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Adobe Creative Cloud - Student Subscription

This document provides an overview of the discounted Adobe Creative Cloud subscription available to UW-Madison students.

Fall 2020 Licenses Update: Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro Subscriptions for Students FAQ


UW-Madison students enrolled in a course designated by their instructor as requiring a Creative Cloud or Acrobat subscription can activate their subscription by clicking on the Adobe for Students link on the home page of the CSL and following instructions. Teaching Assistants for those courses can also get a free subscription by sending the course catalog number and their role in teaching the course to

For students who do not qualify for a free subscription, Adobe allows higher ed students to purchase a full subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) at a discounted rate for their personal devices. The subscription gives students access to Adobe's full creative software suite, which includes applications such as Photoshop, After Effects, Lightroom, Premiere, Acrobat, and others.

You get over 20 creative apps that work together across devices. Start a project on your phone and finish it on your laptop, access your favorite graphics and fonts from any app, and share your work from anywhere. Whether you’re a Creative Cloud beginner, an expert, or in between, you’ll find tons of tutorials at your level. Plus free templates to get you started and project ideas to keep you going. You’ll always have access to the latest versions of the apps, but you’re never forced to upgrade. You can even revert to older versions of apps if you like. Update when you’re ready — it’s up to you.

Adobe Creative Cloud is available to UW-Madison students for 60% off list price* at this link:

 *Students get 60% off the regular price for the first year. Students pay US$19.99/month the first year, and US$29.99/month after that. Regular price is US$52.99/month (this is accurate as of 04/26/2019 and may change). 

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Included Apps

Software NameUsage
PhotoshopImage editing and compositing
LightroomEdit, organize, store, and share photos from anywhere
IllustratorVector graphics and illustration
InDesignPage design and layout for print and digital publishing
Adobe XDDesign, prototype, and share user experiences
Premiere RushCreate and share online videos anywhere.
Premiere ProIndustry-standard pro video and film editing
After EffectsCinematic visual effects and motion graphics
DimensionCreate photorealistic 3D images for branding, product shots, and package design
Acrobat ProCreate, edit, and sign PDF documents and forms
DreamweaverDesign and develop modern, responsive websites
AnimateInteractive animations for multiple platforms (formerly Flash Professional)
AuditionAudio recording, mixing, and restoration
Lightroom ClassicDesktop-focused photo editing
Character AnimatorAnimate your 2D characters in real time
SparkCreate graphics, web pages, and video stories in minutes
BridgeCentralize your creative assets
Media EncoderQuickly output video files for virtually any screen
InCopyCollaborate with copywriters and editors
PreludeMetadata ingest, logging, and rough cuts
Fuse (Beta)Create custom 3D characters for Photoshop projects

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need to be online to access my desktop apps?

No, the desktop applications in Creative Cloud, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, are installed directly on your computer, so you don't need an ongoing Internet connection to use them. An Internet connection is required the first time you install and license your apps, but you can use the apps in offline mode with a valid software license. The desktop apps will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days. Annual members can use the apps for up to 99 days in offline mode, while month-to-month members can use the software for up to 30 days in offline mode.

What happens to my files in the cloud if I cancel or downgrade my membership?

Your Creative Cloud files are stored on your desktop as well as on the Creative Cloud servers. If you cancel or downgrade your paid membership, you will still have access to all of the files in the Creative Cloud folder on your computer and via the Creative Cloud website. Your account will be downgraded to a free membership, which includes 2GB of storage. If you’re using more than 2GB of storage, you will not be able to upload any new files to the cloud until the amount of online space used in your account drops below your allotted amount. If you are over your storage limit, you have 90 days to reduce your online usage or you may lose access to some or all of your files saved on the Creative Cloud servers.

As a Creative Cloud member, am I required to install an upgrade to a desktop application when it becomes available?

No, you can continue using your current version of the product as long as you have an active membership. You have flexibility on when and if you install a new release.

What happened to the free licenses offered in Summer 2020 due to COVID-19?

More information about license changes is available here: Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro Subscriptions for Students FAQ.

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Keywords:cc acrobat pro xd after effects animate audition bridge captivate character animator dimension dreamweaver fuse illustrator incopy indesign lightroom media encoder photoshop prelude premiere rush spark   Doc ID:91664
Owner:Eric M.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2019-05-09 11:37 CDTUpdated:2020-09-25 12:28 CDT
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