Cheapest Way to Use Adobe Creative Cloud?

almost 6 years ago from

I know, I know, there's Sketch, Figma, etc. but I still need to use Adobe for my projects. My question is: has anyone figured out a cheaper way to subscribe to CC?

I'm currently paying $50/mo and only use Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and occasionally InDesign.

I thought maybe I could buy the Photography plan (Photoshop + Lightroom) for $9.99/mo and then buy Illustrator separately for $19.99/mo but I'm not sure they allow mixing and matching plans like that.


  • Suleiman Leadbitter, almost 6 years ago

    I know this isn't the right answer but have you thought about the Affinity apps. I design using them and have to send psd's to clients regularly. Their is even a setting for maintaining a decent file type if edits are being sent back and forth and the other user is using Photoshop. Definitely worth a look and they are even on offer at the moment.


    6 points
  • John PJohn P, almost 6 years ago

    Your options are:

    1. Just use only Photoshop and get the super duper Photographer deal because for some reason Adobe thinks only Photographers deserve great deals. (Trying to double this up with another single app is a terrible deal, may as well just buy the full suite)
    2. Be a student.
    3. Steal it.

    Yes this is shit, yes adobe are scum for forcing this structure on us, yes we should all be working hard to smash the monopoly and yes no one will look down on you for stealing overpriced monopolistic buggy neglected software.

    3 points
    • Andy StoneAndy Stone, almost 6 years ago

      Man, please don't recommend "3. Steal it." as an option for a professional designer.

      Are Adobe products buggy (and do I often try to use other products when possible)? Yes.

      Do they make large, hard-to-maintain products that have lead the industry for two decades? Also yes.

      It's $50 / month for something you use to run your professional life. If you work for a company, they will buy it. If you're freelancing, it is an expense that comes with the territory.

      Outside of Adobe, there are a ton of products that you have to buy to do your job, and you don't just steal pens because you think they are overpriced. That is immoral and not something that should be propagated.

      3 points
      • John PJohn P, almost 6 years ago

        Pens don't stop working if you stop paying, I have options for many pens from many vendors for many prices not just 1 pen from 1 vendor that costs $600 a year. Dumb analogy.

        When a company has a stranglehold on an entire industry like Adobe does then how on earth can you protest their awful service? The only way is to stop paying them.

        OP asked for the cheapest ways and I answered, the sad answer is there are no fucking cheap ways it's PAY UP OR YOU CAN'T DO YOUR JOB.

        You realise my option 2 was technically stealing too right? You either get the photographers deal and live with only photoshop, find a way to technically commit fraud to get a discount or just steal it.

        Every mouthbreather who signed up for CC originally deserves slap for screwing the entire industry over.

        Disclaimer: I don't actually steal CC I'm just stating facts, but one time where the company I worked at went under and I had to get freelance in to pay rent, I fucking resented the $50 I had to pay till I got some stability back.

        0 points
  • Nathanael Ingram, 13 days ago

    The cheapest way to use Adobe Creative Cloud is to subscribe to their annual plan, which offers a significant discount compared to the monthly plan and browse https://grabmypaper.com/ site there. Additionally, some schools and universities offer student discounts for Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions. It's worth checking if you're eligible for any discounts before subscribing.

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  • Jay CruzJay Cruz, almost 6 years ago

    2. Be a Student

    This is probably the best deal for your situation. I've had the Student and Teacher edition for $29.99 for over a year and you get all Creative Cloud desktop apps plus companion mobile apps.

    0 points