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Adobe Creative Cloud for Students

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud, previously Creative Suite, is a collection of applications developed by Adobe Systems for creating PDF documents, graphic design, collaborative design, video editing, web development, 2D/3D rendering, mobile app design, and photography.

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How will the Coronavirus impact student use of Adobe software?

UMKC is modifying a variety of services in response to the Coronavirus. During normal operations, students have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software in a variety of labs on campus for free. Ordinarily students are ineligible to purchase discount Adobe subscriptions which are limited to UMKC Faculty & Staff. Between March 13 and July 6, 2020 UMKC is providing all students with free Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions. NOTE: this is temporary only. Student subscriptions will be revoked when UMKC resumes normal operations.

Can I use a UMKC Adobe license on my personal or home computer?

Your temporary UMKC Adobe subscription permits you to use Creative Cloud on your personal computer.

  1. Download the Creative Cloud Launcher directly from
  2. Run the downloaded file while logged in with your computer's administrator account.
  3. Review the section below on 'how to login' with your free temporary subscription.
  4. After successfully logging in, click Start Installing.
  5. When the initial installation is complete, Creative Cloud Desktop should open automatically.
  6. Browse the list of available apps and click Install for each app you need to use. A progress bar will appear for each app you choose to install.
  7. When each app is ready for use, a button labeled Open will appear.
  8. On Windows computers, installed apps will be added to your Start Menu.

What if I share a computer or have a low powered computer?

Adobe software may not install or may run poorly if your computer is old or underpowered. Before installing Creative Cloud, please review Adobe's System Requirements. If you do not have the ability to install software on your computer, are borrowing a computer, or use a public computer, UMKC provides an alternative option. Students will temporarily have access to the UMKC Adobe Remote Lab. Remote Labs are always availabe to students 24/7 for access a variety of UMKC software from off-campus. The Adobe Remote Lab is limited to Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. This is a small subset of the All Apps package available to install on your personal computer.

How do I login to Acrobat or Creative Cloud Apps?

The first time you launch a Creative Cloud app you will be prompted to Login with an AdobeID. Enter your UMKC Username followed by “”. You do not need to enter a password yet. You will not be able to access your free temporary student Adobe Creative Cloud subscription if you sign in with a personal AdobeID or login as You must use

You will be prompted for an account type. Choose "School Account."

Enter just your UMKC username on this screen (not a full email address). Enter your UMKC Password. Click Login.

Does Adobe Creative Cloud require a network connection?

Every time you launch an Adobe Creative Cloud app it will verify if you can connect to the Internet. If you are offline certain services and features will be unavailable. If you remain offline for 30 days, you will be unable to open any Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

Additional Support

If you are experiencing issues, please contact the Technology Support Center or call 816.235.2000.