Adobe Creative Cloud

 Creative Cloud

UC Santa Cruz provides the Creative Cloud All Apps Suite to all active campus faculty, staff, and students. This productivity suite includes Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, and much more. Please visit for a complete list of available software.

Visit: Adobe Sign-in Help for software authentication and activation questions
New Student accounts are activated at the start of the academic quarter and deactivate after graduation. 

Get Creative Cloud Software

University-Owned Computers: ITS provides the Named User Creative Cloud Creative Cloud desktop app with the management tool BigFix BigFIx icon
  • Mac: Accept the BigFix install Offer and locate Adobe Creative Cloud in your Application folder, run it, sign-in and download your software.
  • Windows: Accept the BigFix install Offer and locate the Adobe Creative Cloud icon on your Desktop or in your Start menu. Open and sign-in and download your software.
  • Lab or Shared Computer: A Shared Device License (SDL) can be installed on a UC computer that has multiple users. SDL is licensed to a device instead of an individual. Contact ITS Software for access.  

Personally-Owned Computers or non-managed computers: 
Access downloads and entitlements at 

Get Acrobat Pro DC Software

Computer System Requirements

Features and Benefits

  • Students, Faculty, and Staff can activate Creative Cloud software on 2 computers at a time and install on  up to 5 devices that are UC or personally owned. 

  • Adobe Cloud Storage
    • 100 GB is available to each account for collaboration.
    • Do not store Protected Data in Adobe Cloud.
    • PDF Services is not activated.
    • Acrobat Document Cloud is not enabled.  

 Sign in to use Creative Cloud

  • Installed Creative Cloud apps require the user sign in to activate the software once every 90 days.
  • Add your email address and choose 'Company or School account'
  • Use your CruzID Gold account and password
  • Click here for Adobe Sign-in Help
  • For support please open an IT Request ticket:


Adobe provides access to their services at Campus support is provided Monday-Friday, 8AM to 5PM through the ITS Support Center, 831-459-HELP (4357) 


All active UCSC students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use Creative Cloud.

University Extension students are not eligible for installation on personally-owned computers.


Creative Cloud is provided centrally by the campus at no charge.

Disabled Services

Acrobat Document Cloud storage has not been enabled.  

Adobe apps on iPads and tablets may have limited functionality due to our subscription plan.

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Policy Information

IT Policies and Guidelines

Acceptable Use Policy

UC Minimum Security Standard

UCSC Implementation of the UC Electronic Communications Policy (ECP)