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Technology at SCU

Adobe Creative Cloud

Due to a change in Adobe’s licensing, effective February 2020, students, faculty and staff who wish to use any of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs in the Learning Commons/Library (Digital Media Lab and public computers) need a personal Adobe account. Without a personal Adobe account, you will not be able to use any of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator and all of the other Adobe programs in our mac Labs. Adobe accounts are free and can be created at anytime.

Your personal Adobe account and Adobe ID are not related to your Santa Clara University account or your Santa Clara University Single Sign-On. Santa Clara University does not manage your Adobe account or Adobe ID and cannot reset passwords, recover lost accounts or delete old accounts. You will need to work with Adobe directly regarding any login/password issues.

If you do not already have a personal Adobe account, we recommend you use your email address to create your account and USE A PASSWORD THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR SCU account. Do not store any sensitive data in your Adobe Cloud account.

Sign up for your personal Adobe account at

The Adobe Creative Suites is installed on a limited number of iMacs in the Learning Commons.  Locations are: 

  • Digital Media Lab (3rd floor),
  • 4 - iMacs in the Learning Commons 1st Floor,
  • 4 - iMacs in the Learning Commons Lower Level, and
  • 2 - iMacs in the Edit Suites (Media Services).

To use any Adobe Creative Cloud programs from one of our public mac computers in the Learning Commons, launch the Adobe application and login with your personal Adobe ID. Remember to sign out of your Adobe account before logging out of the computer.