Adobe has launched a new suite of creative tools for schools called the Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education. You can access it online at adobe.com/express. It was designed to replace Adobe Spark, at least on the web, and is completely free for teachers and students. You will be able to use it on all your devices and take advantage of premium features at no cost to you or your school. Here’s a look at some of the new features you can take advantage of.
One of the best new features in Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education is the new quick actions. The quick actions are a collection of power-user shortcuts that will let you do a variety of things, from removing the background of a photo to converting a video to a GIF.
I have multiple tools and websites that I usually use for these kinds of tasks. However, the convenience of having them all in one place is hard to beat, especially when you will use that media to create something in Creative Cloud Express.
Adobe Stock Library
Access to thousands of free images in the Adobe Stock Library is another excellent feature that comes with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education. You can search for them while working on your project and as many as you need as often as you want. You also don’t need to worry about finding inappropriate images because Adobe has curated an expansive collection that is specific for education users.
Again, this is something that I would typically hop around the web for until I found the right image with the copyright permissions I needed. So far, I have not needed to do that with Creative Cloud Express because the selection is that good.
One of the best things about using an online design tool is the templates. Adobe does not disappoint here. You name it; they have a template for it. There are posters, flyers, resumes, worksheets, report cards, and more. If you can’t find what you are looking for, use the search bar for even more options.
If you love experimenting with different font types, then Adobe has you covered. There are hundreds of different font options to try with Creative Cloud Express. If you can’t find the one you want, you probably aren’t looking hard enough.
There are also more options for styling your fonts with line spacing, shapes, and alignments tools making up some of the more popular text options. Need some inspiration? Click Text on the sidebar to see a collection of paired fonts and designs that you can customize to your heart’s desire.
Adobe has also included several mobile apps for school accounts. The Spark Post app is now the Adobe Creative Cloud Express app. It looks a lot like the web version and has similar functionality. The Spark Video and Spark Page apps still exist for Android and iOS and are completely unlocked for schools.
If you are looking to create a Spark Video or Page project on the web, you can still do that. Simply click the plus button while signed in at express.adobe.com and choose Video or Web Page to get started.
Two additional mobile apps are included and unlocked if you have an Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education account. Adobe Rush is a great mobile video editor, while Adobe Photoshop Express is a photo editor with filters, collage templates, photo effects, and more.
How to Sign Up For Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education
If you already have an Adobe Spark for Education account, it will automatically be upgraded for free to a Creative Cloud Express for Education account. If you are new to the Adobe education tools, there are two free options for schools.
Option one is for individual teachers who want to upgrade their free accounts and create and manage classrooms of students. Option two is for district administrators who want to enable school or district-wide access and manage user accounts centrally. You can explore both options and apply here.
If you are looking for ideas, resources, and lesson plans on how to use Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, head over to the Adobe Education Exchange where you can find free help for all grade levels.