Adobe Announces Special Photoshop CC Program Offer At $9.99 Per Month

Bakari Chavanu 08-09-2013

Adobe announced last week at its Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas a special Creative Cloud subscription membership for $9.99 per month. The special offer is for existing eligible Photoshop CS 3 or higher users who sign up by December 31, 2013.


The Creative Cloud subscription will include the following online applications and services: Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20 GB of online storage, Behance ProSite, access to Creative Cloud training resources, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Adobe says Creative Suites and volume licenses don’t qualify for the special offer. The subscription also requires the annual commitment with a monthly billing.

The special offer is not a introductory price, and the current monthly fee is for the first year only. If you cancel your membership after signing up, Adobe says that you will not be able to rejoin at the special price.

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Back in May, Adobe unveiled its new Creative Cloud suite of online photo editing, HTML5 web design, and other applications including Photoshop Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts 101 Whether you're a beginner or a pro, these Adobe Photoshop keyboard shortcuts will save you hours of time. Read More , InDesign, and Illustrator. Access to the entire suite starts at $49 per month.

Adobe says that the special offer is in response to feedback from a wide range of its customers base, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts, who want more affordable access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom.


Here’s the list of prices for the major regions outside of the US. Prices do not include VAT/local taxes which vary by country.

  • North America $9.99 USD
  • European Union €9.99 EUR
  • EMEA non-EU $9.99 USD
  • Australia/New Zealand $9.99 AUD
  • Asia Pacific $9.99 USD
  • Japan ¥1,000 JPY
  • United Kingdom £7.14 GBP

Will you take advantage of this deal or do you prefer the full creative cloud package?

Source: Adobe

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  1. Anonymous
    September 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I have photoshop CS3 student edition on my "big Mac," for want of a better phrase. I can't upgrade it as my computer can't cope with anything newer.
    On my new Mac laptop, I can have the photoshop cc but that's all I want.. i don't want the storage, I don't need the extras. I just want to buy it to use. Why do I have to start a contract to use it, like I do with the gym? Not liking this.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      September 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I agree. Eventually even if you're using a older desktop version of Photoshop, it won't be supported on any platform, and you'll be forced to use the CC version. It sucks.

  2. Robert B. Weeks
    September 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    @Peter: I also read in my research on it today that if you are a current PS CC subscriber, you will be automatically upgraded to the new price and access to LR.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      September 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Robert, thanks for letting us know this.

  3. Robert B. Weeks
    September 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I heard it started the week of September 16th. I am waiting on it too - had to have them re-put by CS3 Extended back on my account (since this is the minimum). Pretty reasonable price for both apps actually (especially if they stick to them saying this is the permanent price going forward if you stick to it).

  4. Eddie Wiseman
    September 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Exactly WHEN can I subscribe to the "NEW CC" offer at $9.99 USD per month"?..I have a license for Photoshop CS5..

    THANKS in advance..


  5. Peter Nicoll
    September 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

    What about those of us who already have photoshop CC as a single application? I am on the introductory price as from July but I don't get Lightroom with it and will have to pay $19.99 when my first year is up. It only seems fair that we be included in the new deal?

  6. Nathan
    September 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    $10 is fair... $20 makes my blood boil...

  7. Paul Fox Photo
    September 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The difference in prices across the world for the same product is really annoying. When I heard about the $9.99 offer I thought it was a great deal but converting to GBP means I'll be paying $11.22 a month. It's only a small difference but it slowly adds up - Abobe, my paypal account can make payments in dollars if that helps! :)

    To clarify the comment above

    1. The $9.99 (or equivalent) deal is not just for the first year but is the new set price. The deal is only being offered to those who subscribe before the end of this year and then the price is going up to $19.99 a month for those who have NOT subscribed. If you think you'll use PS and LR then sign up early to avoid disappointment.

    2. Yes PSD files generally work best in Photoshop but they can be opened in earlier versions with only a few compatibility issues. A quick look on Adobe's website and you'll find they have given out Photoshop CS2 completely for free to anyone who wants to download it or you can always go back to your current versions of PS/LR once you decide that $9.99 is too much. Would you not have bought 'Photoshop 7' and 'Lightroom 6' in two years when it came out anyway - and thus spent several hundred dollars for the upgrade? Is it not better to spread out the cost over time rather can cough it up in one lump sum?

  8. Rob H
    September 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Evidently the messages are finally getting through to Adobe that users don't like the CC deal.
    Finally they have grasped that the USD:GBP exchange rate is not 1:1 (they justified the difference on the basis of internationalisation - actually in UK we speak substantially the same language as US) and that the previous "special offer" of GBP27 per month (first year only) was too much.
    I still won't go for it because:
    Although my primary need is for Photoshop I'd like occasional access to other CC components, it's not really a price cut it's more to do with package bundling: "pay less, get less".
    The price is "for the first year only" - it's going to increase.
    Your files are locked into their proprietary format so if you stop paying the monthly fee you lose the ability to access those.
    I'm probably not eligible for the existing customer discount anyway as I bought Photoshop in the US and the license says it's not to be used outside US
    I have a current Photoshop version and an ancient full CS suite license.
    With a conventional version I paid up front for the software, it's mine to use until it becomes too outdated to continue (at least 5 years?), by which time I hope to have found and switched to a better alternative.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      September 10, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Rob, you make some excellent points. Some way or another, Adobe is going to trap customers in maintaining a subscription if they want to use the applications. And who knows how many price will increase after the first year. Thanks for taking the time to post your comment.
      Btw, I'm still hanging onto the C3 Suite, and though I mostly use Photoshop, I still would like to be able to learn and use InDesign without having to get locked into a monthly subscription.

  9. Darth
    September 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Geeeeeez... Why do people from the EU get always shafted?? 10$ is NOT 10€, its 7,60€!!!

    They bothered to offer a somewhat fairer price to the UK... Why do we have to pay 13,20$ ?