As a result of campus closures, student, teacher, and faculty access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe is providing schools and universities with temporary licenses to access Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps at-home, at no additional cost, so students and faculty can continue their learning.

If you received a notification from your school admin that you have a temporary license, follow the steps below to learn how to access Creative Cloud desktop apps and what free resources are available to support online learning. For existing users, any assets or services previously associated with your account are accessible.

If you have more questions or issues, contact your school software or IT admin or see our FAQ.


If you already have Creative Cloud apps installed on your computer, sign out and sign back in again to activate the apps with your temporary license. For more information, see Sign in to Creative Cloud apps.

Download and install Creative Cloud apps

Follow the instructions below to download, install, and access Creative Cloud Desktop apps on your computer. 

  1. Sign in to the Creative Cloud website using your school account.

    Sign in to the Creative Cloud website
  2. If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your password.

    Select Company or School Account


    If you see another sign-in screen from your school, provide or verify your credentials as required.

  3. To view all apps, click Apps on top of the page.

    Creative Cloud home
  4. Click Install for the app you want to download. Then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. 

    Creative Cloud apps
  5. Once the installer window opens, sign in to your Adobe account with your school credentials. The Creative Cloud desktop app launches automatically and installs your app. 

For more information on how to download or install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any additional resources for Higher Ed students?

For Higher Education students to continue developing skills, Adobe offers free Daily Creative Challenges. These are guided projects where participants receive creative prompts and connect with pros, mentors, and other students for feedback and support. Click to learn more:  Photoshop, XD, and Illustrator.

Also, for inspiration and over-the-shoulder learning, watch pros share their creative process on Adobe Live daily on the Behance livestream. 

Are there any additional resources for faculty and Teachers?

For teachers and faculty, Adobe has curated resources to help them and their students discover inspiring projects, best practices, and new ideas so they can continue to drive valuable learning in virtual environments. For more information, see Adobe’s distance learning resources.

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