Today, Adobe announced the Photoshop Photography Program, a special Creative Cloud (CC) product bundling that will make some photographers smile! If you are a Lightroom and Photoshop user, and you have a registered copy of Photoshop CS3 or later, for $9.99 per month, you will be get access to Photoshop CC AND Lightroom 5, ongoing feature upgrades and updates, 20gb of cloud storage and Behance ProSite. According to Adobe, this is not a 12-month introductory price which will double when the 12 months is up, but the “standard,” ongoing price. However, this offer will be available until 12/31/13.
If you’re like me, and have already subscribed to the one-product Photoshop CC and also purchased Lightroom, it’s not exactly clear how or IF we will be made whole for our recent Lightroom 5 purchases or upgrades. We’ll see! I’m sure this will be the big question for many of us. I tried to get an answer from Adobe, but was not successful. If you’re a Lightroom only user, this is not a savings for you. But if you use both Lightroom and Photoshop, Adobe has finally done something that makes economic sense for the user. For $120 (or more precisely, $119.88), I don’t have to buy $79 upgrades to Lightroom every 12-18 months and I have access to the latest version of Photoshop. Not bad!
Rather than trying to explain the details of the Photoshop Photography Program, here’s the link to “Adobe’s Q&As” on the topic. Look for the heading titled, “Photoshop Photography Program Offer.”