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.
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SU16- Final Week

Almost there.... (Photo by Dru Bloomfield via Flickr)

Almost there…. (Photo by Dru Bloomfield via Flickr)

Well, this is it — the very last week of the summer semester, and the conclusion of COM210. This week’s focus is all about finishing up the class by submitting any remaining assignments (including Video Story Feedback, Final Video Story, Wrap up Blogpost) and getting in touch with us about any questions.

Week 14 Checklist

❑ Check grades of your previous assignments, and get in touch with me ASAP if you any questions.
❑ Provide Feedback to video stories of your group members
❑ Finishing up Final Video Story
❑ Write and submit your Wrap-Up Blog Post by 11:59 p.m. on Friday (July 29th)
❑ Complete your Course Evaluation by Friday (email reminders have been and will continue be sent to you by Blackboard)

Due Last Week

  • Draft Video Story was due on Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Wrapping up the semester…

  • If you no longer plan to use the WordPress blog you created for this semester, you can make individual posts or the entire blog private after this week. However, make sure you wait until all your assignments have been graded.
  • Check your grades and get in touch immediately if you see any issues!

SU 16- Week 11: Creating your Draft Video Story

There are less than two weeks until this course wraps up, but plenty to do before then! Last week you planned your Video Story and learned basic video editing technique. By the end of this week you’ll have an edited draft of your video.

This Week’s Focus

  • Edit a draft of your Video Story in Adobe Premiere using the video shooting and editing principles from the Unit 4 readings.

Week 14 Checklist

❑ Take the Unit 4 Quiz by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
❑ Submit your Draft Video Story blog post to Blackboard by 11:59 p.m. on Friday
❑ Extra Credit opportunity available till July 26th 11:59 pm (details see the email I sent out last week).

Due Last Week

  • Your Raw Video Footage assignment was due on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • Your Story Board and Premiere Tutorial assignment was due on Friday at 11:59 pm. It can still be submitted through this Wednesday for partial credit.


Check out what the sequence timeline looks like when professionals edit films and documentaries on Twitter with the hashtag #TimelineTuesday. Here’s a Frontline documentary — whoa — and a more manageable-looking commercial:

SU16- Week 10: The Final Unit

Last week we finished up the Audio Story project, which means we’re now beginning Unit 4: Digital Video & Adobe Premiere. This is the last unit of COM210, and it’s also the busiest — because video shooting and editing can be a challenge.

As you’ve probably noticed, there are no assignments listed on the Course Schedule for Week 11. That’s correct — this is the one week with no due dates! However, it’s very important that you read the materials and start planning your Video Story or you’ll run out of time later on.

This Week’s Focus

Week 10 Checklist

❑ Go through the course materials listed for Week 10
❑ Start shooting video footages for your Video Story (Raw Video Footage assignment Due July 12th Tuesday)
❑ Start planning for your Video Story using Storyboard (Due July 15th Friday)
Premiere Tutorial (Due July 15th)

Week 9: Finishing the audio unit

Welcome back from break! This week we’re concluding our audio storytelling unit.

This Week’s Focus

  • Give and receive feedback about the Audio Story assignment, then make improvements for the final version.

Week 9 Checklist

❑ Check in for your Unit 3 (if you haven’t already)
❑ Complete the Audio Story Feedback assignment by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday
❑ Post and submit your Final Audio Story by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday

Other information…

Make sure to browse other recent posts on the course blog, such as:

  • Audio Resources and Inspiration
  • Week 8: Working on your Audio Story

    Photo by Mark Hunter via Flickr

    Ready to create your Audio Story? Photo by Mark Hunter via Flickr

    This week we’re getting started on the Audio Story, which is the project for Unit 3. If you’re a fan of podcasts or public radio, you may already have plenty of ideas. If audio is less familiar to you, make sure to review the recommended episodes in the Introduction to Audio Storytelling to get ideas about how to combine different types of audio for a compelling story.

    Also, as you’re probably aware, next week is Spring Break! If you’re traveling this weekend, make sure to finish your work early to avoid last-minute delays or tech troubles.

    This Week’s Focus

    Week 8 Checklist

    ❑ Submit your Raw Audio Footage assignment by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday
    ❑ Post and submit your Draft Audio Story by 11:59 p.m. on Friday
    ❑ Take the Unit 3 Quiz by 11:59 p.m. on Friday

    Due Last Week!

    • Your Audition Tutorials assignment was due on Friday. You can submit it for partial credit through Wednesday. Make sure to check for feedback in Blackboard in case anything was wrong with your submission!