Where once you could buy Adobe's software on CD, Creative Cloud brings Adobe's well-known programs – like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat and more – to the cloud.

Whether you're a student, professional, business, or educator, here's everything you need to know about Adobe CC including pricing plans, trials, student and educational discounts and where to download it.

Pricing and plans: How much does Adobe Creative Cloud 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, like Photoshop or Premiere Pro, rather than the entire suite.

For this reason, Adobe lets you subscribe to single apps or get the whole 'All Apps' suite depending on what you prefer. An Adobe CC subscription can be paid monthly or for an entire year in one go. We will break these down below.

Adobe CC also offers a major education discount price with up to 65% off in the UK and 60% in the UK. We will go into these discounts in detail below.

Adobe often discounts 40% off the Creative Cloud All Apps annual plans. This includes discounts on the All Apps and Adobe Stock bundle, and the Student and Teacher annual plans.

Adobe Creative Cloud pricing (Individuals)

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

Individuals

Annual - monthly (rate per month)

Annual - prepaid (rate per year)

Monthly

Photography
(see next table for full break down)

Starting at £9.98

Starting at $9.99*

From £119.21

From $119.88

-

Single app
(see below for full break down)

From £4.98/$4.99

From £59.46/$59.88

From £7.58/$7.49

All apps

£49.94

$52.99

£596.33

$599.88

£75.85

$79.49

*$ pricing is in US Dollars

Photography plan and prices for Individuals

There are two Photography Plans. Both include Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC (for web and mobile), and 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 comes with a 1TB storage option (£9.98/mo).

See the price breakdown in our table below:

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 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.

As well as your chosen app, you get an Adobe Portfolio website via myportfolio.com, social media graphics creator (Adobe Spark), Adobe Fonts, and 100GB of cloud storage space.

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

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Adobe XD

£9.98

N/A

£119.21

$119.88

N/A

$9.99

Acrobat Pro DC

£15.17

$14.99

£181.10

$179.88

£25.28

$24.99

Dreamweaver

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Animate (Flash Pro)

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Premiere Pro

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Premiere Rush (for social media videos)

N/A

N/A

£119.21

$119.88

£9.98

$9.99

After Effects

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

Spark 

N/A

N/A

£101.15

$99.99

£10.10

$9.99

Dimension

N/A

N/A

£238.42

$239.88

£19.97

$20.99

Audition

£19.97

$20.99

£238.42

$239.88

£30.34

$31.49

InCopy

£4.98

$4.99

£59.46

$59.88

£7.58

$7.49

See all plans on the Adobe website.

Creative Cloud All Apps

Adobe CC All Apps

Opting for the All Apps complete package gives you an all access pass to Creative Cloud, that is 20+ desktop apps and all mobile apps including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro and Acrobat Pro.

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 up to 10TB of cloud storage space.

Here's what's included in Creative Cloud All Apps: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, Acrobat Pro DC,After Effects, Audition, Animate, Dreamweaver, Fresco, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, Character Animator, Bridge, Dimension, Prelude, InCopy, Media Encoder, Spark, Substance and Fuse (Beta)

Adobe Creative Cloud apps

Creative Cloud for Businesses

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.

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

Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers

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.

See our full guide to Adobe student pricing.

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.

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 Shared 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

£278.04 per year

$330 per year

N/A

N/A

  • 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.

See more details on Adobe CC institutional pricing here.

Adobe Creative Cloud free trial download

If you're not sure whether Creative Cloud is the right software for you, Adobe offers a free trial as well.

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.

The Creative Cloud free membership includes free tutorials, 100GB of cloud storage space, a portfolio website and access to premium fonts via Adobe Typekit.

Creative Cloud apps

Creative Cloud Upgrades

Adobe released Creative Cloud 2020 just last November and then a number of extensive updates last month. By subscribing to Creative Cloud, members get continuous upgrades to any of the software included in the package for free as soon as they become available.

With automatic updates, you won't end up using an old version – unless your computer hasn't been connected to the internet for a while.

Do I need an internet connection for Adobe Creative Cloud?

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

How many computers can install Adobe CC 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 works in-browser with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer. In terms of platform, system requirements for individual apps vary. You can see them all here.

Typically, you can expect compatibility with Windows 7 up to Windows 10 on PC. For Mac, you'll typically need Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.