Whether you're in publishing or a design student, Adobe InDesign is a staple in the creative industry, along with Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro. The typesetting program allows users to design sleek and sophisticated documents: from books, brochures, posters and pamphlets to ebooks, interactive documents and everything in between. In this article, we go through where to get Adobe InDesign, free trials, student discounts and more.
Adobe also just launched Creative Cloud 2020, with loads of upgrades and new tools all round. See our full Adobe CC 2020 coverage over at our sister site Digital Arts.
How to get Adobe InDesign
The obvious place to get InDesign is directly from Adobe, which has shifted its services entirely to the cloud with Adobe CC. Creative Cloud users pay a monthly or annual subscription fee to use the software, which comes with cloud storage space and continuous updates.
While you can order the full Adobe Suite, or All Apps plan as its called now, which includes InDesign (and everything else!), the more reasonable alternative for those only after InDesign is getting the single app subscription, which starts at £19.97/US$20.99 per month, but there a few payment options to choose from which we've outlined below.
How much does Adobe InDesign cost?
You can pay for the Adobe InDesign single app subscription in a few ways: at an ongoing monthly rate, at an annual rate paid in full, or an annual rate paid monthly.
- Ongoing Monthly rate: £30.34/US$31.49 per month
- Annual plan, prepaid: £238.42/US$239.88 per year
- Annual plan, paid monthly: £19.97/US$20.99 per month
In terms of savings, the Annual Prepaid plan works out to be the cheapest, since over 12 months you pay £19.86 per month, saving you £1.32/US$1. Though it's not much of an immediate saving, we'd recommend this plan if you know you will need InDesign on a long term basis. It doesn't hurt to save a few pounds (or bucks) over the years either.
What does the Adobe InDesign subscription include?
The InDesign single app subscription comes with 100GB of cloud storage space, a portfolio website (Adobe Portfolio), premium fonts (Adobe Fonts) and access to tutorials.
Can I download InDesign for free?
Does Adobe InDesign have a student discount?
Adobe doesn't offer a discount on InDesign as a standalone program, but if you're a student you can get a massive 65% discount (60% in the US) on the All Apps plan, which includes InDesign. This works out cheaper than getting InDesign on its own, and you get a whole host of other benefits.
For starters, not only do you get 20+ programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe XS for desktop and mobile, you also get 100GB of cloud storage with access to Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts, and Adobe Spark.
In terms of price, the student discount brings the total cost to £16.24/US$19.99 per month for the first year. Right now in the UK, students can also sign up for the annual prepaid plan and pay only £179.94 for the first year instead of £196.30. This effectively makes the first month of Adobe CC free. See the Student and Teachers Adobe CC rates here.
In the US, prepaid annual plan costs $239.99 per year, which works out to be the same as the monthly rate. When the plan renews, the new rate goes to $29.99 per month, which is still cheaper than the usual $52.99 per month. See the US rates for the Adobe CC Student and Teachers plan here.
Students in university, college, secondary or primary school are all eligible for the student discount, along with home-schooled students. A school-issued email address should instantly verify your student status, but you can see the full eligibility requirements on Adobe's Creative Cloud sign up page once you click on "institutional affiliation".