During its nearly 30-year history, Adobe Photoshop has become the byword for image editing software.
Like Xerox and Google, Photoshop is now a verb. Ever seen an advertisement featuring someone with supernaturally perfect skin and dismissively thought, “that’s totally photoshopped”?
With a background that extensive, Photoshop has naturally gone through a whole lot of changes, not the least of which is the price.
|Monthly plan||Annual plan (paid monthly)||Annual plan (prepaid)|
|Single App plan||$31.49/month||$20.99/month||$239.88/year|
|All Apps plan||$79.49/month||$52.99/month||$599.88/year|
|All Apps plan with educational discount||n/a||$19.99/month||$239.88/year|
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Since 2017, Photoshop has only been available to purchase by Creative Cloud subscription. This complicates the question of how much Photoshop costs since the answer depends on whether you need an individual or business license and how often you want to pay.
Read on for a breakdown of all the available plans, or click below to jump to a specific one:
For an individual user, the best subscription value is the Creative Cloud Photography plan. It includes Photoshop, Lightroom (an image organization and manipulation application), and 20 gigabytes of cloud storage for $9.99 per month, though the plan is only offered annually.
For $19.99 per month, you can upgrade your cloud storage capacity to a full terabyte and if that’s still not enough space, each additional terabyte runs an extra $9.99 per month. If you choose to pay for your annual plan upfront, the 20 gigabyte and one terabyte plans cost $199.88 and $239.88, respectively.
Adobe offers Single App plans for users who only want to subscribe to a particular application. The Single App plan for Photoshop includes 100 gigabytes of cloud storage, Adobe Fresco (a digital painting and drawing app), Adobe Portfolio (a website builder), Adobe Fonts, and Adobe Spark (a social graphics editor).
For an individual monthly subscription, all of this will run you a cool $31.49 per month. If you commit to subscribing for a full year but opt to pay month by month, the price comes out to $20.99 per month, or you can pay $239.88 upfront for the whole year, which is a 5% savings from the monthly annual price.
Adobe only offers annual subscription plans for businesses. Each license you require costs $33.99 per month or $407.88 for the full year. The total cost ends up the same, so it just depends on how you want to space out your business expenses.
Another option is to subscribe to the full Adobe Creative Cloud collection. In addition to Photoshop, the All Apps plan provides all of the other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Premiere, and more. While this obviously costs more than getting Photoshop by itself, the capabilities of the full collection are extensive, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.
The monthly individual plan is $79.49 per month, but you can cut a full third off of that price by getting the annual subscription and paying $52.99 every month, or save a further 6% on top of that by paying $599.88 upfront.
Just like the Single App plan for business, the All Apps plan is only offered annually. Each license costs $79.99 per month or $959.88 for the full year.
Adobe’s All Apps plan for students and teachers is $19.99 per month for the first year if you can prove affiliation with a school or other educational institution. After the first year, it costs $29.99 per month. While those prices might still appear pretty steep to the average cash-strapped student, at up to a 62% discount over the cheapest All Apps plan, it’s an excellent value.
If you aren’t interested in signing up for a recurring subscription but still want access to Photoshop, there are a few other options available.
If you don’t need the full breadth of tasks Photoshop CC can handle, Adobe offers a less robust version called Photoshop Elements. Unlike Photoshop CC, Elements is available as a one-time software purchase rather than a subscription, with a $99.99 price tag.
Adobe Photoshop Express is a free app available on iOS, Android, and Windows that allows users to make basic edits to their photos on the go.
It’s still in the beta testing stage as of September 2019, but Adobe has announced plans to release a full version of Photoshop CC for the iPad by the end of 2019.
If you still aren’t sure which plan to choose, you can sign up for a seven-day free trial from Adobe. You don’t need to provide your credit card information unless you decide to subscribe after the trial ends, so there’s no risk of forgetting to cancel and getting charged.
Popular as Photoshop is, it isn’t the be-all and end-all of photo editing software. For some no-cost alternatives, check out G2’s list of the best free photo editing software.
Meghan graduated with a BFA from UIC in 2016, and celebrated by immediately losing on Jeopardy!. She previously was a Content Promotion Specialist at G2. She enjoys roller skating, karaoke, and cats, and hopes to see a solid 20% of all communication replaced by GIFs in her lifetime.
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