See, Oldest Junior Hall is getting married. I believe he was referring to the rehearsal dinner in this text but it so happened that his lovely fiancée was having a bridal shower (through Zoom, of course) and we were asked to prepare something creative for advice, toasts, or whatever. I knew I had to come up with something different because Oldest Junior Hall has certain expectations of his family (see above text).
It had to be funny but heart-warming. Creative but not to the point of possibly wrenching my back. And it also had to be fast because it was the day before the shower and I’d literally not done pea turkey. And then I remembered Sue Bradford Edwards’ post about Adobe Spark!
Sue said it was very intuitive and her book trailer turned out amazing. So for those of you who thought, “Easy for Sue to say,” today I’m sharing my sort of step-by-step experience with trying Adobe Spark (now known as Adobe Express) to create a slideshow (see above text).
Anyway, one hour in and I was ready to start the process of creating. I found Adobe Express, signed up (for the free version!), clicked on “slideshow” and bam! I was at the drawing board.
Now, I’ll admit that I have experience with templates and websites and such but I am by no means a tech wizard (see the screenshot fiasco). But from the get-go, I knew that Sue had accurately described Adobe Spark: this is a VERY easy platform to use. Whew! I watched the one-minute tutorial and off I went to put ideas and images into a slideshow.
Because I knew this couple was all about The Princess Bride (as anyone with any sense would be), I had my rough idea of a simple, short storyline. I started with a title, and then added images, arranging the slides in a basic arc. After I had my slides in order, I went back to add text to each slide. (I chose not to use audio to narrate the story because I knew that would take more time to sync up everything). Keep in mind that I stuck with the basic program throughout the process, no advanced settings, no added frills. Next, I chose a (free) music track, previewed the show a couple times, tweaking the text, and bam!
And honestly, y’all, it’s not inconceivable. If I can do it, so can you.
Disclaimer: Before the shower, I spent another hour fancying up my slideshow (trying different themes and music) so three hours for a minute slideshow that everyone seemed to enjoy. All in all, a pretty happy ending.
~Cathy C. Hall, who would like to thank Oldest Junior Hall and his lady for appearing here today. I'm not sure they actually know they're appearing here and lending a hand, but Oldest Junior Hall owes me (see 35 years ago).