Requirements

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is an extension for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop that allows cartographers and graphic designers to design compelling visuals using data-driven maps and layers from ArcGIS. You can find, import, and create geographic content to add to your artwork as editable vector layers and high resolution images.

Before you install and start using the Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension, verify that the required software is properly installed and that you have the necessary account.

Tip:

In ArcGIS Online, you can confirm your account access by looking for Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud in the app launcher or your user profile where it's listed among other licenses included with your user type. If you're an organization administrator, you can see it in the licensing page.

Required software

Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud version 3.3 requires one of the following host apps to be installed on the system:

Note:

Adobe Creative Cloud 2020 is no longer supported.

  • Adobe Illustrator 2021 (version 25.3.1) - 2023 (version 27)
    Note:

    Adobe Illustrator 2021 (version 25.4.0 - 25.4.4) macOS version is not supported.

  • Adobe Photoshop 2021 (version 22.0) - 2023 (version 24)
    Note:

    To use the extension on a Mac computer powered by the Apple silicon M1 chip, open Photoshop using Rosetta. (Currently, Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud doesn't support Photoshop natively on Apple M1.)

Account types

You can use Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud by signing in with a supported account type, including Plus and ArcGIS organizational accounts. When you sign in with an ArcGIS account, you can also access content in your ArcGIS organization.

Tip:

If you don't have an account, you can sign up for a 21-day trial subscription to try full capabilities for free. See the functionality matrix for a comparison of capabilities based on account type.

The following accounts are supported by the extension:

  • Plus—Provides commercial-grade access at a low month-to-month cost to premium maps and layers in ArcGIS Online and advanced mapping features within the extension. You can subscribe and pay for your Plus account directly and securely through the Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud sign-up page.
  • ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise—Signing in with your ArcGIS organizational account allows access to all the extension's content and advanced features, based on the privileges associated with your assigned user type. (Despite your user type, however, ArcGIS Online organization administrators can block organization access to Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud.) You can create and pay for an ArcGIS organizational account using the Esri Store. ArcGIS enables you to connect people, locations, and data using maps. You can work with smart, data-driven styles and intuitive analysis tools that deliver location intelligence, and share your insights with the world or specific groups.
    Note:

    ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is not currently supported. For more information, see ArcGIS Enterprise support.

Authentication methods

The authentication method used to sign in is determined by the way security features are set up for your ArcGIS organization. Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud requires no specific steps to implement the authentication methods supported by ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise.

For more information about ArcGIS authentication and to ensure that security settings are properly implemented, refer to the documentation for ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise.

Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud supports the following authentication methods on Microsoft Windows and macOS.

PlatformBuilt-inIWAPKISAMLKerberos
ArcGIS Enterprise

Supported

Supported

Supported

Supported

Supported

ArcGIS Online

Supported

Not applicable

Not applicable

Supported

Not applicable

ArcGIS Enterprise support

Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is supported for use with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 and later. (ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is not currently supported.) The extension relies on the content and service settings configured by the portal administrator.

Note:

Distributed collaboration workflows are not yet supported.

The following configuration settings allow users of the extension to find and download content and access the functionality that Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud provides.

Note:

For a summary list of what you can expect with a disconnected environment and related configuration recommendations, see the ArcGIS Enterprise help topic Configure a disconnected deployment. When a service is not available or accessible, you'll get an applicable message in the extension that informs you.