The Death of Photoshop as You Know it: How Adobe Plans to Charge You

You may want to reconsider upgrading to Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6), and let’s find out why. Adobe announced its plans to discontinue the Creative Suite standalone upgrades. As Photoshop moves to subscription, along with some other Adobe products, Adobe’s focus is on a cloud based model service, Adobe Creative Cloud, and a choice between an annual or a monthly subscription.

This means that if you purchase or upgrade to a CS6 standalone version, you will never see a new upgrade. You’ll also need to pay a monthly or annual fee to use the Adobe products in the future.  But there are benefits in the cloud, and you may or may not welcome this change.

What is Adobe Creative Cloud?

It’s time to meet our fate somewhere among the clouds above! Creative Cloud membership offers all the creative tools necessary for your artistic vision. A membership grants you access to the latest versions of Adobe desktop applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator. With Cloud storage you’ll be able to sync and access your files wherever you are. This is great news for those of you who depend on mobile devices. Adobe Creative Cloud service will become your central dashboard that allows you to work wherever you like. Here is what Adobe says on their website,

Introducing Creative Cloud desktop applications. They’re the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

Benefits of Adobe Creative Cloud

The following are some of the benefits of Adobe Creative Cloud according to Adobe. 

  • Your assets, settings, styles, colors, and fonts are synced and available across your desktop and mobile devices
  • You have access to the full set of Adobe’s creative tools, with frequent updates
  • You can broaden your skills through access to the best training from the best teachers

Get Photoshop for Only $9.99

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you different membership levels, starting at $49 per month if you sign up for the annual plan. For those of you who only need Photoshop, you can get the Photoshop app for $9.99 per month, a limited time offer. Customers with CS3 through CS5 can get their first year for $29.99.

Desktop Apps: Give them a Try

Yep, apps are taking over the digital world, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from the Creative Cloud service. We will no longer be able to buy a standalone suite from Adobe. No more installation disks that take a very long time to install.   Sign up for a Creative Cloud membership, log in, and install the applications you need. You can view the list of Adobe apps here. There is also a 30 day trial. I encourage you try it.

Photoshop Moves to Subscription

Final Thoughts

As usual, there is a price for this convenience, and it’s not cheap. What are your thoughts? Will you be signing up for the Adobe Creative Cloud? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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