This morning, there was a widely-shared post on a photography blog with a headline stating that Adobe’s $9.99/month Photography Plan (including Photoshop, Lightroom, and 20 GB of storage) was gone.
This has led a lot of folks to worry that it might no longer possible to buy or renew this popular bundle at a price lower than $19.99/month. Or, that they’d have to scramble to find a third-party reseller who might still be offering the lower price.
Q: I see that the Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB, $9.99) is not available on Adobe.com. What is happening?
“From time to time, we run tests on Adobe.com which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to Adobe.com. We are currently running a number of tests in the US.”
Q: Is this plan still available for purchase?
“Yes, the plan is still available for purchase from Adobe during this test.”
Q: Does this mean that (Product name: Lightroom Classic / Photoshop / Lightroom) is no longer available?
“This test has no impact on the availability of any desktop application. The Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Photoshop desktop apps all continue to be available.”
You can read more of the Q&A here.
So although it might be a bit confusing, the bottom line takeaway is that the longstanding $9.99/month Photography Plan (with the 20 GB storage tier) is actually still available for purchase or renewal, directly from the company:
With the US$9.99/£9.98/€11,99/A$14.94 per month CC Photography Plan, you get the latest versions of Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop. Here’s a list of everything included:
- New Photoshop complete with Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)
- The just-released Photoshop on iPad – the real deal, with the same underlying code
- Full access to the premium version of Photoshop Express on mobile
- Both Lightroom (cloud-based photo service) and Lightroom Classic (for desktop)
- The Lightroom Mobile app for iPad, iPhone, and Android, with connected workflows
- 20 GB of Cloud storage including online photo storage in Lightroom Web
- Now included: The full Adobe Fonts (aka Typekit), a complete font library for desktop & web
- Full access and use of the new Adobe Portfolio website builder
- Continuing upgrades and updates for all included applications and services
- Access to hundreds of exclusive online video tutorials in Creative Cloud Learn
- Download and use of prior Photoshop releases (CC 2019, 2018, …)
- Install all desktop applications on up to two of your computers
- Easily move the products between different systems you own
- No previous purchase necessary, and no prior software required
- Get going! Download the free 314-page guide to Photography, Photoshop & Lightroom
Interestingly, Adobe’s current testing activities aren’t necessarily a price hike, but rather a package bundling of the 1 TB storage upgrade (which normally costs $9.99 per terabyte) together with the longtime $9.99 Photography plan (20 GB with Photoshop and both Lightrooms)… Add the two together and you get to $20/month. But again, the $10/mo. option is still offered.
Trying to buy from a reseller may be another possible option, but often their software support and return/refund policies are significantly less than what Adobe provides directly.
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