How Much is Photoshop in 2022?

Buying a copy of Photoshop back then wasn’t cheap, but it was easy. One price, one copy. These days, with subscription models dominating the creative software space, things have gotten a little more complicated. And while photographers may need a bingo card to find out how much Photoshop is going to cost, there’s a lot more to it than heading to the local computer store and picking up a copy.

With the launch of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service in 2013, the industry underwent a sudden shift from buying a new copy every few years to get the latest features, to a monthly subscription model. with much more frequent and “free” updates. (with bundled updates with recurring cost). That was Creative Cloud’s promise, and Adobe made it easy to sign up.

Let’s take a look at Adobe’s Creative Cloud plans for photographers who want to use Photoshop for photo editing.


The All-You-Can-Eat All Apps Plan

Adobe’s All Apps plan provides access to over 20 apps from the Adobe Creative Cloud collection, from Photoshop to Lightroom, Premiere to After Effects.

For the average photographer, the All Apps plan may not only be overwhelming, but it’s probably not as good for just taking pictures and post-processing them. However, for a content creator that does it all, this is by far the best value to $54.99 per month for individuals.

But the pricing is a bit more complicated than that single monthly rate advertised by Adobe – it only applies if you choose to subscribe for an entire year with monthly billing.

To get access to $55 per month, you’ll have to accept an entire year, which will end up costing $659.88 over that period. If you cancel before the end of this year, you will be charged an “early termination fee”, just like annual subscriptions in other industries such as cellular, Internet and TV.

If you prefer pay every month without being locked up for a year, the All Apps plan will cost you $82.49 per month. If, on the other hand, you want to maximize your savings and don’t mind pay a whole year in advanceyou can pay $599.88 for a year upfront, which comes to $49.99 per month.

To recap, here’s a pricing breakdown for the All Apps plan:

  • Monthly (monthly payment): $82.49/month
  • Annual (monthly payment): $54.99/month
  • Annual (payment in advance): $49.99/month

If you do not subscribe as an individual but as a company, you will also be charged a different rate. Professional subscriptions break down to $84.99 per month per license (whether you pay monthly or upfront) or $34.99 for the single app subscription per month. The business plan also includes 1TB of cloud storage per user, compared to 100GB of storage for the individual plan.

Adobe also offers discounted pricing for students and teachers, with a monthly cost of $19.99 for the all-you-can-eat plan (whether you pay monthly or upfront). The rebate is based on an annual rate of $239.88 for one year. At the end of this period, the standard subscription renewal rate, currently $359.88/year (or $29.99 per month) is charged, unless the service is cancelled.

The Plan(s) Photograph(s)

For the on-set photographer, the photography package offers Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom for $10 per month (with no annual contract involved). The photography plan includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Lightroom Classic, plus access to mobile versions of both apps and Adobe Portfolio. Oh, and it comes with 20GB of Adobe cloud storage.

In addition to the basic photography plan, there are two other options available to photographers. First, you can upgrade to 1TB cloud storage by paying $19.99 per month instead of $9.99. If you don’t need Photoshop, you can get just Lightroom with 1TB of storage for $9.99 per month.

Here is a breakdown of the photography plans:

  • Photoshop, Lightroom, 20 GB storage: $9.99/month
  • Photoshop, Lightroom, 1 TB storage: $19.99/month
  • Lightroom, 1 TB storage: $9.99/month

When you consider that the last standalone version of Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop CS6, started at $699, it’s easy to see the value when you do the math and realize that updates will come twice a year at no additional cost. .

The Photography Plan also comes bundled with Adobe Lightroom, making it even greater value, even if the photographer is not a Lightroom user.

The Single Application Blueprint for Photoshop

It can be tempting to just subscribe to the single app plan. This article is about Photoshop after all. But Adobe charges $21 per month to subscribe to a single app. This means the photographer pays $11 more per month for half the features if they choose to subscribe only to Photoshop rather than one of the photography plans. It’s not a good value.

But what if you don’t want another subscription service to dip into your wallet every month and siphon off monthly fees? You’re out of luck at this point, as Adobe has long embraced the subscription model and moved away from perpetual licensing. If you just don’t need Photoshop to pay for a subscription, your best bet may be to use one of the more popular Photoshop alternatives on the market, which are usually free or available with a perpetual license.

Another alternative: Photoshop Elements

However, if sandboxing is the goal, it’s still possible to use Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is a simplified version of Photoshop. It has about 80% of the functionality of Photoshop with new features leaking out through Creative Cloud every year. But there are some that are visibly lacking.

Photoshop Elements cannot export files in CMYK format, which complicates print production work. Elements does not support 16-bit and 32-bit images, or repairing chromatic aberrations like Photoshop does. There are also no Lens Geometry Profiles, Lab, Duotone, or Multi-Channel color modes, and Elements also lacks access to Adobe Bridge, which has several key features including Nudge files to dedicated folders, opening other applications for further processing without closing and resizing without loss of resolution.

Still, for $99, it’s a bargain for entry-level photographers looking to enhance raw stills by fixing them in post. But why stop there? For $149, Adobe Premiere Elements can also be picked up as a two-app bundle, giving the user the ability to edit videos as well.

Photoshop in Creative Cloud and Photoshop Elements are powerful tools, and if it’s still unclear which version to use, users can download a 7-day free trial.

How much is the Photoshop Early Termination Fee?

If you choose to subscribe to an annual option with monthly billing for the All Apps plan or the Single App plan, you will enjoy significant savings during the year, but you will be charged an early cancellation fee if you end by cancel. subscription before the end of the year.

If you cancel within 14 days of your first payment, there is no cancellation fees and you will get a full refund. These first two weeks are considered a trial period during which you can test the application(s).

Once this 14 day window is over, however, you will be charged a cancellation fee of 50% of the remaining contract balance. This means that if you agree to subscribe for a year but decide you want to stop paying monthly after 3 months, you will still owe Adobe 50% of the remaining 9 months.

Here’s a chart that roughly breaks down how much you’ll have to pay in early termination fees based on the month of the year you’re canceling:

Image from Adobe.

If Adobe gives you an annual discount on the 20GB Photography plan, here’s what the cancellation fee schedule would look like:

Upon cancellation, your Creative Cloud subscription will automatically be upgraded to a free subscription and your access to paid apps will be terminated. Your cloud storage limit will be lowered to 2 GB and you will have 30 days to save your excess data from Adobe Cloud before it is deleted and lost forever.


If you’re a photographer considering signing up for an Adobe Creative Cloud plan so you can start editing photos in Photoshop, we hope this guide to current Photoshop pricing was helpful. If you’re still undecided or have concluded that you can’t afford the cost, you should check out our picks for the best free photo editing apps and free raw photo editors currently available.

Picture credits: Photos from Depositphotos

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