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What’s the Difference btwn Adobe CC vs. Creative Cloud for Teams?

The Differences Between Different Types of Creative Cloud Membership: CC for Teams vs. Individuals

What are the differences between the types of Creative Cloud membership? This is a question we get a lot, so here’s a handy comparison guide on the major differences between Creative Cloud for Teams vs. CC for Individuals. In another article we already covered the all the differences between Creative Cloud Student & Teacher vs. regular.

Creative Cloud for Teams is Adobe’s volume licensing solution for businesses, studios, design shops, agencies, companies, offices, schools, and other organizations. It includes everything that CC for Individuals does, but gives you substantially more features and capabilities for managing and working with different users. It’s meant for groups (such as small to midsize businesses and departments) with multiple seats using the products at the same time. For large businesses, Adobe recommends Creative Cloud for Enterprise.

The fastest way to get a sense of the biggest differences is to check out Adobe’s CC Plans-at-a-Glance comparison page (click to enlarge):

See the Different Creative Cloud Plans Comparison Chart (Click to View Larger)

So the Team offering provides everything that Creative Cloud for Individuals does, which means open access to the world’s best creative tools (all of the same desktop apps, services, and feature upgrades as soon as they are released) – plus unique workgroup capabilities for enhanced file sharing and collaboration (with 100GB of online space for each user instead of 20GB in the individual Complete plans), flexible and efficient license management (for dynamically adding, removing, or reas­signing users as needed), usage tracking and reporting, centralized billing, and advanced support services (including two live one-on-one sessions with Adobe product experts per user, per year, via phone and web conference).

CC for Teams: Easily Add or Move a New Seat

What makes Creative Cause for Teams really different and unique: Administrators can manage it all from a simple but powerful web-based Admin Console to centrally purchase, deploy, and manage all seats within your organization. You can easily add, move, or reassign users to adapt to the way your organization does business – so it evolves as your company evolves, and your team mem­bers can even be entirely outside of your organi­zation.

The Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) Option: Learn More

And Adobe’s Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) – a centralized IT deployment tool allowing you to control and customize how your users install and access both CC products and updates – is only offered in the Teams edition. You can use this special utility to build your own custom­ized distri­bution packages and provide as much platform stability as you like – and install ongoing upgrades on your own schedule, whenever you are ready. If desired, you can also block access to online Creative Cloud storage and services while users are on the corporate network.

Some other benefits of CC for Teams include: Achieving a lower cost of entry, taking advantage of predictable budgeting, simplifying compliance management and reporting, helping ensure usage rights with assigned seats, rigorous built-in security, and treating software purchases as an operating expense. Team users also get one extra month of offline grace period when running the CC desktop applications without an Internet connection, including when traveling remotely or internationally.

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

Pricing for the Team product is $69.99/month per seat on an annual basis – either paid monthly through­out the year, or prepaid up front. That gives you everything described above. Education pricing (schools, students and teachers, classrooms, colleges and universities) is $34.99/month. International pricing is lower by similar percentages. You can also upgrade from any number of current Creative Cloud Individual memberships to a consolidated Creative Cloud Team membership.

If you only need one application, then there’s a new option: CC for Teams Single App. You can choose from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, or any one of the rest – and it includes all the same Team features for admin, support, and collaboration, together with 20GB of online storage. The regular pricing for the Teams single-tool plan is $29.99/month for the majority of CC products (except for Acrobat Pro DC which is $14.99/month) – and for education customers, the same individual tool package is $14.99/month.

All these plans are available directly from Adobe, and there is no minimum or maximum on number of seats you can purchase for your team, group, or SMB. You can buy it with a credit card, PayPal, or purchase order, either paid monthly or prepaid annually. As with the regular Creative Cloud, each user on your Team can choose to run on either Windows or Mac operating system platforms, or both.

Related: Read about the advantages of subscription vs. perpetual.

Learn More about What You Get with Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams

So in a nutshell, Creative Cloud for Teams does everything that the standard CC edition does, but takes it to the next level for multiple people collaborating and working together smoothly.


Do you have any questions about Creative Cloud for Teams?  Check out our extensive Creative Cloud FAQ, or just ask them below and we’ll get you answers fast!

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  1. Bing Ng

    Hi,

    Our company is considering the Adobe Creative Cloud Team package. I want to know whether there’s additional cost if we were to assign licenses to additional users (freelancers, interns), and scale back if we the users are finished with their jobs. Thanks.

    – Bing

  2. Carrie

    We have several pieces of equipment in our shop scattered all over the building, each with an attached computer: Large format printers, laser engraver, CNC router, etc. We have far more computers/pieces of equipment than users. It’s a pain in the butt to run across the shop to edit a file because the PC in front of you doesn’t happen to have the piece of software you need on it.

    We have CC for teams, two seats currently. We also have an older version of CS that we chose not to upgrade, as it’s not used terribly often. If there are seven computers, how many more ‘seats’ do we realistically need to buy with just the two users?

    • Hello Carrie, good question. Each seat of CC for Teams that you buy can be installed and activated on up to two computers – provided they are not used at the same time…

      So to cover an office of seven computers with the software, having two users, you would need a total of four licenses for Creative Cloud. And with the Teams edition you could then collaborate and share your work across machines and users, etc.

      Then in the future you could hire up to two additional employees or staff that could use those 4 existing licenses simultaneously.

      In the short term, you can flip around and deactivate & reactivate the software on different machines – but this is not a long-term solution.

  3. Hi,

    Our 501c3 non-profit organization (Greater Wichita YMCA) is considering the Adobe Creative Cloud Team package for maybe 6 or more users. I noticed you have discounted pricing for educational institutions. Do you have NPO pricing discounts available? We’ve been getting Adobe products through techsoup, but I don’t see that they have Creative Cloud Team listed as a donation from Adobe. We appreciate Adobe’s generosity.

  4. Please remove my post and question. I found Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Teams on techsoup now. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

  5. sahin

    hello

    i got 1 Photoshop and 1 Dreamweaver software license on my own name and paying yearly to adobe, i do run a firm on my name as well and it is a sole proprietor firm. i use them in my office for designing work. Do i need to purchase separate licenses for my firm, cant i use my personal license in my own company.

    pls suggest…

  6. sahin

    @ProDesignTools

    Appreciate your answer. my question is that if i have a license in my personal name, and if i use them in my office, if there is any liability of the office to purchase further licenses. Due to the funds and pricing difference, i want to have 2 or 3 individual licenses in my name and will be using them on separate machines in the office at the same time.

    plus do you mean that we can install 1 individual license on 2 machines and if they are not used at the same time, i do not need a separate license…?

    • Yes, that’s right. Please read that guide we linked for more details.

      As far as type of use – as long as you remain within the licensing terms outlined in that guide, then it doesn’t matter whether your usage is for personal/home or work/office, or where the usage is, or whether your purchase was in your personal name or your company/business name.

  7. Slavisa

    Hi,
    We have a publishing house with designers working in shifts on the same computers. (Meaning that we have twice as many users than computers)… At the moment we are considering to switch to CC, but as i understand, we should buy a licence for each user?
    thanks

  8. Mike Jouglard

    If we purchase the Team version for three people, can we all be using the same app at the same time? For example, can we use InDesign simultaneously?

    thanks,
    mike

  9. Shams

    Hello There.

    We are Publishing Company and intend to purchase the Creative Cloud for Teams.

    We are a team of 2 people and usually work in Photoshop, illustrator, indesign, After effects, and Acrobat at one go. And some time we work from home as well, now i want to access CC in the office and at home as well – so 2 Machines in the office and 2 Machines at home.

    Now my question is, for 4 macs (2 office + 2 home), how many licences do we need to purchase?

  10. Barney L.

    Does the Creative Cloud for Teams allow the manager/administrator to see which apps are being used by its members or users?

    In other words, does it feature usage reporting back to the admin?

  11. nirav patel

    hi barney, i’m a professional photographer, i have an individual license on my firm id. recently i added some co-workers in my firm, about 15 people. we are using photoshop & after effects. so can i buy a license for them under my company email, or do i have to go under a business license?

  12. Mario

    I get quite confused about this. Here is the thing. I would like to buy this package thinking this would provide a licence for 2 users. Am I right? No need to buy another licence for them?

  13. newsgraphics

    Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I work for a small design firm and we have 4 individual copies of Creative Cloud. Today we received a call from someone Adobe’s license compliance department stating that due to the type of commercial usage, we are not allowed to use multiple individual licenses for a single business, and were automatically being upgraded to a team license at an additional total cost of $80 per month. Even though we protested, they immediately charged our credit card the minute we hung up the phone. Subsequently, upon realizing this, we researched the issue further and found, ON ADOBE’S OWN SITE, that a small business is perfectly within the licensing terms to purchase multiple “individual” licenses in lieu of a “team” license. Either Adobe has hired some people who are trying to make sales quotas or they are poorly trained. We went online and complained via online chat, and the person thankfully cancelled the additional “team” membership, leaving our individual licenses and pricing intact. So, if anyone from Adobe calls your business and tells you that you are not using their “individual license” software within the terms and conditions, point them to the following thread: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1271552

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