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Download Adobe Spark: try it for free or get it with Creative Cloud

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Want to download Adobe Spark? The app is certainly a good choice for anyone interested in creating graphics, social media ads, web pages and short videos. It's also ideal for creating engaging Instagram stories.

Part of Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of apps but also available separately, Spark's now been updated and renamed as Adobe Creative Cloud Express, although two of the Spark-branded standalone mobile apps are still available to download: Page, for designing websites, presentations and more, and Video, for creating and editing short-form clips up to 30 seconds long.

What can be a little confusing is that there are both free and paid-for versions available, so read on to understand the different options and learn how to download Adobe Spark in the form that's right for you. If you want Adobe's full collection of creative apps, including Photoshop and Illustrator, see our guide to the best Adobe Creative Cloud discounts available now.

Can I download Adobe Spark for free?

Download Adobe Spark starter Plan for free (opens in new tab)
The Adobe Spark Starter Plan is a limited but completely free version of Spark that you can download right away with an Adobe account. It gives you access to a stack of free templates, images and icons, and you can also design from scratch.

Download Adobe Spark for free with a 30-day free trial (opens in new tab)
If you want the full version of Adobe Spark without the watermarks that are applied in the Starter Plan, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to see whether you like the software. 

There are three ways to download Adobe Spark for free. Firstly, Adobe offers a completely free Adobe Spark Starter Plan (opens in new tab) version. This free-forever option is limited but enables you to get a feel for the interface. It allows you to create designs from scratch or use free templates, images and icons. You'll need to create an Adobe account, but you don't need to hand over any credit card details.

However, anything you create in the Starter Plan version of the software will feature an Adobe Spark watermark. If you want to get rid of that then you'll need to move up a step. That's where the Adobe Spark Individual Plan comes in. This full version of the app enables you to remove watermarks and access other advanced features. It's available as a free trial for 30 days, which gives you plenty of time to try out the full version to see if it's right for you. You'll need to provide credit card details, but you can cancel within 30 days to avoid being moved on to a paid plan.

The third and final way you can get Adobe Spark for free is if you're a student or teacher. See further below for details on the Adobe Spark for education plan.

How do I download Adobe Spark?

Download Adobe Spark today (opens in new tab)
Whatever version of Adobe Spark you're after – Starter Plan, Individual Plan or Team Plan – you can get signed up and download in minutes at the official Adobe site.

For access to the full set of Adobe Spark features you'll need to sign up for an Individual Plan (or if it's for multiple users, a Team Plan). As we mentioned above you'll get a 30-day free trial when you sign up.

The only place you download Adobe Spark legally is the official Adobe website (opens in new tab). You'll need an Adobe account, but that's easy – and free – to create. And you'll need your credit card handy if you want to sign up for the full version rather than the Starter Plan. We strongly advise against trying to download Adobe Spark from anyone other than Adobe since you're very likely to be downloading faulty software at best, and a whole lot of viruses at worst.

How much does it cost to download Adobe Spark?

Download Adobe Spark for $9.99 / £10.10 a month (opens in new tab)
After the 30-day free trial, an Individual Plan will set you back around $10/£10 a month. Alternatively, you can choose an Annual plan for $99.99/£101.15 per year, which gives you two months for free.

Download Adobe Spark with an all-Apps Creative Cloud subscription (opens in new tab)
Of course, you get Adobe Spark included if you subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of apps, which also includes Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and more for $52.99 / £49.94 / AU$76.99 per month. This is the best option if you use several Adobe apps.

How much you'll pay for Adobe Spark depends on your needs and how you want to pay. For the Individual Plan paid for on a monthly basis, you'll be charged $9.99/£10.10 per month. However, if you're happy to pay in advance, you can take out an Annual Plan for $99.99/£101.15 per year, which effectively gets you two months for free.

There's no such luck with the Team Plan. That will cost you $19.99/£16.85 per license per month, with no discount for an annual subscription. Note that if you're a student, you may be able to get the full version of Adobe Spark for free (see below).

Download Adobe Spark

There are two free options for trying out Adobe Spark (Image credit: Adobe)

Of course, if you subscribe to a Creative Cloud All Apps plan, you can use Adobe Spark as part of that subscription, along with Photoshop, Illustrator and the all of Adobe's other industry-standard apps. 

For individuals, an All Apps bundle annual subscription will cost you $52.99/£49.94 per month or $599.88/£596.33 prepaid for the year. You can also pay on a rolling monthly basis if you don't want to commit to a whole year, but that'll cost you quite a bit more: $79.99/£75.85 per month.

Download Adobe Spark for students

Get Adobe Spark for Education completely free (opens in new tab)
If you're a student or a teacher, you can benefit from the free Adobe Spark for Education programme. It's available in the US, UK and Australia and is aimed at licensed educational institutions and nonprofit educational organisations.

If you're in education – either as a student or an educator – then you can get a discount on Adobe's Creative Cloud. But with Adobe Spark, it's even better than that. You can take advantage of Adobe Spark for Education (opens in new tab), which gives you the full version of the software at no charge at all.

Download Adobe Spark: How to get the individual apps

The main way to use Adobe Spark is via your computer's web browser. However if you have an iOS device, you can access the Adobe Spark suite via three separate apps: Adobe Spark Post for graphics, templates and logos, Adobe Spark Page for slideshows and websites, and Adobe Spark Video for making and editing video clips up to 30 seconds long.

If you're on Android, you're limited to Adobe Spark Post (opens in new tab), but if you're on the All Apps plan you can access the Adobe Creative Cloud app instead.

Get Adobe Spark Post for iOS (opens in new tab)
Need an app for making graphics, templates and logos? Adobe Spark Post may be what you're after. It's ideal for designing and animating graphics, video and even Instagram stories.

Get Adobe Spark Page for iOS (opens in new tab)
For building websites and slideshows on your iPhone or iPad, Adobe Spark Post is the way to go. It's the perfect mobile app for quickly creating everything from newsletters and presentations up to full-blown websites.

Get Adobe Spark Video for iOS (opens in new tab)
For quickly putting together video that's just the right size for Instagram stories and the like, check out Adobe Spark Video. It allows you to create and edit clips of up to 30 seconds long. If you need more you can easily link multiple video slides together.

Adobe Spark alternatives

Not yet sold on Adobe Spark? It's quite hard to find a complete suite that matches the breadth of Spark's social media-focused set of tools, but there are some alternatives for its individual tools. As an alternative to Adobe Spark Post, you could take a look at Canva. 

This easy-to-use online graphics tool can enable you to do everything you can in Post and some more besides. A Canva Pro plan gives you access to thousands of templates, images, video and graphics that are ideal for social media use. Alternatively, take a look at our guide to the best graphic design software.

There are plenty of alternatives to Adobe Spark Page. We'd particularly recommend Wix or Squarespace, both of which offer web design tools that are easy to get to grips with. There are plenty more choices in our roundup of the best website builders.

Finally, as an alternative to Adobe Spark Video, we'd suggest iMovie if you're on Mac or iOS since it's free and easy to use. If you're on PC, then Shotcut is a similar free option. Take a look at our selection of the best video editing software for more tools.

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.