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.

Required software

Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud version 3.2 requires one of the following host apps to be installed on the system:

  • Adobe Illustrator 2021 (version 25.3.1) - 2022 (version 26)
    Note:

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

  • Adobe Photoshop 2021 (version 22.0) - 2022 (version 23)
    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.)

Previous version of the extension

For a limited time, you can download the previous version of Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud (3.1.0). If you updated to 3.1.1 or 3.2 too soon or you aren't able to update to a supported version of Adobe apps, download 3.1.0 (macOS | Windows) to use with earlier versions, including Illustrator 2020 (version 24) and Photoshop 2020 (version 21). (Otherwise, download the latest version, 3.2.)

Account types

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

Note:

See the functionality matrix for a comparison of capabilities based on account and user type. (Despite your user type, ArcGIS Online organization administrators can block organization access to Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud.) If you don't have an account, you can sign up for a free trial subscription of ArcGIS Online to try full capabilities for a limited time.

The following accounts are supported by the extension:

  • Complimentary—Allows you to access Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud using your email address. You will receive an email from Esri with an authorization code. The code enables the extension on a single machine, providing anonymous access to public content hosted on ArcGIS Online and the ability to find and add local data, define map visualizations, and download data as artwork layers. You can activate your account directly through the sign-up page.
  • Plus—Provides commercial-grade access at a low month-to-month cost to all 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 (Viewer, Editor, Creator, or GIS Professional). 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.