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TechSoup Canada is proud to announce a new addition to the Adobe donation program: Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps Plan. Now you can tell your story through a variety of media using Adobe Creative Cloud!

What is Adobe Creative Cloud?

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is the evolution of Creative Suite: a suite of design applications (such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver) that are accessible online, and have additional benefits like free upgrades to new software versions, multiple language support, file storage on the cloud and easier sharing. To access Creative Cloud, users need a monthly or annual subscription. Software from Creative Cloud are downloaded from the user’s account and installed directly on a local computer and can be used as long as the subscription remains valid.

How Creative Cloud Works

The applications in Creative Cloud are very similar to the Creative Suite applications you and your staff may already use.

One major question that comes up regarding Creative Cloud is whether you need to be online in order to use Adobe Creative Cloud applications. This is a legitimate concern — we don't always have access to the Internet when working remotely. The good news is that Creative Cloud applications can be used offline; you only need access to your online account when you buy, license and install your software, and then once every 30 days (so Adobe can check if your subscription is still valid).

Adobe Creative Cloud applications aren't accessed via a web browser. You download the individual Creative Cloud products, which run from your hard drive and not from the cloud. This way they function much like any other application that runs on your computer!

You can also take your Adobe apps on the go with you. You can use your online storage space to sync files with a mobile device, such as your tablet or smartphone. You can then access those files via Adobe's mobile apps, such as Photoshop Mix and Illustrator Draw.

And if you decide to leave Creative Cloud, you'll still have 2 GB of free storage space to store and access your files.

What’s available through TechSoup Canada?

Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps Plan

The Creative Cloud All Apps Plan provides access to more than 20+ creative desktop and mobile apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. See the full list of applications on Adobe's website. You can choose to download all the programs offered through the membership or just the ones you need.

In addition, the All Apps Plan provides you with a portfolio website, premium fonts, 20 GB of cloud storage and you will receive access to all updates and upgrades without any additional cost.

Canadian charities, nonprofits and libraries can get access to a 60% discounted rate for a one-year subscription of the All Apps Plan for one user — a savings of over $200* USD! Once your one-year subscription is up, Adobe will automatically renew your subscription at a 40% discounted rate. You can request discounted rates for as many individual memberships as you need, and this offer is available to Canadian registered charities, nonprofits and libraries regardless of their size and budget.

*Discounted rate of $240 for first year (retail value of $600 USD)

Is my organization eligible for Adobe Creative Cloud Donation Program?

This program is available to qualifying Canadian Registered Charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian nonprofits incorporated either provincially or at the federal level, and Canadian public libraries with a library symbol from Library and Archives Canada. For a more detailed breakdown of eligible and ineligible organizations, check out Adobe Creative Cloud's program details.

To see if you are eligible for Adobe Creative Cloud, log into your TechSoup Canada Account, click on the “My Organization” tab and check your eligibility status for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Qualified for Adobe Creative Cloud

Is It Right for My Organization?

The Creative Cloud All Apps Plan is ideal for organizations that plan to use more than a single Adobe product regularly for one year or more (e.g., regularly use Photoshop, Premiere, Indesign, Illustrator etc.). Typically this means you have one or more staff dedicated to creating content (e.g., communications, marketing, graphic design staff members).

Please note that Creative Cloud plans requires online payments through VISA, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal or debit. If your organization is unable to purchase a subscription through these payment providers, then the Creative Cloud plan will not be a good option for you.

Alternatively, if your organization prefers another method of payment and/or regularly create graphics but do not need Adobe’s entire Creative Suite, we have individual Adobe products that offer perpetual software licenses, such as Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle.

Still having trouble deciding? Check out the table below for a one-to-one comparison of the features and support with each product.

Features Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements Bundle Creative Cloud All Apps Plan
Cost through TechSoup Canada $38 one-time admin fee $8 admin fee plus ~$240 for the first year, then ~$360 for each year after
How much can I order through TechSoup Canada? Up to 4 licenses per fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th) Eligible organizations may request unlimited number of Creative Cloud memberships
License Perpetual license Subscription
OS support Windows and Mac (both included in same product) Windows and Mac (choice of which to install in application manager)
Image organizer Elements Organizer Bridge CC
Color modes supported Bitmap, grayscale, indexed, RGB Bitmap, grayscale, duotone, indexed, RGB, CMYK, Lab, multichannel
16-bit support Open 16-bit images; no layers support with 16-bit images; most tools and filters do not work with 16-bit images Convert to and from 16-bit; full layers support; all tools and filters work with 16-bit images
32-bit support No Yes
Scripting support No Yes
Tools Blur, Brush, Clone Stamp, Color Picker (Eyedropper), Color Squares, Content-Aware Move, Crop, Custom Shape, Eraser, Eyedropper (Color Picker), Gradient, Hand, Lasso, Marquee, Move, Paint Bucket, Pencil, Quick Selection, Recompose, Red Eye, Smart Brush, Sponge, Spot Healing Brush, Straighten, Text (Horizontal Type), Zoom 3D Material Drop, 3D Material Eyedropper, Add Anchor Point, Art History Background Eraser, Blur, Brush, Burn, Clone Stamp, Color Picker (Eyedropper), Color Sampler, Color Squares, Content-Aware Move, Color Replacement, Convert Anchor Point, Crop, Count, Custom Shape, Delete Anchor Point, Direct Selection, Dodge, Ellipse, Elliptical Marquee, Eraser, Eyedropper (Color Picker), Freeform Pen, Gradient, Hand, Healing Brush, History Brush, Horizontal Type (Text), Horizontal Type Mask, Lasso, Line, Magic Eraser, Magic Wand, Magnetic Lasso, Mixer Brush, Move, Note, Paint Bucket, Patch, Path Selection, Pattern Stamp, Pen, Pencil, Perspective Crop, Polygon, Polygonal Lasso, Quick Mask, Quick Selection, Recompose, Rectangle, Rectangular Marquee, Red Eye, Rotate View, Rounded Rectangle, Ruler, Sharpen, Single-Column Marquee, Single-Row Marquee, Slice, Slice Select, Smart Brush, Smudge, Sponge, Spot Healing Brush, Straighten, Text, Vertical Type, Vertical Type Mask, Zoom
Extensions No Yes
Smart Objects support Open files with Smart Objects layers Open files with Smart Objects layers; create Smart Objects; open files embedded as Smart Objects
Channels support Does not include Channels panel or Channel Mixer Adjustment and Enhancement Includes Channels panel and Channel Mixer Adjustment and Enhancement
HDR support Can't merge multiple or bracketed photo exposures into HDR image; includes Photomerge Exposure Can merge multiple and bracketed photo exposures into HDR image
Content-Aware functionality Spot Healing Brush, Content-Aware Fill (Photomerge Panorama only) Spot Healing Brush, Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Scale, Content-Aware Extend and Move
Vector tools Shape tools (vector points cannot be edited individually) Pen tool, Shape tools, Paths panel
Blending modes Normal, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darker Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge (Add), Lighter Color, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix, Difference, Exclusion, Hue, Saturation, Color, Luminosity Normal, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darker Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge (Add), Lighter Color, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix, Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, Divide, Hue, Saturation, Color, Luminosity
Transform tools Scale, Rotate, Skew, Distort, Perspective Scale, Rotate, Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp
Color Picker tool options HSB color values, RGB color values, hexadecimal color values, Color field, Color slider, Only Web Colors option HSB color values, RGB color values, Lab color values, CMYK color values, hexadecimal color values, Color field, Color slider, Only Web Colors option, Not Web-Safe Color alert icon, Add to Swatches button, Color Libraries button
Panels Effects, Favorites, Graphics, Histogram, Layers 3D, Actions, Adjustments, Brush, Brush Presets, Channels, Character, Character Styles, Clone Source, Color, Histogram, History, Info, Layer Comps, Layers, Libraries, Measurement Log, Navigator, Notes, Paragraph, Paragraph Styles, Paths, Properties, Styles, Swatches, Timeline, Tool Presets
Camera Raw tools Crop, Hand, Image Rotation, Radial Filter, Red Eye Removal, Straighten, White Balance, Zoom Adjustment Brush, Color Sampler, Crop, Graduated Filter, Hand, Image Rotation, Radial Filter, Red Eye Removal, Spot Removal, Straighten, Targeted Adjustment, White Balance, Zoom
Camera Raw image adjustments Basic, Camera Calibration, Detail, Effects Basic, Camera Calibration, Detail, Effects, HSL / Grayscale, Lens Corrections, Presets, Snapshots, Split Toning, Tone Curve

Training and Support

Whether you're looking for feedback from design peers or need some help with a certain effect, you can find lots of great resources for training and support. Take advantage of the expert-created video tutorials in Adobe's growing library. You'll also have access to the Creative Cloud community called Behance. You can share progress on a project with your team from your Creative Cloud files or within Adobe Photoshop. You can also follow other designers in Behance if you're looking for inspiration.

Not registered with TechSoup Canada, but think you are eligible for Adobe Creative Cloud?

The first step is to register with TechSoup Canada — it’s free and simple. Once we have processed your registration, we will let you know if you qualify for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Registering with us also grants you access to discounts and donations from up to 30 other donor partners, which includes popular software like office productivity suites, graphics design software, accounting packages and security programs. Find out how the donations program can work for an organization like yours.



How do we request unlimited number of Creative Cloud memberships?

Individual Creative Cloud memberships are unlimited

Hi there,
Organizations may request an unlimited number of individual Creative Cloud memberships. This offer provides access to discounts on Adobe's standard rates for their Creative Cloud plans. Also note that this offer is valid only for new Adobe memberships. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1.855.281.5499 (toll free) (Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am-4pm, EST) and one of our Account Managers will be happy to help! Also, you can email us at customerservice[at]
Take care,

Creative Cloud

Hi there,
I have purchased Abobe Creative Cloud and I thought it came with Acrbat DC Pro to edit PDFs, I only see the Reader DC version available, please clarify. Thank you.

Adobe Acrobat


Is there a NPO offer for Adobe Acrobat Pro to create/edit/sign on PDF ?

Kind Regards,


Hi Anthony, Adobe Acrobat Pro

Hi Anthony,

Adobe Acrobat Pro is available in our product catalog for eligible TechSoup Canada members. Here are the links to the various versions:


Ben Losman
TechSoup Canada's communication coordinator


Pouvons-nous faire l'acquisition d'une licence Créative Cloud pour InDesign avec vous ?

Oui, InDesign fait partie du

Oui, InDesign fait partie du plan Adobe Creative All Apps décrit ci-dessus. Si vous avez des questions sur l’inscription, n’hésitez pas à contacter notre service clientèle.

Ben Losman
Communications coordinator, TechSoup Canada

Creative Cloud

I have purchased the cloud software through TechSoup. I have paid $7 for the first year, yet the cloud registration asks me to give my credit card and the price is $238.88 UD. I might end up paying $7 for the first year and then 40% of the full amount (40% X $238.88)

Is this the scenario.

Hi! Please go ahead and

Hi! Please go ahead and contact our customer service department; they'll be able to talk you through any questions around pricing.

1.855.281.5499 (toll free)

Ben Losman
TechSoup Canada communications coordinator

Creative Cloud

We are considering ordering Adobe Creative Cloud but are a bit confused by how many computers we could install it on. The table indicates that we could request 'unlimited number of memberships' but when look at the

RE: Creative Cloud

Hi there,

Seems like your comment is incomplete! Regardless, your best bet is to contact our customer service team:


Matt, Communications Coordinator