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Adobe turns Spark into Creative Cloud Express, a design app for web and mobile

By Glenn Chua & Aaron Yip - on 14 Dec 2021, 2:10pm

Adobe turns Spark into Creative Cloud Express, a design app for web and mobile

The new service replaces Adobe Spark and is aimed at users who want to design quickly. (Image source: Adobe)

Adobe is introducing Creative Cloud Express, a web and mobile app for quickly designing and editing content. Creative Cloud Express succeeds Spark, its previous iteration, and offers features taken from Adobe's flagship apps trimmed down to size, sidestepping the learning curves associated with those apps. 

The new service is aimed at non-professional users such as business owners who want to promote their services and brand, students making a presentation, or just for personal projects. Creative Cloud Express imports features from apps like Photoshop, Acrobat and Premiere Pro under the 'Quick Actions' tab, including, but not limited to:

  • Removing the background from stock images or uploaded images
  • Merging, reversing and trimming video
  • GIF, PNG, and JPEG conversion

Creative Cloud Express also sees a template-focused approach, with templates for social media services such as Instagram and Facebook, as well as more general templates like posters, logos and flyers. Users will be able to draw from Adobe's text and image resources, with limited access to Adobe Fonts and Adobe Stock. Users will also get 2GB of cloud storage to store their projects.


Availability and pricing

Creative Cloud Express is available for free for all Adobe users now, through Adobe's Express website, or as a free app on the Microsoft Store, Google Play Store and Apple App Store. However, Adobe is also offering a Premium version of Creative Cloud Express, for S$13.14/month, with a free three-month trial.

Features included in Premium are full access to the over 160 million images on Adobe Stock and over 20,000 licensed Adobe fonts, 'Brands' functionality, which allows you to add your brand's logo, colours and fonts onto pre-selected web banner and promotional images with a few taps, more precise Quick Actions like refine cutout, resize and graphic groups, as well as conversion to and from PDFs. 

Premium users will also get 100GB of cloud storage, integration with Creative Cloud Libraries, and access to Adobe Premiere Rush and Photoshop Express, which are lite versions of Premiere Pro and Photoshop, respectively. Creative Cloud Express for Microsoft Teams and 365 Enterprise plans will also be coming in 2022.

Though the Premium membership is rather expensive, as the same monthly price can net you the full Photoshop and Lightroom apps, if you find yourself in a pinch, the free features of Creative Cloud Express, like removing background and trimming video, might come in handy in a time of need. Having a large free template library for advertising probably doesn't hurt, either.

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