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Adobe introduces cheaper Creative Cloud with Photoshop + Lightroom

By dpreview staff on Sep 4, 2013 at 22:03 GMT

Adobe has added a new pricing tier to the Creative Cloud product, possibly in response to the negative response from the photography community when it announced that all Creative Suite products would require a monthly subscription. The Photoshop Photography Program gives users Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Bridge CC, Behance, and 20GB of storage for $9.99 per month. That price will never change, as long as you sign up before the end of this year. 

In order to be eligible for this bundle, you must already own Photoshop CS3 or newer. Current Creative Cloud users who own individual apps will be able to upgrade to this package without issue, assuming that you meet the prior criteria. If you want to step down from a more expensive plan, Adobe says that you'll need to contact their Customer Service department and 'discuss transitioning to this new offer'.

Prior to Creative Cloud, a copy of Photoshop and Lightroom would've set you back around $400. This new package will set you back $120 per year, which seems like a good deal, considering how often Adobe updates their products.

The Photoshop Photography Program for Creative Suite will be launched on September 17th, alongside Lightroom 5.2. 

Let us know what you think about these changes in our comments section below.


Press release:

Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program

During today’s keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe is showcasing how photography workflows will evolve to take advantage of an increasingly connected world. This includes a tour of how easy it is today to use Creative Cloud to make your content and creations available anywhere, plus the power of Behance to showcase work. We also highlight some of the exciting new technologies that we’re working on for Photoshop CC and Lightroom; our roadmap for making our photography products even more connected; and a peek at how we’re planning to bring advanced Adobe digital imaging technology to mobile devices. You’ll see these products and services become available in the not too distant future.

If you missed the keynote, you can watch the replay here, which should be posted within about 24 hours. Throughout this week at Photoshop World, we’re demoing some great digital imaging innovation and I hope you’re as excited as we are about what’s available today and what’s coming soon, thanks to our talented teams of engineers.

Since introducing Photoshop CC, we’ve listened to feedback from a spectrum of our customers, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts. One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers. Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. This offer will be available at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2 in a couple weeks.  Visit the FAQ to learn more and follow Photoshop on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to find out when the offer goes live.

All of us on the Photoshop team look forward to continuing to build on our 20+ year relationship with our loyal community.

Via: Engadget, Source: Adobe

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l_d_allan
By l_d_allan (7 months ago)

For me (serious hobby'ist taking 1000 to 2000+ pictures per week), this is SO MUCH BETTER of a deal than the original introductory offer, that I will probably proceed.

TMI?
I was originally using CS4 (PV2003), upgraded to CS5 (PV2010), skipped CS6, got super deal on LR4 with Black Friday pricing (PV2012), and skipping LR5.

Decided against introductory 12 months of just CC, and proceeding with a "hold your nose work-around" with CS5 and LR4.

My plan prior to CC announcement had been to upgrade to CS7, as I was underwhelmed by LR4 (except printing). I was BUMMED by CC subscription, as it almost seemed custom designed to be a financially "worst case scenario" for my situation.

YMMV, but I'll almost certainly be subscribing. I may keep my eyes open for a Black Friday time-frame 12 month teaser, and then "pull the trigger".

I think it will be interesting to watch the Amazon sales rankings for Adobe CC books from Martin Evening and Scott Kelby for CC, before and after this change.

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AD in KC
By AD in KC (7 months ago)

And those of us who signed up for the "promotional" 9.99/month?

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Mickslick
By Mickslick (7 months ago)

Actually, this is a big time move in the right direction. $9.99 a month is a manageable cost for both lightroom and PS for serious photographers. I will bite at this level. The big mistake though is the requirement to own previous copies. They just can't go all in without hanging on to trying to nail potential new users. They should just go for broke, move to the cloud, no prior product etc... nonsense, charge a reasonable rate, which $10.00 per month is and move on. I think they would clean up and take in far more money long term, and recoup some lost PR. BTW, I have purchased both lightroom and PS So I qualify anyway, no bias here.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Does Lightroom have Photoshop's "Selective Colour"?

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SemperAugustus
By SemperAugustus (7 months ago)

@Howabout... Nope

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Temple Dog
By Temple Dog (7 months ago)

Well, sort of. The HSL panel can be made to do something similar to selective color, but isn't as intuitive.

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SemperAugustus
By SemperAugustus (7 months ago)

There is no Selection in LR..period, the HSL panel allows to chanche HSL values of PRESET colors but in no way shape or form allows to select anything.

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JNR
By JNR (7 months ago)

Much, much better alternatives to PS if you want full palette color control. Even the early Capture One offerings from 5+ years ago get you there - not to mention Picture Window Pro which goes back even further. The current LR is a great start for RAW conversion, but you really have to go outside of Adobe for precision color control to finish off the image.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

JNR:

I won’t claim to know exactly what “full pallet control"is–not that I remember it from C1, so it could be the same thing.

But Selective Colour (in Photoshop, not in ACR) is a significant colour control feature–the only other place I’ve seen it is in my Minolta film scanners’ interfaces. Clearly whoever thought up that feature knows more about colour than most camera companies. (No neither Vuescan nor Silverfast have anything close.)

I’ll make sure to look for “full pallet control” next time I run the C1 trialware.

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Lan
By Lan (7 months ago)

By taking part in the Photoshop Photography Program, do we sign away our rights to any existing standalone versions, or can we continue to use our standalone versions indefinitely alongside this?

Also, any hints at UK pricing?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

My standalone version of Photoshop CS6 didn't kill my standalone version of PS CS5.

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SemperAugustus
By SemperAugustus (7 months ago)

You can use up to 3 version of the software as long as they are not used simultaneously.

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Lan
By Lan (7 months ago)

Thank you both!

My concern is that this looks like a good offer on the surface; so I'm looking for the sting in the tail. I'm wondering whether it's hidden in the licencing somewhere. Cynical, me? Yup!

Companies rarely do things for altruistic reasons... I'm half expecting that by accepting the CC licence I forfeit all my existing licences. That way if I forget to renew, I'll have no way to escape their CC web.

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Dabbler
By Dabbler (7 months ago)

My CC version of Photoshop killed my CS6 license because I used the discount .. which is probably interpreted as an upgrade.. wish I hadn't done that.

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luigibozi
By luigibozi (7 months ago)

I bought an Artisan printer, and it came with Ps Elements.
Before subscribing to PsCC, I "saved" the payment for month, installing the trial for CS6.
Now I have all of them (I uninstalled Elements, but I still have it on my Adobe account), and the PsCC on both 32 and 64-bit.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

the creative cloud is designed as a supercell to vacuum money.
would prefer fine weather.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (7 months ago)

Oh well...good price, but the highest I have is CS2. Guess I lose out and still won't be buying in.

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hydrospanner
By hydrospanner (7 months ago)

"That's not a promotional price, either, as long as you sign up by the end of this year."

Which sounds like a limited time offer, ie. a promotion, to me.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (7 months ago)

Reworded that sentence to clarify.

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beast625
By beast625 (7 months ago)

If you are already a CC subscriber, can you downsize to the new plan?

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SemperAugustus
By SemperAugustus (7 months ago)

You should be able to as long as you own CS3 or higher... otherwise you can leave the sub and comeback with your wife name or something like that... it would be stupid to argue about that...but you never know, their sales team is in India..they don't care.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (7 months ago)

I updated the news item to cover this issue. Apparently you have to contact customer service to 'discuss' it.

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fbicking
By fbicking (7 months ago)

I talked to customer service tonight. They said there is no problem downgrading my account. The rep took my info to contact me on the 16th to make the change. Originally I signed up for the whole suit because the student discount made it cheaper but I really only need the two programs. $9.99 a month is not bad but I can see why so many people would not want this option. They should really offer this and a 1 time purchase.

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Paul Tranter
By Paul Tranter (7 months ago)

Adobe Australia is ripping all aussies of. At the current exchange rate we should be paying AUD $10.54 per month. The price listed on the Aussie Adobe web site is $30.00 AUD per month or USD $26.69 per month.

Yep all for an electronic down load.

How about some adjectives to describe the Adobe Australian pricing structure: usurious; shylock, extortion and others.

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