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Editing photos is fun, free, and easy with Adobe Spark

Whether you’re new to graphic design, or you’re a designer working on the fly, Adobe Spark is here to be your creative guide. Master the art of editing and enhancing photos with professional tools right at your fingertips. Build beautiful graphics for both digital and print purposes that you can easily resize and repurpose for all different types of material. Why outsource your creative needs, or pay hefty subscriptions fees to use premium design software, if you can do it all yourself with the tools featured in Adobe Spark? Read on to discover the capabilities of Spark, so you can empower yourself with creativity.

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Add animation and animated stickers to your design

Turn your photos into videos with animation effects. Adobe Spark Post features both text and image animations such as scrolling, fading, and panning, to name a few. Or, add stickers for a splash of animation on any design. We’ve teamed up with GIPHY to offer you an ever-evolving library of animated stickers. Download your design as a video to share via text, email, or any social platform!

Remove the background to save as a transparent PNG

There are different ways to save your design with a transparent background. If you’re building a design with graphics, stick to a solid color background and choose “transparent background” when publishing your final design. If you’re editing a photo, use the beta “remove background” feature to achieve a cutout effect, and then save with a transparent background.

Enhance photos and images

Adobe Spark isn’t just a powerful design app, its built-in photo editing functions make it the perfect app for perfecting pictures. Upload your photos and images to your Spark workspace to enhance them with an array of adjustments. Add contrast, sharpen, adjust the brightness, or even add filters to achieve a transformational aesthetic. Make your adjustments as subtle or dramatic as you need with a sliding scale option, and you can always revert back to the original settings if you need to backtrack your edits.

Adjust the size, orientation, and cropping

Once you’re pleased with your image’s appearance, make any necessary adjustments to achieve the perfect composition. Rotate, flip, scale, and crop your photo to perfectly fill your canvas. Spark Post features a nudge option so you can edit with precision, even while editing on your mobile device.

Add text overlay, captions, and typography designs

Adobe Spark Post is a fully functional design app that encompasses much more than photo editing! Add text to your images in a multitude of ways. Add simple text captions with custom font choices provided to you in the app, or download your favorite typefaces from Adobe Fonts to your workspace. Choose from a variety of text shapes and styles to add excitement to your typography, from background shapes to playful borders. Adjust the color, spacing, and paragraph structure with ease. You can even match text sizes to others on your design to achieve consistency. Communicate your message clearly and creatively with an array of text customization options.

Create custom color swatches and color palettes

Use the “Colors” option in your Spark workspace to explore the possibilities with colors. Spark features premade color palettes, along with generated suggested palettes based on your design. Customize your palettes to perfection with the sliding color picker. You can even add in hex values for your specific color needs! The color eyedropper tool is available for you to select colors from your design and turn them into swatches. Have fun experimenting with all the color options at your fingertips, and don’t be afraid to be bold with your palette choices!

Design collages combining text and images

Adobe Spark offers templates for you to build custom layouts and collages. Explore the gallery of professionally designed templates for a variety of collage designs, or choose the “Layout” option right in your workspace to experiment with your design’s structure. Incorporate a mixture of photos, images, text, and icons to your layout for a dynamic collage.

How to Edit Photos with Spark Post

  1. Start by creating a new Spark Post project

    To get going with the photo editor, simply open your mobile or web app and click the green plus button. Source photos directly from your camera, from your photo library, from online locations like Lightroom or Creative Cloud, or access the free stock photos available to Spark Post users. Select a single image or choose multiple photos to create a photo collage—don’t worry, even in photo collages you’ll be able to edit each photo individually.

  2. Make Photo Adjustments

    From the main screen, tap the photo to drill into the picture editor menu options. Under the filters tab, add depth and style with pre-set filters or add blur to your photo. Hit the adjust tab to rotate, scale, nudge, or flip your photo. Select enhance to finetune your photos via contrast, brightness, saturation, warmth, and sharpen—all through using a simple sliding editor.

  3. Resize your photos

    Once you’ve perfected your photo or design, tap resize and a world of photo formatting options are at your fingertips. Choose from social post sizes, social media profile sizing, print options, and standard photo sizing. From Instagram and Linkedin to your block party poster or holiday greeting card—this is the best photo editor app for one-tap resizing photos or entering in custom dimensions.

  4. Zoom in and out with ease

    Find your photo’s sweet spot with the super simple zoom feature. Under the adjust tab, select scale and you’ll be able to zoom in and out using the slide-based editor or by zooming directly on the photo with your fingertips. If you’re wondering how to use a photo editor, with Spark it really is this easy.

  5. Add text to your photos

    Make photos pop with the fabulous fonts, special effects, and color palettes available for photo text overlay in the app. From the main page where you upload your photo, click the add button, then select add text and type in your message. Spark Post text-on photo editor lets you customize everything from a gourmet selection of fonts, to suggested color palettes that play to your photo tones, to opacity of the text box, to alignment, to size—you can even choose from multiple text animation styles or add in animated stickers to make the graphic move.

  6. Publish and share

    Once you’ve finished your photo editing, click share for a range of publication and sharing options. From the app you can post directly to your favorite social sites, send edited photos via text message or email, copy the link to share with friends, save the edited image to your camera roll, or create a shareable template for others to access and edit, too.

Let Adobe Spark be your image editing expert

Hone your creativity with the power of Adobe Spark Post. Explore professionally designed templates to get your wheels spinning, or design your project from scratch. Establish a theme for your designs using photos, icons, logos, personalized fonts, and other customizable elements to make it feel fully authentic. Duplicate designs and resize them to create consistency across multiple types of materials. With Adobe Spark Post, it’s free and easy to create, save, and share your designs within minutes so you can add collaborators, get approval, and publish stunning images and graphic designs for all your creative needs.