Adobe Licensing Guide

The contractual information below is taken from the complete agreement between SF State and Adobe. All faculty and staff who install or use the software must agree to the conditions of the master agreement between CSU and Adobe (PDF)To view PDF files, please download Adobe Reader.

Information about the Software:

Getting the Software:

Getting Support:

What is the license?

“(a) Faculty and Staff License. Adobe hereby grants each California State University who have entered into a currently active Schedule A with Adobe a license to install and use the Software during the Term in quantities reasonably necessary to enable all of California State University’s Faculty and Staff to use the Software during the Term in accordance with the terms and conditions of the EULA accompanying such Software, as may be modified by this Agreement. The EULAs are available at, the terms of which are hereby incorporated by reference into this Agreement. If there is a conflict between the license terms of this Agreement and the EULA, this Agreement shall govern to the extent of the conflict. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the EULAs, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Software provided pursuant to the Faculty and Staff “

What is a EULA?

A EULA is an end user license agreement.

What is the Term of the subscription?

The subscription agreement is a three-year program.

Where can the software be installed?

“License may only be installed and used on Computers owned by California State University and located on California State University’s on campus facilities, provided however that Faculty and Staff with Work At Home Rights (“WAH”) may install and use the Software solely for California State University employment purposes on California State University owned or leased computers located at their own homes
Faculty or Staff owned or leased computers, and only during the Term, provided that California State University shall be required to track and report installation and/or use of the Software in accordance with Section 9 of the Agreement (Compliance).”

Software may only be installed on university equipment and equipment owned or leased by faculty and staff. Software should be uninstalled from equipment that no longer meets the requirements for installation.

How is the software tracked?

"… provided that California State University shall be required to track and report installation and/or use of the Software in accordance with Section 9 of the Agreement (Compliance). For the avoidance of doubt, the serial numbers provided for home use (if the California State University elects to allow home use), may expire annually, and require re-installation. Use of the Software shall be limited to Faculty and Staff."

Note: SF State has elected to allow home use.

Other portions of the EULA and license indicate installed Adobe software may contact Adobe over an Internet connection at any time without notice.

Are students covered under the agreement?

“Use of the Software by Students shall be limited solely to Students in a California State University classroom or California State University on-campus educational lab environment. Software may not be installed or used on computers owned by California State Universities that are leased to students, loaned to students or in the possession of Students.   Students who wish to use the Software shall agree to be bound by the terms of the EULAs, as may be modified by this Agreement. California State University shall be responsible for all acts and omissions of Students who use the Software or who receive any Software or Maintenance."

What software is available?

The license provides all Adobe Creative Cloud applications which can be installed individually but are categorized as: Acrobat Pro standalone, Creative Cloud, and Creative Cloud with video tools. The following programs are available:

Acrobat Pro Standalone:

  • Acrobat Professional

Creative Cloud Applications:

  • Bridge (required for all other installations)
  • Dreamweaver
  • EdgeAnimate
  • Fireworks
  • Flash Builder Premium
  • Flash Professional
  • Gaming SDK
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Scout

Creative Cloud Video Tools:

  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Media Encoder
  • Prelude
  • Premiere Professional
  • SpeedGrade

How do I get the software?

To get the software, go to and select Sign In. Then, enter your SF State email. You should be redirected to the SF State Global Login where you can login as you normally would. Once you are signed in, you can install the Adobe Creative Cloud app from the Adobe website. Within the app you can select to install any of the available Adobe products that you need.

How do I get support?

Adobe Creative Cloud software is provided with limited support. For assistance using the Creative Cloud software, refer to the following resources:

Library Resources

Use the Library's OneSearch database to locate books and online resources including technical and how-to materials for Adobe products.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers excellent video tutorials for many software products. Online courses for faculty (current and emeriti), staff, and student employees. For free access to LinkedIn Learning courses, log in to SF State Gateway and choose "IT Services" in the left-hand navigation column. Then follow the "Online Learning (LinkedIn Learning)" link under the "Additional Services" section of the right-side navigation column. All LinkedIn Learning courses may then be perused by categories, skill level, software, etc.

Adobe Tutorials

Adobe TV and Adobe Tutorials provide lots of information as well as tips and tricks for using Adobe's suite of products.


TUTS+ is an Online tutorial resource. Most of their content is free, though some tutorials are only available with a subscription. Tutorials are available for Photoshop, vector art, Web development, audio, After Effects, computer graphics, photography, mobile development, web design, WordPress, Mac, and game development.