Adobe Rolls Out Test That Doubles the Price for Lightroom and Photoshop Subs

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Creative Cloud subscriptions for Lightroom and Photoshop could jump to $USD 20 from the current price of $USD 10 if a “test” becomes a permanent thing.

The $USD 10 Photography plan wasn’t a bad deal, either, getting you 20GB of cloud storage and access to Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, and Photoshop CC.

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The new pricing structure gives you the same apps but up to 1TB of cloud storage space. Also, it comes in at about a dollar less than the single app plan.

Like we said, it seems to be a test so far with users in some regions of the world still able to access the old pricing structure according to reports.

Speaking on the test, Adobe told The Verge, “From time to time, we run tests on Adobe.com which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to Adobe.com. We are currently running a number of tests on Adobe.com. The plan can be purchased at http://www.adobe.com/go/photo18sptst, via phone at 1-800-585-0774 or via major retailers.”

But those of us who have been in this game for a while know how this works – this isn’t a test, it’s a feature. So prepare your wallets accordingly.

Of course, all of this just reminds us of the halcyon days where people paid for the software up front (or pirated it, for the less ethical out there) and that was that. In fact, we just reported the final death of Apple's Aperture yesterday (if you need more evidence of the shrinking list of options out there).

Now we’re all being bled to death with subscriptions to everything under the sun.

Do you use Adobe Creative Cloud? What do you think? As always, we’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below.

[The Verge]

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It is time to get back to being able to buy programs and pay for upgrades if we want them. Everything is getting too expensive to keep up with.

Never use the cloud element of my subscription- only the apps. I’d switch back to capture 1.

They raise the price anymore I will drop Lightroom and get photoshop standalone. I have capture one which is pretty darn good as it is.

🙁 the 9.99 is great for a fixed income person, i stay current and don’t have to worry about using something that gets outdated. i use photoshop, bridge, camera raw, very little lightroom, working on my website in portfolio and reading and learning about behance. i don’t sync to the cloud and i don’t store to the cloud but the price is great for what i use. that said, another $10 a month ($120 a year) will really make it hard to justify.

I used to take the paid for upgrades every couple of years as my usage of the Apps was relatively low. When they brought out the Photographer subs model, it seemed a reasonable cost option for me to justify.

If the price keeps rising, then I’ll either find an alternative or go back to using my last paid for versions. I don’t need the cloud functionality, I use Lightroom Classic and if that goes from Adobe, then so do I.

I currently use Lightroom original, i don’t use the cloud as i prefer to use my own back up drives.

I am on a low salary and i wouldn’t be able to afford the increase in price or justify paying the extra for what i use. Especially when i don’t use the cloud, I have no interest in 1T of storage.

I have stayed a loyal customer as i can just about justify what i am paying now.

But if the price changes i would sadly have to take my custom else where.

I never used an Adobe subscription plan. I replaced LR 5.7 with Capture NX-D and on1 photo raw, and CS 5 with Affinity Photo. Sometimes, on1 photo raw is the only tool I need.

It was quite obvious what Adobe were going to do when they started the subscription model so those that bought into the idea really should not be surprised. Photoshop and Lightroom are the easiest programs to pirate and readily available on the net. Updated versions usually appear two days after Adobe release them so just join the pirates and keep your cash!

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