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Adobe Creative Cloud

NIU offers the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite to current students, faculty, and staff at no cost. An Adobe Creative Cloud license gives you access to the entire collection of Adobe desktop and mobile apps, from innovative, easy-to-use tools like Adobe Express and Premiere Rush to industry-leading essentials including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and InDesign. With these powerful applications, you can design logos, posters, brochures, and ads, and create compelling video, animation, websites, and more.

All faculty automatically receive an Adobe Creative Cloud license, as do students enrolled in certain courses. Staff and students who do not automatically receive a license can request one by following the instructions below.

The creative toolkit includes


Get PDF and e-signature tools for all your digital document needs. Learn more about Acrobat or Learn to use Acrobat 


Make amazing work that stands out with the all-in-one tool for design, images, video, and websites.  Learn more about Adobe Express or learn to use Adobe Express.


Use generative AI and simple text prompts to bring your ideas to life.  Firefly powers the generative AL features in other Adobe Creative Cloud applications, or yuo can use it as a standalone tool.  Learn more about Firefly or Learn to use Firefly


Create beautiful designs, icons, and more — then use them anyplace at any size. Learn more Illustrator or Learn to use Illustrator


Create gorgeous images, rich graphics, and incredible art. Learn more about Photoshop or Learn to use Photoshop

Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro

Tell your story using Rush, the all-in-one solution for creating and sharing videos, or Premiere Pro, a rich, comprehensive video editing tool for beginners to professionals.  Learn more about Premiere Rush or Premiere Pro, or learn to use Premiere Rush or Premiere Pro


Unlock your creativity with stock images, stock videos, and more.  Learn more about and access Adobe Stock. 

More creative apps


NIU has licensed two Adobe products, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

  • Acrobat Pro DC: Available for all NIU full-time Faculty and Staff
  • Creative Cloud Suite:
    1. Available automatically to all Faculty, including tenured/tenure-track, instructional, clinical, and visiing.
    2. Available automatically to Staff must be req-requested annually.
    3. Available automatically to students in key courses, based on registration, for the duration of that semester.
    4. Available to all students by request, must be re-requested annually.

Installation notes for Adobe Creative Cloud / Acrobat Pro DC

  • If you have a personal Adobe account, make sure to log-out of your Adobe account (gear symbol > log out) and close any active Adobe programs, before logging in with your NIU credentials.
  • Do not use the Microsoft Edge browser for this process.
  • Adobe provides a free un-installation/cleaner tool.

Instructions for Acrobat Pro DC or Adobe Creative Cloud

  1. Visit Adobe and click Sign In in the upper right corner.
  2. Enter your NIU email address
    1. Students:
    2. Faculty/Staff:
  3. Select “Company or School” for Account type, then log in using your NIU password or the Authenticator app (depending on how you have configured your NIU credentials.)
  4. Select "Apps" in the left navigation menu to view all the applications you can download and install, based on your license.
  5. Select the " Install" or "Request Access" button for the application you want to use.

If you have any problems accessing your licenses, please submit a ticket via our IT portal,  ("Get Help" > "Submit an Incident")

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I access Adobe Creative Cloud?

You can install any of the Creative Cloud application on a computer using the instructions above. Many Adobe Creative Cloud applications function directly within the browser, like Adobe Express, Firefly, Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, but you may find that the full, installed versions have more features and are quicker.  Log in at to access Creative Cloud on the web.

Some applications also have mobile apps that you can use on Apple and Android devices.  These include Adobe Express, Photoshop, Premiere Rush, Illustrator, Lightroom, and more.  Search for Adobe in the App Store or Google Play to install the mobile apps.

Will all the apps in Creative Cloud download at once?

You control which of the 20+ Creative Cloud apps you download, when you download each one, and which devices you install them on.

Start your downloads by installing the Creative Cloud Desktop app or by logging into Creative Cloud home on the web. You can install the mobile app from your app store. From the login screen you'll be able to download your apps for desktop, web, and mobile. Use your Creative Cloud app to keep programs up to date, manage your cloud documents, sync files, access and search your libraries, find fonts, learn new skills, and more.

How do I keep access to my Creative Cloud content after I leave?

Graduating Students: Adobe has created a process for you to migrate your content to a free account so that you can keep all of your work. If you want to continue creating new content, you will need to maintain a personal subscription, but you can retain access to the work you have already created by visiting the Adobe Graduation page.

Faculty & Staff: After purchasing a personal account (click the "Individual" tab for purchasing options), follow this step-by-step guide to use Creative Cloud to migrate, or transfer, assets.

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