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Hands-on With Adobe Spark: Social Graphics, Web Stories & Animated Videos

Adobe has announced the arrival of Adobe Spark, a web-integrated mobile solution for creating social graphics, web stories and animated videos.

Adobe Spark

The web and mobile app hybrid lets users whip up images and videos for use on social media, or within their marketing campaigns. As for the web stories, these are essentially one-page-style websites that can be built in a matter of minutes.

Adobe claims that the app is ideal for small businesses, bloggers, marketers, and students.

Adobe App Unification

Adobe Spark is basically the end result of a unification process. To make Adobe Spark, Adobe has combined and re-released; Adobe Post, Adobe Slate, and Adobe Voice.

Here's a video put together by Adobe, introducing their latest project:

Here's a further break down of what Adobe Spark consists of:

  • Adobe Spark web app: a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos.
  • Spark Post: an iOS mobile app that enables anyone to create stunning social posts and graphics in seconds. (previously Adobe Post)
  • Spark Page: an iOS mobile app that helps users create beautiful web stories. (previously Adobe Slate)
  • Spark Video: an iOS mobile app that enables users to create compelling animated videos in minutes. (previously Adobe Voice)

Hands-on With Adobe Spark

I took Adobe Spark's web app for a short spin, and I liked what I saw. With the app, users can add captions to images, create videos, and tell a story about their brand's journey.

Adobe Spark Dashboard

I decided to create a social graphic. Adobe spark prompted me to choose a caption, and then an image size. Image sizes were pre-optimized for Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networks.

Adobe Spark interface

I ended up making a simple yet motivational image that's perfect for Instagram. And it took me a matter of seconds.

Adobe Spark interface

The user interface was smooth and speedy, while the customization options were vast. Adobe has packed Spark full of pre-designed fonts and themes that your message just slots into. The hard work has already been done.

For now, Adobe is only catering to iOS users – but I'm sure they will expand to Android before long.

My verdict? For a free app that's accessible on iOS and through my browser – it's fantastic.

I have no doubt that Adobe Spark will help boost the creativity of brands who rely heavily on image-based social networks like Instagram and Pinterest.

To find out more about Adobe Spark, visit the app's dedicated website.

You can also explore more of Adobe's solutions through our directory hubs for; Adobe Business Catalyst, Adobe Analytics, and Adobe Experience Manager.

Mike is the founder and editor of CMS Critic. He consults with vendors and the public to help them find the right products for their websites and businesses. When he's not working here, he's off mixing cocktails for his wife's website, The Kitchen Magpie. You can check out some of his great cocktail shots over on Instagram.