Computer Arts, Photography, Graphic Design: Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a suite of media creation applications for mobile and web development. It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Page, Spark Post, and Spark Video. It also offers a very simple introduction to the Adobe software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

You are going to produce a simple composition, incorporating Type and Imagery. You will need at least one image, such as a photo of you or of your pet, ready to include.

1. Go to the website link provided here; you will see an invitation to sign up for free.
2. Sign up using email, or log in using your Adobe account, if you have one.
3. Click the blue Create Project button in the top left of the screen.
4. Choose ‘Flyer’ from the submenu.
5. To help you understand how Spark builds content using a number of design elements, such as Image and Type, click one of template icons over on the right of the screen.
6. You should see this appear in the work area in the middle of your screen; now click on to each of the elements and delete them, so that your work area is blank.
7. You are now going to add your own image; your tools are in a column at the far right of the screen. Click the Add (+) icon and choose ‘Photo’; browse for your image file from your computer/device by clicking the ‘Add Photo’ button. Choose ‘Move Freely’ when propted.
8. You should be able to see that you can resize or rotate the image.
9. With the image selected, experiment with the ‘Filter’ settings; the variety of effects is fairly limited, but try to be as creative as you can.
10. Now click the Add (+) button again and choose ‘Text’; then click the button ‘Add your Text’ and type your name into the box that pops up, then click ‘Done’.
11. You are able to edit the style of your Type in the same way you did your image, including a choice of font styles as you might expect.
12. Play around with the composition; you can change the order of your content and the transparency, amongst other things.
13. When you’re happy with your work, save it to your computer or device; click the ‘Download’ button in the top right of your screen, choose ‘PDF’ and ‘Start download’.
14. Share your PDF with us using the link provided here.
Adobe Spark saves your work automatically; you just need to log back in to review your design or to create new projects.

The resources below are here to help you with this session. The documents can be downloaded to your device and web links can be viewed online. 

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Keep a copy of your work safe until your first days at college. Bring it with you for your first lesson in this subject. 

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