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How to Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Free

Get Adobe Creative Cloud Now, Free or Paid

Having originally launched almost seven years ago, by this time you’ve heard about Adobe’s fast-growing Creative Cloud, you’ve dispelled the all-too-common myths surrounding it, and perhaps are considering subscribing to CC now that over 12 million of your colleagues already have…

You probably also know that Adobe stopped development of the older “CS” releases back in 2012, and that there have been thousands of new product features, enhancements, and perform­ance improvements added to CC since Creative Suite ended, as well as integral new services.

But did you know that no matter what you do, you can sign up right now for a zero-cost class of membership that never expires and provides free benefits for life?  Anyone can have this free level currently in 83 countries worldwide, even if you still use the older tools instead, or even if you use no other Adobe products or services at all.  No credit card is required.

Here is all of what you get completely free (on Windows or macOS), permanently:

  1. Two gigabytes of cloud space for storing, syncing, and sharing your files online (same as Dropbox).  The content of your Adobe project/data files (like PSD, AI, INDD, or PDF) can be intelligently viewed in any browser, in application-specific ways… Viewers (incl. clients and non-Cloud members) can easily turn layers on and off, display relevant metadata, make comments, optionally download the files, and more – all without needing any other tools.
  2. Completely free download and use of the full desktop version of Adobe XD for Windows or Mac. XD stands for “Experience Design,” and is Adobe’s popular new all-in-one UX/UI solution to quickly design websites, mobile apps, and more. With the new Starter Plan, you absolutely get Adobe XD for free – and not a temporary trial version, but a permanently-working version.
  3. Full integrated use of Adobe’s new family of mobile apps (over a dozen strong!), enabling you to sketch, draw, paint, create layouts, edit photos and make videos on your tablet or smartphone. Now powered by CreativeSync technology, your assets and apps are connected across your desktop computers and mobile devices, so you can do great work anywhere.
  4. A lifetime license for Adobe Bridge CC, their flagship desktop media browser and powerful digital asset manager that allows you to efficiently locate, organize, manage, preview, and batch process your content files – including most image, vector, audio and video files. Easily view and manage Photoshop PSD, Camera RAW, Illustrator AI, InDesign INDD, Adobe XD, Acrobat PDF, Flash SWF, and many other types of files and documents, all without paid programs. (Yes, it’s totally free!)
  5. Adobe Creative Cloud Growing Fast, Many Millions of Paid Subscribers (Click to Enlarge)
  6. Unrestricted use of Edge Web Fonts, a vast collection online fonts served forever to any website(s) of your choosing. Now over 800 free hosted typefaces to choose from!
  7. A full non-expiring license for Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 – you can download and use this version of the EA desktop application to create interactive and animated web content with HTML5 technology.
  8. Game Developer Tools to build, optimize, and deliver web and mobile games – including free Adobe Scout and Adobe Flash C++ Compiler.
  9. Free PhoneGap Build capability to create a mobile app with HTML, CSS and Java­Script, and then deploy it to a wide range of devices.
  10. No charge get started with Typekit professional fonts: choose two online font families from nearly 1,000 available to use on a single website. You can also sync more than 280 great fonts to use in your favorite desktop programs, including CC trial apps, older versions of the Creative Suite, and even non-Adobe applications.
  11. Free for one mobile device: Edge Inspect (formerly Adobe Shadow) to easily preview your work live on your device from the desktop in fast, remote-controlled fashion.
  12. Integration of Behance’s community and portfolio capabilities, allowing you to seam­lessly create content, seek feedback, showcase and distribute your work. Behance now has over 10 million members receiving 70+ million project views per month, and is a fantastic way to get exposure from like-minded creatives.
  13. Access to free Adobe Story screenwriting software to turn your ideas into screenplays and scripts (available for a limited time).
  14. Free use of Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution that enables you to easily create and share visual content – like posts for social media, creative graphics, web stories, and animated videos.
  15. The opportunity to get 10 downloadable assets completely free from Adobe Stock.
  16. Plus… fast and easy access to the free trials of all the new CC 2018 tools and services.  Even if you previously ran an Adobe trial in previous years, you still receive a fresh new 7-day tryout period with the latest CC release. And every time Adobe does a major upgrade to the software going forward (expected to be annually), you’ll get another new free trial.
  17. What’s New in Adobe CC?

    How to get all this?  Well if you already have an Adobe ID then all it takes is confirming the free signup. And if you don’t have an Adobe ID yet, then it’s just six fields to fill out and no credit card needed:

    Special: Legally download dozens of free Adobe books for a limited time!

    Creative Cloud: Compare Free vs. Paid Memberships

    If you later decide to join the Creative Cloud as a full paying sub­scriber, then you’ll keep all of the benefits of the Free level of member­ship above – plus add all of the following:

    And if you ever stop or cancel your paid subscription, you will still retain all benefits of the Free membership for life.

    What is Adobe Creative Cloud? (In Under Five Minutes:)

    Do you have any further questions on what Creative Cloud is about, or how the free membership compares versus the paid/complete membership?  Check out our extensive Creative Cloud FAQ, or just ask them below and we’ll get you answers fast!

    See Also

    Get New CC 2018 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

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  1. DK

    Son is a student at local university and needs to take Photoshop, then Premier Pro and After Effects as a few of many required classes in computer animation degree. I can’t afford $19.99 per month as a student “discount”. What options do I have?

  2. Ronda

    I have the Creative Cloud Photography Plan for 9.99 per month. Does that include free fonts with typekit? I am particularly interested in bicham script pro, but when I try to download, it tells me I have to buy it. Can you please tell me what my membership includes? Thank you

  3. Hey, great post! I hope it’s all right that I shared it on my Facebook.
    If not, no problem – just tell me and I’ll delete it.
    Regardless, keep up the good work.

  4. Sharon Fisher

    What does Adobe have for creating on-line exams (quizzes) please?

    Thank You,

  5. Barbara

    I’m using OSX (10.9.5) along with CS4. Have been holding off on upgrades because of conflicts/compatibility with software. I was hoping to move to CS6, but feel now it may not even be available. I require Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat Pro and others. Will be starting video editing. I’m ready to make a change, got to keep up, and am wondering whether to upgrade the OS first, then sign up for CC, or get the cloud first and see if it will work with Mavericks. I cannot afford any hiccups in my schedule right now.

    With these app requirements, what will the charge be for CC?

  6. thabiso

    i think this will make things a lot easier for us graphic/web artists.

  7. javi

    good place to learn adobe, great – thank you for sharing

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