Identity overview

Adobe’s identity management system helps admins create and manage user's access to applications and services. Adobe offers these identities types or accounts to authenticate and authorize users.

Identity types on Adobe Admin Console

Identity types allow the organization different levels of control over user's account and data. Your choice of identity model has a considerable impact on the way your organization stores and shares assets. The Federated ID and Enterprise ID models are ideal choice for organizations that needs to control how the users use apps and products, while Adobe ID is better suited for individuals, teams, or freelancers.

In addition to containing all features of Adobe ID, Enterprise ID and Federated ID also support the best data practices and ensure effective software deployment and data management. The following table guides you to decide which identity model is the most suitable for your organization based on various factors.


Company or school account

Personal account


Federated ID

Enterprise ID

Adobe ID

 Key offerings

Created, owned, and managed by the organization. The organization manages user-credentials and uses Single Sign-On (SSO) via a SAML2 Identity Provider (IdP).

Created, owned, and managed by the organization. The organization retains exclusive rights to create user accounts on verified domains.

Created, owned, and managed by the end user. Adobe performs the authentication, and the end user manages the identity.

Account & Data Ownership

Organization owned and controlled



Security & Monitoring

  • Federated ID Event Logs
  • Content Logs
  • Sharing restrictions
  • Organization’s authentication settings
  • Content logs
  • Sharing restrictions
  • Password policy1
Reset password Not Supported Send password reset email Not Supported

Creative Cloud for enterprise & Document Cloud for enterprise


Partially supported2

Creative Cloud for teams & Document Cloud teams

Not Supported


Experience Cloud



Recommended for

  • Organizations already using SSO or SAML
  • Existing Directory services, such as Google and Azure AD
  • Require seamless integration with non-Adobe services
  • Can demonstrate ownership of domain
  • Can demonstrate ownership of domain
  • Don’t require SSO
  • Creative Cloud for teams
  • Want control in user's hand
  • Access apps like Digital Publishing Suite3
  • Users own assets after separation from organization

Get Started

Set up identity

Claim domains

Add User


1 Password policy for Creative Cloud for teams is the same as that for Creative Cloud for individuals.

2 For Creative Cloud for enterprise customers using enterprise storage, admins can add Adobe ID users to the Admin Console but cannot add them to Product Profiles. Admins need to migrate Adobe ID users to another identity type.

3 There are some products and services such as Adobe Licensing Website and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite that only support Adobe ID.

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