If you want to make a simple photo collage to publish on social networks like Instagram or more complex designs combining images and text to do some other kind of promotional material, I have something for you that you should consider. Here is my review of Adobe Spark Post.
Adobe Spark Post is part of the Spark suite of applications: Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video. You can purchase all of them from the App Store as a bundle or separately. If you are a paying member of Adobe photography plan, you get these apps too which I find a good deal. Adobe updates their apps quite often, especially Spark Post. It is also available on the web with full features set 1.
Where to start your creativity
The best way to use Adobe Spark Post is by following a very simple workflow. It all starts from a template screen like the following one.
You can choose from free templates or premium ones only recently available. They look great but I rarely start from these when creating new posts for this blog2. Once you select a template, you enter in edit mode where you can start editing all aspects of the suggested design3. If you prefer, you can start from scratch and add color, a pattern or photos which can come from the camera, your photo library or even from Unsplash!
Flexibility of customization
Let’s say you start by adding a free picture from stock photography service Unsplash. The next step is to start editing your
Text elements can be anywhere on the canvas. The starting colour of the text is taken out of the colour palette. you can change it as you wish. You have full control of the text display attributes.
You can enlarge, align or rotate text. A full selection of great fonts is available. Once the font has been selected, you’ll be able to add effects, styles and the like. Photos can have filters applied to them too or you can control all basic attributes like contrast, brightness, saturation, etc.
Besides photos and text, you can add icons from a large collection and logos from the Brandify feature. Adobe Spark Post also comes with a feature called Brandify if
Saving and sharing your work
Once you’re done with your design, you can share it to social networks4 or in your photo library. Since all your work is in sync with your Adobe storage library, you’ll be able to share a link pointing to your collage. If you publish on the web, you’ll have the option to opt in for Adobe to select your work to display on their Gallery. If you are a user of Google’s Classroom, you’ll be able to share your work over there but only from the web site of Adobe Spark Post. This option is not available from the iOS version.
A video demonstration
In the following short video demonstration, you’ll be able to see a design session with Adobe Spark Post. With this video, I hope you will get a better understanding of the application workflow and capabilities.
Adobe Spark Post is an important part of my tools arsenal. I use it to create a lot of contents for this blog but also for other things like birthday cards. Over the past year, Adobe pushed out many great updates that include new features and many refinements. I cannot recommend Adobe Spark Post enough. For a complete list of features for Adobe Spark Post, head to this Spark Post features page.
Feel free to leave a comment or a question and engage the discussion! Always welcomed!
- Spark Page allows you to create a web site that is hosted on Adobe web servers. You can have a look at my experiments here. This was made on the iPad with my own photos of Dubai. ↩
- Adobe Spark Post is one of the main tool that I use for content creation for my blog. It is really great. Photo Legend and Before & After photo series are all assembled with Spark Post. ↩
- Also named Collages. ↩
- Adobe Spark Post is heavily promoted by Adobe for creating designs for social networks like Instagram. ↩