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Download the New 2021 Release of Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy) – See What's New

This strange, tumultuous year has changed the way we all live and work. To help creative people around the world overcome the unique challenges of 2020, Adobe is launching today the Creative Cloud 2021 release – with hundreds of improvements to help creatives level up their skills, work efficiently together, get more done, and succeed in new forms of creation. And fittingly, it’s all happening online this week at the annual MAX conference, which is 100% free and 100% virtual for the very first time.

“Creativity for All” is the central theme of the major new release, which focuses on four motifs: accelerating team creativity, disrupting creative learning, expanding mobile creativity, and unleashing new forms of creation. This next generation of Creative Cloud includes hundreds of new features and advancements across Adobe’s product line, as well as the appearance of familiar apps on entirely new platforms.

The 19 upgraded CC desktop applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Animate, XD, Dimension, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Media Encoder, Prelude, Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. In addition, there’s a recently-improved version of Acrobat DC Pro, plus these new apps:

  • The venerable Adobe Illustrator, 33 years young, is now available for the very first time as Illustrator for the iPad (version 1.0). Illustrator joins its cousin Photoshop, which first arrived on the iPad at the MAX conference one year ago. Illustrator on iPad is included for Creative Cloud members with current access to Illustrator on desktop.
  • Adobe Aero, a 100% free new authoring app for creating and viewing augmented reality (AR) experiences, is coming to the desktop (Mac and Windows). The Aero desktop app – now available as a public beta – allows for much deeper precision and more complexity.
  • Popular digital drawing and painting app Adobe Fresco is now available on iPhone. Incredibly, it’s the same familiar interface, the same brushes, and the exact same documents – just on a smaller screen. Fresco remains free for anyone to use, with premium features available.
  • It’s not a new app, but it’s an amazing resource nonetheless: the company just unveiled the brand new Adobe Stock Free Collection, with over 75,000 top-notch images, vectors, illustrations, templates, 3D models, and videos available to everyone at no cost and completely royalty-free. Check it out and start downloading here!

Some of the major new desktop product features include: Sky Replacement (Photoshop), Advanced Color Grading (Lightroom), 3D Design Space (After Effects), Recolor Artwork (Illustrator), Liquid Mode (Acrobat), 3D Transforms (XD), Speech-to-Text (Premiere Pro), Roto Brush 2 (After Effects), Speech-Aware Animation (Character Animator), and Neural Filters (Photoshop).

Try the mind-blowing new Sky Replacement feature in Photoshop 2021

All current Creative Cloud members receive an automatic upgrade to the new 2021 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 around the world, with well over 18 million paid subscribers.

As of this writing, the CC 2021 direct download links are not available yet, but we expect they will be released soon… In the meantime, older standalone installers are still available.

Install now: Get all new Creative Cloud 2021 direct download links and free trials.

What’s New in the Creative Cloud 2021 Release?

Note: The System Requirements Have Changed

Also important to know that the system requirements have evolved, both on Windows as well as on Mac, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Macs, the CC 2021 release now requires macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or later. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to Mojave (10.14) or Catalina (10.15). Be aware, however, that in Catalina, Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that you may have. And while still in beta/preview, macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) is supported by Adobe as well.

Adobe Creative Cloud Growing Fast, Many Millions of Paid Subscribers (Click to Enlarge)

On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1903 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Importantly, except for Acrobat DC, the CC 2021 apps no longer support 32-bit or any Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.

Adobe explains that focusing their efforts on more modern OS versions allows them to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. For more details, please consult the complete CC 2021 System Requirements. If these specifications don’t work for you for some reason, then you can instead continue to use the older CC 2020 applications, or even CC 2019 or CC 2018.

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Pricing and Availability

The 2021 release is now shipping and available for download. If you’re not ready for the complete Creative Cloud now (US$50/month prepaid) and prefer just a single applica­tion like Photoshop 2021, 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.

Worldwide Offer: Get New Adobe Photoshop plus Lightroom for $9.99 a Month (Regular Ongoing Price)

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 game-changing 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 all apps 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 Discover.

Check Out Neural Filters and Recolor Artwork – New in the 2021 Release

See Also

Get the New Creative Cloud 2021 Direct Download Links

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  1. dbur

    After installing PS will not run. It claims ippcvm7.dll not found in the search path. Have not found a solution to this. Where can I get this file and where does it need to be placed?

    I do install adobe tools to a separate drive than C drive (Win10), so maybe that’s not been properly supported this version?

  2. dbur

    After starting the program, the following error message appears:

    Your application is dynamically linked with Intel(R) IPP libraries version 2020.0.1.

    No DLL from the list below is found an the system search path:

    ippcvm7.dll (the most suitable for your CPU)

    Please provide a path to at least one of them.

    Some statements on the internet say this means my CPU is not compatible with PS any more and needs to be updated. That’s about the most bogus thing I’ve heard, if true. My 6 core 3 GHz CPU with 16GB ram no longer works for PS?

  3. dbur

    Yup, confirmed with Adobe. Have to buy a new computer to run PS now. Bogus.

    ——
    Issue

    When you launch Photoshop 2021 (v22.x) you get the following error: “Error at loading of ippCV library.”

    Photoshop 2021 (v22.x) requires a CPU that supports SSE 4.2 or later.

    To determine if your CPU meets this SSE version support requirement, see Photoshop’s Help > System Info dialog and look in or near the 4th line.

    e.g. Adobe Photoshop Version: 22.0.0 20200921.m.1053 2020/09/21: 0fb66349f4 x64
    Number of Launches: 6
    Operating System: Mac OS 10.15.5
    System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:14, Stepping:3 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, HyperThreading

  4. dbur

    Check to see if there is a CPU upgrade for your motherboard that has SSE4. Mine just happens to. Not that easy to figure out. I had to look up the CPU compatibility chart, then look up each processor on the chart to see which ones had it. I’ve ordered one (used from ebay since they are not made anymore) Turns out the CPU I had was the last version of that line before they added the SSE4 support on my MB. I’ll need to update BIOS to support the newer CPU. Wish me luck.

    This site could help you:
    https://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/

    • Thanks for sharing that – it definitely could help someone else!

      It sounds like you have an older machine but glad you were able to find a compatible CPU on eBay.

      Good luck with it and please let us know how it turns out! If for some reason it doesn’t work out, you can still run Creative Cloud 2020 of course.

  5. dbur

    Just found this on the adobe forum. Have not tried it yet.
    ——————
    Here is the fix.

    Fix for “Error at loading of ippCV library” – Photoshop 22.0 Windows 10

  6. dbur

    I tried the fix posted here and it worked on my Win10-64 pro AMD Phenom II 1100T CPU.

    Shame on Adobe for doing this to us, and for needing some random user to fix it for them.

  7. dbur

    I posted a non-CPU upgrade easy fix here that failed to appear. Did it get moderated out?

    • Thank you – we appreciate your follow-up and it’s encouraging that a relatively easy software fix may have been discovered that does not involve the hardware… This could have been an oversight or inadvertent omission by Adobe, as errors sometimes happen especially in initial .0 releases of any product.

      However, we cannot condone any solution that involves modifying the Adobe program itself, as this is absolutely against Adobe’s Terms of Service and so is not allowed:

      17. No Modifications: Except as expressly permitted in the Terms, you may not modify, port, adapt, or translate any portion of the Services or Software.

      We are following up directly with Adobe engineers and will post more here as soon as we know it. In the meantime, customers currently unable to run Photoshop 22.0 are strongly advised not to try this (which would violate their TOS), but rather continue using the previous major release of Photoshop until more details are forthcoming.

      If a software solution is possible for customers, then we’re confident the company will move forward with addressing it officially, and all that would be needed is patience. Surely, they did not intend to intentionally inconvenience any customers if they realized they could have avoided it.

      Thanks again!

  8. dbur

    This fix does not actually modify anything. Just provides the missing CPU support DLLs.

    • Actually it does modify/overwrite the opencv_world440.dll file, as well as make library additions to Photoshop’s installation directory.

      So again, that is categorically against Adobe TOS as stated, and cannot be condoned. We strongly recommend waiting for an official Adobe response and fix.

      Thanks again for your advocacy and diligence in this matter!

  9. dbur

    OK, I guess you are right, though I saved and renamed the one file that gets replaced. I understand your position. But, speaking as one who has no official standing in this industry, this is a no-brainer for users who just got shafted by Adobe.

    • Thanks – but it’s a bigger no-brainer to NOT intentionally break their legal terms of service with Adobe and violate your licensing agreement for the software.

      Patience… and continue using the prior version, for the moment.

  10. gbartosz83

    I’ve switched to Affinity – this is the best upgrade ever

  11. FAIL. InDesign crashes. Haven’t updated anything else yet and had to uninstall 2021 InDesign since I need to grade student assigments.

    Another fail from Adobe.

  12. Don Edmondson

    @dbur

    You can check your CPU capability by downloading coreinfo.zip then running (from the command line) “coreinfo64.exe -f”

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/coreinfo

    Look for the group of results entitled, “SSE * Supports Streaming SIMD Extensions”

    If you’re on a Mac, then you can get similar info by doing this.

    Adobe says Photoshop 2021 (v22.x) requires a CPU that supports SSE 4.2 or later.

    My 13-year-old Dell with a 10+ year old E4500 Core(TM)2 Duo CPU DOES support SSE 4.2 – but it looks as though I might need to replace my Graphics card.

  13. Don Edmondson

    @ProDesignTools

    Finding and installing required DLLs is NOT modifying Photoshop in any way – the problem is, however, how to find the required DLLs. If you can find them, then they simply go into the Photoshop 2021 directory along with all the other DLLs – this IS NOT in violation of any T&C’s.

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