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Configuring SSO for District Portals and Learning Management Systems

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OpenID Connect (OIDC) Single Sign-On (SSO) into Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Express is available for use with Google, the district portals—Clever and Classlink, and the Learning Management Systems (LMS)—Canvas and Blackboard.

OIDC is a standard federation protocol that allows Adobe to verify identity and obtain basic user profile information. With Single Sign-On (SSO), a signed-in user can simply click an application icon and access the application without needing to enter their username and password. It saves educators and students valuable class time and prevents the headache of remembering multiple usernames and passwords. Furthermore, it makes it easier for educators and students to discover and access powerful creative tools to which they already have licenses.


Ensure that you have the following ready before you add a partner application as a secondary Identity Provider (IdP) to configure SSO: 

  • Federation set up on directory (Azure, Google, or other SAML providers)

  • Adobe Express or Creative Cloud licenses in the Admin Console

  • Partner applications in your district (Blackboard, Canvas, Classlink, Clever, and Google are currently supported for SSO)

Configure SSO

To configure SSO for District Portals and Learning Management Systems, do the following:

  1. Set up Adobe Express or Creative Cloud in the partner application:
    1. For Clever or ClassLink, add Adobe Express as an app to the Portal or Management Console, and follow the steps in the Custom Wizard setup.
    2. For Canvas or Blackboard, integrate Adobe Express or Creative Cloud licenses through the Learning Management System.
  2. Add partner application to your existing federated directory.

To successfully configure SSO, you must complete both steps. Setting up Adobe Express or Creative Cloud in a partner application takes you directly to selecting the partner application in the Admin Console.

1. Set up Adobe Express or Creative Cloud in the partner application

Following are the four partner applications through which you can configure SSO with Creative Cloud or Adobe Express:

Partner application

SSO capabilities

 Set up Adobe Express or Creative Cloud


SSO into Adobe Express from Clever portal


SSO into Adobe Express from ClassLink LaunchPad


SSO into Adobe Express through the assignment workflow or SpeedGrade; SSO into Creative Cloud through app launcher


SSO into Creative Cloud through app launcher


SSO into Adobe Express through social sign-in screens and through the Google Classroom add-ons feature (for schools and districts with the Google Workspace for Education Plus edition and Teaching and Learning upgrade)

Set-up is not required on Google, SSO works as long as you set up federation in the Adobe Admin Console.


2. Add a secondary IdP in the Adobe Admin Console

  1. Sign in to the Adobe Admin Console and navigate to Settings > Identity.

    Alternatively, setting up  Adobe Express or Creative Cloud in a partner application takes you directly to selecting the partner application in the Admin Console.

  2. Select the appropriate directory and go to the Authentication tab.

  3. Click Add new IdP.

    Add new IdP

  4. Choose EDU Portal and LMS SSO and select Next.

    Select the IdP

  5. Choose the appropriate partner application and select Next.

    Select Portal or LMS


    If your primary identity provider in Admin Console is not Google SAML and you want teachers and students to be able to sign into their school account when they click Continue with Google on the Adobe Express page, you must add Google OIDC as an additional Education SSO provider.

  6. Set up auto-account creation.

    Automatic account creation is enabled by default. It allows users without a federated account to automatically create one with their organization based on a verified email domain. When enabled for a federated directory, new users with a valid email domain in that directory will be able to create a federated account.

    If you disable automatic account creation, new users in your organization who have valid accounts with domains of this identity provider will no longer be able to create a federated account automatically.

  7. Select a default country from the dropdown menu in the Attribute mappings section. Learn more about attribute mappings.

  8. You can also choose to update user information in Admin Console when users log in. Then, select Done.

The setup is now complete. To add more IdPs, repeat the above steps. 

You will see all the identity providers added to the Authentication section in the Directory settings.


If your organization has a Google SAML federation setup, you'll automatically get a Google OIDC federation configuration in the Authentication tab. If you Remove the OIDC configuration, the system automatically recreates the configuration as soon as a user from the associated directory signs in using Continue with Google option.

You can Disable the Google OIDC configuration to prevent the users from signing in using Continue with Google. Once disabled, the system won't create a new Google OIDC configuration.

Once you’ve completed these steps, test your setup by signing in with a test user account. If you face any issues, navigate to Admin Console > Support to contact Adobe Customer Care.

Frequently asked questions

Adobe Express with premium features is free for school districts. For more information, see Adobe Express for education. To deploy named user licenses to students, teachers, and faculty, see the Deployment Guide.

To purchase Creative Cloud, see

Manual roster sync via Clever and Classlink is available in the Adobe Admin Console. Learn more.

You can start on either, the district portal or the Admin Console. Ensure that you complete both steps.

You can contact the support team for the district portal you are using:

To contact Adobe Customer Care, navigate to the Support tab in the Adobe Admin Console.

The Adobe Creative Cloud app is an SSO (Saved Passwords) application to sign in to Adobe Creative Cloud, and not to Adobe Express. For more information about SSO (Saved Passwords) applications through Clever, visit this support page.

In your ClassLink App Library, you have the option to add other Adobe apps besides Adobe Express. These do not provide true Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality but instead are Password Lockers.  A Password Locker is a connection that the ClassLink user creates that ties a sign-in page with a tile. The user must sign in to the app the first time they use it, and then the app automatically saves the password. See how you can manage your passwords through Password Locker apps. Learn more about Password Locker apps.

If you’re using the Adobe Express Password Locker, we highly recommend you migrate to Adobe Express SSO, since it’s more secure and faster because it provides a federated ID through OpenID Connect. To migrate to Adobe Express SSO (now titled “Adobe Express” in the App Library), you can contact the ClassLink Helpdesk for support. They will confirm the type of app in use, assist you in selecting and assigning the OAuth2 app, test its functionality, and then remove the old Password Locker from users’ LaunchPads.

Adobe apps that are available with the Password Locker function include:

  • Photoshop Express editor – Sign into Photoshop (
  • Adobe ID – Sign into your Creative Cloud account (
  • Adobe Licensing Website ( 
  • Adobe Express Password Locker – Sign in to Adobe Express with the Password Locker instead of true SSO (

To add the Adobe Express SSO app, search for the app entitled Adobe Express in the App Library and select the tile with the Adobe Express logo and OAuth2 listed under the name. Then, configure SSO for your district portal.

Sign in to the Adobe Admin Console and navigate to Settings > Identity.

  • Select the appropriate directory and go to the Sync tab to configure Azure or Google sync.

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