Adobe Opens Up CC Photography Bundle to Everyone for a Limited Time


When Adobe officially announced its special Creative Cloud plan/bundle for photographers, there was a catch: you had to own Photoshop CS3 or above in order to qualify for the special $10/month pricing. Well, no more. For a limited time, Adobe is lifting that restriction and making the special bundle available for everyone.

In case you didn’t read our previous coverage, here’s what you get when you sign up for the Photoshop Photography program, as it’s called: Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of online storage, a Behance ProSite, access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources and ongoing upgrades and updates.


Of course, there is still one catch. This isn’t a month to month plan, it requires that you sign up for 12 months at a time. Still, it’s a pretty solid promotion for those who use the Adobe suite of products only for photographic purposes, and that price will never go away as long as you continue renewing before your year is up.

Those who don’t have CS3 or above will want to jump on this, as the offer is only valid until December 2nd. If you do have CS3 or above don’t worry, the original promotion isn’t going anywhere. It seems this is just Adobe’s way of warming up to a slightly disgruntled user base coming up on the holidays.

If you have any questions about the program, head over to Adobe’s FAQ page by clicking here. Alternatively, if you’re ready to jump on the bandwagon and sign up, you can do so at this link.

  • Guest

    $120 a year for Photoshop, Lightroom, and 20GB of cloud storage? Not bad.

  • tttulio

    Looks like it is not selling as well as they assumed…

  • Mike Sivčević

    Terms and conditions state “After the first 12 months, we will automatically renew your contract based on the current price of the offering.” This is somewhat ambiguous, what do they mean by “current”? Current as in “now” or as in “at the time of renewal”?

    I would sign for this but it they are going to bill me say $20 per month after the first year then it’s pointless.

  • olidie

    And what happens after that first year? Most likely Adobe will raise the monthly fee and I am trapped. No thanks.

    I’ll stick with CS6 as long as my (future) cameras are supported. Hope they keep up the ACR Support for a good while. LR is no alternative for me since I just can’t stand the library function.

  • RC Photo

    I have a transcript from adobe customer service. If there are no changes to the bundle the price WILL increase after 12 month to 2 single app subscriptions (around 40$)

    See below:

    Adobe: I have checked and see that the pricing will change to its normal rate once the 1 year commitment is over, However, If the bundle price remains the same after 1 year then you will be able to use it for $9.99/month.

    ME: but there is no way to know

    ME: if the bundle will remain the same

    Adobe: Yes, Robb, I am sorry that I will not be able to answer that.

    ME: that doesn’t seem fair to sign people up on $9 a month only to hit them with $40 a month in a year

    ME: thats almost the same cost as the full CC subscription

    ME: but you only get 2 apps

    Adobe: I am not sure about the $40 thing, because, it might change in future.

    ME: but as it stands, if there are no changes, it would be 2 single app subscriptions, totaling roughly $40 a month?

    Adobe: Because it is not fair to have Creative cloud subscription on one hand and a single app subscription on the other, with the same price.

    Adobe: So Adobe will come up with a different approach to counter attack.

    ME: right, that’s fine, but I can’t sign up just HOPING they change, as it is currently set up if there are no changes, it would be 2 single app subscriptions, totaling roughly $40 a month? Please answer directly

    Adobe: Yes, in this case you are correct.

    ME: ok, well thank you for help today, I appreciate you looking into all this for me.

    Adobe: You are most welcome.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    In that language, current means “at the time of renewal”. So expect prices to double.

  • Sam

    LOL, thanks but no thanks Adobe!

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Did they ever get the cloud part of their Creative Cloud working? Just curious. lol

  • Boris Leak

    You can buy LR for under $100 and Photoshop Elements which does 90% of PS for $50!

  • foggodyssey

    “and that price will never go away as long as you continue renewing before your year is up.” Well that’s a bold statement coming from fStoppers! #YeahRight

  • ryanwrightphoto

    As nice as that seems, it would be a very Adobe move to increase the price after a year. I don’t think I’ll be upgrading any time soon

  • Carmen Louise

    If you upgrade your camera and its no longer supported by the current version you have… all you do is convert your images to DNG which can be read by any format!!!

    Another thing is you will end up paying more over time to use the new abode Creative Suites…

    Waste of Money when CS5, CS6, do a great job…

    I know people still using CS2 and CS3

  • Jay

    Yay! Along with it, you can look forward to Adobe’s SHITTY security policy and get your credit card compromised:

  • Carmen Louise

    if no longer supported convert them to DNGs

  • Scott M.

    I have CS6 and signed up for the CC photographer deal @9.99 a month. It upgraded PSE and LR. CC version of Photoshop has several features I like. One is you can use Raw filters on jpeg. files. This is a nice feature. The camera shake, focus thing doesn’t do much. Maybe I haven’t figured out how to use it.
    I don’t really like LR that much. Never liked the interface.

  • Thomas Soerenes

    Is it still possible to buy the student-version Photoshop CS6?

  • Morgan Glassco

    This is not a promotional price where prices are temporarily lowered. This is the price of the package and prices may change. The same as any other CC prices could change, but it is not their intent.

    I signed up for it. I think its a good-ish deal.

  • nullhogarth

    You can use the Camera Raw filters on a JPG in CS6 – just use “Open As”, and choose Camera Raw as the file type.

  • Morgan Glassco

    I’ve read others chats with CS agents with contrary information. I am not sure where you are getting $40, neither was the rep. The price is for the package and is not a temporary price. Yes the price may change in the future but so may the CC price.

  • nullhogarth

    And after two years of paying for it, what do you have if you stop paying? Zip. What do you have with CS6 after you stop paying for it? Useful software. It’s why I will never go along with the subscriber model.

  • Morgan Glassco

    I went for it. I wish I hadn’t upgraded to LR5 recently, but I am ok with the $10 a month proppisition for Ligthroom and Photoshop. I have PSE, but it is just not the same as Photoshop, no Pen tool!!

  • Scott M.

    Thank you! I did not know that.
    I will always have CS6 as a backup if Adobe CC gets too $$$

  • Chris Petersen

    But since it’s getting more and more difficult to buy CS6 (or any other Adobe product), new or upgrade users only have this one option. It sucks but it’s better than nothing. Lock in now at $120/year vs paying twice that in 2-3 years when my copy of CS5 is too old for whatever OS/hardware I’m running then.

  • Mike Newton

    Son of a bitch, I debated this for a long time having not owned a copy of CS3 or higher before and subscribed at $20/month a week ago. Now this comes out. Damnit.

  • Fuzztogpraher

    So, Adobe has adopted the drug dealer’s business model: the first taste is free.

  • Rc photo

    Single app is $20. After 12 months it goes to 2 single app subscriptions (1 for PS 1 for LR) $20 x 2 = $40

  • Burnin Biomass

    They are almost there. make the $10 a month permanent (I don’t need Lightroom the storage or whatever Behance is if that helps make it cheaper), and allow me to pay monthly, and you might have me. Till then, naw.

  • pete

    wrong. It is no more difficult to buy CS6 than it was before

  • Morgan Glassco

    Check out the posts on Gizmodo posts where others got confirmation they are not going to do as you were expecting them to.

  • pete

    Or use one of the myriad of raw converters out there (DXO Optics, Photo Ninja, etc)…most of the outperform ACR anyway

  • pete

    Did you go look at Abobe’s web site?

  • Chris Petersen

    “Getting more difficult” and “is currently more difficult” are not the same. Speaking specifically of CS6 was a mistake on my part — I was referring to Adobe’s plans to discontinue direct sales of all CS software and driving everyone to the cloud product and forgot which version was the “last” version they’ll be selling.

  • Rob Elliott

    ya you have suggested this to the agent. You can’t get Lightroom as a Single App purchase, and everything Adobe has said is the opposite of the words you put in the front line CS agent mouth. I’ve not been a major fan of the CC roll out, but this seems to be a legit plan.

  • Jake

    “A great way to have my personal info compromised at a low, low price!”
    -New Adobe Customer.

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  • RC Photo

    I didn’t post the entire chat as it was very long, But here is what i was told earlier in the conversation:

    Adobe: I have checked and see that you are eligible for the new plan.

    ME: nice!

    ME: So there is a 2nd part to the question, once the 12 months are over and it renews, what will be the monthly price after the first 12 months?

    Adobe: The price of the PPP program, will change to it’s original price, once the 1 year commitment is over. That is the price of two single app subscription.

    ME: ahhhhhh

    ME: thats where try to get us

    ME: that would $40 a month

    Adobe: Robb, I am quite not sure of the price after 1 year commitment, as the price of single app may decrease or increase.

    Adobe: Not to worry, Adobe will come up with something new.

    Here is the thing. The contract will bind you to what this guy is saying, “That is the price of two single app subscription.” and then he is suggesting that I just TRUST that adobe will “come up with something new.” I’m sorry but who makes purchases this way??

  • Sterling

    It appears Adobe has clarified that language. On the sign-up page it now reads: “The price is valid for a full 12 months. After that, we’ll renew your contract automatically, at the then-current price of the offering, unless you cancel. The price is subject to change, but we will always notify you beforehand.”

    Sounds obvious to me that the price will change after the one year contract is up. It still seems like an OK deal for a year. I’ll decide to continue or not at that time.

  • Robert Fitzgerald

    Meanwhile, I’ve been paying full price for the past 18 months. That’s 55 bucks a month with tax. I’ve never used anything but PS and LR. Can i downgrade? NOPE! Adobe can bite me. When my one year obligation is finished I’m switching to Corel!

  • LeShann

    To the moaners, let’s remember that it’s still a lot cheaper than buying an official version of any Photoshop edition. And you always get the latest software without having to worry the money you spent on the last edition doesn’t justify it.

    Secondly, I’m conscious this doesn’t apply to everyone, but one interesting feature for those of us who live in couples using PS, or those using both Mac and PC, the Adobe CC subscription can be shared on 2 computers (they don’t even have to be the same OS).

    Overall I think it’s a fair deal and a fair price for a great piece of software.

  • Rob Elliott

    ya here is the thing the person you had gave you bad info. Lightroom is not a Single App program. you can not get a Lr Subscription.

  • Jennifer Johnson

    They’ll switch your subscription.

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Well, it IS a monthly payment, anyway. You can’t pay by the year, just the month.

  • Ted

    It’s still cheaper to use pirate bay to be honest.

  • Dan

    At the end of the day, Adobe have cocked up. It’s never difficult however to find what you want on pirate bay. Why allow Adobe to push us all in a direction that so many don’t want and can not afford. They rip us off, we should rip them off back.

  • Anthony

    From the article: “Of course, there is still one catch. This isn’t a month to month plan, it requires that you sign up for 12 months at a time.” Readers are leaders, Jennifer.

  • Mike Newton

    I should have posted a follow up. Adobe has a 30 day cancellation policy on the Creative Cloud. Because I still fit in that window they cancelled my previous $19.99/month plan and had me re-purchase the updated $9.99/month plan. I’m not sure what their policy is for those who don’t fit in that 30 day window though.

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Not quite sure why you felt the need to be snarky, when I thought you might have thought yu had to pay the $120 up front. I’m sorry I misunderstood you.

  • mark

    The $9.99 price will not be maintained after this initial year is over:

    ME: Can you confirm that the $9.99/per month price will remain after this year if my subscription is renewed

    Wilson: I am
    sorry but the subscription is for one year commitment and it will be
    changed to the normal price once the one year commitment is over.

  • Micky Wiswedel

    This post should be amended to say available to everyone … in america. I guess america is everyone to some…

  • jkantor267

    The problem is that Lightroom 5 is crap. 3.2 is much faster and doesn’t have the incredibly stupid interface changes that some dimwitted programmer came up with.