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Having initially launched nine years ago, by now you’ve heard about Adobe’s fast-growing Creative Cloud, you’ve dispelled the common myths about it, and perhaps are considering sub­scribing to CC now that over 22 million of your colleagues already have…

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

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 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. Similarly, you get the all-new Premiere Rush Starter Plan: Available for free, the Starter Plan gives customers access to all Premiere Rush features, use of desktop and mobile apps, and the ability to create an unlimited number of projects and export up to three projects.
  4. More free apps: You get access to the full version of Adobe Aero to build, view, and share immersive augmented reality (AR) projects, as well as a free Starter Plan for Adobe Fresco, which combines a variety of vector and raster brushes plus exclusive new live brushes to deliver a completely natural painting and drawing experience.
  5. A lifetime license for Adobe Bridge, 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!)
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  7. Full integrated use of Adobe’s 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. Powered by CreativeSync technology, your assets and apps are connected across your desktop computers and mobile devices, so you can do great work anywhere.
  8. Get ongoing access to Adobe Acrobat Online Services. Use these handy web tools to convert Microsoft Office files to PDF or vice versa, compress PDF documents, fill and sign forms and agreements, and share and store your documents.
  9. No charge get started with professional Adobe Fonts: choose unlimited online fonts from nearly 1,000 available to use on your websites. You can also sync 1,300+ great fonts to use in your favorite desktop programs – including CC trial apps, older versions of the Creative Suite, non-Adobe applications, or even on iOS/iPadOS.
  10. Free use of Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution that allows you to easily produce and share impactful visual content. You can create posts for social media, creative graphics, web pages, and animated videos in no time.
  11. Access to a brand new curated collection of over 75,000 completely free Adobe Stock photos, vectors, illustrations, templates, 3D models, and videos from talented creators – plus the opportunity to receive 10 additional paid assets of your choice at no cost.
  12. A full non-expiring license for Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 – you can download and use this desktop version of the EA application to create interactive and animated web content with HTML5 technology.
  13. 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 24 million members receiving 70+ million project views per month, and is a terrific way to get exposure from like-minded creatives. There’s even a job list for creatives and freelancers, with over 1,000 employment opportunities.
  14. Plus… access to the free trials of all the new Creative Cloud 2021 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.

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:

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What do I get with my free Creative Cloud membership?

Creative Cloud: Compare Free vs. Paid Memberships

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

  • Full access to the complete Adobe CC 2021 toolset, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, InDesign, Acrobat DC Pro, Dreamweaver, Animate, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition, Character Animator, Dimension, and much more.
  • Use of the latest creative technology from Adobe with ongoing upgrades included as soon as they become available – you can always run the most recent product version.
  • 18,000+ Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit Portfolio) that you can search, browse, and use everywhere you need them. With Adobe Fonts, you don’t have to worry about installation, licensing, or limits. All personal and commercial use is covered.
  • New: Adobe Fresco with Premium Features, a unique iPad app that brings together the world’s largest brush collection with revolutionary new technology to deliver a natural “live” painting and drawing experience… See what you can do in Fresco.
  • Also included for all paid CC subscribers is 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.
  • Access to 100 GB of online storage and other services from Adobe, such as free Creative Cloud Training produced by industry-leading partners.
  • Full access to new and additional products that were never available through traditional perpetual licenses, including Dimension, Experience Design (XD), Character Animator, and Premiere Rush, as well as new iPad versions of Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • An upgrade to Adobe Spark with Premium Features, which lets you create and share branded stories using your own logo, fonts, colors, templates, themes, and more. This product alone is a US$9.99/month value.
  • You can install all the desktop programs on up to two of your computers, and easily move the software between different systems as needed.
  • Flexible and budget-friendly payments through monthly or yearly subscription options.

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

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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!

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  1. This is a very misleading offer: the tools being offered, free, in perpetuo, are Adobe’s bleeding-edge new tools with as yet no “track-record,” few critical reviews in the independent computer/graphic-design.

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  2. This is great, thanks – I downloaded a bunch of the new tools and trials, uploaded some PSD files to share in the online storage, and started using the free web font service on my site and it seems to work really well.

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    • Welcome Nicole, it’s a bit surprising that Creative Cloud isn’t available for you yet – South Africa is quite an important geography for Adobe, and we have a lot of readers here coming from there…

      But fear not, Adobe has said repeatedly that their intention is to make Creative Cloud as widely available as possible – and that presumably includes South Africa. They haven’t given any dates, but with 42 countries already available and more being added this year, we expect it’s just a matter of time – and hopefully soon.

      Thanks for your feedback and for stopping by!

  3. Thanks a lot!

    I don’t know much about adobe cloud and suite etc. but trying to start desktop publishing business and require the suite for that purpose. I am going to attend the conference of 7th July at Noida and after discussions with adobe people and then i would move forward.

    Thanks

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  4. These free tools appear to be targeted at developers and web designers and, as with any of Adobe’s products, their profit motive is clear in the decision to make them free. Competing with open-source tools and keeping Flash alive in a rapidly-changing web environment wouldn’t be helped if Adobe charged for them. I try to keep my toe in the Adobe world while using the best of open-source programs, which are developed in a more transparent way. Thanks for this info!

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  5. Hi, I think there’s a little side effect no one mentions. Adobe like Microsoft by upgrading its softwares (OS for Microsoft) tend to push the user to upgrade its equipment which favors manufacturers of hardware. Processors have always to be more powerful, driver’s storage too. Add to this that I’m sure that more than 50% of the implementations done are gadgets never used. Who can pretend to use all the possibilities offered by Win Ultimate or other versions? This compensates the so called free use of the cloud system. Moreover what Adobe did not say is that by switching to the cloud subscription they make a huge economy in printing of the dvds and attached boxes. So please stop being hypocritical and pretend all this for our sole benefit and all is free and in the best of the worlds! You’re not Mother Teresa for god’s sake! I do understand that a company has to make profits, but I just can’t stand the so called generosity they want us to believe. I’m not against the new system, but I don’t like to be taken for a fool who has no brains and will believe all the advertising bla bla bla going with it.

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    • Sure Claude, although the company stated when they discontinued the boxes that their savings from reducing most of the discs and boxes would be offset by much-increased costs for downloads, bandwidth, and servers.

      Plus, Adobe will still send you out a free CC 2014 DVD today if you really need it. (Mass-produced discs and boxes generally don’t come free but don’t really cost that much after all.)

  6. I signed up for the free Adobe Story screenwriting software but that link doesn’t work and I can’t find the free version anywhere in the list of products, only the trial version. Does the free version no longer exist?

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  7. I’m a student and I currently have the CS6 suite. If I sign up for the 30-day CC trial (because my school has made the transition to Creative Cloud), will I be able to keep using my CS6 software after the trial has ended? Or am I suddenly left without an access to the products I previously purchased?!

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    • Hi Tinnel, you should have no problem. You can download and install any of Adobe’s major creative releases and install/run them side-by-side on the same computer…

      One does not replace or conflict with another – and in fact, some folks even have many recent CC/CS versions on their system together at one time.

      What’s more, you should also be able to double the length of your new CC free trial period if you want, for up to 60 days.

  8. I have recently subscribed to the cloud and have began downloading the apps but I have two questions.

    Question 1. Can a load all the CS6 software and use it with what I have already as far as memory? The laptop is pretty clean no heavy duty apps. I like software but not much into the hardware details. Please help me figure out if I have enough memory to use all of this.

    Question 2. Do I save every project in the cloud to save memory on my computer?

    I have a MacBook Pro Here are its particulars:

    Processor – 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory – 4 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3
    Graphics – IntelHD Graphics 4000 512 MB
    Software – OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)

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    • Hello Ginger, it really depends on which Adobe applications you are talking about using the most… They all have different system specifications, and the video apps require a higher level of hardware than do other tools like Muse.

      Also, do you really want to run the older CS6 software from 2012, when you are entitled to use the latest-and-greatest CC 2014 version instead? You can choose either, but the choice is up to you.

      To help you figure it out, here are the complete system requirements for CC 2014, as well as those for CS6.

      If you like, you can try out either release on your computer by downloading and running the software itself. We have the direct download links for CC 2014 as well as for the older CS6.

      To answer your second question – no, we recommend saving everything locally on your own system’s disk. You should always have an offline copy yourself. You can also, of course, upload any file or project to the Cloud, but that’s optional and entirely up to you.

      Finally, for getting started with learning how to best use the CC 2014 applications, we can offer you a set of free books that you can download, or if you prefer online video training then check out Creative Cloud Learn.

      Hope that helps address all your questions, if not then just post back!

  9. excuse me sir… i don’t know much about this, so can you please tell me how to download the package of this…

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  10. @ProDesignTools

    Hi, I am a current LR owner …is there any better pricing if I move to cc? I really don’t care about all the other add ons/freebies… Was looking to get Photoshop, but hate to pay again for LR

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    • Greetings Keith, the 40%-off CC upgrade discount is for the complete Creative Cloud and only if coming from any previous CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6 software. So to answer your question, there is no upgrade discount for existing Lightroom users.

      Also, if you’re looking at just the $9.99 Photoshop+Lightroom Plan – because it’s already low-cost, there are no upgrade discounts there offered for anyone. However, all subscribers will receive not only the latest releases of those products but also all ongoing upgrades included… So while you have Lightroom 5 now, keep in mind that Lightroom 6 will be coming out and all members will get that too as soon as it’s available.

  11. If i start the free trial and i for example use the updates for Photoshop CS6, does it automatic update my CS4 Photoshop version? And what happens to my CS4 version should i not continue with a membership version of Creative Cloud?

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  12. Hey there, i know this is at least a couple years old and it seems this “free” sign-up is no longer available… so what to do now?
    i guess an “Oh well” is in order

    Reply

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