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Adobe spark collage. brass slipper collage

Creating Adobe Spark images and videos

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

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.

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Canva allows you to create beautiful images for your blog, Pinterest,Twitter and Facebook headers and other social media outlets.

For today’s #AtoZChallenge, the letter “C” is for Canva.

#AtoZChallenge is a blogging challenge that takes place in April (except on Sundays). Participants blog every day around a theme of their choosing, in alphabetical order. Throughout the month of April, I’ll share tips, links, and insights I’ve learned in my writing career.

 

"C" is for Canva, which allows you to create beautiful images for your blog and other social media outlets.

Canva allows you to create beautiful images for your blog, Pinterest,Twitter and Facebook headers and other social media outlets.

The letter “C” is for Canva, a useful online image site.

Canva.com is on online site you can use to create images for your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest—just about any social media outlet. In addition, you can create cards, posters, EBOOK COVERS, letterheads, infographics, menus, gift certificates—a slew of handy, dandy layouts you’d normally pay someone to create for you. The best part is, it’s FREE.

Canva does have a premium service you can use with groups (up to 50 team members), and gives you unlimited folders to store your work and other services. For me, the FREE version is good enough.

First, go to canva.com and sign up, either with a specific username/password, through Facebook, Google or your email. Then choose a design. Here is an ebook cover I designed for a short story I published in October:Quotes from The Alien and the CEO, a short story alien romance

 

Use Canva images, your own or others

The nice thing about Canva is that it has over a million images at your disposal. Some are free. Any others will cost you $1. That’s it. A single dollar will buy you an image of just about anything. (Hint: download a version without your captions and store it on your computer. If you have to tweak a completed image with text, Canva doesn’t recognize you’ve downloaded it previously and will charge you again).

You can upload any image or photo of your own or go to any free image website and upload. (Spoiler: I’ll be talking about where to get free images on the letter “I” day, April 11th).

 

The possibilities are endless

I’ve used Canva created images for blog posts (this one is about plot holes):

Fill in the holes of your story. My first draft looks like a tic-tac-toe game.

 

 

 

And book quotes I’ve posted on Twitter and Pinterest:

Quotes from The Alien and the CEO, a short story alien romance

 

 

 

In fact, whenever I need a graphic, I turn to Canva. It’s never let me down. The learning curve is short, and the time and money saved is invaluable.

Tomorrow is “D” day. I’ll be discussing a book distribution channel I’ve used in the past.

Until then,

Blessings!

Cheryl

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