Export to Illustrator or Photoshop
Would be great to have a way to open posts to Illustrator or Photoshop for additional tweaking.
Thanks everyone! Sharing this feedback with the team. Please let me know how you’d like to use this feature (your workflows) so I can share that as well.
Typically Spark is supposed to be the last step in your creation process, but I’d love to hear more about how it could work.
Alfredo Araujo commented
I am kind of a late comer to this conversation.
Anyway, first things first: I must say it is unbelievable how great Spark is. It is years ahead of the other Adobe products in terms of ease of use with her remarkable balance in its feature set. Kudos to the entire team.
Now, exporting to illustrator is a nice thing to have when you use Spark as a great starting point to Prototype. Most of the time spark is powerful enough to just be your only stop. But then, sometimes there are tweaks that are so specific or so peculiar that you are better off just doing them in illustrator. A good example would be text slanting: There is not an option for this in Spark, and it is a five-second tweak in illustrator.
I really need help with exporting Illustrator layers into a Photoshop file. I know how to export my layers from Illustrator to Photoshop by going to File - Export - Save as .PSD - Write Layers. This works but only if I have about 5 - 10 layers. If I have more layers then it simply says "Photoshop file could not be saved". I really need this to work and this might sound silly but I need it to work with 75 layers. Has anyone had this issue then solved it? Thank you to anyone that helps.
Craig Doriot commented
I agree with @Nils. Spark is great for the social media managers to pump out content, but doesnt have the control of professional design tools. So you need to start by creating the designs in other places and then importing into spark, for the content producers. However, there doesnt appear to by any format you can export/import that preserves layers.
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I use spark for fast iteration and layout inspiration. The limited controls (text/box auto-sizing that can't be turned off, unable to enter font sizes directly, aggressive snapping, no zoom) tend to be frustrating towards the end of the process, and I find myself wanting to refine what I've mocked up in Spark in Illustrator.
Adobe: If there is an ideal workflow - where is this documented for the community? Do your devs use this software?
The problem is that Adobe chose to replace a much more sophisticated program (Muse) with the very simple to use, but limited functionality of Spark.
This leaves actual designers with a very limited toolbox for creating content-we are limited to the layout choices made by the Spark program itself (i.e. caption overlays for photos in Page-no option to move them, or adjust their opacity to work better with the specific image).
My preference would be to add additional tweakability within the Spark app itself, but at least if we could open posts in Illustrator or Photoshop, those of us who need a bit more freedom to edit our final designs would be able to do so.
@veronica is right, spark should not be the layout platform - it should be used by nondesigners to fill in their content in templates. the templates should be crafted in CC desktop software - this leads to an important point: we need a smart import from desktop to spark!
Even if the PDF export had vectors instead of pixels...
More often than not, I start at Spark and then if I want to adjust something would like to be able to download as a Photoshop or Illustrator file so I can tweet the image. That would be useful.
A Zoom button would also be crazy useful.
perhaps it's worth taking another look at how you define the Spark user base? Perhaps Spark was designed for people who aren't using professional tools, but taking into account the feedback your customers have been passionately providing right here, since 2015, the user base is people using your professional tools. Also, @Veronica, people have been directly mentioning you and trying to get your attention for years on this thread. Despite being active in other Feature Suggestion forums, you've been silent here. I hope you can understand how not being heard DOES make your customers feel alienated. Lastly, don't work, so Spark is a poor choice for an Adobe user looking to do social media without professional Adobe tools. For example, the dimensions for Spark Post facebook page will always cut off part of whatever beautiful design has been created in Spark -- depending on mobile vs. desktop. I have to import what I started on Spark into Illustrator as a .jpg to overlay onto a template with appropriate bleed marks/safe designing area before I can ever use as intended.
Joe Bowbeer commented
I’m encouraged to see the recent response from a Spark team rep!
Though I still wonder if these hundreds of votes are counting for as much as they should...
A suggestion: If the Spark team is unable to implement this feature, perhaps the Illustrator and/or Photoshop teams can take it on? It would benefit Illustrator and Photoshop as much as it would benefit Spark.
I’m sorry, but by adding a separate export to option you could still let your amateur users create what they create. And the pro users will alway no doubt click on export to photoshop or illustrator. And if you really wanted to get people become more creative you would surely want them to export to... so they can learn your other programs too. At the minute you are limiting what they can do.
I wrote Rob a private email to his comment below, but I'll add it here for everyone to see:
I understand your frustration, but what it comes down to is that we're still a very small team at Adobe. We have a hundred things we want to do with the product on any given day, and so (as product managers) we're forced to prioritize them based on:
1. What our customers are asking for
2. What makes sense from a business perspective for SPARK, specifically
3. What we can do from a technical perspective
The Spark user base is actually largely folks that AREN'T using professional tools like Illustrator or Photoshop. They want something they can use to quickly and easily create something that looks beautiful for social media, without needing the design expertise of a professional. Therefore, most of our priorities are centered around empowering those users to be creative.
That doesn't mean we're not looking to make workflows more accessible between Adobe products. We're currently working on integrating with CC Libraries to make some of that easier, but even that is more complicated than you might expect.
I wish I had a better answer for you, but hopefully, you understand that this decision isn't being based on nickel-and-diming people. We don't become successful by alienating long-time customers.
So I’ve found something out about these companies that use the user to come up with ideas. An idea usually gets approved if it leads to more income. Adobe are obviously trying to figure out how they can make extra income from this feature. No doubt they’ll probably come up with a special plugin that you have to pay for to use with your photoshop that can read adobe spark files.
@Rob L. Preach on! Super frustrating. I've followed this thread for way too long. The comments and votes DWARF other feature requests addressed by admins. It doesn't feel good to be ignored and read new comments from newcomers to this thread who don't yet know that they are wasting their time. Like all of us, I pay lots of money to use all of Adobe's products. And although I've only been using them for a couple years now, I really believed in the company. I even spent thousands on a 2019 ipad pro based soley on Adobe's promise to bring full versions of photoshop/illustrator to the device by the end of 2019. Huge let down there, if anyone paid attention to the news... As a non-proft, Canva give me pro access for free. They keep making their product better and now it is handily superior to Spark Post. I tried to create a Spark Video a couple weeks ago. Lack of basic functions, like being able to separate audio from a clip (also not an option in Adobe Premier Rush so don't waste your time trying to figure it out), meant I wasted about 30 minutes before having to put my iPad away and bust out my 2009 white unibody Macbook to quickly create/export what I needed in iMovie... So much time wasted googling to confirm that functions needed from Adobe mobile apps don't exist. So much time wasted reading every new feature request on this thread. So frustrated at being ignored by Adobe.
Rob L. commented
This conversation has been going on literally for years now. It is quite clear at this point unless I am missing something, Adobe flatly does not care about what we actually want if it interferes with their ability to monetize. That vectored icon you can import freely to Spark they could charge and do charge for in Illustrator, so they will probably never allow an easy transfer. It isn't like we don't pay fees monthly if we are using Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. The frustrations with Adobe are growing exponentially, I've been a customer since the '90s and rarely in my experience would they do something that would benefit the end user as simple as this. They also tend to be less than open about why. I think it is simply about money. Yes, they are a for-profit company and I am a shareholder, so they must turn a profit. Still, I find it hard to believe Spark integration with other applications would be that financially noticeable but I could be wrong. Sad but true.
Veronica - My desired use for an export function from Spark to Photoshop is similar to others.
I like to use the various templates in Spark to brainstorm with a variety of ideas, fonts, looks, colors, etc., more quickly than I can with the more powerful Adobe products. Often, I'll start off with one Spark template and play with some elements, then decide to move everything to another Spark template that I decide would look better.
Often, the effect of switching templates changes more of the Spark design elements than I would prefer. I'd like to be able to keep the font size, style, color and placement with a significantly different background and design elements.
That said, I love Spark. It's fun to use and I signed up for the premium templates.
Jess K commented
I'd like to start with Spark because I love the templates and it gives me ideas on layouts, fonts, images, graphic elements. But I would like to be able to export tu InDesign, Photoshop or Illustator to have better control and work more on it after.
This is so desperately needed. It would make Spark way more useful to me in my workflow.