Adobe Makes $10 Photoshop CC 2014 Photography Plan Permanent
Previously available only as a special promotion (starting on Black Friday), and originally only offered to existing customers who were upgrading from older versions of Photoshop, Adobe has now made permanent a low-cost Photoshop/photography product bundle that anyone worldwide can take advantage of, with no prior purchase or software ownership necessary…
The new Creative Cloud Photography Plan includes the latest and greatest desktop releases of both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus other related tools and services. It includes all of the following components for only US$9.99/month with an annual membership (Adobe’s best deal ever on PS):
- New Photoshop CC 2014 complete with Bridge CC and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)
- New Lightroom 5 for desktop plus Lightroom Mobile for iPad & iPhone
- 2 GB of Cloud storage, plus unlimited online photo storage in Lightroom Web
- Seamless integration with the powerful new Photoshop Mix mobile app
- Access to hundreds of exclusive online video tutorials in Creative Cloud Learn
- Continuing upgrades and updates for all included applications and services
- Download and use of prior Photoshop releases (CC 2013, CS6) if desired
- Install all desktop applications on up to two of your computers
- No previous purchase or prior software necessary
Adobe has been clear that this is the regular ongoing price for anyone who signs up for this plan. So if you join now, then if/when you renew in a year’s time, the price will still be $9.99 per month. They do not have plans to change this price.
In other words, this is not an introductory rate, it is the standard price for subscribers. If you prefer, you also now have the ability to prepay the plan a year in advance, instead of monthly. For the annual prepaid option, it’s US$119.88 per year.
Internationally, the monthly cost is £7.14 GBP, €9.99 EUR, A$9.99 AUD, and ¥980 JPY, and the annual pay-upfront rate is £85.68 GBP, €119.88 EUR, A$119.88 AUD, and ¥11,760 JPY (all prices are exclusive of VAT/local taxes). Wherever you are, you can:
What’s this plan worth? Well, the list price of Photoshop Extended just by itself (quoting CS6 from 2012) is $999 – with many new features added since. Adobe Lightroom 5 (full) sells for $149. Plus you get the online storage, mobile apps, and product training. Add it all up, and to buy a software bundle like this upfront would cost over US$1,200 for static versions that never improve. That would be a decade of paying just $10 a month instead with this special plan, where here you’ll also receive ongoing support and upgrades to new desktop releases with the latest features!
What’s changed between Adobe’s new and previous Photography Plan offerings? The new one has 2 GB of Creative Cloud file storage rather than 20 GB – but instead you now get unlimited online photo storage in Lightroom Web. The new generally-available plan also does not include a Behance ProSite or access to Creative Cloud Market (however, subscribers of the previous promotional program are grandfathered in on the ProSite, the CC Market, and the 20 GB cloud). But outside of that, everything else in the plan is the same – including Adobe’s flagship Photoshop and Lightroom desktop applications.
So if you’d like to have those industry-leading professional imaging tools plus other benefits at a low monthly cost, this is a terrific package… And if you want to take it up a step further and get the full Creative Cloud including these and all the rest of the new CC 2014 tools, then existing CS customers can receive upgrade pricing for $29.99 a month.
For students and teachers there’s another way to save – Adobe is offering complete Creative Cloud memberships with all their creative tools for up to 70% off to education customers ($19.99 a month in the US), also with no prior software ownership required.
[UPDATE (June 27th) – With Apple today stopping development of Aperture, and Adobe doubling investment in Lightroom, there is only one major player left in this space...]
Want to get started today, for free? You can download the CC 2014 trials which will install and run fully-functional for 30 days (or possibly up to 60 days). Those free trials can then convert to full versions if you decide to sign up. If you don’t wish to continue once the trial is up, simply uninstall the programs.
See Adobe’s official press release about the new plan.
Wondering about file compatibility with older versions of Photoshop? Check out: