Video Storytelling Made Easy with Adobe Spark

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Use these questions to guide your storytelling strategies and then add your text, images, video clips, and even narration to Adobe Spark Video! Amy Copperman is Adobe Spark's editorial and social media lead. An eye-catching opening, slick text animation, smooth transitions — these are all important elements of polished social videos. But what really makes a story shine is a strong, concise message, told in a way only your unique perspective and voice can.

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Adobe Story Free

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If you're thinking about trying out TechSoup's 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge by making a 90 second video about your charitable work, uploading it to YouTube, and sending the link to us, you might find Adobe Story Free useful. Adobe Story Free is a free online service from Adobe.com that you can use to create your script and help with screenwriting. After you fill out your email address and choose a password, Adobe will send you a confirmation email.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

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Check out the product pages for Photoshop Elements (part of the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle ) and Photoshop CC (part of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan and Photography plan ). cloudcomputing Cloud Adobe digital storytelling software cloud computing storymakersTrying to decide if you need the streamlined simplicity of Photoshop Elements or the comprehensive collection of Photoshop CC? This guide can help you decide, What's in Common.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

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When it comes to bringing your subjects to life, Adobe has all the tools to help you. But do you need Adobe Photoshop Elements, with just Photoshop's most useful tools, or Adobe Photoshop CC, the robust image editor with a tool for every need? Check out the product pages for Photoshop Elements (part of the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle ) and Photoshop CC (part of Adobe Creative Cloud ).

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

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Check out the product pages for Photoshop Elements (part of the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle ) and Photoshop CC (part of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan and Photography plan ). cloudcomputing Cloud Adobe digital storytelling software cloud computing storymakersTrying to decide if you need the streamlined simplicity of Photoshop Elements or the comprehensive collection of Photoshop CC? This guide can help you decide, What's in Common.

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Free Digital Storytelling Online Event

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My friends at TechSoup asked me to pass along info about their upcoming digital storytelling event. From September 30 to October 21, TechSoup will host a free Digital Storytelling online event including expert roundtable discussions, nonprofit case studies, online discussions, live chat, and a community challenge with a final screening awards ceremony in the virtual world of Second Life. What do we mean by Digital Storytelling?

Digital Storytelling Challenge

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The second annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge is coming up on January 31 st. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 video production software - edits multiple formats, from DV to uncompressed HD; output to DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and the web. Tools for Digital Storytelling. Check out the Digital Storytelling Challenge for more information. Here’s how it works.

TechSoup Announces 2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge

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TechSoup Global, the leading technology place for nonprofits, just announced it will kick off their annual Online Digital Storytelling Challenge January 13, 2011. Last year, over 100 organizations participated, with top submissions earning prizes from Flip Video, Adobe, Flickr, and GoldMail.

Digital Storytelling Challenge Awardees Announced!

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Last night, we held our Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Party here at TechSoup headquarters in San Francisco. Second Place: Dragonfly Forest by Dragonfly Forest awarded Adobe Audition software and a Flickr Pro account. Third Place: Tabor Kalaka 2009 by The Community Foundation of Odorheiu Secuiesc awarded Adobe Production software.

Meet the Winners of the 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge!

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The 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge was a great success, with more than 250 total submissions from social benefit organizations in 24 countries! First up are our awards selected by our panel of judges , hard-working digital storytelling experts who flexed their skills to pick strong stories to receive award donations from our sponsors. Most Creative Storytelling: Oxfam.

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You're Invited! TechSoup Digital Storytelling Awards Screening Party

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In this year's Third Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Winners, chosen by a panel of expert judges and the community, will receive products from our award donor partners Cisco, Adobe, Flickr Citrix, Sliderocket, Blazon, SurveyMonkey, and more. You’ll get to meet some of our local judges , see dozens of the best videos and photo stories, and connect with fellow digital storytellers.

TechSoup Global's FREE Digital Storytelling Online Event

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Mark your calendars for TechSoup Global's Digital Storytelling Online Event ! The Digital Storytelling Online Event discussions will occur in the TechSoup forums with expert hosts from the webinars. Here's how you can you participate: There are a number of ways that you can engage in the free Digital Storytelling Event. 10/1: Digital Storytelling Challenge kickoff. 10/1-10/16: Digital Storytelling Challenge submission period.

Adobe Premiere Elements 15 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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Check out the product pages for Premiere Elements (part of the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle ) and Premiere Pro CC (part of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan ). cloudcomputing Cloud Adobe digital storytelling Multimedia and Graphics software cloud computing storymakers videoYou're ready to tell your organization's story in video, but which software is best for you to put it all together?

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Participation in Storytelling: Collaborative Video on Nonprofits Live

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This special Digital Storytelling episode of Nonprofits Live will include secrets from the pros for nonprofits submitting photo and video stories to the TSDigs challenge in February. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at the Smithsonian, UC Berkeley, Stanford, United Nations University, New York University, UC Santa Cruz, the British Museum, Apple, Google, Adobe and numerous other conferences and public events around the world.

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5 Easy Rules to Remember When Telling Digital Stories

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Even if you're not the world's best photographer or graphic designer, you can be a digital storyteller. TechSoup has many Adobe products and learning tools available through the Adobe product donation and discount program; find them here. Terry White is worldwide Creative Suite design evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over a decade and has extensive knowledge of Adobe's Creative Professional product line.

Adobe Premiere Elements 13 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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Adobe provides two capable video-editing products: Adobe Premiere Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Check out the product pages for Photoshop Elements (part of the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle ) and Photoshop CC (part of Adobe Creative Cloud ). cloudcomputing Cloud Adobe digital storytelling Multimedia and Graphics software cloud computing storymakers video

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Tools to Tell Your Digital Story Available Through TechSoup

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The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge is back and there are some great prizes in store for organizations with the most creative, compelling, and entertaining stories. Adobe : Adobe products aren’t just for creative professionals — with a little know-how you too can make powerful digital images and videos. Use Adobe's Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop Elements to refine photos or create motion graphics.

Adobe Premiere Elements 14 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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Check out the product pages for Premiere Elements (part of the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle ) and Premiere Pro CC (part of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan ). cloudcomputing Cloud Adobe digital storytelling Multimedia and Graphics software cloud computing storymakers videoYou're ready to tell your organization's story in video, but which software is best for you to put it all together?

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You're Invited to TechSoup Global's Digital Storytelling Awards and Screening Party

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In this year's Third Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Winners, chosen by a panel of expert judges and the community, will receive products from award donor partners Cisco, Adobe, Flickr Citrix, Sliderocket, Blazon, SurveyMonkey, and more. You’ll get to meet some of our local judges, see dozens of the best videos and photo stories, and connect with fellow digital storytellers.

The Making of "Product Demo - Mobile Beacon" Video

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Digital Storytelling is in the air around TechSoup these days, and thanks to a grant from Symantec we have been able to experiment and create some new videos. The middle sequences with the websites were captured using a combination of Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia Studio for Mac. Adobe tsdigs digital storytelling Mobile Beacon digital inclusion tsadobe tsmobilebeacon

4 Tools to Create Images, Videos, Diagrams, and Flowcharts

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 — This is a product that combines two highly useful Adobe applications. flowchart Graphic design Adobe photoshop microsoft digital storytelling Visio video diagram Too many words! The information age has brought us information overload (or infobesity). Ninety percent of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, and it is coming into our phones and email.

Stories from German Nonprofits: A Look at Stifter-Helfen.de's Case Studies

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This enables streetfootballworld to call attention to its work through digital storytelling. The organization received a variety of donations from Stifter-Helfen including software from Symantec, Microsoft, and Adobe. Spotlight Microsoft Adobe digital storytelling germany stifter-helfen.deTechSoup Global's partner in Germany, Stifter-Helfen.de – IT for Nonprofits , has been collecting case studies from the organizations it works with over the last year.

TechSoup's Top 10 Tech Topics of 2016

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Our Digital Storytelling Challenge. Check out our resources on great nonprofit storytelling and learn more. Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud: What's New, What's Different. This article explains everything you need to know before taking the leap to Adobe Creative Cloud. You'll get the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, and nearly every Adobe creative design app you'll ever need.

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TSDigs: Who Do You Think Deserves an Award?

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Winners of the Digital Storytelling Challenge (TSDigs) stand to receive exciting prizes from TechSoup’s generous donor partners like Adobe, Cisco Systems, Seagate, Citrix, Flickr, and SlideRocket. Prizes include Flip videos cameras, Pro Accounts for Flickr and Sliderocket, Adobe Creative Suite products, Seagate portable hard drives and GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC. We wish best of luck to all our digital storytellers and hope you will join us on March 28!

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Photoshop Elements 11 vs. Photoshop CS6

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If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11. TechSoup also offers professional-level image-editing software from Adobe: Photoshop Extended CS6 (for both Windows and Mac ). Over the past few years, Adobe's added a number of features to the Elements line that bring its capabilities even closer to the full version of Photoshop.

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Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere

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Also check out the special rates on Adobe Connect web conferencing from TechSoup donation partner, BetterWorld Telecom. July is digital storytelling month Down Under. Learn how not to make three digital storytelling mistakes. Get inspired with these digital storytelling examples: raising awareness of homelessness and sharing indigenous stories online. TechSoup is keeping busy this July. Here's a roundup of what we've been doing. From the TechSoup Community.

Enabling Program Staff to Become Digital Editors

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Content creation, storytelling specifically, is headed in the same direction. Storytelling and content creation needs to involve a culture shift, not a project launch with a rapid start and defined stop. At the YMCA of Metro Chicago our initial largest barrier was our website content management software, Adobe Contribute. Change Management digital storytelling nptech nten Policy storytelling Communications

Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

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We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our free events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community. Naples, Florida: #Storymakers 2017: Creating Images and Video with Adobe Spark. Decatur, Illinois: Storytelling, Planning, and Scheduling Content for Your Nonprofit #Storymakers2017. TechSoup Storymakers: Adobe Spark. Storytelling and Content Strategy Best Practices.

Can You Tell Your Nonprofit's Story in 5 Photos?

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TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Challenge offers a chance for your photos and videos to win cool prizes for your organization, ranging from a Flip video camera to Adobe software. This contest is wide open to all — submissions are welcomed from the community at large, nonprofits, individuals, libraries, and organizations both in the US and elsewhere in the world — but your entries do need to be in by Friday, October 16th.

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21 Strategic Lessons for Creating Great Nonprofit Games

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Transmedia storytelling is shining through projects like Breakthrough: America 2049 , an ARG in Facebook that allows for various types of gameplay. Ask your questions on games and design for nonprofits today at the TechSoup Forums , or hop over to request great products like Adobe CS6 that can help you design great games from your office.

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Storymakers 2016 Winners

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TechSoup is particularly proud that Adobe products , available through our donation program, were used in the video's production. This is storytelling at its most sophisticated as we see animations and voices come to life. Digital storytelling is a powerful tool for libraries to let their audience know, "Hey, we're here, and we do amazing work!" Together, they are wonderful examples of the uses of digital storytelling for advocacy and fundraising.

The Best Social Media Marketing Resources For Nonprofits

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Charity: Water is leveraging Facebook advertising in a big way by using storytelling to raise awareness of the global water crisis and inspire people to give. Adobe Premiere – Become a video content marketing pro with Adobe’s sophisticated, yet easy to use, video editing software. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR NONPROFITS. 5 Nonprofits Winning At Social Media. Case studies of nonprofits winning at social media is an opportunity to see the strategies in action.

Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop

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If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12. TechSoup also offers professional-level image-editing software from Adobe: Photoshop Extended CS6. Over the past few years, Adobe's added a number of features to the Elements line that bring its capabilities even closer to the full version of Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer.

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Nonprofit Tech Resources: TechSoup Is Your One-Stop Shop

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Adobe Absolute Beginners: Create a Fundraiser Invitation Using InDesign. Adobe Absolute Beginners: Photoshop. Adobe Absolute Beginners: Getting Started with Illustrator. Storymakers: Become a Digital Storyteller Today. These informational sessions feature experts on topics like fundraising, accounting, marketing, storytelling, and many other nonprofit technology topics.

How Nonprofits Can Raise Money Using YouTube

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By Julia Campbell , a social media and storytelling consultant for nonprofits and author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits. They also have colorful, eye-catching YouTube cover art, something that you can easily design yourself using free graphic design tools like Canva or Adobe Spark. She regularly provides useful tips and resources to the nonprofit sector through her blog, #501SocialBlog.

Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, January 30 - February 5

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Elliot examines some of the lesser-known new features in Adobe Creative Suite 4. Kami hosts two more of her series of five webinars on storytelling and social media. In case you missed it, here's what's been on our minds over the past week. From the TechSoup Community: TechSoup Blog. Becky extols the virtues of including webinars in your communications strategy. From TechSoup Global's grant-funded projects: MaintainIT Project.

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Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

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Effective storytelling means nonprofits can reach more people, touch more hearts, and create bigger impact. TechSoup's NetSquared meetups will bring local nonprofits free digital storytelling workshops in more than 40 cities between August and October. Storymakers presents a unique opportunity to participate in storytelling education and capacity-building with a focus on using Adobe Spark to create social media graphics. Kigali, Rwanda: Storytelling Event.

Even More Ways to Tell Your Story with Your Smartphone

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TechSoup's Ale Bezdikian tested out Vine during TechSoup's Digital Storytelling Contest. The other big news in digital storytelling apps is that Instagram now supports videos in addition to photos. But don't write Montaj off; the app packs some powerful storytelling tools. Adobe GroupPix (iOS). When everybody at your event uses Adobe's GroupPix app , it saves your photos to a shared album.

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

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Storytelling is good, but no one likes to read a paragraph where a single sentence would do. Software: Adobe Premier , Audacity , ScreenCast-O-Matic (only if you plan to capture video of your desktop). Do you have a digital marketing process in place to manage your content, social, email, and engagement activities? I know at times it may feel like a lot to juggle. But if you’re like me, you constantly find ways to maximize your productivity to get the job done.

Mobile for Good: May Edition

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Digital Storytelling Apps and Tools. I'm always on the lookout for new digital storytelling tools, especially when they're in the form of mobile apps. 's David Pogue wrote a review of Adobe Voice , a new free app for making "explainer videos." Images: Microsoft News, Wikimedia Commons, Adobe. June is generally a very busy month for mobile with Google I/O, Apple's WWDC, and lots of summer phone/tablet releases.

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Tips to Tell Your Story with Your Smartphone and Mobile Apps

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Adobe Photoshop Express (Android, iOS) lets you create and share layered images on the fly. Become a better storyteller with our Storymakers Resources. Learn more about collecting, organizing, and sharing your images and video footage. Almost everyone has a smartphone these days. So if you can't afford the fancy cameras, try using one of these mobile apps to create compelling videos. Collect and Compile Your Images and Videos.

5 Trends in Nonprofit Infographic Design

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From print fundraising appeals to digital annuals reports to compelling storytelling through tweets and status updates, the social science of online behavior confirms again and again that messages are most effectively communicated through images. As the fiscal year comes to a close and nonprofits are currently crafting next year’s budget, adding a line item for infographic design would be a very wise investment.

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Capture and Share Events with Mobile Apps

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To kick off TechSoup's 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge , we have compiled apps to help you showcase your organization in action. Also, make sure to follow TechSoup's Online Community Coordinator, Alexandra Bezdikian, as she tests the digital storytelling tools of the trade. She'll be reporting on a few of the apps listed here, as well other storytelling platforms. To edit your photos on the fly, check out Adobe Photoshop Express (Android, iOS).

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