Creating with the Creative Cloud gives CHS an edge



After students returned to in-person school, personal Adobe accounts were suspended.

Aaron Diament and Tim Wilburn

Consisting of over 15 multimedia programs, the Adobe Creative Suite is the industry standard when it comes to graphic design, photo and video editing. When subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud, users receive unlimited access to the 56 Adobe programs and hundreds of diverse and professional tools.

Students at CHS learn the basics of several popular Adobe programs in a multitude of classes. Amanda FitzPatrick teaches Communications Technology, a required course taken at the freshman level. In that course, students receive basic training in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

“I think the whole idea is you’re getting this industry grade experience with industry grade software,” FitzPatrick said.

FitzPatrick also teaches Photo I and Photo II, elective courses open to junior and seniors. These classes take a deeper dive into the Adobe Suite, focusing on concepts and tools using the Lightroom program.

“I think it’s cool how they are teaching you how to do stuff … you might use in an actual work,” said sophomore Emma Makin of Marlboro.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most courses that required access to Adobe software could still be taught without too much modification as students were given free access to the Adobe Suite to use at home.

Students were excited to have the opportunity to use these programs in their free time, potentially improving their skills. Some students even found new passions with these applications, utilizing them for personal projects.

Junior Nick Martino of Howell noted that he was able to use programs such as Adobe Photoshop outside of the classroom to make thumbnails for his YouTube channel.

“It was really nice to have [Adobe programs] at home because we could have as much time as possible,” said junior Naomi Gelfond of Morganville.

Unfortunately students, at-home access to Adobe Programs was restricted once again by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

Though students still have in-school access to the software, it seems likely that the quality of their work may decrease with the reinstated time restraint.