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Adobe Officially Makes $9.99 Photography CC Bundle Permanent

By Anthony Thurston on June 18th 2014

Along with the rest of the big Adobe announcements today, some very good news came out regarding CC subscriptions for Photographers. For anyone that has been eyeing it, you will be able to get Photoshop and Lightroom for just $9.99 a month – permanently.

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The $9.99 Photoshop/Lightroom bundle had been an on again off again deal that we never really knew when would end, but with this announcement, it will be a permanent option going forward.

This is great news for photographers who couldn’t care less about the rest of the Creative Cloud apps like Premiere or Dreamweaver. You can save money and only get access to the apps you need most, Photoshop and Lightroom – for just $9.99 or roughly $120 a year.

If you are interested in the deal you can head on over to Adobe.com to get signed up.

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What are your thoughts on this news from Adobe? Now that it has been made permanent does this make the $9.99 offer more attractive to you? Leave a comment below!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Erin Johnson

    I hate it. I get it if you want the ‘latest and greatest’ version all of the time, but some of us wait a few years before upgrading things. This forces you to. What about schools? Yes they get a deal…but they were doing a lot better when they could choose to upgrade their software when they could afford to. Photoshop is on the CTE test, so it is a necessary component to any high school photography class.

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  2. Talwin Davis

    My question is…is there an option just to purchase Ps? I already had Lightroom prior to this being permanent by Adobe. I had just became a Lr user so I didn’t want to get Ps until I felt I needed it and had mastered Lr. So is there an option just for Ps or is it strictly an package deal?

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  3. Aaron Spencer

    Im really glad they made this permanent! I will probably try this out when I wanna upgrade.

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  4. James Polk

    This should at the very least help with business budgeting.

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  5. Sean Smith

    Nope.
    I washed my hands of Adobe when they went to the Creative Gouge and I haven’t looked back. I’m sure full time pros find this a good deal but as a semi-pro/hobbiest, it’s only a way to guarantee customer retention and force people to constantly shell out money for their product when they would otherwise have no need to upgrade software. They ensure income and reduce likelihood of people trying out competitive software such as Capture One.

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  6. Jared Stewart

    Nice! I’ve been on the “trial” 1 year pricing. Glad they’ve made this decision.

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  7. Jacob Jexmark

    I know _at least_ five creatve arists in my circle of friends that will now move from pirated software to Creative Cloud. This is great. Very nice decision Adobe!

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  8. Servando Miramontes

    Been paying $9.99/mo since day one…. Now the question is whether or not Adobe will be gradually increasing the pricing too quickly… Only time will tell.

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  9. Chris Nachtwey

    Best news I’ve heard from the Adobe front in a long time!! Happy full-time photographer right here! $120 is a drop in the bucket to have the tools I need to do my job.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Exactly, Chris. Any working pro photographer who complains about how they can’t come up with $120 per year, well, they need to wake up and smell the small business coffee because that is an absurdly low price compared to some of the stuff other industries have to put up with!

      Did you know that a lot of specialized, highly proprietary softwares out there used by other “skilled labor” types of industries charge thousands and thousands of dollars for the use of their programs? Some even charge a per-use fee of $20-30 for every single time you do task XYZ for a client. It’s insane.

      Anyways my point is, if you’re a working pro photog, shut up and count your blessings, you’re working in by far one of the cheapest, most affordable industries as far as overhead costs VS income potential is concerned. Just ask a licensed contractor, electrician, or even a plumber what their startup costs / monthly overhead is!!!

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    • Matthew Saville

      I do understand however that a monthly service fee might seem very lame or even un-affordable for the hobbyists who are not doing this professionally. To have to pay a professional monthly service fee just to enjoy your hobby is a huge bummer.

      But then I remember that it’s still only $9.99 per month, which is probably far less than any middle-class camera-toting hobbyist spends on Starbucks, or their cable TV, or whatever else it is they feel they MUST indulge in. Personally? I’d rather have the latest version of LR and PS for the rest of my life. I can make my own coffee in the morning LOL, I don’t need a $5 latte every week…

      =Matt=

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  10. Stuparu Sorin

    Great deal!

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  11. Kurk Rouse

    Very tempting indeed

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  12. Bjørn Kristiansen

    This a great, but also expected, news from Adobe. It’s good to see that they have listened to their community and taken a good step towards beeing the preferred software provider for us photographers.

    My wish now is that they consider to make a second “Photographer Package” where we get the option to chose one or two additional applicatiosn, for example Indesign, in additon to PS and LR without being forced to pay for everything. Let’s say a monthly fee of $14.99 for PS/LR + 2 additional applications (some restrictions could be acceptable)

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hey, if you “expected” this, then bravo for being an optimist! I myself and many others were very afraid that after our 1st year was up, they’d try and at least stick us with a $15 or $20 monthly fee. Maybe I’m a pessimist, but this is definitely a surprise for me!

      =Matt=

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    • Matthew Saville

      I do however STRONGLY agree with your concept of how they should go about offering 1-2 additional apps, beyond LR + PS. $14.99 per month for 3-4 of the big apps I need would be great.

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  13. Joshua flowers

    If only they would bundle Premiere and After Effects in the same way it would still be cheaper than I am paying now.

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  14. Mark Evers

    I’m glad they decided to make it a change that will stay. I’m currently using LR5 (purchased out right) and PSE, but I can see me upgrading to CC when LR6 comes out.

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  15. Jeff Lopez

    I wasn’t even going to consider making the switch to CC. Now I’m definitely thinking about it.

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    • André Hostombe

      Sounds interesting for the first reading. The only problem is that in Germany the price is still to high. At the moment we have to pay 12,29 € (about 16,70$). So we will to wait longer till this will be interesting in germany.

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  16. Leslie Troyer

    For me this is great news. I have been worried that Adobe woud drop it and then I would have to purchase LightRoom ( and Elements??) for both Mac & PC. I just wish it was easier to purchase for a year a crack rather than monthly.

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  17. Matthew Saville

    Of course they still have to do battle with those who need both LR+PS AND another program like Premier or something. Because that puts the cost significantly higher right off the bat, just to add one program…

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    • Dan Bailey

      Matthew, that’s exactly the feedback I gave Adobe in their recent survey. In addition to PS + LR, many photographers use a third program (I use InDesign for my print marketing and eBook design), but the options for adding another program are not very user friendly. You either pay full price for a dead end version of your 3rd app, or you pay for the full CC subscription, which is both cost prohibitive and a waste of money if you don’t use all the other program. They need to have an affordable 3rd app option for photographers.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Dan, I’d say that it’s fair for Adobe to offer 3+ apps in a more incremental price increase between the $9.99 mark and their $49.99 mark that includes the whole set of apps. Just take the number of apps, divide 40 by that number, and add a couple bucks. That’s what we should pay.

      Sound fair?

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  18. Matthew Saville

    Needless to say, this is VERY good news for many of us!

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