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Not Ready for Full Cloud? Subscribe to Any CC App for $9-19/Month

Get Adobe CC – The Latest Release of Any Creative Application You Want for Less Than $20 a Month

With the fast-growing adoption of Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the recent release of the new CC 2014 versions of creative applications replacing Creative Suite, some readers are telling us they’re not sure if they need all the tools that are included in the Creative Cloud offering, or aren’t quite ready to join for US$49 a month…

Typically in these cases customers believe their only two choices are between purchasing 2012’s CS6 in the traditional way vs. the Creative Cloud. (And yes, you can still buy all of the CS6 products with perpetual licensing direct from Adobe if that’s what you prefer, because the company is continuing to sell Creative Suite 6 for those who want it.)

Fortunately there is a third option, although this is not widely known. There is another choice between paying $700-$1000 for Photoshop CS6, and signing on for the complete Creative Cloud…

The third route is called a Single-App Membership Plan – also known as a single-tool subscription. This plan gives you full access to the very latest version of any single Adobe creative application for just $9-19 a month – including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, Muse CC, Premiere Pro CC, or any of the others. And as with all CC products, no previous purchase is necessary and no prior software is required to buy or use them.

Worldwide Offer: Get New Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 plus Lightroom 5 and Mobile for US$10 a Month (Ongoing Price)

One of the most attractive offerings here is the special Photoshop Photography Plan where for the regular price of only $9.99/month you can get both Photoshop CC plus Lightroom 5 and Lightroom Mobile, together with other nice benefits.

Included in all single-app plans you get a free level of Creative Cloud with online storage and the ability to sync and share your work on virtually any device. All single-app subscribers (except the Photography Plan) also receive Behance ProSite to publish a customized online work portfolio website, plus full access to the entire Typekit library of fonts for use in desktop applications and websites (an over $25,000 value if purchased normally) – both at no extra cost.

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Importantly, none of these CC programs run online or “in the cloud” (that’s a frequent myth) – your single-app member­ship lets you download and install the software directly on your own computer desktop, providing you all the functionality that Creative Suite products have in the past. In fact, performance has been improved and is even better than CS6, plus over 1,000 new features have been added since the time that CS6 came out.

You can run the new CC software on up to two of your computers, including both a PC and a Mac.  You can even still download and use the older CS6 version of the tool if you want to (in addition to the newest release) on the same systems.  For more than two machines, a multiple user edition of the single-app membership is sold via the Creative Cloud for Teams plan.

Adobe Creative Cloud Growing Fast, Now Millions of Paid Subscribers (Click to Enlarge)

The single-app option is now available in over 84 countries, making these tools more affordable to everyone without the large upfront cost… The best news is all major new releases plus ongoing upgrades are included and are immedi­ately available for you to download and use as a member at no additional cost – there’s no more waiting or wondering or paying extra to upgrade. You can always be running the best and most current version (like Photoshop CC 2014 with its new Generator capa­bility or the 3D printing and Perspective Warp features), and be your most productive.

There are both annual and month-to-month plans for increased flexibility. The month-by-month option costs more, but you can stop and start access as needed. So if there’s a period of time where you won’t need to use the software, you can simply turn it off and pay nothing – then reactivate when you want to run it again, without needing to reinstall. You can now even pay using PayPal instead of a credit card.

Generally, the math works out pretty attractively – for example, instead of needing to come up with $1000 for a static version of After Effects CS6, you can get over four years of the latest and most powerful releases of After Effects (today’s CC 2014 and beyond) with the annual Single plan.

A dozen different Adobe applications are now offered this way – see the complete list of products you can get. And if you want to upgrade from a single app to the full Creative Cloud down the line, that’s no problem as Adobe will credit your account for your unused amount.

All of the standard CC 2014 free trials can also be converted to single-app memberships without reinstalling the software.  And if for some reason you should decide within 30 days of joining that it’s not for you, you can easily cancel for a full refund.

Do you have any questions about Adobe’s single-app subscription editions, or CC in general?  Just ask them below and we’ll get you answers fast!

See Also

New Adobe CC 2014 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

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Available Worldwide! Get New Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 plus Lightroom 5 Desktop and Mobile for Just US$9.99 a Month
  1. My personal opinion is that plans do not have sense. A single tool like Photoshop should be $10-12, and $20 they should charge for Design Standard for example.

    • Hey there Bojan, thanks for your thoughts and good to see you again. At this time Adobe decided not to offer price points that are in between a single tool and the full Cloud (e.g., like a suite edition), but it might be something they could consider in the future.

      No guarantees of course, but we think it’s more likely they’ll continue to reduce prices generally on all memberships over time, and that is what’s happened so far in recent years… So it’s possible you may eventually get your wish.

      [UPDATE: You got it – Photoshop is now under $10!]

  2. Debi j

    Question about the cloud… An Adobe guy on campus said that you just load it to your computer and you didn’t need to have the internet up when you use it, but a friend of mine who has subscribed to the cloud said that she can’t use hers when her internet is out. So what’s the truth? Is there something wrong with my friend’s cloud/computer, or did the Adobe guy tell me wrong? I’m concerned that if I go with the cloud when I upgrade that I’m going to be messed up. I don’t always connect to the web when I’m working on Photoshop.

  3. I have always purchased new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom as they became available. I don’t see pricing for joining Adobe Cloud for just those two specific programs. Is there an option for that?

    I know Adobe wants to move everything to the cloud, but freezing out customers who have always purchased the boxed versions (as far as new features are concerned) seems unfair… makes good business sense, but is rather ruthless. Obviously their strategy is working, since I am considering going cloud.

    • Welcome Isabelle, with Adobe’s Single-App Membership option, the latest version of Photoshop (CS6 or upcoming CS7) is available by itself (stand­alone) for $19.99 a month – and this will include all updates and upgrades.

      Lightroom (either LR4 or the new LR5) is part of the Creative Cloud – but is not included in any individual tool offer, probably because it is lower cost and can more easily be purchased separately.

      So in your case, you could just buy Lightroom outright and then get a Photoshop subscription – and then you’d be set, if those were the only two applications you need or would ever like to use.

  4. Thanks, PD. One last question before I take the plunge. I would like to keep the purchased versions I have on my computer now which require no regular verification with Adobe. How would that work?

    Thank you for the information you provide–until I read your Myths post, I was pretty sure the Cloud wasn’t for me.

  5. Jim

    Why is it an e-mail I just received today (5/14/2013) says I can get Photoshop CS6 on the cloud for $10.00, but when I go to your site it says $19.95

  6. Hello,

    Currently I run under a CC Single App Photoshop one-year plan. I would like to change my single app to a team subscription.

    My question: Do I need to be a real company, or may I subscribe to “Team” as a hobbyist without any issue?

    One more: May I enjoy a “Team” subscription with just with my son?

    • Greetings Deana, anyone at all can join Creative Cloud for Teams – you don’t have to be a “real” business or company at all to get those extra benefits… just a customer with multiple persons.

      And the users of your CC for Teams license can be anyone you would like to flexibly give access to, either internal to your network or external anywhere in the world.

      You can also upgrade your existing plan over to a new one and Adobe will credit your account.

  7. Is the CS6 version of Photoshop (single app subscription) the Extended edition? ♫

  8. Fraunt Hall

    If I opt to subscribe to Photoshop CS6 as a single application for $19.99 per month, then use it to process my photos, and then decide to drop it after a year or so, how will I be able to use my PS-CS6-processed images which have been saved using the subscription version – particularly if I save the processed images in .PSD or .DNG formats?

    My second question: Will Adobe still be offering a stand-alone perpetually licensed version of Photoshop CS-Whatever in addition to the CC version? Your mention of CS7 seems to suggest that.

    • Hey there Fraunt, to answer your questions:

      If you want you can save your images as .TIFF or other formats – plus other applications can read .PSD and .DNG files, including many third-party tools…

      (What many folks don’t realize is that Photoshop’s .PSD is actually a published and openly-available file format.)

      What’s more, Adobe is working on solutions for ongoing access to your files with their tools, even after a CC subscription is canceled – see:

      Our Move to Creative Cloud: An Update

      Regarding perpetual licenses, it turns out there won’t be a CS7 but Adobe has said they will continue to sell and support CS6 indefinitely – and that Photoshop CC is able to save back or export files to Photoshop CS6.

      For more details:

      Adobe CC File Format & Compatibility Guide

  9. Barbara

    Hello, I currently have a single-app subscription to InDesign. Can I change it over to a different app like Illustrator if I want?

  10. Kate

    HI, I currently use the old Pagemaker 5 program to make catalogs for our small family business, i only work with black and white images and our catalogs average around 180 pages each, with an index and front and back covers. We are considering updating our software, is InDesign what we need? I need something that is easy to use as i have no formal graphic design training….

    • Yes Kate, that’s right – Adobe discontinued development of PageMaker in 2004; the last release then was PageMaker 7.

      Moving to InDesign would be the recommended upgrade path, and as described in the article above, you can just get InDesign CC by itself with an individual app membership. Ongoing product upgrades are included, so you could always be running the latest release.

      For more details on making the migration, see this InDesign Conversion Guide for PageMaker users.

      Hope that helps!

  11. Alisha


    I need Dreamweaver CS6 to complete a school project, but I do not see any options for a trial or rental. I am aware that everything is being moved to the cloud, but I have been told that if I build the site on the cloud, it will not react as it should in CS6. I need to present in CS6. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  12. Joy

    How long do you have to pay until you have paid off the full price? Or do you continue paying the amount a month for however long of a time you want to use it? My question: is there a cut off limit or do you have to continue to pay each month?

  13. Turki


    my question is : what are the applications in the complete choice ?

    does it have Photoshop – Lightroom – Illustrator?

    those are important applications for me

  14. Good day,

    I have recently purchased the Canon 7D Mark 2. I have spent more time learning that CS5 and LR 4 don’t support the RAW format of my new camera than actually using the camera. Will the latest PS and LR support the new RAW format or is that waiting for and upgrade?

    One more question, I have a number of Topaz filters, will they load automatically for full function?

    Thank you

    • Hello Waynis, support for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was added to Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 and Lightroom 5.7, which were both released last month

      So yes, upgrading your software to the latest versions (like with the $9.99 Photography Plan) would definitely support that and other recent cameras.

      We should add too that Adobe provides free ongoing camera compatibility for older versions of all Photoshop & Lightroom products via the DNG Converter utility.

      What does that mean? Well, you can also use the free Adobe DNG Converter for support of the 7D Mark II (or any other available camera) in prior tools like CS5 or LR4.

      Otherwise as mentioned, all current software releases support this new camera natively.

      Finally, on your question about third-party plug-ins or filters for Photoshop – we would expect so, but you’d need to check with the manufacturer to confirm full compatibility and requirements.

      Hope that answers all your questions, if not then just post back!

  15. Clayton

    I was interested in purchasing the Single App CC edition of Edge Animate, however I can’t seem to find where or how to purchase it through Adobe’s website. Have they discontinued support of this software?

    • Hey there Clayton – no, not at all; Edge Animate is alive and well, fully-supported with ongoing new development… It just looks like what you found is true, that Adobe is not offering single-app subscriptions to Edge Animate at this time.

      However, the latest full version of EA is included in all Complete Creative Cloud memberships.

  16. Diana

    Hi. I signed up for the CC Photography Plan two days ago and paid for one year in advance. Subsequently, I realized that I want the features found in the Single App plan. From what I understand, I should install the Single App and then cancel the Photography Plan? Will the annual fee thru PayPal be canceled or applied to the new plan?

    Also, I have a second computer in a nearby town on which I want to run the Single App. Is there a window of time that the software needs to be installed on the second computer, or can that be at any time? Will I be able to pull up a project and work on it from both computers?

    Thanks for your help.

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