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Compare: The Creative Cloud Photography vs. Photoshop vs. Lightroom Plans

Get Photoshop + Lightroom + More for $9.99/Month with the Adobe Photography Plan

One sometimes-confusing aspect of Creative Cloud is the different plans for Photoshop that Adobe offers… What do you get with each one? When is Lightroom included and when is it not? Are the same versions of the programs included in the various Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography plans?

Most commonly, customers want to know: What the difference is between the Photoshop Single-App subscription and the less-expensive Creative Cloud Photography Plan?

So here are the answers.

Adobe’s US$9.99/month Photography plan includes Photoshop (for both desktop and iPad) and Lightroom (the mobile app plus the cloud-based and Classic versions for desktop).

With the $20.99/month single-app Photoshop plan, you get the same Photoshop apps but not Lightroom… However, it comes with the full/premium version of Adobe Fresco for natural digital painting and drawing (normally $9.99/month by itself). It also gives you more online cloud storage: 100 GB instead of 20 GB. And there is a monthly option (higher-priced; subscribe month-to-month and cancel at any time) in addition to an annual plan.

Alternatively, for $9.99/month, you can choose the Lightroom-only plan (except Classic) without Photoshop, but you’ll get 1 TB of online cloud storage rather than 20 GB.

The final option is to get the Photography plan as described above – including both PS and LR – but also with 1 TB of storage, for $19.99/month.

Importantly, the programs themselves are the same in all cases. There are no differences between the apps nor any limitations on their functions in any plan.

The following table should make everything clearer:

Compare All Photoshop & Lightroom Plan Features

Feature Lightroom Plan (1 TB) Photography Plan (20 GB) Photography Plan (1 TB) Photoshop Single-App
Cost per month (US) $9.99 $9.99 $19.99 $20.99 or $31.49
Type of plan offered Annual Annual Annual Annual or Monthly
Photoshop on desktop   Included Included Included
Photoshop on iPad   Included Included Included
Lightroom (cloud-based) Included Included Included  
Lightroom Classic   Included Included  
Adobe Fresco Premium       Included
Cloud photo storage 1 TB 20 GB 1 TB 100 GB
Adobe Portfolio Included Included Included Included
Adobe Fonts (full) Included Included Included Included
Adobe Spark Premium Included Included Included Included
Adobe Bridge (100% free) Included Included Included Included

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And Included in All Creative Cloud Plans

So with all of the above plans, you get these other tools and services included:

  • Adobe Fonts, a massive library of over 18,000 high-quality fonts that you can search, browse, and use everywhere you need them. You don’t have to worry about installation, licensing, or limits, because it’s automatic and all personal and commercial use is covered.
  • Spark Premium, to create and share personalized or branded social graphics, videos, and web pages using your own logo, fonts, colors, templates, themes, and more. This product alone is a $9.99/month value.
  • Adobe Portfolio, which gives you a quick and intuitive way to create a beautiful portfolio website to show off your work, without having to write a single line of code.
  • Adobe Bridge, although this is actually a completely free application available to everyone with no subscription required.
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates for all included applications and services.
  • Access to hundreds of exclusive online video tutorials in Creative Cloud Learn.
  • Flexible and budget-friendly payments through monthly or yearly subscription options.
  • You can install all the desktop programs on up to two of your computers, and easily move the software between different systems as needed.
  • Get going! Download the free 314-page guide to Digital Photography, Photoshop & Lightroom.

If you’d like to try out any of the desktop applications first, then just download the fully-functional free trials to get started:

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