Using Themes

Duncan Koerber
A free video tutorial from Duncan Koerber
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Lecture description

A review of Spark's design themes. 

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01:25:24 of on-demand video • Updated August 2016

  • A detailed look at all features
  • Tips on maximizing the potential of the software
  • Recommendations on choosing the right music and overall themes
  • Examples of specific slide techniques to create variety
  • Advice on the appropriate types of courses to make with Adobe Spark
English [Auto] Let's now zoom in on the themes tab. So if you go to the top right of your screen you see the themes tab up here along with music in laya and I've clicked on this and these are all the color schemes and also the relationships between the sleights. So if you just roll your mouse over them you can see the movement. You can see how they bring the same slides in. Sometimes these certain theme will bring a slide in from the left sometimes bring it down sometimes it'll bring it sort of inward and it's up to you to go through. Once you've done your slide for your video to figure out which one of these works best for you some considerations to consider here with these these themes are your target audience so who's going to be watching this is going to be kids is going to be adults. Does it need to be more professional or can it be kind of cutesy as this grunge sample is here. I've determined there are only a few. They're completely professional I think blueprint at the top here is quite professional. Film is not bad. So you moves the slides up and down flight is interesting here brings the slides in word ginger is pretty solid. I really like impact also know the font is different of all of them in each of these so know I'm a fight you want. You might choose that opportunity. I've used a couple of times for promo videos satin as this one is very classy very classy topic. You want to talk about signal is nice for the fonts and also people are often interested in the yellow color that attracts their eye. Few of these are not bad. I mean I'm not going to do a course video in this visit with that rainbow background or maybe this wander one. Be interesting to go through those. Check those out. See which one matches the attitude that you want to portray the audience that you're going to be directing this to. And then you simply click on them. And the great thing about a spark is it will format your whole slide deck according to that theme. So why don't I choose this signal. I really like this one. So there along the bottom you see it's reformatted all the slides in terms of the font in terms of the color. And also you see a difference in the way slides relate to each other. So let me play this as a quick sample. Watch the movement between the slides. He was not a very good boss but he wasn't the worst boss OK that's the first one. Let's play it all together to see how this relates. He was not a very good boss but he wasn't the worst boss. Many people fear their bosses. The workplace can be a fearful place for many people. Many people leave the workplace because of the fear for their boss. They want to start a new the best workplaces have these three characteristics welcoming atmosphere collaborative environment good benefits I think you get the point that's how that one works. But if we change it to for example lates this to me looks like a nightclub somewhere. And then we play that back watch the difference between the slides how the content comes on the screen. He was not a very good boss but he wasn't the worst boss. Many people fear their bosses the workplace can be a fearful place for many people. Many people leave the workplace because of the fear for their boss. They want to start a new the best workplaces have these three characteristics. Welcoming atmosphere collaborative environment good benefits health care for example so you can see it's very different now. I don't think this theme matches what I'm talking about. This theme is something else something for another topic. So you know that wouldn't work. This one probably more like it. He was not a very good boss but he wasn't the worst boss. Many people fear their bosses. So it gives you an idea of changing the fonts the. Here we have very different fonts and the the flow of the slides. So that's something to consider as you go through these when you try to decide which one to go with. As I said before I wouldn't go with for example grunge he was not a very good boss but he wasn't the worst boss. Many people feel that to me I don't like that kind of style so that wouldn't fit what I'm trying to say. So that's it for theme's pretty straightforward. Pick the one that works best for the content you are showing and you can change these at any time just by clicking. And sometimes if you have a longer course one tip I give you is you've got a lot of videos. You may want to vary some of these. That doesn't mean using all of them in your course but maybe pick two or pick three and vary them so maybe every third video is Flav's or something like that. And then the rest are geometric or whatever you decide. Repeat the patter but very Atabay because it could be kind of annoying for the viewer to come across a hundred of these in exactly the same theme. And of course I recently published a course of fifty five videos. They're very short. Two to three minutes. And I just did. Ginger I did impact and I did signal. So I did Ginger impact signal Ginger impact signal on and on throughout those videos to provide some variation.