Adobe doubles the price of its Creative Cloud plan for Photoshop and Lightroom

“Adobe has made a notable change to its Creative Cloud subscription plans,” Michael Potuck reports for 9to5Mac. “The $10/month Photography offering that was a popular way to get access to Photoshop and Lightroom has just doubled in price. Meanwhile, Lightroom on its own is now priced at $10/month.”

“As spotted by PetaPixel, the base $10/month Photography subscription featuring Photoshop and Lightroom now has a $20/month price tag,” Potuck reports. “Photoshop is also offered on its own for $21/month (as a single-app subscription).”

Potuck reports, “The 100% price bump came as a surprise to many users and PetaPixel was able to confirm the change with Adobe.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. And this is why I chose to never buy into Adobe’s subscription service…

    Its easy enough to keep a good enough old Mac/PC around just to run CS6, even for 50MP digital cameras … plus the competition’s gotten better.

  2. We love Pixelmator Pro in our offices at Natural Exposures. We use Mylio as a DAM to keep track of our images. Mylio allows you to easily go out to a different program which is most the time DXO PhotoLab but Pixelmator Pro if we need serious editing that needs layers etc. I gave up on Lightroom four years ago. Never looked back.

  3. I’m going to deal with LR6 as long as I can. I’ve looked at all the alternatives. Many a fine PS replacement… but not LR, at least for my needs. I truly hope Adobe has a throat slicing moment, the way Apple did with the original FCPX. Something to wake them up to become customer oriented again… and not such greedy bastards!

  4. Most consumer’s photo editing needs are met by low cost apps on the iPhone . . . Mac users can get Pixelmator Pro for $39.99 or Affinity Photo for $49.99 (one time purchase) . . . Those apps have more features than most people will ever use . . . it appears Adobe is targeting professional or semi-professional users with their pricing . . . $240 per year is overkill for most people.

  5. And here is what we laughingly call a “Free Market” at work. Adobe can go nuts with price hikes, and so few users are free to switch that it might as well be a tax increase.

    1. …and you can’t even keep your old software because here comes Apple’s “upgrades” to break those. Apple has probably already told Adobe what year Intel code will stop working.

  6. Yes, Pixelmator IS great. It won’t cut it for my needs, though. This was a real **** move by Adobe, that’s for sure. We all saw this coming when they switched to a sub. ADOBE: we are NOT happy.

  7. If anything Adobe needs to drop prices and come up with a cheaper media tier of Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects (which they refuse to do instead charging you for everything, most of which you aren’t using). Adobe is not making any friends along this path.

    DaVinci Resolve or FCPX are looking pretty good right now and other alternatives, especially on indie and other non-studio projects.

  8. Doesn’t anyone here know about Affinity’s suite of Adobe replacements? They’re great, better than Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in my opinion. $70 each, one time payment. No subscription.

    1. Affinity is great, I use Photo and Designer (waiting on official Publisher).

      However, they have nothing like Lightroom for my needs unfortunately. I’ve tried a few alternatives like Luminar, Aurora HDR, On1, etc. and not good enough…yet.

      Will likely give Capture One a try.

  9. I don’t do subscriptions. That includes Adobe, ProTools, and Music. Too many good/better alternative solutions, not gonna enable this business model.

  10. Official Response
    From time to time, we run tests on which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to We are currently running a number of tests on This particular test involves testing photography plans with higher levels of storage. If you’d like to purchase the 20GB plan, go to, or via phone at 1-800-585-0774

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