Important Updates about Adobe Free Trial


This course uses four Adobe software programs — Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition and Premiere. Some background about Adobe is explained in the Introduction to the Course, and this course is designed to make use of the free 30-day trials Adobe has offered since developing the subscription-based model several years ago.

Officially, Adobe still offers 30-day trials, but recently this has not been working for many users. Beginning in late April, many users reported getting only 7-day trials after installing the software for the first time. Adobe has not formally announced any changes at this point, but it appears the company is phasing out 30-day trials, likely because they have started selling month-to-month subscriptions. The company’s only response to users’ complaints is that they are currently testing free trials of various lengths.

What this means for you…

The first program we’ll be using is Photoshop, and you should still follow the instructions for downloading and installing the program. When you first open it, you will most likely get either a 7-day or 30-day trial.

If you do not get a free 30-day trial, you will need to pay for the software to complete the work for this course. There are numerous subscription options you may want to explore, but these are the most cost-effective options for the purposes of this course:

Student rate annual subscription: Students get a significant discount, and can purchase an annual subscription to the entire collection of Adobe programs for $20/month for the first year. Many students enjoy having access to all the programs throughout the course, and afterward.
Professional rate monthly subscription: You may opt to purchase each program one at a time using the monthly subscriptions, which are $20/month for a single program, and cheaper for Photoshop. (There is no monthly subscription at the student rate.) This is the least expensive option.
Everyone will receive at least a 7-day trial, so you do not need to choose a subscription option immediately. The Adobe site includes a live chat with a sales representative that I’ve always found very helpful for making sure you purchase the subscription that you want. For all products, make sure you cancel your subscription if you do not want it to continue — do not assume it will just expire!

Why this is bad, and also good…

This is an aggravating move by Adobe, particularly because the company is not being transparent about it. This software is truly the professional standard, particularly for Photoshop and Illustrator, and Adobe has been criticized in the past for disregarding its community of users because it knows there are no good alternatives for many design professionals.

But this is the reality of relying on software in the professional environment, so in some ways it’s great to encounter this issue so early in the class. The most challenging part of teaching this class is that we use both WordPress and Adobe programs, which change frequently and without warning. There are times when I’ve updated a tutorial on a Friday only to have it out of date by the following Monday. Learning how to adapt to these changes is an important part of learning the software.

Of course, it’s especially frustrating when it’s a change that costs money. This course is specifically designed to use the software and free resources in lieu of a textbook, to help defray that cost. And it’s also worth noting that the students who opt to pay for a subscription have often gotten a lot more out of the class because they can continue to explore the software on their own time.

The content of this post is created by Lisa Jones, the instructor of Com210 and Com561. The two classes share the similar class structure and learning platform/software, therefore situation like this one applies to students from both classes.
The original link of this post can be found at:

SU16-Week3: Finishing First Project!

We’re now in Week 3 of COM210, and it’s a busy one! Following last week’s introduction to Photoshop, we’ll now use those skills to develop your first project of the course.

This Week’s Focus

Week 3 Checklist

❑ Read Week 3 course materials

❑ Read through the full project rubric and ask any questions.
❑ Take the Unit 1 Quiz by Tuesday, May. 24, at 11:59 p.m.
❑ Complete the Graphic Collage Feedback assignment by Tuesday, May. 24, at 11:59 p.m.
❑ Complete your Final Narrative Graphic Collage by Friday, May. 27, at 11:59 p.m.

Looking Back at Photoshop 1.0

For fun, here’s a video from last year commemorating the 25th anniversary since Photoshop was first released in 1990. Photoshop may be more complicated now, but it’s definitely much-improved…

Recommended Resources

Here is a list of posts and tutorials I’ve created to help with common questions about Photoshop and the Narrative Graphic Collage Assignment:

SU16-Week 2: Photoshop and Narrative Collage

Welcome to Week 2 of COM210! Last week, you created a WordPress blog and chose the topic you’ll focus on all semester.
This week we’ll start the first unit of the course, Unit 1: Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop.

This Week’s Focus

Week 2 Checklist

❑ Read Week 2 course materials
❑ Complete and submit the Photoshop Tutorials by Tuesday, May. 17, at 11:59 p.m.
❑ Complete and submit the Photo Collection by Tuesday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m.
❑ Complete and submit the Draft Narrative Graphic Collage by Friday, May 20 at 11:59 p.m

As a reminder, you can always find due dates and upcoming course materials on the Course Schedule. If you have any questions, please contact the Instructor Jackie Chen Directly.

Welcome to Com210 in the Summer of 2016

Hi all,

Welcome to Com 210 Multimedia Content Creation.

This is an online class; you can find all related material at
You should see the “course schedule -SU16” “Syllabus – SU16” “ABOUT -SU16” and “FAQ” tabs on top of this page.
Please carefully read the course schedule, syllabus, and FAQ page before you start this week’s readings and assignments. And YES, a syllabus quiz on Blackboard is waiting for you.

COM210 is a multimedia course in which you will learn storytelling skills, visual design principles and gain professional digital media design software expertise. Most students find this a challenging, but very rewarding learning experience. If you apply yourself and fully engage in this course, the skills you learn will serve you throughout your professional career and may even inspire your career choice.

The course is organized into four units:

Graphic Design & Adobe Photoshop
Vector Graphics & Adobe Illustrator
Digital Audio & Adobe Audition
Digital Video & Adobe Premiere

By the end of the course you will have the experience and technical skills required to tell an effective story using various digital media.
Here are some tips about the course from past student:
Tips From Past Student

The Summer section of Com210 follows a very tight schedule, make sure you are paying close attention to the course work.

This Week (Week 1)

In this course you will use the Adobe CC software to complete your digital media assignments in each unit. Follow the download instructions on the Software and Technical Requirements page to ensure your computer is set up properly and to successfully install the software. It is very important that you don’t install each software program until you need it, so read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions ask your Instructor.

First part of this week’s study is about setting up your personal Wordpres Blog. You will also create a blog using WordPress. You will use your blog throughout the semester to post your assignments and comment on your peer’s work. You will be taking advantage of the first assignment to set up your blog.

You will choose a topic to focus on for the entire semester. This topic will be used throughout the semester on the main assignment for each unit. Once you choose a topic it will be very hard to change it, so read the instructions in the WordPress Blog assignment carefully! We also have tips to help you choose a topic:Tips:Choosing a topic

The second part of this week’s work is to have a basic understanding of copyright regulation, which will guide you through the rest of the semester. A Copyright Quiz is set on Blackboard as well, please refer to the course schedule for details.

Week 1 Checklist

❑ Read Week 1 course materials
❑ Complete and submit the WordPress Blog Assignment by Friday, May. 13, at 11:59 p.m.
❑ Take the Copyright Quiz by Friday, May. 13, at 11:59 p.m. Quizzes cannot be taken after the deadline.
❑ Take the Syllabus Quiz by Friday, May. 13, at 11:59 p.m. Quizzes cannot be taken after the deadline.
❑ Download Adobe CC, then ONLY choose to install Photoshop to make sure you are well equipped for the week 2 learning.

You’ll use WordPress throughout the semester, so you should also take the time to explore your blog’s tools and dashboard.

Good luck, and let’s have fun this summer~!

Class Attendance Policy — SU16

For Global Campus distance students only:

For class attendance credit, students in the online-only Global Campus section must contact their instructor a minimum of once per unit. This contact may include sending an email, scheduling a Skype meeting or participating in other virtual sessions as determined by your instructor.Students should use this contact to discuss course related materials such as technical questions, course project critical feedback, or anything else you may run into in the class.

Be sure your instructor notes your name for your first contact in each of our four units:

  • Unit 1: Graphic Design (Weeks 2-4)
  • Unit 2: Vector Graphics (Weeks 5-7)
  • Unit 3: Audio (Weeks 8-10)
  • Unit 4: Video (Weeks 11-16)

Class attendance is worth 10 points per unit, worth a total of 40 points.