If you’ve recently tried to buy Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you may have noticed their pricing structure is somewhat confusing. No longer can you simply pay a one-time fee, download the software, and use it for as long as you like.
Instead, Adobe has moved to a subscription model called the “Creative Cloud”. There are different configurations here, and this is important because some of them can help you save a bit of your hard-earned money. In this post, we will break down these different options to help you find the best and most affordable plan that suits your needs.
We’ll start with Illustrator because its pricing models are a bit easier to explain. But before we begin, you will notice that the latest versions of both of these programs include the letters CC in their names. This stands for the aforementioned Creative Cloud, letting you know you’re dealing with subscription plans.
Illustrator is a popular vector graphics program, used by countless designers worldwide to create various types of artwork such as drawings, logos, illustrations, etc. As such, many people rely on it. If you are an individual user with such needs, there are two ways to get your hands on the program.
The less expensive option is to pay for the single-app plan. Here, you have three options regarding the price:
The difference between the annual plans and the monthly plan is the cancellation fee. If you get an annual plan but decide to cancel it before the 12 months are up, you’ll need to pay 50% of the fee for the remaining months. With the monthly plan, you can cancel whenever you want without penalties.
Naturally, the prepaid annual plan gives the best value for money but requires a lump-sum payment.
The other way to get Illustrator is through a bundle which gives you all Creative Cloud apps. Once again, you have the same three options:
This bundle can save you a lot of money if you need to use many different programs. Otherwise, the single-app plan is more affordable.
Two of those ways are identical to how you can get Illustrator. The Single-App plan costs exactly the same, while the bundle naturally includes all programs. Therefore, there is no need to repeat this.
The third way to get Photoshop is through the “Photography” plan. Along with Photoshop, you also get two versions of Lightroom (another image program) and 20GB of cloud storage. It costs $9.99 per month and comes with a 12-month commitment (you can pay monthly or at once – $119.88). For $19.99 a month, you can increase the cloud storage to 1TB.
The difference between the Photography plan and the One-App plan is that the latter also includes Adobe Fonts (premium fonts), Adobe Portfolio (portfolio website), premium features of Adobe Spark (software for visual storytelling), and 100GB of cloud storage. Still, if you do not need these features, then the Photography plan represents the most affordable way to gain access to Photoshop.
There is no one answer to the question, “how much is Adobe Photoshop?” The same goes for Illustrator. But, now you know which options you have available. Find the one which suits your needs the best, and start using these two pieces of industry-leading software.