on the videos tab and you will see a list of video templates, click on the one that suits your needs the most!
Click on the ‘Videos’ tab:
You will then need to enter the title of your video, you will be able to change it later. After that, you’ll need to choose from a list of story templets, if you can’t find one for you, you can choose the ‘start from scratch’ option. Finally, you will be taken to the editing page. A short video tutorial will show up, it will show you some quick tips on getting started. Close it when you’re done watching it and we’re ready to start editing! Take note that there’s no undo or redo functions so any changes you make cannot be undone!
You will see 3 main sections for editing on your screen: The current slide that takes up most of the screen, 4 tabs on the right side of the screen, and a list of your slides in thumbnail size.
At the bottom of the editing screen is a list of your existing slides in thumbnail form. Every template will have credits and outro slides at the end of the list. If you don’t want them, just delete them.
The triangle play button on the left side lets you play your video from start to finish.
Adding a new slide
Click on the square or rectangle with the plus sign inside on the right of the play button to add a new slide. A new slide will be added after your current slide.
To reorder your slides, simply click and drag them to where you want them to be and release.
Duplicating a slide
Right-click on the slide you want to duplicate and click on the duplicate option.
Deleting a slide
Simply right-click on the slide you want to delete and click on the delete option.
Play from a selected slide
Right-click on the slide you want to play from and click on the play from here option.
The 4 tabs
The 4 main tabs on the top right of your screen are: Layout, theme, resize and music. I will go through what each of them does below:
The layout tab gives you a few options on the layout of your current slide.
This tab gives you a list of themes to choose from, each theme has different colour palettes, you can click on the shuffle button on each theme to randomise the colour combination. If you’ve set your brand in Adobe Spark, your customised colour palette will be one of the options too.
This tab gives you the option to change the size of your project between square or widescreen, the changes made affect all of your slides.
Allows you to add music in your project. There’s a list of built-in music you can pick from, or you can add your own music. At the top of this tab, make sure the music option is on or else your music won’t play. Use the slider at the side to adjust the music volume.
In each slide, you can add various elements in them: video, photo, text or icon. You can also change the length of the video or record a narration. Look for the blue button on your current page to add any of these elements.
Adding a video
You’ll first need to upload a video from your laptop or device. Then, you can crop your video to the length you want. The maximum length is 30 seconds. Click on the play button for a review. Once you’re done, click on ‘save’ located at the top right of your screen to add the video clip into your slide.
Adding a photo
There are many ways in which you can add photos, below is a list of them:
- Upload a photo from your device
- Find free photos
- Import photos from your Adobe Stock or find new ones to buy
- Import photos from your Creative Cloud account
- Import photos from your Lightroom account
- Import photos from DropBox
- Import photos from Google Photos
- Import photos from Google Drive
The find free photos option is very useful, it will give you a list of high quality and relevant photos depending on the word you used for the search and they are all royalty-free photos so you won’t have to worry about copyright issues.
Adding text is easy. You can only increase or decrease the size of your text. You can drag the text around your slide to place them.
Adding an icon
Search for an icon you’re looking for and you’ll get a list of relevant icons to pick from. The icon will be placed in the centre of the slide, you can’t make any changes to it.
Sharing is easy and simple in Adobe Spark.
Download your video on to your local device.
This option publishes your video on to the web. You can enter in the title, subtitle and your name for the video. You can also pick a category for your video. Once published, you’ll get a link for the video which you can share wherever you want.
This lets you invite other people to look at or collab and edit the videos too. Perfect for a team project. However, only one person can edit the video at one time.
So this is how to use the Adobe Spark Video programme. Now you can create your own short yet attractive videos and share them to the world. If you’re interested in trying out Adobe Spark you can do so by clicking here! There’s a free version of Adobe Spark so you don’t have to pay anything! If you are interested in trying out Adobe Spark and other Adobe creative suite software, take note that any creative suite software includes Adobe Spark’s paid version for free.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this tutorial and has learnt something new from it. If you subscribe to any Adobe Creative Suit plans through the links I’ve provided, I get a small commission ( at no extra cost to you) which helps me keep making tutorials like this one.
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