Adobe's Creative Cloud is the modern way of getting its well-known desktop software applications including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign and Dreamweaver. Here's everything you need to know about Adobe Creative Cloud including pricing plans, apps, system requirements and more. Plus take advantage of the free Creative Cloud UK trial.

If you're just after Photoshop, see our dedicated article How to Get Photoshop.

Adobe Creative Cloud pricing and plans: How much does it cost?

There's isn't a one-size fits all way of buying Creative Cloud. Adobe knows that different people will use it in different ways and some might just want to have a single app rather than the entire suite.

To cater to everyone's needs, there a various different price plans available whether you're an individual, small business, student/teacher, or a school - see below for all the details on plans and prices.

There are also different options when it comes to paying monthly or for an entire year in one go.

Choosing 'All apps' will get you access to 20+ desktop apps and all mobile apps including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere Pro. You also get 100GB of cloud storage, premium fonts, and Adobe Portfolio.

You can find all the Adobe Creative Cloud special offers and discounts here.

Creative Cloud for individuals

Adobe has a range of pricing options depending on the program you want and how often you want to pay. There's the Photography Plan, Single App Plan and All Apps plan. Check out our tables below to see which option works best for you.

Individuals

Annual - monthly (rate per month)

Annual - prepaid (rate per year)

Monthly

Photographers
(see next table for full break down)

£9.98

$9.99

£119.21

$119.88

-

Single app
(see below for full break down)

starts at £4.98/$4.99

starts at £59.46/$59.88

starts at £4.98/$7.49

All apps

£49.94

$52.99

£596.33

$599.88

£75.85

$79.49

All apps + Adobe Stock

£73.93

- -

See all pricing plans here.

Photography plan for individuals

There are two Photography Plans. Both include Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC (for web and mobile), Lightroom Classic CC (for desktop). The only difference is the amount of cloud storage you get, which is either 20GB or 1TB. Alternatively, you can just pay for Lightroom CC on its own, which only comes with a 1TB storage option.

Individuals

What's included

Annual - monthly (per month)

Annual - prepaid (per year)

Monthly

Photography Plan (20GB)

  • Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom Classic CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • 20 GB cloud storage

£9.98

$9.99

£119.21

$119.88

 -

Photography Plan (1TB)

  • Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom Classic CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • 1TB cloud storage

£19.97

$19.99

£238.42

$239.88

 -

Lightroom CC (1TB)

  • Lightroom CC
  • 1TB Cloud storage

£9.98

$9.99

£119.21

$119.88

Single app plans for individuals

You can now pay different monthly rates for specific programs. Popular programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, Premiere Pro, Animate (Flash) and Dreamweaver are at a higher price bracket of £19.97/$20.99 a month, though you can get InCopy for as low as £4.98/$4.99.

View all plans on the Adobe website.

Program

Annual Monthly

Annual Prepaid

Monthly

Photoshop

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Illustrator

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

InDesign

£19.97

$20.99

£119.21

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Adobe XD

£9.98

$9.99

£181.10

$119.88

£9.98

$9.99

Acrobat Pro DC

£15.17

$14.99

£238.42

$179.88

£15.17

$14.99

Dreamweaver

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

Animate (Flash Pro)

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

Premiere Pro

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

After Effects

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

Spark 

£10.10

$9.99

£101.15

$99.99

£10.10

$9.99

Dimension

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

Audition

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

InCopy

£4.98

$4.99

£59.46

$59.88

£4.98

$4.99

See all plans on the Adobe website.

Creative Cloud for business

Adobe offers specialized pricing plans for businesses as well. A business plan allows the ease of cloud-based collaboration on video editing and a shared Adobe Stock access. You also get discounts if your team has over 10 users. 24/7 technical support, one-on-one sessions with design experts and support to help familiarize new users are also included in a business plan. See Adobe CC's Business pricing here.

 

All Apps
(per month, per license)

Single App
(per month, per license)

Business Pricing

 Includes:
  • Premium fonts
  • 100GB cloud storage
  • Shared asset libraries
  • 24/7 technical support

£59.00

$79.99

£25.28

$33.99

View all plans on Adobe's website

Creative Cloud for schools and universities

Schools and universities can benefit from two pricing plans.The Per Named-user License plan grants licenses for specific users and is paid on a monthly basis. Adobe recommends this option for small work groups and departments.

Alternatively, the Per Device License aimed at larger groups like classrooms and labs is available under yearly fee payments only (see table below).

Schools and Universities

All Apps

Single App

What's Included?

Per named-user license

£29.49 per month

$34.99 per month

£12.64 per month

$14.99 per month

  • CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe XD
  • 100GB of cloud storage per license
  • 24/7 tech support
  • Access to one-on-one product experts

Per device license

£252.96 per year

$299.88 per year

£131.04 per year

$155.88 per year

  • CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe XD

Keep in mind you will need to provide proof of institutional affiliation for the Per Named-user License. There are limitations on what qualifies as an institute, though Adobe-approved home schools are eligible. Both pricing plans allow discounts when you buy 10 or more licenses. See more details on Adobe CC institutional pricing here.

View all plans on Adobe's website

Adobe Creative Cloud student: Is there a student or teacher edition?

If you're a student or a teacher then you can get Creative Cloud at a discount (up to 65 percent off in the UK, and 60 percent off in the US). Keep in mind, again, it requires an institutional affiliation.

If you choose to get All Apps from CC as a student, you get the first year's rate reduced to £16.24/US$19.99 per month. After the first year, the rate goes up to £25.28/$29.99 per month, which is still lower than the £49.94/$52.99 per month you would pay on the pricing plan for Individuals. See Adobe CC plans here.

On the pre-paid yearly student plan, you pay £196.30/$239.88 for the first year. The rate goes to £301.90/$359.88 after the first year, which again, is still significantly less than the £596.33/$599.88 annual price for Individuals. Here's the full break down:

Students and Teachers

Annual for first year (paid monthly)

Annual after first year (paid monthly)

Annual (pre-paid) for first year

Annual (pre-paid) after first year

All apps

£16.24

$19.99

£25.28 (reduced from £49.94)

$29.99 (reduced from $52.99)

£196.30

$239.88

£301.90 (reduced from £596.33)

$359.88 (reduced from $599.88)

View all plans on Adobe's website.

Adobe Creative Cloud trial: Can I use a free trial?

If you're not sure whether Creative Cloud is the right software for you, Adobe offers a free trial which you can make use of.

You can test drive any app from the Creative Cloud suite for free over a period of 7 days (which used to be 30 days until 2016). Simply head to this page on Adobe's website, choose the app and download to start your free trial.

This is a Creative Cloud free membership and includes access to file syncing, sharing features, 2GB of storage space, as well as over 130 desktop fonts and 800 web fonts from Adobe Typekit for free.

Adobe Creative Cloud: What's included?

As you'll have noticed from the above pricing plans, there are four different packages to choose from –whether you're an individual, business, student/teacher or school. Here are some additional details on each plan:

Creative Cloud Single App

As the name suggests, the package is for those looking to just use one specific desktop app from Adobe's Creative Cloud suite.

You can choose one app from the following: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe XD, Acrobat Pro DC, Adobe Muse, Dreamweaver, Animate (Flash Pro), Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Spark, Dimension, Audition and InCopy. See individual pricing in the table above or directly on Adobe's website.

As well as your chosen app, you get an Adobe Portfolio website via myportfolio.com, social media graphics creator (Adobe Spark), Typekit desktop and web fonts, and 20GB of cloud storage space.

Adobe Creative Cloud apps

Creative Cloud Photography

Obviously aimed at photographers, this Creative Cloud package is good value for money and gives you what you need to manage, organize, edit, enhance and share your snaps.

You can choose either 20GB or 1TB cloud storage, both of which get you Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for desktop, web and mobile. The Lightroom CC Plan only gets you Lightroom CC (of course), but with 1TB of cloud storage.

Read about how Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an Apple TV app.

Creative Cloud All Apps

Opting for the All Apps complete package effectively give you an all access pass to Creative Cloud.

You can download and use any app from the portfolio (see the list below). You'll also get an Adobe Portfolio website, Adobe Stock account (to create social media graphics), Typekit desktop and web fonts, and 1TB of cloud storage space.

List of Creative Cloud apps: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro DC, Adobe Muse, Dreamweaver, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Inspect, Edge Reflow, Fireworks, Prelude, InCopy, Media Encoder, Scout, SpeedGrade, Story Plus, PhoneGap Build, Prelude Live Logger, Gaming SDK, Extension Manager and ExtendScript Toolkit.

All Apps with Adobe Stock

You can also pay slightly more (£23.99/$29.99) per month for access to Adobe Stock along with your All Apps access. New users can get the first month of Adobe Stock for free, which brings the first monthly payment down to £49.94/$52.99 – which is the standard All Apps cost. The Adobe Stock free trial lets you download up to 10 free stock images. You can cancel your Adobe Stock account at any time.

Creative Cloud apps

Creative Cloud Upgrades

By subscribing to Creative Cloud as a member you will get upgrades to any of the software included in your package for free when they are available.

This means you won't end up using an old version – unless you don't connect your computer to the internet in order for it to check for and install updates, of course.

Read about the new features on Adobe CC and if it's right for you.

Adobe Creative Cloud: Do I need an internet connection?

Although Creative Cloud is an online digital service, you don't need an internet connection to use the desktop apps.

Adobe does point out that you'll need a connection the first time you install and license your apps. Desktop apps will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days, so you will need to reconnect then. Annual members can use apps for up to 99 days in offline mode. Monthly members can use the software for up to 30 days in offline mode and annual members can get up to 99 days of offline use. See here for more details on grace periods and offline use.

Creative Cloud Photoshop

Adobe Creative Cloud: How many computers can I use it on at once?

A Creative Cloud membership allows you to install and activate desktop applications on two computers – regardless of whether it's a PC or Mac – for use by the individual associated with the membership. You can't use both at the same time however.

Adobe Creative Cloud: System requirements

Creative Cloud is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. On the Mac side, you'll need Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later.

System requirements for individual apps vary so below are the specs for Photoshop but you can get details for each one here.