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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 all-new CC 2015 versions of creative applications, some readers are telling us they’re not sure if they need all the tools that are included in the complete Creative Cloud offering, or aren’t quite ready to join for US$49 a month…

The complete (or All Apps) Creative Cloud membership gives you the latest-and-greatest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Muse, Animate, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and others – together in a well-integrated suite with ongoing product upgrades included as soon as they’re available.

But if you don’t need or aren’t ready for Adobe’s entire creative collection on your desktop, then there is another option. This alternate route is called a Single-App Membership Plan – also known as a single-tool subscription. This plan gives you full access to the latest version of any single Adobe creative application for just $9-19 a month – and you can choose between Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Acrobat Pro DC, Muse CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects 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 2015 plus Lightroom 6/CC for $9.99 a Month (Regular 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 6/CC 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 also receive the brand new Adobe Portfolio to publish your own customized online work portfolio website at no extra cost. And except with the Photography Plan, you also get full access to the entire Typekit library of fonts for use in desktop applications and websites (an over $25,000 value if purchased normally).

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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, and much more… In fact, performance has been improved and is significantly better than CS6, plus over 1,000 new features have been added since the time that CS6 came out four years ago.

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 CC releases) 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 2015 with its new Dehaze/Defog and Deblurring capa­bilities or the 3D printing and Perspective Warp features), and be your most productive.

Install now: Get all new Adobe CC 2015 direct download links and free trials.

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 the old days where you needed 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 2015 and beyond) with the annual Single plan.

Over ten 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 automatically credit your account for your unused amount.

All of the standard CC 2015 free trials can also be converted to single-app memberships without reinstalling the software.  And if for some reason you should decide within 14 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!

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New Adobe CC 2015 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

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Available Worldwide! Get New Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 plus Lightroom 6/CC for Just US$9.99 a Month (Regular Ongoing Price)
  1. Jessica

    I am already a monthly subscriber to the $10/month Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom plan but I need Illustrator for about a month. Can I upgrade to the $20 plan that includes Illustrator for a month to take care of a job I need to get done, and then downgrade to the Photoshop/Lightroom plan again the next month?

    • Hey Jessica, there is no standard $20 plan that includes both Photoshop + Lightroom and Illustrator – unless you are a student or teacher and can get the large education discount.

      If you need to add Illustrator to your existing membership for a short time, then you would just get a Single-App Subscription for Illustrator (by itself) using the Monthly (month-to-month) option.

      It will cost a little more, but the advantage is you can cancel at any time. So you would just cancel the Illustrator add-on when you don’t need it anymore – which can all be done easily online.

    • PS – An alternative would be to upgrade your current plan to the Complete Creative Cloud, which includes many popular tools such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Muse, Flash Pro, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more.

      In that case, you would visit your Manage Account page online and see if you can change the type of your Creative Cloud plan there (click on “Manage plan” to convert, upgrade, or downgrade your subscription).

      If that doesn’t work for you or you don’t see the option you need, then just contact Customer Support for further assistance.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Maria

    Does this mean that you will be getting the full program of photoshop, not extra upgrades with the 9.99$ subscription duo of Lightroom and photoshop?

    I’m looking to learn photoshop, just that I won’t really use anything else. Should I save up and buy cs6 because it’s the full package, or should I get the cc membership for 9.99$? A little confused.

    • Hi Maria, as of the start of October 2015, Adobe finally removed the online sale of CS6 from their website… The reason is because the software is 3½ years old and increasingly unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it some time ago as the newer CC quickly grew and took over. With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on future operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

      If you just want Photoshop and Lightroom, then the CC Photography bundle (the $9.99 plan you mentioned) includes the latest-and-greatest releases of both of those tools, plus ongoing upgrades to them.

  3. Can I use illustrator on my android tablet? I no longer use a desktop.

  4. Vahan

    I’m a coder, not a designer, but I’m also an expert with Photoshop. My workflow uses Photoshop, Edge Animate and Brackets. Brackets is not part of CC. If I get the Photoshop CC package, does it come with Edge Animate?

    I ask because I currently have the full CC suite provided by my employer, and I wonder if I should get my own at home when Animate is discontinued:

    • No Vahan, the latest version of Edge Animate CC is not available either with the CC Photography Bundle nor via Adobe’s Single-App Subscription – it only comes together with all the other CC tools in the full package…

      So you can either download the older Edge Animate 1.5 for free (for life), or you can get the latest Edge Animate CC release included as part of the Complete Creative Cloud.

      You should also know that Adobe has said that Creative Cloud subscribers can continue using Edge Animate CC even though the company has ceased further development on the application, just as CC members can still use Fireworks, Encore, Flash Builder, and other Edge tools.

  5. JennyJ

    Are there differences between the Photoshops being offered in the photo bundle vs. what you get in the single app package?

  6. jamie kealy


    Can I get the monthly Photoshop subscription and then cancel when not using it, and then get it again when I need it?

    • Hello Jamie, the answer is both yes and no.

      Yes, there is a Photoshop-only single-tool subscription that is available either annually for a full year, or monthly where you can start and stop whenever needed and only pay for the months you use.

      By contrast, the Photoshop + Lightroom (CC Photography) plan is so inexpensive that it is offered on an annual (12-month) basis.

      You can see both plans (with the extras that they include like a Portfolio website, fonts and other assets), plus the exact pricing in your country here:

  7. Robert

    Hello, I just need to use Illustrator for one month. I used the trial already so I wanted to know if I get the Single App for $19.99 a month with the One-Year commitment, can I cancel before I reach my second month and only spend $19.99?

  8. stephen horan

    can i download cs5 versions through the monthly subscription, if my graphics card is limited?

  9. Maret


    I need Illustrator for my work, but soon I want to learn how to use InDesign as well. So I was wondering if I want to use both programs, do I need to pay for the full package (or if 3 programs, Photoshop as well) or how much qould it be? And did I understand correctly that the Creative cloud is usable on 2 selected computers?

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