Creative Cloud Express review

Is Adobe's new app Creative Cloud Express a viable option for creatives and should you use it?

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  • Very intuitive interface
  • Get results very quickly
  • Incredibly adaptable templates and styles
  • Huge library of images and assets
  • Three month free trial


  • Occasional bugs / lag issues
  • Very limited video
  • Missing some shortcuts / right-click
  • No guides / margins

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The release of Adobe's Creative Cloud Express shouldn't come as a surprise. In a digital economy, where social media is increasingly called upon to market products and target niche audiences, there's a burgeoning demand for cheap and quick creative solutions, which can be implemented by anyone, from small business owners to content creators.

In a recent transition, to be every thing to every person (see our Photoshop Elements review), Adobe just announced a new addition to its rostrum of apps – Creative Cloud Express – no doubt an attempt to compete with other affordable software, such as Canva and Picsart (and other apps in our best logo designer tools list). It’s something of a misnomer to call this a new app, as it can be more accurately regarded as an update for Adobe Spark, which has been quietly shown the door by Adobe.

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Matt Smith
Designer and Video Producer

Matt has worked for various publishing houses and design agencies, covering studio photography, video production, editorial design, branding, illustration and motion graphics. He currently works for Future PLC with brands such as T3, Woman&Home, Marie Claire, Music Week, TechRadar, Golden Joysticks, Cycling Weekly, Brand Impact Awards, Horse&Hound and Tech&Learning. In the past he has designed titles including Mac|Life, IQ, Bow International, Drummer, iDrum, Acoustic, Clay Shooting, Sea Fishing and GunTradeNews. He has experience across the full Adobe Suite and is currently spending a lot of time creating projects in Blender and After Effects.