If you are looking for a way to create branded graphics for your blog and social media, Adobe Spark is the right app for you. Adobe has always provided the best software for graphic designers, but their programs can be too complex and expensive for a lot of bloggers. Now, you don’t have to spend hours learning how to use a complex software, you can create social media images in minutes using Adobe Spark.
In this tutorial, I will walk you through the step by step process of creating graphics using Spark. You can use one of the premade themes or customize the templates until you find a design that matches your brand.
Create an account
Go to Adobe Spark and sign up for free for a new account. You can sign in with your existing Adobe account or your social media accounts.
Create a post template
With Spark, you can create social media graphics, pages, and videos. If you want to create branded graphics, use the Post option.
Choose a post size
The next step is to type in your text and choose the social media format you want to use. You will be able to edit your text later or add a new layer of text. The same goes for size, you will be able to create different images at any moment.
Choose a theme
Spark will automatically generate a theme and photo for you, but you can change that. There are many themes you can choose from to create social media graphics with Adobe Spark. Scroll through the themes and pick one that you like.
I have to tell you that I didn’t really like the themes so I decided to make changes to one of them and I was very impressed by the result.
Upload your own photo
I’ve changed the theme and now I want to use one of my own photos. Well, it’s actually an image from Death to the Stock Photo.
To upload your own photo, click on the photo or go to Photo and choose Replace > Upload photo. You can also use the Find photos option to browse for images in the Adobe Spark gallery or use photos from Dropbox or Google Photos.
Change the color palette
I want to use a filter, but I don’t like the current color palette. To change colors, go to Palette and choose one of the Suggested Color Palletes. I’ve tried finding a color palette that’s similar to my blog’s color scheme.
If you click more than once on your favorite color palette, you can change the colors of the background and text.
Add a photo filter
Now that you have changed the color palette, you can also change the photo filter from Photo.
Edit the text
If you click in the middle of the photo or on the text, you will be able to drag it to another position or resize it.
The Text option also allows you to edit the text, add new text, or change the style.
You should also try one of the following options:
- Shapes: you will be able to change the shape of your background or to remove it
- Color: lets you change the color of the text and background
- Font: you can use a different typeface than the standard one
- Spacing: click on it until you find the spacing that you like
- Align: change the way the text is aligned
- Opacity: change the opacity of text and background
By using these options you will be able to create beautiful social media images that match your brand.
Remove the Adobe Spark hashtag
You might have #AdobeSpark in the bottom right corner of your image, but don’t worry, it’s easy to remove. Just click on it and choose share. You don’t have to share it, you can just download it to your computer and the hashtag will be gone. Although, I do suggest sharing this if you like to use it.
Resize your template
My favorite thing about Spark is that you can resize your graphics with just one click.
Go to Resize and choose a different format.
You can use Spark to create images for your social media posts, blog posts, social media profiles and even for your Etsy banner.
Download your images
To save your images, go to Share and click on Download.
If the images are too large, optimize them before you upload them to your blog.
All your images will be saved under My Projects so you can just edit the text and use them again for another post. This way you will be able to create graphics that your readers will recognize on social media.
Do you create social media images with Adobe Spark?
You probably know by now that I’m a big fan of Photoshop and Illustrator. I like the fact you can create any type of graphic you want, but I really loved playing with Spark and I will definitely use it again.
I encourage you to try it and see what you can create.