For a while now, Penn State students have been able to get everything from Microsoft Office to a subscription to the New York Times for no additional cost. On Monday, the popular Adobe Creative Cloud joined the lineup of products available for free to students enrolled at all Penn State campuses.
Encompassing programs ranging from Photoshop to Illustrator to Premiere Pro, the Creative Cloud features applications useful to students of all majors and interests.
“There’s so much in the package,” said Megan Folmar, the director of IT communications at Penn State. “If you don’t know how to use something, this will give you a chance to explore it and find out new things.”
Folmar also encouraged students to visit lynda.psu.edu to find tutorials explaining how to use the programs they now have access to.
Jennifer Sparrow, the senior director of Teaching and Learning with Technology for Penn State, emphasized the impact that the applications on the Creative Cloud can have on students.
“This suite of tools is the industry standard, so when [students] leave here, being able to say that they know how to use Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator will put them ahead,” Sparrow said.
Michael Procinsky, a senior majoring in journalism, said that he was excited to start using the programs right away for a job.
“I’m an entrepreneurship minor and I’m working for a startup, so I hope to use Adobe’s platforms for the company I’m working for,” Procinsky said.
Shortly after the programs became available, my friend and I immediately downloaded a few and started looking at what we could do with the applications. My friend used Photoshop to create a picture of me juggling on top of Old Main, while I was able to create an Instagram-worthy inspirational quote with a cool background. I also discovered the Portfolio app, where I quickly put together some of my best journalistic work in a template that made me look like I already have an accomplished career.
The Adobe license is available to all Penn State students and faculty members at this link.