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Adobe Ships New CC 2019 Release – Upgrade Free / Download Trials

Download the New 2019 Release of Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy) – See What's New

Today Adobe announced the immediate availability of the all-new CC 2019 release, the next generation of Creative Cloud with hundreds of new features and advancements across their product line surrounding three key themes: to accelerate your work, to liberate your creativity, and to help you create anything…  CC 2019 is the next major release following the CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, and CC 2013 versions, which in turn replaced CS6 from 2012.

The 18 upgraded CC desktop applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Adobe XD, Dimension, Animate, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Media Encoder, Prelude, Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. In addition, there’s a recently-improved version of Acrobat DC Pro, plus a brand new 1.0 product in Premiere Rush CC for all-in-one, cross-device video editing that makes creating and sharing online content easier than ever – as well as previews of three upcoming apps: Project Gemini for amazing drawing and painting across all surfaces, Project Aero for powerfully authoring AR (augmented reality) experiences, and the much-anticipated Photoshop CC for the iPad (the real deal).

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There are also big changes for Adobe’s type assets. Typekit is now Adobe Fonts. Starting today, all Creative Cloud subscription plans will include a complete library of over 15,000(!) fonts with full use – a $100/year value. This means users no longer have to pay for premium fonts; they all come automati­cally with your CC subscrip­tion. And there will be no more limits on the number of fonts you can sync, or the number of web font pageviews, or the number of domains you can use them on. And finally, all fonts will be able to be used on both the web and the desktop.

As part of this release, Adobe continues to embed machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities across the entire suite of tools and services with Adobe Sensei. 74% of creative professionals spend over 50% of their time on repetitive, non-creative tasks. By blending the art of creativity with the science of data, the goal of Sensei is to help free you from mundane tasks and employ technology to accelerate your creativity. And Adobe’s Sensei plays a big role in the “that’s impossible” new features wowing the audience at the MAX Conference this week.

All current Creative Cloud members receive an automatic upgrade to the 2019 Release, and all of the new free trial downloads are also now live online. As before, the new tools and services are available via budget-friendly annual or monthly memberships. Creative Cloud membership continues to expand at an acceler­ating pace around the world, with now over 12 million paid subscribers.

What You Should Know About the 2019 Release

Download New Adobe CC 2019 Now (Try or Buy)

The CC 2019 applications are complete new builds of the tools and not just “in place” feature updates to the existing versions. When upgrading your system, the CC Desktop App will, by default, uninstall prior CC (not CS) versions on your machine, so that you just have the latest release… It will automat­ically migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible add-ons; however it will not migrate third-party plug-ins.

If you do not want it to uninstall your prior versions – for third-party compatibility reasons or just to wait until you’re comfortable with the new CC 2019 version – then click on “Advanced Options” and uncheck “Remove old versions.” In all cases, per usual, you’ll have to reinstall any third-party plug-ins and extension panels after you upgrade. For more information and details, please see this guide. So, it’s up to you: if you choose, CC 2019 will install and run alongside CC 2018, CS6, or any older CS versions with no problem (and some people do this), or you can have the the older release(s) removed.

As of this writing, the CC 2019 direct download links are not available yet, but we hope they will be released soon… In the meantime, the CC 2018 standalone installers are still available.

In any event, as a Creative Cloud member you always have access to most older CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC 2013, and CS6 application versions available in an online archive for all subscribers to download and use if/when needed. So if you ever uninstall an earlier version that you want back later, it’s usually there for you. If you’re trying out CC 2019 and decide to join when the free trial period is up, you can easily convert your trial to ongoing use without reinstall­ing the software.

Also important to know is that the system requirements have changed, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Mac, the CC 2019 release now requires macOS X 10.12 Sierra or higher. If you’re not running the latest macOS yet, then you can get a free upgrade from Apple to the latest version of macOS 10.14 Mojave. On PC, either Windows 10 (version 1703 or higher) or Windows 7 will work for most Creative Cloud applications. But note that Windows 7 is no longer supported for the CC video and audio tools, and Windows 8.1 is not supported at all. For more details, consult the complete CC 2019 System Requirements. If those don’t fit for you, then you can instead continue to use the older CC 2018 applications.

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Pricing and Availability

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The complete CC 2019 release is now shipping and available for instant download. If you’re not ready for the complete Creative Cloud now (US$50/month prepaid) and prefer just a single applica­tion like Photoshop CC 2019, then you can get any standalone CC tool for $10-$20 a month with what’s known as a Single-App Membership, or (for both Photoshop + Lightroom) the CC Photography Plan.

Education customers still receive a discount of 60-70% off the regular CC prices, for students, teachers, and staff at all levels of school: primary, middle, secondary, college and university… See our guide on how to qualify.

If you need to run CC on multiple computers for a group of users, then Adobe offers Creative Cloud for Teams for the most flexibility and ease of management, plus other significant advantages over the Individual CC offering such as the groundbreaking Team Projects.

As a Creative Cloud member, all of these just-launched apps and services are available to you immed­iately. Just download and install the apps from your Creative Cloud account (com­pletely on your schedule), or start using the new or updated services. Everyone can also run every­thing for free for 7 days, as all trial periods have been reset from the previous major release.

You can find more details about all the new features on the Creative Cloud webpage and blog, or check out Adobe’s official press release. The extensive CC FAQ also answers many common questions, and don’t miss the broad collection of CC tutorials on Adobe TV.

What’s New in CC 2019? [Video]

See Also

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  1. Dennis

    Thank you, you are always so good at keeping us up-to-date, and I am looking forward to your oh-so-helpful catalog of download links for CC 2019. One point re: the Photoshop update, is that I do still have all my third-party plug-ins. Hmmm… just realised that I only have five plug-in folders, and that Filter Forge 7 didn’t make it.

  2. Javo

    Thanks for keeping us updated on the latest changes, as always! I always check this site out for the latest. Another change: it appears offline activation has been removed in CC 2019, which could mean no direct download and installs.

  3. Matthew Stephens

    It looks like my 2012 Mac Pro is now obsolete. Premiere Pro minimum specs are now 6th-gen Intel processor (I believe the Mac Pro is a 5000 series Xeon) and it needs at least 4GB of VRAM. I only have a 1GB card. I guess this is one way to get people to upgrade! Also 16GB of RAM minimum… 32GB recommended.

    • Greetings Matthew. Well, the software keeps pushing the capabilities of the hardware, so the engineers increase the minimum hardware requirements… To us it doesn’t seem too outlandish, as 2012 was the CS6 era, and the application has evolved so much since then.

      But if the newer version won’t run or work well on your existing system, then as a Creative Cloud subscriber you still have the right to continue to use the prior version (or any previous CC release actually).

  4. Matthew Stephens

    Thanks. I get it…technology keeps moving on. I’m not upset; it’s just always interesting when your gear gets to the point where it’s no longer good enough to keep up. I will say the RAM jump to 32GB recommended is pretty steep. I’ll probably upgrade the system since the new features look really good. I just won’t be an early adopter because of the likely bugs.

  5. Dennis

    Sorry, there was a typo in the above post. I meant to say links for MAX 2018.

  6. Bruno Miguel Gomes


    Are there any improvements for using multiple GPUs in Premiere?

    Example: the ability to choose the gpu from a MacBook and a eGPU like blackmagic and use them both.


  7. Adobe’s descent from being a professional software provider into a mass-market over-featured behemoth continues.

    Their decision to stop any further development of Muse in March 2018 was a disaster for creatives looking for an object-based interface that blended with other design essentials such as InDesign and Photoshop. Now, with CC 2019 I’m confronted with infantile ‘have a nice day’ type messages such as this when I open InDesign: “Ready to go, Howard?” Did nobody see the irony of that? I think I might be!

  8. Anyone else discovering problems with the new Illustrator tools palette? Tools becoming buried under other tools again and again, tool locations constantly moving. I’ll not remembering custom tool palettes? Nearly making Illustrator unusable? Pulling my hair out.

  9. kimlanvn

    I only installed Bridge CC 2019 on Windows 10 x64 and with CameraRAW enabled. Is CameraRAW 11 free with Bridge CC 2019?

  10. Rick


    2012 may have been CS6 era, but it’s only 1 Mac Pro version old, as Apple hasn’t been keeping up in the Pro market. You need to take that into account.

    • To our minds, it’s not the number of MacBook iterations that Apple has (or hasn’t) offered since then – but rather the level and performance of the hardware available at that time as compared to the present day…

      Six years is at least 3 doublings via Moore’s Law. And even within a single MacBook generation, Apple continually evolves the processors (CPU/GPU) and chips used, and the specs generally. Nothing stays static for long.

  11. Serge Fleury

    Don’t know if this is the right place to ask my question, but I tried several others and did not get answer ;-(

    I use the late Photoshop CC 2018.
    When I created a “new” document, I was prompted with a “graphic” dialog box. But without doing anything (to the best of my knowledge !) I reverted to the “old” dialog (text only).

    Where and how could I get back to the “graphic” interface ?

  12. Mark Segal

    Could you please clarify one thing on pricing: with installation of the 2019 versions of Photoshop and Lightroom Classic, do I continue with the same Photography Plan at the same price as before this update, which is now USD $9.95 per month?

    Also, is there a published list of new features and performance improvements for this release? I don’t have time to watch videos.

  13. Rick


    My 2010 Mac Pro outperforms or matches all the but the very top of the line Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and iMac. It beats all their laptops in GPU performance, and is only bested in some CPU tests by the top-end 2018 MacBook Pro

    Moore’s law has mostly been broken in the last few years for consumer products, as computers have reached a level that’s been good enough for listen uses. Apple currently sells machines that perform around 1/8 of my Mac Pro’s CPU, 1/8 the RAM I currently have installed (1/16th the Mac I could install), and abysmal GPU performance compared to my RX 580.

    If we’re really going by 6th gen CPUs, this mean the following Macs cannot run the 2019 versions of Premiere and Prelude:
    No Mac Pro ever made so far (not even the 2013)
    No Mac mini ever made so far.
    No iMac mid 2015 (1st two versions of the 4k and 5k) and older.
    No MacBook Pro 2015 and older.

    Overall, it’s a moot point, as I was able to install and use Premiere Pro 2019 on my 2010 Mac Pro and 2015 MacBook Pro without issue. It seems like Adobe’s documentation for absolute MINIMUM requirements is incorrect.

  14. I have been using the CC apps for years with regular upgrades installing without issue on my iMac.

    Now, after upgrading to Mojave and allowing CC to install several 2019 versions (e.g., Dreamweaver, Photoshop) the apps are presented as “Trials”. This is a little puzzling.

    My login is properly recognized but although I have had a subscription to CC for years it would appear I would have to purchase all over again. Shouldn’t the subscription continue with the new apps?

  15. Rosalee Ponce

    Where did the book template feature go in InDesign 2019?

  16. Abdul

    What’s the system and OS requirement of Adobe illustrator cc 2019?

  17. Hawkeye OneZero

    I am still using CS6 but with the new CC 2019, I have it on my “Christmas List.” But one very major problem I have is that the OCR in Adobe Acrobat/Reader is very poor.
    I do much document re-creation for the US Govt from images or scanned images, not original documents due to damage and very poor archiving.
    Is CC 2019 any good at recognizing the font used in a image better than Adobe Acrobat Pro or Reader?

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