If you don’t want to read the entire article, then here’s the short answer – Photoshop costs $9.99 per month.
But if you are someone who also wants to know about the different Photoshop plans that Adobe offers and more importantly, you want to understand the different concepts related to how Adobe prices its products, then read on.
How Buying Photoshop Exactly Works?
So before we move to the part where we will see all the plans offered by Adobe, let’s understand some concepts when it comes to buying a plan from Adobe:
You are buying a subscription. It’s not a one time purchase.
Once upon a time, you could just buy Photoshop, own it like a beloved pet, and use it until the digital wheels fell off. But Adobe said, “Let there be subscriptions!” and lo, the Creative Cloud was born. Now, instead of a pet, you have a digital Tamagotchi that you feed a monthly fee to keep alive.
After buying, you don’t download Photoshop directly. You have to do it via the Creative Cloud app.
Once you purchase any of the plans that are mentioned below in this article, you will get access to the Creative Cloud app, which you will download and install on your operating system. Inside this app, you will download and install Photoshop.
Then when you run Photoshop from the app, it will open up on its own as a separate software and you will be able to use it.
The cost can go up if you want to buy more storage space. But don’t for it. Here’s why:
The basic $9.99 per month plan allows for a 20 GB storage capacity. But there are also 1 TB plans which cost higher. Now usually most photographers anyway store their photos on an external hard disk.
So there is really no need to use Adobe’s cloud storage to store your photos and videos. Buying an external hard disk also costs money but at least it’s a one time investment, as opposed to having being stuck on a higher monthly subscription with Adobe.
This is the reason why most people simply stick to the 20 GB $9.99 plan.
Different Photoshop Plans Offered By Adobe
So now that you have understood some of the basics, here are the different Photoshop subscriptions plans that Adobe offers:
The Photography Plan (Most Popular – $9.99 per month)
The Photography plan is the most affordable and popular option for individuals who primarily focus on photography.
It includes Photoshop, Lightroom, and Lightroom Classic, along with 20GB of cloud storage.
The plan is designed to offer a comprehensive set of tools for photo editing and organization. The Photography plan is priced at $9.99 per month.
As mentioned at the end of this article, you can opt for higher storage on this plan also.
The Single App Plan ($20.99 per month with higher storage)
For those who need Photoshop but are not interested in Lightroom, Adobe offers a Single App plan.
This plan provides access to Photoshop along with 100GB of cloud storage, Adobe Fresco (a drawing and painting app), and access to Adobe Fonts. The Single App plan is typically priced at around $20.99 per month.
The Creative Cloud All Apps Plan ($52.99 per month for all the apps)
Professionals or businesses that require a broader range of creative software might opt for the Creative Cloud All Apps plan.
This comprehensive package includes all Adobe creative desktop and mobile apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and more, along with 100GB of cloud storage (with options to upgrade).
The plan offers a holistic solution for creative projects encompassing photography, graphic design, video editing, and web development.
The pricing for the All Apps plan generally starts at $52.99 per month.
Students and Teachers Discount
Adobe offers substantial discounts for students and teachers, recognizing the importance of making professional tools accessible to the education sector.
Eligible individuals can access the Creative Cloud All Apps plan at a significantly reduced price, often around $19.99 per month for the first year.
This offer provides an excellent opportunity for students and educators to utilize the full range of Adobe’s creative software for their projects and coursework.
For businesses, Adobe rolls out the red carpet with its Business plans. These come with all the bells and whistles, including special features like “enterprise-grade support” and “license management,” which are just fancy ways of saying “we help you when it breaks” and “we make sure you’re paying for all this.”
Pricing for business plans varies based on the number of licenses and specific needs of the organization.
The Upsell: More Storage, Please
Like mentioned before, this is how Adobe makes more money on the plans. By upselling the extra storage space.
The Photography plan’s 20GB is merely an appetizer in the grand buffet of cloud storage, and for those who need more room for their digital hoarding, there’s a 1TB option.
Because who doesn’t want to spend more money for space in the cloud? It’s not like you can just buy another hard drive or anything.
Navigating Adobe Photoshop’s pricing is an adventure filled with twists, turns, and occasional facepalms.
Whether you’re a casual photo editor, a serious photographer, or a business with deep pockets, Adobe has a plan designed to extract just the right amount of money from your wallet.
And through it all, we can’t help but admire Adobe’s chutzpah – turning a simple software purchase into a lifelong journey of subscription payments.
But there’s one thing you can’t pick Adobe on – Quality. There’s a reason why Photoshop has been the number one photo editing software for the last 37 years.
So now you know how much Photoshop costs per month. Now it’s time to ask the more important question – How much is it worth to you?
About the Author
Hi there, I'm Kush Sharma, the founder of Creative Pad Media, an organization dedicated to simplifying photography and videography education.
We have over 40 online courses that cover various genres in photography & videography, catering to both beginners as well as professionals. These courses are available via Udemy.com. Our courses have been downloaded in over 170 countries.
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