Adobe Photoshop can be purchased through multiple retailers. The easiest is to directly through Adobe and sign up for creative cloud. Adobe does offer some promotions depending on the situation. Below we have outlined the best way to buy Adobe Photoshop and also to buy the entire creative cloud suite. Thanks for the folks on quora for prompting this post with the question: “How much does Adobe Photoshop cost and Where can I get it“.
Test Drive First [Free Trial]
Before you buy Adobe Photoshop you can give it a spin for one month. To do so you will have to set up an Adobe ID. If you don’t already have an Adobe ID it is easy to set up. If you are only looking to get one month, make sure you cancel your subscription before the next billing cycle begins. It’s best to set a calendar reminder on your phone or computer so you don’t miss the date. Once you have given Adobe Photoshop a try for a month you can look to purchase it.
How to purchase
You can purchase the software on a myriad of websites but it’s easiest just to go directly through Adobe. They offer a competitive rate and the site is easy to use. They also do not often discount Photoshop so you are most likely to find the deals available on their site.
Adobe offers multiple plans depending on who you are and what you’re looking to do. Below we have outlined all the possible discounts that you can get while purchasing Photoshop.
Discounts [Common Mistakes]
Purchasing just Photoshop directly could cost you an additional $10 per month. If you just want to get Photoshop, you actually shouldn’t choose just to purchase Photoshop. Now this might seem counterintuitive but let me explain how they price their products. Photoshop is available to download for a monthly price of $19.99.
If you’re looking to purchase another app directly like illustrator you should use the single app purchase option. Otherwise, Photoshop is more expensive!
But Adobe has a special offer for photographers. They have their lowest-priced tear called Adobe Photography. This program is specifically designed for photographers and calms out half the cost of just buying Photoshop.It also has the advantage that you get light room for free. In addition, you still can use the month free trial before you start paying. You also will get access to eight mobile Adobe applications. These will work on your iOS or android device. Allowing you to use programs like Adobe Photoshop Mix or Spark Video.
With the photography plan you still get access to CreativeSync. This allows you to easily store your work in the cloud between your mobile and desktop devices. This is a great way to improve your Photoshop workflow.
What’s New in Photoshop?
University or Organization
If you work for a company or go to university you should check and see if they have an enterprise Adobe solution before you purchase. Many universities and schools by enterprise licenses which they then and license to their students. Though you won’t be able to purchase this directly through Adobe you may be able to get Adobe Photoshop for free. Just look up who manages software for your organization and give them a call. Your local IT helpdesk will probably be able to put you in touch with the right people.
Students & Teachers
If your university or school does not offer the Adobe suite for free, you can still download at a discount if you are a student or teacher. To do this you will need a .EDU email account. Unfortunately, the photography package is not any less expensive for students or teachers. It still cost $9.99 a month. But you can easily upgrade to a plan that includes the entire creative cloud suite. This is a collection of over 20+ applications. This only costs an additional $10, bringing the total cost per month to $19.99 a month. note that this is promotional pricing is for the first year.
The individual plans are the base plans that are offered to everyone. The only promotion here is that you can get the first month free. Photoshop cost $19.99 but you should purchase the photography version to just get it for $9.99. If you want the entire creative cloud suite the cost is $79.98 per month. for no obvious reason Adobe has removed the last sent and price it at $.98 instead of $.99. Maybe this is an attempt to make it seem like a better deal?
While you are checking out you will probably see an advertisement for Adobe stock. You can add Adobe stock for just $10 a month. Adobe stock is a great stock photography website which offers a very diverse library. It’s our favorite stock photography website at crazy leaf design. Best of all you can get $50 worth of photography free for the first month. Just follow this link to sign up here.
It actually cost more to buy a business license in less you are a large organization. If you are a large organization you can contact for a private quote. For most readers it’s probably best to try to go with one of the above plans.
Military Discount For Adobe Suite
Unfortunately Adobe does not offer a military discount. This is something that users have been requesting on multiple forums. At this point there is no way to leverage your service to get a discount. It is best to try to use one of the above-discounted versions.
Is Adobe CC more expensive with the monthly plan?
When Adobe announced that they would be going to a monthly subscription model many longtime customers got up in arms at what they perceive would be a price increase. Though Adobe does take the money out of your pocket every month multiple websites have found that it actually cost less over the long term. Best of all you got to have the most up-to-date software. You will find online some people advocating purchasing an older version of Photoshop as you would not have to pay monthly fees. The issue with this is that creative cloud is now a few years old and the versions of standalone Photoshop are quite antiquated. You will also find support to become more difficult over time. At the release of creative cloud it may have made sense to buy an older version of Photoshop, but today for just $10 a month it’s probably best to purchase the subscription.