Combine an inspirational quote with color and graphics to motivate others. Learn how to use the imagery, fonts, and designer assets available in Adobe Spark to make a noteworthy quote more memorable.

Profile headshot of Kendall Plant. She is looking off to the side with a white wall behind her and a sheer curtain in front.

I’m Kendall Plant. I’m a creative director at Adobe. I enjoy exploring new ways of expressing my creativity and helping others to do the same.

Before you start.
Install Adobe Spark Post on your phone and log in with your Adobe ID. You can find the app for Android devices in the Google Play Store or for iOS in the App Store. Check out the Adobe Spark design based on visual artist Shantell Martin’s inspirational quote.

Step 1: Add an image.
Spark has thousands of free images you can use to complement your quote. To start, tap the large green + button and then tap Search Free Photos. Use a keyword to narrow your search until you find an image that’s just right for your special quote. Select it and then tap Add 1. I searched for “Painting” and found a suitable dark floral image.

Left: Green plus icon at bottom and Search free photos selected; Right: ‘Painting’ in Search and mosaic of image thumbnails.

Step 2: Choose a platform and layout.
Share your design directly from Spark. From the Choose Size screen, pick Instagram — or the social media platform where you’ll post your story — and then Done. Tap Layout and choose the one you like. If your image is automatically placed in the wrong cell, tap-hold the image and drag it to the correct cell.

Tap the image and spread with two fingers to scale it — or drag with one finger to reposition it — within the cell. Tap Done when you’re finished.

Left: Image fills top, Layout highlighted; Middle: Image is left and text on red background is right; Right: Layout handle

Step 3: Customize the color scheme.
Tap the solid color background to activate it, and then tap Color. You can choose from one of the suggested colors or pick a color directly from the image. Tap the adjustment icon on the current color swatch and drag the Eyedropper icon over the image to sample a color.

If you’d like to use a specific color, tap the HEX number, choose Edit, set the value using the spinning wheels enter a value, and then tap Done.

Left: Text background ono right is red, Color menu selected below; Right: Text on beige background and HEX is #FFE3C9

Step 4: Type your quote.
Double-tap the default text and add your favorite quote — I liked one I heard Shantell Martin say during her keynote at Adobe MAX 2019. Tap Done.

Choose one of the categories under the Font tab or swipe past them all until you see Adobe Fonts; tap the + icon. Swipe through the available options and tap the cloud icon to sync any you want to use. Tap Done when finished or move on to the next step.

Left: Default text is selected, Edit > Edit Text highlighted; Middle: phone keyboard; Right: New quote is in Bely font.

Step 5: Customize the type.
Now to adjust some basic type settings. To remove the colored square behind the text, tap Shape and then tap None. Next, tap the Color tab again and choose a new color such as a dark red from the Suggested swatches. Fine-tune the layout using the settings on the Align, Spacing, and Size tabs. Drag the handles on the edges of the text field to resize it. Drag the text box to reposition it.

Left: Shape tab has ‘None’ selected; Middle: Align tab has ‘Left’ selected; Right: Text size setting is 98

Step 6: Highlight key words.
Call attention to important words in the quote. Choose Secondary Style from the Edit tab; then tap to select or deselect specific words. In the Color tab, choose a color that makes the words pop. Tap Done when you’re finished.

Left: Quote selected and Edit menu shows Secondary Style highlighted; Right: ‘anybody else’ in quote is bright red

Step 7: Give some credit.
Be sure to credit the source of your quote. Tap Add, choose Add Text, type the speaker’s name, and tap Done. From the Color tab, choose a color, such as the same one you used for the key words.

Use the slider on the Size tab to adjust the font size, and then drag the handles on the text box so the speaker’s name fits on one line. Drag to reposition so it snaps to align with the left edge of the quote. Tap Done when you’re happy with the results.

Left: Add button, Edit text, and red are selected; Right: Speaker name ‘Shantell Matin’ text is red and size 47.

Step 8: Embellish with icons.
Use decorative quotation marks to make your quote look stylish. Tap Add and choose Add Icon. In the Search field, type quote, and add your favorite. Then pick a color from the Color tab.

As expected, you can pinch to resize or scale using the controls on the Adjust tab. Reposition the quotation mark so it slightly overlaps the image for a designer’s touch.

Left: ‘Add icon’ selected from bottom; Middle: Search results of ‘Quote’ icons; Right: Design has red quote icon upper left.

Step 9: Wrap it up.
To add a closing quotation mark, tap Duplicate from the Edit tab and flip the icon using the Adjust tab. Drag it into place and you’re done.

Left: Red quote and duplicate option are selected; Right: Final design with image on left and quote on right.

Share and keep creating.
You can continue to customize the design in your desktop web browser after the design syncs to the cloud. When you’re ready to inspire others, tap the Share icon and post your design to social media or save it for later. To spark your creativity, I created a set of quote-based templates for you to edit and customize from your phone or on the web:

Grid layout showing 6 quote design examples with a variety of quotes and designs.