After the Creative Cloud subscription method was implemented in full and perpetual licenses for future versions were killed, many photographers vowed to leave Adobe in the dust and proclaimed that the company would crumble and fall from the decision. Adobe’s prior goal was to reach 1 million subscribers before the end of 2013. It seems that they are ahead of schedule.
While some folks aren’t subscribing to the whole package, I would venture to say that the majority of users pay the $50/mo rate. Do the math on that and you’ll see that Adobe is probably doing just fine. For those waiting for Adobe to offer a perpetual licensing scheme, I suspect that is only getting further from any likelihood of ever happening again.
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom 5
- 20 GB of online storage
- Behance ProSite (custom site/portfolio hosting)
- Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud
You can sign up here for the Adobe Photoshop Photography Program.
If the subscription method just goes against your grain and you’re not willing to shell out even $9.99/mo., then there are other options:
- Photoshop CS6 is still available as a perpetual license. So is Lightroom 5.
- Photoshop Elements will get a lot of folks all they really need.
- Corel PaintShop Pro X6 just released as a 64-bit program.
- Software suites like onOne Perfect Suite 8 works as a standalone product in addition to working as a plug-in.
Expect more competition to fill in the gaps soon for those that don’t want to join the Creative Cloud. Just don’t expect Adobe to offer a non-subscription option for the full version of Photoshop again.