Get to know your Adobe Apps Session 2 - 03/05/2021


This Session share includes the following presenters:

Tim Kitchen: Photoshop

Craig Daalmeijer-Power: Illustrator

Erin Raethke: Spark Page

Tim Kitchen and Photoshop

Using the following tools, Tim first demonstrated the following tools to restore and enhance a photo from the past, taken on an iPhone 1.

Featuring Adobe SENSAI...

This is the original photo...

Tim then applied the Camera Raw Filter to the low resolution image (see below).

Then Tim took advantage of the AUTO edit to employ ADOBE SENSAI to 'see' what can be improved in this image.

Tim used Auto-straighten...

Used the 'fill' tool to modify the subjects of the photo to one person instead of two...

Split out layers, used a healing tool and isolated parts of the image, then merged the layers together by Flattening the image.

Craig Daalmeijer-Power and Illustrator

Presenting....Basic Shape Tools

Starting with the Rectangle Tool, Craig is going to take us through some basic shapes

Helpful hint: Make sure you have 'Transform' active in the WINDOW menu.

Craig then took us through the options when you right-click, such as quick access to arrange your layers, and a reminder of the handiness of the 'Smart Guides' that live in the View menu (see below).

Continuing the demonstration, Craig showed us how, when using the polygon tool with the arrow keys on your keyboard while holding the left key (before placement) to toggle how many sides your shape has!

Craig then started a colour fill on the object made from 8 shapes, by selecting the shape and the following menus...

This is the finished product, with a 'drawing' created using the line tool, holding the shift button to have bars, or 'handles' that you can use to manipulate the angles...

Craig then shared a more complex example that he prepared earlier... well, complex, but built from simple shapes. :) He showed how, using shapes, fill and the pen tool, he created a doggo from a series of simple shapes, manipulating them using keyboard commands.


Erin Raethke and Adobe Spark Page

The key to creating presentations within Adobe Spark Page is to not get bogged down with not knowing which format, option or layout to start with. As you use them, you will develop your own style and preferences, so just start working, and FLEX THOSE CREATIVE MUSCLES!

Photo options

There is a range of different screen layouts, interactions and scroll options that are available for people to choose from. As there are so many options, the best advise I have is to try each layout and upload option. While there are so many, you will find one of them will click and become your favourite. You can also choose multiple options regarding how you add images, as shown below.

Note: 'Find free photos' adds the source and creator information to your project automatically - helpful if you are teaching students about tracking their resources for a project - giving credit is important! See the bottom of this page for how this looks in the finished product.

Text options

While the location in the menu may change (depending on the layout and tool you are using), adding in text gives you the options of auto-formatting text to include:

  • Titles
  • Headings
  • Quotes
  • Dot point lists
  • Numbered lists
  • Bold and italicised text (or use your keyboard shortcuts - just like a word processor)
  • Hyperlinks (an alternative to Buttons)
  • Text alignment (Left, Centre, Right)
Text format options

Left-click on text you add to Spark Page to view your options.


The Buttons button lets you add... well... a button. Buttons must be added with a text description and a hyperlink.

Hot Tip: A button can have a hyperlink as a text description, but not plain text as a hyperlink. It won't let you save your button without a 'legitimate' URL. That being said, if you are building a Page quickly and plan to double back, adding the 'https://spark.adobe.com/' URL is a handy placecard - to be replaced later, of course. Or, you can do this:


Videos can have a preview and presentation embedded straight into the Page - viewers need only click to expand and watch. Below I have added another share of Spark Page I completed during the Adobe Summit in 2020, featuring many of the functions shared tonight.


There are multiple layouts to choose from. For instance, this here is a GLIDESHOW. You can also select the SPLIT LAYOUT, as shown with the presenter intros at the top of the screen. Each has the ability to modify slightly (left/right orientation, placement on the screen etc), but once you commit to one and start adding content, you cannot convert it to the other layout without a BIG copy/paste rebuild. So commit, and keep going!

Presenting and Sharing

Adobe Spark Pages never NEED to be published. You can build one and use it to present as a fresh, scrolling slide deck - play with the 'Present' Button to do this (see below).

However, if you do what to create a Spark Page and share it with an audience, say for instance...

  • A reading list for students
  • A research summary page
  • A note-taking summary
  • A landing page for a project... (the list goes on)

All you need to do is select the 'Share' button (shown above), then select PUBLISH AND SHARE LINK.

Once you publish, only people with the URL will see it (unless you choose for it to be featured). This means that you can share the auto-generated URL as widely or as exclusively as you wish.

Spark Page also allows cross-platform sharing, so if you or your organisation has other products linked, you can push your Page assets into these platforms (like Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom).

Once shared, you can modify the content, then update to your audience so they can see your changes later:


Created with images by jeanfree - "book training education" • lumina_obscura - "galaxy star infinity" • Anatoly777 - "photoshop manipulation collage" • AidaKhubaeva - "art abstract template"