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With the fast-growing adoption of Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the recent release of the all-new CC 2021 versions of creative applications, some readers are telling us they’re not certain if they need all the tools that are included in the complete Creative Cloud offering, or aren’t ready or able to join for US$50 a month…

The complete (or All Apps) Creative Cloud membership gives you the latest-and-greatest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Animate, Adobe XD, Dimension, Character Animator, Premiere Pro/Rush, After Effects, Audition, and others – together in a well-integrated suite with ongoing product upgrades included as soon as they’re available.

But if you don’t need or aren’t ready for Adobe’s entire creative collection on your desktop, then there is another option. This alternate route is called a Single-App Membership Plan – also known as a single-tool subscription. This plan gives you full access to the latest version of any single Adobe creative application for just US$10-20 a month (paid annually) – and you can choose any tool you want. And as with all CC products, no previous purchase is necessary and no prior software is required to buy or use them.

Adobe's Best Offer: Get Both Photoshop and Lightroom for Just $9.99 a Month

One of the most appealing offerings here is the special Photoshop Photography Plan where for the regular price of only $9.99/month you can get both Photoshop CC plus Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile, together with other benefits.

And yes, you can combine or stack multiple Single App plans together, if you want more than one tool. So, for example, you could purchase the CC Photography plan, plus the Illustrator or InDesign or Acrobat (or another) plan, and come out to around US$30/month.

Included in all single-app plans you get a free level of Creative Cloud with online storage and the ability to sync and share your work on virtually any device. All single-app subscribers also receive Adobe Portfolio to publish your own customized online work portfolio website at no extra cost. In addition, all CC customers receive Adobe Spark with Premium Features, which otherwise costs $9.99/month, just by itself! And with all paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, you also get full access to Adobe Fonts – a.k.a. the entire Typekit library – for use in desktop applications and websites (an over $25,000 value if purchased normally).

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Importantly, none of these CC programs run online or “in the cloud” (that’s a frequent myth) – your single-app member­ship lets you download and install the software directly on your own desktop, providing you all the functionality that Adobe’s Creative Suite products have in the past, and much more… In fact, performance has been improved and is significantly better than CS6, plus thousands of new features have been added since the time that CS6 came out eight years ago.

You can run the new CC software on up to two of your computers, including both a Windows PC and a Mac.  For more than two machines, a multiple-user edition of the single-app membership is sold via the Creative Cloud for Teams plan.

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The single-app option is now available in over 83 countries, making these tools more affordable to everyone without the large upfront cost… The best news is all major new releases plus ongoing upgrades are included and are immedi­ately available for you to download and use as a member at no additional cost – there’s no waiting or paying extra to upgrade. You can always be running the best and most current version and be your most productive.

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There are both annual and month-to-month plans for increased flexibility. The month-by-month option costs more, but you can stop and start access as needed. So if there’s a period of time where you won’t need to use the software, you can simply turn it off and pay nothing – then reactivate when you want to run it again, without needing to reinstall. For the annual plans, prepaying the year upfront will often get a discount over paying monthly. And in some regions, you can even pay using PayPal instead of a credit card.

Generally, the math works out pretty attractively – for example, instead of the old days where you needed to come up with $1000 for a static version of After Effects CS6, you can get over four years of the latest and most powerful releases of After Effects (today’s 2020 version and beyond) with the annual Single-App plan.

Over a dozen different Adobe applications are now offered this way – see the complete list of products you can get. And if you want to upgrade from a single app to the full Creative Cloud down the line, that’s no problem as Adobe will automatically credit your account for your unused amount.

All of the standard free trial downloads can also be converted to single-app memberships without reinstalling the software.  And if for some reason you should decide within 14 days of joining that it’s not for you, you can easily cancel for a full refund.

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115 thoughts on “Not Ready for Full Cloud? Subscribe to Any CC App for $10-20/Mo.”

  1. I am already a monthly subscriber to the $10/month Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom plan but I need Illustrator for about a month. Can I upgrade to the $20 plan that includes Illustrator for a month to take care of a job I need to get done, and then downgrade to the Photoshop/Lightroom plan again the next month?

    • Hey Jessica, there is no standard $20 plan that includes both Photoshop + Lightroom and Illustrator – unless you are a student or teacher and can get the large education discount.

      If you need to add Illustrator to your existing membership for a short time, then you would just get a Single-App Subscription for Illustrator (by itself) using the Monthly (month-to-month) option.

      It will cost a little more, but the advantage is you can cancel at any time. So you would just cancel the Illustrator add-on when you don’t need it anymore – which can all be done easily online.

    • PS – An alternative would be to upgrade your current plan to the Complete Creative Cloud, which includes many popular tools such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Muse, Flash Pro, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more.

      In that case, you would visit your Manage Account page online and see if you can change the type of your Creative Cloud plan there (click on “Manage plan” to convert, upgrade, or downgrade your subscription).

      If that doesn’t work for you or you don’t see the option you need, then just contact Customer Support for further assistance.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Does this mean that you will be getting the full program of photoshop, not extra upgrades with the 9.99$ subscription duo of Lightroom and photoshop?

    I’m looking to learn photoshop, just that I won’t really use anything else. Should I save up and buy cs6 because it’s the full package, or should I get the cc membership for 9.99$? A little confused.

    • Hi Maria, as of the start of October 2015, Adobe finally removed the online sale of CS6 from their website… The reason is because the software is 3½ years old and increasingly unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it some time ago as the newer CC quickly grew and took over. With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on future operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

      If you just want Photoshop and Lightroom, then the CC Photography bundle (the $9.99 plan you mentioned) includes the latest-and-greatest releases of both of those tools, plus ongoing upgrades to them.

    • No Vahan, the latest version of Edge Animate CC is not available either with the CC Photography Bundle nor via Adobe’s Single-App Subscription – it only comes together with all the other CC tools in the full package…

      So you can either download the older Edge Animate 1.5 for free (for life), or you can get the latest Edge Animate CC release included as part of the Complete Creative Cloud.

      You should also know that Adobe has said that Creative Cloud subscribers can continue using Edge Animate CC even though the company has ceased further development on the application, just as CC members can still use Fireworks, Encore, Flash Builder, and other Edge tools.

  3. Are there differences between the Photoshops being offered in the photo bundle vs. what you get in the single app package?

    • Hello Jamie, the answer is both yes and no.

      Yes, there is a Photoshop-only single-tool subscription that is available either annually for a full year, or monthly where you can start and stop whenever needed and only pay for the months you use.

      By contrast, the Photoshop + Lightroom (CC Photography) plan is so inexpensive that it is offered on an annual (12-month) basis.

      You can see both plans (with the extras that they include like a Portfolio website, fonts and other assets), plus the exact pricing in your country here:

  4. Hello, I just need to use Illustrator for one month. I used the trial already so I wanted to know if I get the Single App for $19.99 a month with the One-Year commitment, can I cancel before I reach my second month and only spend $19.99?

  5. Hello

    I need Illustrator for my work, but soon I want to learn how to use InDesign as well. So I was wondering if I want to use both programs, do I need to pay for the full package (or if 3 programs, Photoshop as well) or how much qould it be? And did I understand correctly that the Creative cloud is usable on 2 selected computers?

  6. I bought a single app membership Plan ($9.99 / a month) for my PS 2015 & Lightroom on my machine. Recently I updated to PS 2015.5. Questions:

    1. Do I have to pay extra 9.99 a month to use PS2015.5 after trial period is over ?
    2. Do I need to cancel the old membership and buy the new one for $9.99?
    3. If I want to go back to the old version PS 2015, how do I uninstall 2015.5 and reinstall PS 2015?


  7. As a graphic artist I learned most Adobe Products. The whole CC for over $500 a year is outrageous. If I wish to focus on the essential standards AI and PSD I still have to pay $140 and over $300 !! for AI for a total of $450 a year. The option you offer to subscribe to the whole Suite is not a “smart choice”, but an invitation to get stuck in overpriced products for usury. Even Final Cut Pro has offered for $300 the program now. We expect you to be reasonable and not study on how to be greedy and get the most out of people who depend on your programs for so many years. Either way, you don’t have a reasonable Design offer for the basic freelance graphic designer.

    • $10 a month for the latest full desktop versions of both Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC (plus all related mobile apps and workflows) is too much?

      These two professional tools used to cost well over $1,000 upfront just to get in the door, not including upgrades.

      If you need another product like Illustrator, then that’s $20/month. Either way, it’s significantly less than the numbers you posted.

      The full CC suite – every application available, basically the latest complete Master Collection with upgrades included – is $50/month. This used to cost $2,600 in advance, without upgrades.

      Overall, by virtually any measure, Creative Cloud has been a remarkable success – even exceeding Adobe’s own expectations.

      Never before has the company had 22 million customers all using the exact same release of their creative products – not even with any version of Creative Suite (ever). And all CC customers receive ongoing upgrades moving forward, so this version unity will continue – and is extremely powerful.

      There have now been three major releases of CC since CS6 (in 2012), and all were sold side-by-side against CS6 on Adobe’s website. Customers over­whelmingly (by large margins) chose CC over CS6.

      Regarding new features and tool improvements, there have been thousands. We use CC 2015 every day here and would never want to have to go back or live without all the great capabilities that have been added since CS6 in many of the key applications.

      Finally, because of the low cost of entry, CC has been able to introduce significant numbers of new customers to Adobe, as well as reduce piracy. Adobe CFO Mark Garrett recently said this at the 2015 Global Technology Conference:

      The cloud for Creative Cloud and Document Cloud helps quite a bit against piracy. My analogy is kids who used to download music from say Napster stopped doing it when Apple and iTunes came out and they could buy it in a legitimate and affordable way. So now people who don’t want software downloaded off the web that may have viruses in it, that might be buggy, that isn’t up to date and isn’t current, that doesn’t leverage the ability to sync and store and share or use mobile – we’re seeing that really switch over and people being legit and subscribing to the service. And it’s a much lower price point now, because you’re subscribing as opposed to of laying out thousands of dollars upfront.

      All in all, looking at the actual facts and figures, CC has been a huge success – much bigger than some wanted to believe – and is poised to grow still larger as Adobe continues to expand the countries it is offered and available in.

  8. I plan to subscribe to CC at some point but my present need is EDUCATING myself so when I pay money I can actually USE them for paying work (which I’ll get IF I can list the tools as part of my skills!) After trying community college venues which were costly and disappointing b/c I still didn’t know how to do a project, I prefer to do it independently.

    I have some old CS5 “classroom in a book“ tutorials; can I still use them without the actual programs (which no longer run) so I can still get a grounding in the basics of each program? or are they useless? Is there anything comparable online? is anything comparable for low-to-no-cost?

    I also have Wiley Bible books for Illustrator and Dreamweaver CS5.

    I know there are many upgrades and new features, but are they still useful as references for understanding program basics? (functions, tools, etc.)? Does anything compare with them, since they had EVERYTHING, almost like a WhitePaper reference manual?

    All I saw at Barnes & Noble was Creative Cloud Design Tools for Dummies, which I’m not wild about but I did buy for a reference manual. Does Wiley still make comprehensive books for the CC stuff?

    Is there anything online, especially cost-free, that’s comparable to the old Wiley Bible series?

  9. oh…and….
    is the subscription to prodesigntools journal free?

    I’ll join if so, as I am too close to broke right now, having to spend so much time learning the tech before I can get any paying work.

    THANKS for answers to both inquiries!

    • Sure Patricia, and thanks for your questions. Yes, there are newer versions of most the series you mentioned, which are written for the current releases of the CC tools… You can check out those books here.

      You can still try to use older book editions with the latest versions of the software, but there will naturally be a lot of differences – especially from CS5 (which came out back in 2010). The core working concepts of the applications are of course similar, but you will find significant user interface changes and improvements.

      As for the ProDesignTools subscription – yes, it is absolutely free – and when you sign up, you do receive a collection of over 20 Adobe books you can legally download instantly at no cost. So that could definitely help you out as well.

      To sign up and get the free book links delivered to you, just enter your email here.

      Hope that answers what you wanted to know!

  10. I had two questions.

    1) Is there a pack for just adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC? If so how much?

    2) I already have Adobe CS 6 Suite on my Mac. Is it possible to get Adobe’s Creative Cloud programs (Photoshop and Illustrator) and still keep my CS 6 programs as well, in case i want to cancel my subscription?

  11. I purchased only CC for Illustrator. My other applications are CS6. Now I am having problems and keep getting the window to sign in when I go to open documents in other CS6 applications. For example when I go to open a PDF – remember, I am using CS6 for this app – a window keeps opening up for me to sign in to CC and upgrade or do the trial.

  12. There really should be a way of combining the Photography plan with Illustrator.
    They go hand in hand for creative types.
    I really want Illustrator but not at an extra £17 (in the U.K.) per month.
    Will this ever be considered? You’re losing business.

    • Hey Steve, the CC Photography Plan was considered a tremendous bargain when it came out (and still is), seeing as you get the latest versions of both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC plus other tools and services as well as ongoing product upgrades…

      Not sure if they will ever do anything similar with Illustrator CC in terms of price, or bundle it together with other Creative Cloud tools. But seeing as it’s been 3½ years since CC first came out, and adoption is very strong, you may not want to hold your breath.

  13. Absolutely. The photography plan is excellent value and the best money I spend every month. I’d be willing to pay extra for Illustrator to be bundled in, but my budget won’t stretch to another £17 per month.
    Ah well.
    Thanks for your reply.

  14. I think it’s time for Adobe to be looking at different bundling discounts, say a “two-fer” beyond Photoshop + Lightroom. I use Photoshop and InDesign extensively, with some sporadic Acrobat. Until I can get a price point that matches my usage and budget, I’ll continue to use CS5 suite until it, my computer or I die.

    • Hi Willo, thanks for sharing your thoughts. For our response on the topic you raised, please see our comment just above yours, where Steve asked a similar question about Illustrator.

    • Yes, definitely! If you want an alternative to the Creative Cloud “All Apps” plan, then you can put together an “à la carte” bundle however you like.

      So getting the $9.99 Photography Plan with Photoshop + Lightroom, and then adding on Premiere Pro (or After Effects, or Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, etc.) with a Single-App Subscription would come to less than US$30 a month.

      If you want to limit your use to only 2-3 apps, then this can work out cheaper than getting all the CC tools included in the complete Adobe collection.

  15. Hello
    I recently purchased Alienware 17R4 to use only for graphic files. It is Windows 10.
    I need Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Are they compatible with Windows 10?
    Thank you

  16. I have been using the complete creative cloud package and really only ever use indesign and photoshop. I use it to publish a church mass sheet once a week and a magazine three times a year. The current package is too expensive and I was planning to discontinue and use a free publishing program. However I love indesign and would stay with it if there were a cheaper option. How much would it cost to have those two apps only?

  17. My question seems to have disappeared!
    I am finding full CC too expensive. Use Indesign and photoshop once a week for a church service sheet. And for a quarterly magazine. Can I get a two app subscription?

  18. I have the Photography membership but also need After Effects. Can I have both the Photography membership and a single app membership for After Effects at the same time? Keeping them separate, one being 9.99 and the other 19.99.

  19. I have Premiere Pro but want to add the full Creative Cloud. How do I add the full cloud without double payment for Premiere Pro?

    • Hello James, it doesn’t really work like that. When you get the complete Creative Cloud, all CC apps always come with the bundle, and you can’t remove or not pay for any of them…

      The only other option would be to choose single/individual CC apps to subscribe to, but that likely wouldn’t be cost economical for more than two tools:

      In any event, you could still use your old Premiere Pro or the new version with the CC suite, as you see fit.

  20. So, it’s going to cost me extra get the complete Creative Cloud with all of the programs?

    I pay by the month, so I will be paying for Premiere Pro twice.

    • It works the same with Creative Cloud as it did before with Creative Suite… In the past, when you bought a suite like Master Collection or Production Premium, you got a bundle of different applications at a huge discount to their prices individually. You may not have used every single tool, but the cost together is far less than buying them all separately.

      It’s the same with the Complete Creative Cloud. If purchased individually, all the tools would cost over $10,000 with the old system. But you get them all – plus ongoing upgrades and included services – for US$50/month.

      You also get an updated and improved version of Premiere Pro CC over the CS6 you have, which is several versions newer and has many more features. If you don’t choose to use it, then that’s up to you.

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