Our world currently functions on interconnectedness and social presence. With the rise of so many different social media and communication platforms, it’s hard to keep up with content creation, especially if you’re a brand.
Adobe tries to address this difficulty with the launch of Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution, providing a platform for visual storytelling and creation.
If you’re confused by what an “integrated web and mobile solution” means, you’re probably not alone. Adobe Spark is essentially a suite of tools.
First, there’s Spark Page, which addresses the need for a modern, responsive website design. With this tool, creators can transform any images and text into a beautiful website of their choice, showcasing their creative designs and stories.
Second, If you’re looking for a tool that will help you create stunning social media graphics, Spark Post steps up to the plate to help. The various templates and filters allow even the most inexperienced designers to create attractive and compelling social media graphics.
Third and finally, Spark Video can put all your images and text together to form an animated storytelling experience worthy of YouTube.
Unlike many other Adobe Creative Suite products, Adobe Spark contains a core starter plan that’s forever free. This is excellent news if you want to start with the plan to try out the core features and learn more. You’ll have access to thousands of free images and designs with this plan alone.
The free trial, and a subsequent subscription, allows you to tap into the exclusive premium section.
Adobe Spark offers a base free option, so we’ll be getting the basic free account before trying out the upgraded free trial with premium features.
This main landing page not only starts your free trial, but also offers examples of the different visual creations you can make with Adobe Spark. Take a minute to look through the features, and then click on the blue button ‘Get started now.’
The next page will ask you to log in with various different methods. Since the base Adobe Spark product is free to use, you’ll find that you’ll need to create your account before you start your trial.
You can log in directly with your Google account, Facebook, Apple, email, or with your Adobe ID if you already have one. Alternatively, it will offer educator and student options on the right. The product is a popular choice amongst students and educators alike.
For this instruction article, we’ll be using email.
If you choose to use your email, you’ll need to create an Adobe ID account on the next screen. Fill in the necessary fields and click next to get taken to onboarding.
The onboarding choices that ask why you’re using Adobe Spark will give you templates and designs that closely fit what you’re looking for in the product. You can choose up to three purposes if you plan on using Adobe Spark for various projects.
Scroll down and click ‘Continue.’
Once you arrive at your main Adobe Spark page, you can upgrade your account to your free Adobe Spark trial by clicking ‘Upgrade’ on the upper left-hand side of the screen.
The upgraded plan will allow you to do things like personalizing any project with your branding, remove the Adobe Spark watermark, and access premium fonts and templates. The team plan doesn’t offer the 14-day trial, so make sure to choose the individual plan.
The monthly price after the trial is $9.99, but if you’d like to commit to the full year, you’ll get a $20 discount, making the yearly subscription $99.99.
After choosing either monthly or yearly price, click ‘Buy Now.’
After filling in your credit card details, click ‘Agree and subscribe.’ The next page will give you a confirmation and prompt you to click the blue button to ‘Get started.’
Because Adobe Spark has such a prevalent educator and student user base, they also have a significant number of tutorials and educational material.
Make sure to click on the ‘Learn’ tab on the screen’s left-hand side to discover over 300 articles with inspiration, tutorials, and news about Adobe Spark.
Enjoy the wide variety of free premium templates and branding resources while you have your free trial. This is the perfect opportunity to create a brand guide if you haven’t had one before!
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