Adobe Creative Cloud 

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 is currently being distributed and includes Acrobat, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Edge Animate, Fireworks, Flash Professional, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Media Encoder, Prelude, SpeedGrade. Also available through our ETLA contract is Adobe Creative Cloud Services.

A detailed description of Creative Cloud can be found on the Adobe website:


The West Lafayette, Calumet and North Central Campuses are covered under an Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) and a Value Incentive Plan (VIP) with Adobe for Creative Cloud and Acrobat. 

ETLA Named-User Licensing using the Adobe Dashboard

  • Adobe Creative Cloud, Acrobat, and Creative Cloud Services
  • Eligible to Faculty and Staff (non-student) on University and personally owned computers
  • Licenses for each individual user of their University-owned computer with faculty and staff rights to install on two computers; one for work and one for home use
  • Can be used for teaching, learning, non-commercial research, and administration
  • To request being added to the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard for access to Creative Cloud and related products, please contact your departmental IT support
  • Adobe Cloud is not suitable for sensitive or restricted data

VIP Device Licensing

  • Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat
  • Eligible for faculty, staff, students, and student employees on University-owned or leased computers
  • Licenses are for each University managed computer, rather than each user, with rights to install on one University-owned or leased computer per license
  • Can be used for teaching, learning, non-commercial research, and administration
  • To request a device only license, please submit a request via the Purdue Service Portal for a quote

Computer Labs and Classrooms

 Student Use on Personal Computers

  • An academically priced subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased directly from Adobe at:


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for an Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat DC license?

The ETLA license extends to University use for Purdue faculty and staff (student employees are not covered). A Shared Device License installation can be used on multi-user University-owned machines used by student employees. 

Are students eligible for discounts on Adobe products?

Yes. Students can subscribe to Adobe Creative at an academically priced rate from Adobe at

If I am eligible for a Creative Cloud license, where can it be installed?

Faculty and staff may install on two computers; one University-owned and one personally owned after being added to the Adobe Enterprise console. Students may install on a personally owned machine after purchasing a subscription through Adobe.

Do I need to uninstall old versions of Photoshop, InDesign, or the Creative Suites to install these products?

No; different versions of the products can co-exist, but there is likely to be no need for older versions to remain on machines.

Is there a cost for the license? How is it funded?

ETLA licenses are funded by departmental IT and recharged to faculty and staff based on usage. Please follow-up with your departmental IT for a quote.  Students subscriptions through Adobe for personal use receive a standard academic discounted of $19.99 per month.

Where can I get the Creative Cloud software?

Departmental IT can download current installers from Community Hub. Faculty and staff should follow-up with departmental IT about having the products installed on their University-owned, supported and non-supported computers. For personally owned computers, once faculty and staff have been added to the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard, products can be downloaded from

What is not included? How do I get other Adobe products?

Purdue's ETLA includes Acrobat DC Professional and Creative Cloud. A full list of Creative Cloud products is listed on the Adobe website. No products outside of the Creative Cloud suite (such as Captivate, EchoSign, DPS, or the Elements products) are included in this agreement.


Purdue IT Software Licensing and Distribution offers limited support of this product. Please submit a request via the Purdue Service Portal with details, including the exact text of any warnings received and the steps during installation where the issues arise.

Contact Information

Purdue IT Licensing can be contacted by submitting a request via the Purdue Service Portal  Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Response to inquiries will usually be within two business days.