How to download Adobe Express

Adobe Express on a tablet with a flowery background
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You can download Adobe Express now to get started with Adobe's latest addition to its suite of creative software. Okay, so Adobe Express isn't actually a brand new product; it's an updated version of Adobe Spark with a few tweaks, but the new name now makes it a little clearer what it's all about: a quick, straightforward browser- and mobile-based app that allows you to design social media posts and flyers in no time at all.

Adobe Express enables you to design from scratch or choose from a huge range of templates for logos, posters, Instagram posts and stories and much more. 

However, as is often the case with Adobe, how to get the software can initially be a little bit confusing. With most of Adobe's creative apps, you have the option of a seven-day free trial, and then you need to pay for a subscription (see our guides on how to download Photoshop and how to download Illustrator). Adobe Express is a little different because there's also a completely free version of the software, although it has some limitations, as we'll see below.

To learn more about the software, skip down to What is Adobe Creative Cloud Express? or read our Adobe Express review. However, if you just want to dive in and explore the software for yourself, read on to learn exactly how to download Adobe Express.

How to download Adobe Express

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Get Adobe Express: Free Plan

Can you get Adobe Express for free?


Get a Adobe Express Free Plan from Adobe
The Adobe Express Starter Plan is a limited but entirely free version of the software that you can use straight away. It offers a load of free templates, images and icons, and you can also design from scratch.

Yes, you can download Adobe Express for free. In fact, there are three ways to do so. Like all Adobe creative apps, there's an option to sign up for a free trial of the full version of the software (see below for that) but in this case, there's also a completely free version. You can get Adobe Express on a free plan to use in your browser, or download Adobe Express for free for iOS or Android, and carry on using it forever. 

The catch is that the free version has limitations, and unfortunately some features that used to be in the free version of Adobe Spark are not present in the free version of Adobe Express, for example resizing.

Nonetheless, the free version allows you to get a good feel for the software and, unlike many free design apps, your designs won't have a watermark plastered over them. The free version still offers thousands of templates and design assets for different social media platforms, plus Adobe Fonts and a limited selection of royalty-free Adobe Stock photos. It offers basic editing effects options including the ability to remove backgrounds and to add animation. You get 2GB of storage, and you can use the app both in a browser and on your mobile.

You'll need to create an Adobe account to access the free version of Adobe Express, but you don't need to hand over any credit card details. There are also two ways to get the full version of Adobe Express for free. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial or claim free access if you're in education (see below for both options).

Get Adobe Express: Premium Plan

How to get Adobe Express Premium for free

Get a 30-day free trial of the full version of Adobe Express

Get a 30-day free trial of the full version of Adobe Express
The full version of Adobe Express offers a 30-day free trial that gives you plenty of time to decide whether you want to continue with a paid subscription (if you don't, you can easily cancel before the trial expires).

If you want more features, including resizing, full access to Adobe Stock photos and options to apply your own branding, you'll want the Premium version of Adobe Express. However, while this version requires a paid subscription to use it long-term, by following the link above, you can get a free trial for three months. That's much more generous than the trials that Adobe offers on most of its other apps, which usually last just seven days, giving you plenty of time to play around with the software to see if it works for you.

How much does Adobe Express cost?

Get Adobe Express Premium from $99.99 / £101.15 per year

Get Adobe Express Premium from $99.99 / £101.15 per year
After the 30-day free trial of Adobe Express, if you continue with your subscription you can pay monthly or annually, with the monthly sub costing $9.99 / £10.15 or an annual subscription costing $99.99 / £101.15.


Get Adobe Express Premium with an all-Apps Creative Cloud subscription
Adobe Express is also included in the full Creative Cloud suite of apps, which also includes Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and more for $52.99 / £49.94 per month. This is your best option if you use several Adobe apps.

After the free trial ends, Adobe Express costs $9.99 / £10.10 per month or $99.99 / £101.15 per year if you subscribe to the single app alone. This is the most economic option for those who only plan to use this Adobe app, which may be the case for social media creators and other non-designers who want to use it as a quicker, easier way to create posts, flyers and other pieces without the cost and the learning curve involved with more comprehensive Adobe design software like Photoshop or Illustrator. 

However, if you're going to be using more than Adobe Express alone, your best option is to consider a full Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription, which also includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more. 

Why use Adobe Express if you have access to the full suite of apps? Well even if you have access to Photoshop and InDesign, you might still prefer the quick and easy convenience of Adobe Express for smaller design jobs, especially if you're working on your phone while you're on the move.

If the price seems too expensive, do note that Adobe occasionally runs discounts on its subscription plans, which can be worth holding out for. Keep an eye on our regularly updated guide to Creative Cloud discounts to make sure you catch the offers.

Adobe Express for education

Get an Adobe Express free for education

Get an Adobe Express free for education
If you're a student or a teacher, you can get the full version of Adobe Express completely free. You will have to prove that you qualify by showing you work or study with a licensed educational institution or nonprofit educational organisation.

Available in the US, UK and Australia, Adobe Express for education is another way to get the full version of the software for free. If you qualify, you'll have access for the length while you remain in education, making this a great option for design students and teachers. You'll need to provide proof that you work or study with a licensed educational institution or nonprofit educational organisation.

Adobe Express mobile apps

How to download Adobe Express for mobile

Adobe Express works as a browser-based app, but you can also download Adobe Creative Cloud Express as a mobile app for iOS or Android. Adobe Spark had three individual mobile apps: Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video. The latter two are still available to download, but the first has now been replaced by Adobe Express: Graphic Design. 

Access follows the same format as the browser-based software. You can download the free version of the app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and get started right away (you can log in via Google or Facebook to use it), or you can get access the premium version of the app if you sign up for a free trial or a paid subscription to an Adobe Express Premium Plan or a Creative Cloud All-Apps plan.

Get Adobe Express: Graphic Design for iOS

Get Adobe Express: Graphic Design for iOS
Need a handy app for making graphics, templates and logos? Adobe Express: Graphic Design is free to download and allows you to quickly create everything from flyers and posters to Instagram posts and Stories and YouTube thumbnails.

Get Adobe Express: Graphic Design for Android

Get Adobe Express: Graphic Design for Android
You can also download Adobe Express as a free app for Android. Sign in with your Google Account to get started right away or choose the option to sign up for a paid plan for more features.

What is Adobe Express?

Adobe Express, previously known as Creative Cloud Express, as well as Adobe Spark, is Adobe's stripped-down simplified browser- and mobile-based design programme. Aimed mainly at social media creators and non-designers that want to quickly create Instagram posts and Stories, YouTube thumbnails or flyers and posters, it offers a much easier entry point compared with more comprehensive design software like Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign. 

You can design from scratch, but the software's main selling point for non-designers is its huge range of templates and design assets ready to go for a range of formats. You can simply choose a template and modify the content for your needs, replacing images and texts and removing elements you don't want. It comes with access to Adobe Fonts and Adobe Stock, which you can incorporate into your design, and you can change layouts and add animation.

The free version is very good for a piece of free design software but doesn't include access to all of the templates, assets, and some tools. The Premium version adds the ability to resize elements and to add your own branding, plus full access to all of the templates and Adobe Stock images.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.

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