Adobe opens $9.99 per month Photoshop + Lightroom subscription to all

By on November 21, 2013, 1:30 PM

Adobe’s powerful graphics editing software isn’t exactly known for being cheap. But the company is lowering that entry barrier for a limited time by opening up their subscription-based Photoshop Photography Program to everyone, whether or not they own or have ever owned Photoshop. The deal includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, a Behance membership, and 20GB of cloud storage for $9.99 a month.

The Photoshop Photography Program was first introduced back in September as an attempt to lure existing Photoshop users towards Adobe's new subscription plans. The original offer itself is only open through the end of the year and up until now it has been limited to owners of Photoshop CS3 and higher. The new deal lifts that restriction by letting anyone jump in but sign-ups are only open until December 2.

It’s not a pay-as-you-go service, though. Instead you’d be agreeing to a yearly license and paying for it on a monthly basis at $9.99, although you're allowed to cancel within 30 days of signing up for a full refund.

By comparison, Adobe also offers a stand-alone subscription to Photoshop CC for $19.99, and that doesn’t include access to Adobe Lightroom as a part of the deal. The full range of software under Creative Cloud costs $50 a month, which many professionals who routinely use Adobe products to do business can probably justify, and guarantees them access to a steady stream of updates.

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JC713 JC713 said:

I really hate this new subscription stuff. Creative suites are a lot better IMO. They should follow Autodesk and offer a suite + subscription based software and not just one.

1 person liked this | SalaSSin said:

Well, for Europeans it's 12.99?/month, that's about 17.50$ ... A*holes!

1 person liked this | Mavrickx888 Mavrickx888 said:

They should follow Autodesk and offer a suite + subscription based software and not just one.

I completely agree. I don't see too much of a big deal with offering both. They probably just think they can appeal to a wider audience if they make things simple and just offer a subscription based plan rather than both.

Either way, $9.99/month is a REALLY attractive offer for even Photoshop alone - let alone the other extras. I don't use Photoshop other than for the occasional personal project, so shelling out the hundreds of dollars for the software isn't as appealing as a subscription model.

3 people like this | Hasbean said:

Call me cynical, but where's the guarentee that Adobe won't hike the annual cost next year?

MrAnderson said:

Smart move. I'm not really interested in the subscription model given all the software I use, but they are setting themselves up to be the Netflix of content creation at that price point.

Autodesk is looking into the possibility to offer more subscriptions, but I doubt they will use it as their only means, or at least as Adobe has done so drastically.

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