FREE Access to Adobe Creative Cloud Available for Faculty, Staff and Students

Posted on: August 11, 2020 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Tech Tips, News, Online Instruction, Teaching & Learning, Tools & Services

The desktop of a laptop showing Adobe app iconsWhether design software is needed for coursework or to simply flex a little creative muscle, faculty, staff and students no longer have to seek out select computer labs to use it. Instead, all Elon users can now access Adobe Creative Cloud on their own device at no cost.

Though largely used by the School of Communications, Adobe Creative Cloud offers plenty of perks for others as well. Last fall, Adobe made several major improvements to the tool’s desktop app, which included a complete redesign, improved integration with user libraries and a new Preferences panel. Updates to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, Premiere Pro and other apps soon followed, along with the announcement of new Photoshop and Illustrator apps for iPad.

In July, Adobe added the Discover tab, which offers new ways for users to search relevant tutorials and other content to improve their skills and more easily find and connect with other creatives. Users also can filter resources by interest and product.

Get Started

To download the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app or install individual applications, visit the IT Self-Service Portal for our step-by-step guide. Students who want to learn how to use specific applications can delve into tutorials found in Adobe’s Learn and Support resource and LinkedIn Learning video tutorials and courses.

What’s Included?


    • Acrobat DC Pro
    • After Effects
    • Animate
    • Audition
  • Behance
  • Bridge CC
  • Character Animator CC
  • Dreamweaver
  • Extendscript Toolkit CC
  • Extension Manager CC
  • Fuse CC (Beta)
  • Gaming SDK 1.4
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Lightroom Classic CC
  • Media Encoder CC
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Portfolio
  • Prelude
  • Premiere Pro
  • Scout
  • Spark
  • SpeedGrade
  • Touch App Plugins
  • XD


  • Adobe Spark
  • Community
  • Device Preview
  • Edge Inspect
  • Extract
  • Fonts
  • PDF Services
  • PhoneGap Build
  • Photos
  • Publish Online
  • Publish Services
  • Story Plus
  • Task Queue Manager
  • Team Project

For Students

To help college students develop skills, Adobe offers free Daily Creative Challenges. In these guided projects, participants follow creative prompts to develop something new and also connect with professionals, mentors and other students for feedback and support. Learn more about upcoming Photoshop, XD and Illustrator challenges. Also, for inspiration and over-the-shoulder learning, students can watch professionals share their creative process daily on Adobe Live.

For Instructors

To help instructors look for creative ways to enhance student engagement in blended or hybrid courses this fall, Adobe offers a stash of curated distanced learning resources to help you discover inspiring projects, best practices and new ideas.


Tarah Holland

Tarah Holland is a Digital Content Strategist at Elon University.

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