Adobe has initiated a new approach to photoshop users. It is called Photoshop CC, which stands for Photoshop Creative Cloud. Updates to photoshop in the past were released every 18 – 24 months, and if you wanted to new version you could purchase the upgrade at a lower price than purchasing the new version alone. Photographers who are photoshop users will have no choice in the future for upgrades but to subscribe to the Creative Cloud.
This isn’t all bad, however. If you already own license to a recent version of Photoshop, CS 5 or CS6 for instance, the license is good into perpetuity. You can continue to use that license for as long as you wish. None the less, in the long term, photographers who use only Photoshop will pay $240.00 a year for the subscription, as opposed to purchasing upgrades every 18 months in the past for less than $200.00. If you want the latest updates, you’ll have to subscribe.
The standard subscription is $49.99 a month but includes all of Adobes products, most of which are used by graphic designers. The monthly subscription for photoshop alone is $19.99 a month, but if you already own a qualifying product (Photoshop CS 5 or 6) you would qualify for a 50% discount, but only for the first year.
This new cloud approach to Adobe products, does not include Photoshop Elements or Lightroom, so although neither of these is a substitute for full photoshop, together they make a good combination and will continue to be available for purchase. Whether this will change in the future is not known at this time, nor is the future of Adobe’s pricing structure, which could drop over time.
Source: Tim Grey, Pixology Magazine, June 2013