Adobe Spark #ThrowbackThursday

Creating Adobe Spark images and videos

We’re traveling in the way back machine to 2018 and a previous post regarding Adobe spark and how to make images for your blog.

Do you create images for your social media? I’ve used Canva in the past, (read my review here) adding a writing quote to an image (with my web address at the bottom) and posting to Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest each morning.  I’ve now switched over to Adobe Spark, a FREE program that integrates the professionalism of the Adobe look with an easy-to-use interface.

Sign up at Spark.Adobe.com for free using your Facebook or Google ID, email, or create an Adobe account. A free account includes:

  • Create stunning graphics, web pages, and video stories
  • Available on desktop, iPhone and iPad
  • Sync projects across devices

The $9.99 USD per month plan adds:

  • Replace the Adobe Spark logo with your own
  • Add your brand to Spark graphics, web pages, and video stories
  • Select colors and fonts that reflect your brand
  • Leverage personalized branded templates
  • Manage your brand in one place
  • Update branding across templates in one click
  • Live phone and chat support

And the $19.99 USD plan adds:

  • Company ownership of user licenses
  • Consolidated billing for all licenses on the account
  • Web-based license management tool with ability to reassign licenses
  • Dedicated 24/7 technical phone support, email, chat and forums

I’m all for free, and my business isn’t big enough (nor is my budget) to need the perks of the other features.

The 3 things you can make with Adobe Spark

1.Post

I’ve used this numerous times to make my “morning images”. Adobe Spark offers so many sizes—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Pinterest, blog post, YouTube, and poster sizes. They also offer different categories—food, school, lifestyle, seasonal, collages, and travel, all with nifty graphics.

Of course, you’re treated to the Adobe pallet, with professional color matching. In addition, they’ve thrown in features like contrast, darken, lighten, greyscale, matte, colorize and multiply, and scaling and rotating sliders.

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Collage:

I especially like the collage layout. Here’s what I did for my upcoming Cinderella re-telling, The Brass Slipper:

Adobe spark collage. brass slipper collage

 

2. Page

I have not used Adobe Spark to create a page. From what I’ve read, it creates a static page only, not a web page. The article I found says it’s great for creating a magazine type page.

3. Video

I used this to promote my AtoZChallenge book, Twilight, Arizona. It was fairly easy. The only problem I ran across is the template didn’t give me enough time on each frame for the average viewer to read the caption. I solved that by holding down the record button but didn’t say anything. Here’s the result:

(Twilight, Arizona is a fictional retirement village, the setting of twenty-six supernatural short stories. I wrote them as part of 2018’s AtoZChallenge.)
Purchase the collection for 99¢ at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/yb3u6ahm  Also available in paperback.

Now that I know what I’m doing, I could probably, and will, make a new video in a few minutes.

There you go! Alternate, professional looking images and videos courtesy of Adobe Spark.

Arizona Heat, adobe spark

 

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Launch Update #1 and the Case of the Cursed Technology

Launch Update #1

Launch update #1—Launching a new series under a new pen name is intimidating. In the past, as Cheryl Sterling, I uploaded the book’s file and cover to Amazon and other distributors, sent out a few Facebook and Twitter posts, and crossed my fingers. This time, as Noel Cash, I’m trying to be a little smarter. Absorbing the wisdom of 20Booksto50K’s Facebook group, I’m stacking my promos, changing my reader magnet, and offering the first three chapters on Book Funnel. (Get yours here!)

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The Vomit Draft #ThrowbackThursday

In today’s #ThrowbackThursday, we travel back to April, 2017, when I took part in the #AtoZChallenge. For 26 days, I wrote 26 blogs, each starting with a sequential letter of the alphabet. “V” stood for the Vomit Draft

The object of the vomit draft is to turn off the internal editor, write fast, and throw up all over the page (or screen). Clean up the mess later.My old critique group—and others, as I’ve heard this term since—called the first draft the vomit draft. The object is to turn off the internal editor, write fast, and throw up all over the page (or screen). Clean up the mess later.

I’m a firm supporter of the vomit draft. I wrote my last two books using this method. Of course, I wrote them as NaNo books (one officially, one on my own). There’s no choice but to write fast and hard, creating a vomit draft.

Here are some bad examples:

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