Currently employed UW-Madison faculty and staff can access Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost, for both work and personal use.
Creative Cloud is Adobe’s suite of graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and cloud services, many of which are the industry standard in their respective fields. These include popular packages such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
A few of the other included tools are:
- Behance, a social media portfolio service;
- Typekit, a library of high quality fonts available as part of this license;
- Portfolio, a website editor for easily showcasing creative work;
- Spark, a tool for easily creating social graphics, web stories and animated videos;
- PDF Services, allowing one to share, create, combine, export, organize, fill, sign, send and track documents;
- Additional services including Story CC Plus, Team Projects (Beta), Edge Inspect, Publish Online, PhoneGap Build, Lightroom Mobile, Device Preview, Extract, XD, and Dimension.
In addition, Adobe provides free courses in their Creative Classroom series and Design for Educators series. Created to be especially helpful for those who teach, they are found on the Adobe Education Exchange, and explain how to apply digital design concepts and Adobe Creative Cloud applications to enhance instruction of creative projects. From “Getting Started with Adobe” to “UX Design & Prototyping”, there are a variety of helpful courses for incorporating Adobe Creative Cloud into one’s curriculums.
Access Adobe Cloud by following the directions outlined here: https://kb.wisc.edu/69772. Check with your area’s IT staff before installing any software on UW-owned computers.