Photoshop Photography Program. What Is It And Who Should Get it.

In the blogosphere, many photographers have expressed their anger for Adobe’s subscription only-service. But if you watched Adobe’s keynote in Vegas a couple of weeks ago, you’ve heard about the Photoshop Photography Program.

Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 Bundle: $9.99/Month

Nope, this price is not a special introductory price for your first year only. This is the standard price for this membership level if you sign up by December 31, 2013. The Photoshop Photography Program offer includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and future upgrades. Some other included features are Adobe Bridge,  Behance ProSite, for a fully customizable  professional portfolio, and 20 gigabytes of cloud storage. To qualify, you must own a legit version of Photoshop CS3 or later.

Scott Kelby Does the Math: How the Photoshop Photography Program Will Save You Money

Scott Kelby did the math to clarify how the Photoshop Photography Program will save us money. To upgrade Photoshop to the latest version, it would cost about $199, with Lightroom’s yearly upgrade around $79. If you’re a photographer who keeps his or her tools up to date, that means $280 every 18 months. With Adobe’s special program for photographers you’ll pay $180 over 18 months, which includes the latest features and versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. On top of that you’ll have access to 20 gigabytes of online storage, plus Pro Site, if you decide to use it. Now let me show you how easy it is to sign up.

Step 1: Go to the Photoshop Photography Program Page

Signing up is super easy, and takes less than 5 minutes. To sign up, visit Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program. Read the short description on the page, and visit their FAQ and Terms if you have any questions or concerns. Once you’re ready to proceed, click on the big blue purchase button, as shown in the graphic below.

Photoshop Photography Program

Step 2: Log In With Your Adobe ID

If you’ve registered any of your Adobe products, such as CS5 or CS6, you should have an Adobe ID. If you don’t have one, create an Adobe ID to join the Creative Cloud.

Photoshop Photography Program

Step 3: Have Your Serial Number Ready

Your serial number should be somewhere in the original package that your software came in, perhaps on the CD case. Simply type in the serial number, review membership details and provide the payment information.

Photoshop Photography Program

 Step 4: Download the Software

The final step is to download the software. Download speeds will depend on the speed of your internet connection. It took about 10 minutes for Photoshop to download to my computer. Software downloaded from Creative Cloud will act just like your previous versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.  You don’t need to be online to use it, nor do you need to use any of the Creative Cloud services included with the Photoshop Photography Program.

Photoshop Photography Program

You Have a Choice to Make. Here’s Why

Adobe’s subscription only-service has upset many photographers and designers. Especially designers, because they have to have the entire suite. But if you’re a photographer who only needs Photoshop and Lightroom, Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program is affordable and reasonably priced. Before making the final decision, consider the following two questions:

  1. Will you continue using Adobe products?
  2. Will you take advantage of the Photoshop Photography Program?

If Adobe’s subscription business model is not what you want, you don’t have to worry about any of this. You can simply take a look at some Photoshop alternatives, a topic we discussed a few weeks ago. But, if you want to continue using such products as Photoshop and Lightroom, then this is a perfect deal. Here is why.

If you don’t sign up by December 31st, 2013, you’ll be paying $19.99/month for each app, as shown in the graphic below. That’s a total of $39.98/month for Photoshop and Lightroom. Somehow I think that the $9.99/month bundle is the right deal. So I signed up. Will you? Let me know by sharing your answer and thoughts in the comments area below.

Photoshop Photography Program

Your Thoughts. What Do You Think About All This?

Not many of us want to rent. We feel safer when we own something. How do you feel about all of this? Share your thoughts in the comments area below. See you next week. Cheers.

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