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How to Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Free

Get Adobe Creative Cloud Now, Free or Paid

So you’ve heard of Adobe’s Creative Cloud (“CC”) offering, maybe wondered what it is, and perhaps have considered subscribing vs. the traditional route of buying an older (2012) CS6 license…

You likely also saw Adobe’s announcement that there won’t be a CS7 release, and that all of the new CC versions of creative desktop tools replace CS6 and are available via the Creative Cloud only – with over a dozen free app updates already added since its initial launch.

But did you know that no matter what you do, you can sign up right now for a zero-cost class of membership that never expires and provides free benefits for life?  Anyone can have this in 58 countries worldwide, even if you use the perpetual products instead, or even if you use no other Adobe tools or services at all.

Here is all of what you get completely free, permanently:

  1. Two gigabytes of cloud space for storing, syncing, and sharing your files online (same as Dropbox).  The content your Adobe project/data files (like PSD or AI) can be intelligently viewed in any browser, in application-specific ways… Viewers (including clients and non-Cloud members) can easily turn layers on and off, display relevant metadata, make comments, optionally download the files, and more – all without needing any tools.
  2. A full non-expiring desktop license for Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 – download a brand new tool for creating interactive and animated web content with HTML5 technology.
  3. Unrestricted use of Edge Web Fonts, a vast collection online fonts served forever to any website(s) of your choosing. Now over 500 free hosted typefaces to choose from!
  4. Full lifetime access to Edge Code, an in-context code editor for web developers.
  5. Game Developer Tools to build, optimize, and deliver web and mobile games – including free Adobe Scout and Adobe Flash C++ Compiler.
  6. Free for one mobile device: Edge Inspect (formerly Adobe Shadow) to easily preview your work live on your device from the desktop in fast, remote-controlled fashion.
  7. Free PhoneGap Build capability to create a mobile app with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and then deploy it to a wide range of devices.
  8. No charge get started with Typekit commercial fonts: choose two online professional font faces from nearly 1,000 available to use on a single website. You can also sync more than 130 great fonts to use in your favorite desktop programs, including CC trial apps, older versions of the Creative Suite, and even non-Adobe applications.
  9. Unlimited access to free Adobe Story screenwriting software to turn your ideas into screenplays and scripts.
  10. Integration of Behance’s community and portfolio capabilities, allowing you to seam­lessly create content, seek feedback, showcase and distribute your work. Behance now has over two million members receiving over 150 million page views per month, and is a fantastic way to get exposure from like-minded creatives.
  11. Plus… fast and easy access to the free trials of all the new CC tools and other Adobe applications, such as Muse and Business Catalyst for creating websites.  Even if you previously ran a CS6 product trial, you still receive a fresh new 30-day tryout period with the upgraded “CC” release. And every time Adobe does a major upgrade to the software going forward (expected to be annually), you’ll get another new free trial.
  12. What’s New in Adobe CC?

    How to get all this?  Well if you already have an Adobe ID then all it takes is confirming the free signup. If you don’t have an Adobe ID yet, then it’s just six fields to fill out and no credit card needed.

    If you later decide to join the Creative Cloud as a full paying sub­scriber, then you’ll keep all of the above – plus add the following:

    And if you ever stop or cancel your paid subscription, you will retain all benefits of the free membership for life.

    Special: Legally download dozens of free Adobe books for a limited time!

    Creative Cloud: Compare Free vs. Paid Memberships

    Here’s a chart that should help illustrate:

    Compare the Creative Cloud Free vs. Paid Version

    Do you have any further questions on what Creative Cloud is about, or how the free membership compares versus the paid/complete membership?  Check out our extensive Creative Cloud FAQ, or just ask them below and we’ll get you answers fast!

    See Also

    New Adobe CC 2015 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

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  1. I joined earlier and already enjoying the benefits but I am excited about the new integration with Behance.

  2. BWoo

    This is a very misleading offer: the tools being offered, free, in perpetuo, are Adobe’s bleeding-edge new tools with as yet no “track-record,” few critical reviews in the independent computer/graphic-design.

  3. Ryan

    This is great, thanks – I downloaded a bunch of the new tools and trials, uploaded some PSD files to share in the online storage, and started using the free web font service on my site and it seems to work really well.

  4. troy

    How long will the upgrade from CS3 be available? …been wanting to try the new Mercury Graphics Engine, but just need more time to save up some funds.

  5. Courtney Gonzales

    Do I need to click on the 30 day free trial to get the free Edge Tools? How long is this offer good?

  6. Nicole

    I live in South Africa and am desperate for Creative Cloud – how soon can we expect it???

    • Welcome Nicole, it’s a bit surprising that Creative Cloud isn’t available for you yet – South Africa is quite an important geography for Adobe, and we have a lot of readers here coming from there…

      But fear not, Adobe has said repeatedly that their intention is to make Creative Cloud as widely available as possible – and that presumably includes South Africa. They haven’t given any dates, but with 42 countries already available and more being added this year, we expect it’s just a matter of time – and hopefully soon.

      Thanks for your feedback and for stopping by!

  7. UPDATE: Nicole –

    Your wish was Adobe’s command… The Creative Cloud is now available in Africa.

  8. I need Creative Cloud command

  9. Egal Nym

    750000 users from a userbase of 15 million is actually pretty lame.

  10. Gopal

    30 days trial !! I wouldn’t call it free. It’s simply a demo.

  11. Girendra Singh

    Thanks a lot!

    I don’t know much about adobe cloud and suite etc. but trying to start desktop publishing business and require the suite for that purpose. I am going to attend the conference of 7th July at Noida and after discussions with adobe people and then i would move forward.


  12. Richard Bonifacio

    I will fully utilized its potential usefulness.

  13. These free tools appear to be targeted at developers and web designers and, as with any of Adobe’s products, their profit motive is clear in the decision to make them free. Competing with open-source tools and keeping Flash alive in a rapidly-changing web environment wouldn’t be helped if Adobe charged for them. I try to keep my toe in the Adobe world while using the best of open-source programs, which are developed in a more transparent way. Thanks for this info!

  14. Claude

    Hi, I think there’s a little side effect no one mentions. Adobe like Microsoft by upgrading its softwares (OS for Microsoft) tend to push the user to upgrade its equipment which favors manufacturers of hardware. Processors have always to be more powerful, driver’s storage too. Add to this that I’m sure that more than 50% of the implementations done are gadgets never used. Who can pretend to use all the possibilities offered by Win Ultimate or other versions? This compensates the so called free use of the cloud system. Moreover what Adobe did not say is that by switching to the cloud subscription they make a huge economy in printing of the dvds and attached boxes. So please stop being hypocritical and pretend all this for our sole benefit and all is free and in the best of the worlds! You’re not Mother Teresa for god’s sake! I do understand that a company has to make profits, but I just can’t stand the so called generosity they want us to believe. I’m not against the new system, but I don’t like to be taken for a fool who has no brains and will believe all the advertising bla bla bla going with it.

  15. Doria

    I signed up for the free Adobe Story screenwriting software but that link doesn’t work and I can’t find the free version anywhere in the list of products, only the trial version. Does the free version no longer exist?

  16. Tinnel

    I’m a student and I currently have the CS6 suite. If I sign up for the 30-day CC trial (because my school has made the transition to Creative Cloud), will I be able to keep using my CS6 software after the trial has ended? Or am I suddenly left without an access to the products I previously purchased?!

    • Hi Tinnel, you should have no problem. You can download and install any of Adobe’s major creative releases and install/run them side-by-side on the same computer…

      One does not replace or conflict with another – and in fact, some folks even have many recent CC/CS versions on their system together at one time.

      What’s more, you should also be able to double the length of your new CC free trial period if you want, for up to 60 days.

  17. Ginger

    I have recently subscribed to the cloud and have began downloading the apps but I have two questions.

    Question 1. Can a load all the CS6 software and use it with what I have already as far as memory? The laptop is pretty clean no heavy duty apps. I like software but not much into the hardware details. Please help me figure out if I have enough memory to use all of this.

    Question 2. Do I save every project in the cloud to save memory on my computer?

    I have a MacBook Pro Here are its particulars:

    Processor – 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory – 4 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3
    Graphics – IntelHD Graphics 4000 512 MB
    Software – OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)

    • Hello Ginger, it really depends on which Adobe applications you are talking about using the most… They all have different system specifications, and the video apps require a higher level of hardware than do other tools like Muse.

      Also, do you really want to run the older CS6 software from 2012, when you are entitled to use the latest-and-greatest CC 2014 version instead? You can choose either, but the choice is up to you.

      To help you figure it out, here are the complete system requirements for CC 2014, as well as those for CS6.

      If you like, you can try out either release on your computer by downloading and running the software itself. We have the direct download links for CC 2014 as well as for the older CS6.

      To answer your second question – no, we recommend saving everything locally on your own system’s disk. You should always have an offline copy yourself. You can also, of course, upload any file or project to the Cloud, but that’s optional and entirely up to you.

      Finally, for getting started with learning how to best use the CC 2014 applications, we can offer you a set of free books that you can download, or if you prefer online video training then check out Creative Cloud Learn.

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

  18. Anonymous

    excuse me sir… i don’t know much about this, so can you please tell me how to download the package of this…

  19. Mohammahdullah

    hi sir. i have joined a new member

  20. Keith


    Hi, I am a current LR owner …is there any better pricing if I move to cc? I really don’t care about all the other add ons/freebies… Was looking to get Photoshop, but hate to pay again for LR

    • Greetings Keith, the 40%-off CC upgrade discount is for the complete Creative Cloud and only if coming from any previous CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6 software. So to answer your question, there is no upgrade discount for existing Lightroom users.

      Also, if you’re looking at just the $9.99 Photoshop+Lightroom Plan – because it’s already low-cost, there are no upgrade discounts there offered for anyone. However, all subscribers will receive not only the latest releases of those products but also all ongoing upgrades included… So while you have Lightroom 5 now, keep in mind that Lightroom 6 will be coming out and all members will get that too as soon as it’s available.

  21. Debbie Gilbert

    Can I get the most recent free sign-up, please? I live in the US.

  22. hezron mulongo

    kindly accept my request to join.

  23. Anjo

    If i start the free trial and i for example use the updates for Photoshop CS6, does it automatic update my CS4 Photoshop version? And what happens to my CS4 version should i not continue with a membership version of Creative Cloud?

  24. mdabbas
  25. Fredo Fellini

    Hey there, i know this is at least a couple years old and it seems this “free” sign-up is no longer available… so what to do now?
    i guess an “Oh well” is in order

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