[Updated] The $9.99 Photography plan has vanished from the Adobe website – now $19.99

May 2, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

[Updated] The $9.99 Photography plan has vanished from the Adobe website – now $19.99

May 2, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If this isn’t just a website glitch, then is going to upset one or two people. It appears that the $9.99 Photography plan for Creative Cloud has disappeared for US customers. You can still get a $9.99 package, but you won’t get Photoshop anymore. Oh, no. For that, you’ll be paying $19.99 instead.

See updates at the end of this post.

The $9.99 Photography package includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and 20GB of cloud storage. That package is still available in other countries. In the UK, it’s currently available for £9.99/mo. It’s also available to European countries for around €11.99/mo (it varies slightly from country to country). Canada, too, still lists the 20GB package as being available for US$9.99/mo. But it’s completely disappeared from the US package listings, with the package now forcing 1TB of cloud storage at twice the price, whether you need it or not.

Interestingly, the Creative Cloud Photography page for the USA region does still state that the Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop plan with 20GB of cloud storage is still available for $9.99/mo, but clicking “Buy now” (which should be “Rent now”, to be fair) takes you to the page with the 20GB package missing.

There’s been no press release or announcement from Adobe about this so far that I’ve seen, so there’s no word on whether this is an intentional ending of the $9.99 package or it’s simply a website bug preventing the package from being shown.

If the 20GB package has truly disappeared in the USA, there’s obviously no news on whether or not those already on the $9.99/mo package will be grandfathered in at their existing price or if they’ll be forced to move up to the $19.99/mo package instead.

There’s also no news on whether we’ll start to see the 20GB package disappearing around the world in the coming weeks or months. But I’ve already seen quite a few unhappy comments on social media, with one stating “That is infuriating. I don’t even use the storage for anything. Not a single file.” and several stating that this is why they have stuck with CS6.

DIYP has reached out to Adobe for confirmation and we’ll let you know as soon as we receive a response.

Update: We’ve been told that the $9.99/mo 20GB package is still showing up as available for some users on mobile browsers, but not on the desktop.

Update 2: A user has sent us a screenshot of their conversation via Facebook Messenger with Adobe support. They say that they are currently running a number of tests in the USA and that the plan is still available during the test, even though it’s not showing on the website.

Update 3: We have now received an official statement directly from Adobe.

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.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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89 responses to “[Updated] The $9.99 Photography plan has vanished from the Adobe website – now $19.99”

  1. Paul Monaghan Avatar
    Paul Monaghan


  2. Marco Peixoto Avatar
    Marco Peixoto

    To all of those that voted with your Wallets for this Subscription crap… There ya go, are you happy now?

    1. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      I don’t use it for almost 4-5 years now…. I saw the writing on the Wall when everybody was so happy that now it was much better.

    2. Viktor Wågman Avatar
      Viktor Wågman

      Marco Peixoto i like the Subskription crap. And you dont need to worry about upates. And i dont wanna pay 600$ for Photoshop like back in the day. Fuuuuuck that! Subskription is way bettter for everybady.

    3. Sean Reese Avatar
      Sean Reese

      Still voting with my wallet thank you, because I can.

    4. Joe Martin Avatar
      Joe Martin

      Viktor Wågman Wrong! Once you bought it and owned Photoshop it was $120/year to upgrade and you didn’t have to upgrade every year if the latest updates didn’t benefit you.

      Now you are paying double for it, $240/year under a subscription model. So now you get to pay $240/year for life… or they raise the price again!

      And btw, that is just the photography package, which is all I need, but my company doesn’t qualify for that package… so my company has to shell out $800 PER YEAR for the two programs.

      It also makes you wonder how soon until they crack down on the “photography” package and say anyone making money using the software doesn’t qualify for the now $20/month package, find out you are selling you images somewhere and bump you up to the corporate sub!

    5. Jodi Webber Avatar
      Jodi Webber

      April Bautista even at $10 a month, it’s still a subscription. I’d rather pay once and own it.

    6. April Bautista Avatar
      April Bautista

      Jodi Webber I did it because I wanna be able to get the newest versions. But everyone has their own reasons for either. I get that ??

    7. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Will Bratz I paid much much less than that:


  3. Nadine Spires Avatar
    Nadine Spires

    Affinity photo took my vote from Adobe so neh!

  4. Mike Downey Avatar
    Mike Downey

    I switched to Affinity Photo two years ago. Haven’t missed it.

  5. Luke Musser Avatar
    Luke Musser

    Well I better switch over to the Lightroom plan lol

  6. Olivier Gallen Avatar
    Olivier Gallen

    I switched to Europe ;-)

  7. Adam Bucci Avatar
    Adam Bucci

    Adobe made a large profit last year

  8. Dan Cannella Avatar
    Dan Cannella

    Are you kidding me.

  9. Michael Reynolds Avatar
    Michael Reynolds

    Well Alienskin Exposure X3 and X4 has me thoroughly impressed. If they could implement photo-merging I’d have ditched Photoshop altogether with no regrets.

  10. Catalin Danciu Avatar
    Catalin Danciu

    Adobe push me back to cracked version? ?

  11. Paul Fong Avatar
    Paul Fong

    Hell yeah !

  12. Dave Bottoms Avatar
    Dave Bottoms

    This is exactly why I’d never buy into a subscription model. Best to move to Capture One or On1.

    1. Wim van der Geest Avatar
      Wim van der Geest

      Me too
      As i am not a intensive user of a package like this i use photoshop elements and Aftershot pro 3 for raw conversion

  13. Sean C. Smith Avatar
    Sean C. Smith

    Switched to On1 Photo Raw two years ago. Haven’t looked back. Also have Affinity photo for anything that ON1 can’t do.

  14. Garrett Jimenez Avatar
    Garrett Jimenez

    Adobe zii FTW

  15. Chris Stivala Avatar
    Chris Stivala

    Is this a sign of PS for mobile is ready / coming?

  16. Shimona @ SidecarPhoto Avatar
    Shimona @ SidecarPhoto

    Oh no that’s terrible! I was just starting to use photoshop more too!

  17. Kenth Hagström Avatar
    Kenth Hagström

    Hm… what are my options really?

    1. Mohamed Benmeddour Avatar
      Mohamed Benmeddour

      Kenth Hagström torrent :D

    2. Mohamed Benmeddour Avatar
      Mohamed Benmeddour

      El Tayeb Laalaoui hada radjel lol

    3. Ryan Taylor Avatar
      Ryan Taylor


  18. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
    Rahim Mastafa

    Affinity will love this!

    1. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
      Rahim Mastafa

      Jose Soriano True, but it’s a good alternative. I’ve been only using Photoshop for 20 years and never need lightroom with the type of photography I do, so it could work for me.

    2. Nadine Spires Avatar
      Nadine Spires

      Jose Soriano Not everyone needs both LR and PS and some can fall back on an older standalone version of LR while using Affinity, like I do. Works great for me.

  19. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    Luminar here I come !

  20. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    I’m gonna be trying luminar with its new library option

  21. Cyril Preddy Avatar
    Cyril Preddy

    Mark Turner always the same dude?

  22. Lynn Salem Avatar
    Lynn Salem

    Not surprised at all.

  23. Albert Robinson Jr. Avatar
    Albert Robinson Jr.

    If this is true I’ll have to take a serious look at Capture One Pro. If Adobe is upping the price they damn sure better up the speed, and performance of Lightroom.

    1. Alan Avatar

      I’m happy to spam every comment to mention Affinity Photo :)

      1. Matt Burt Avatar
        Matt Burt

        Affinity Photo is great for what it is, but what it isn’t is a cataloging application. I’m still using LR6 perpetual license) + AP and it’s good for now but one day when I get a new camera I’ll have to update LR to support it. I just hope when that days comes there are more viable options to replace LR than there are now.

        1. Alan Avatar

          Having never used a cataloging application I can’t say I miss it. I just put things in folders n stuff. I did try some software, don’t recall the name, seemed like a lot of extra work really, giving every pic star ratings and categories and keywords and.. urgh. I only do that for the shots I upload to Shutterstock, and even that seems a bit too much hassle :P

  24. Rolf Häsänen Avatar
    Rolf Häsänen

    Time to look at Luminar and Aurora HDR instead

    1. Andrés C. G. Lindgren Avatar
      Andrés C. G. Lindgren

      I bought Luminar and use it together with Capture One 12, but I must say that Luminar is quite slow when paired with 42mp raw files.

    2. Alan Avatar

      Check out Affinity Photo (I also use DXO for processing raw files) $250 for the pair, one time.

  25. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    Still showing as $9.99 on the Canadian site, though there’s also an option for 1 TB of cloud storage that takes it up to $19.99

  26. Christian Lainesse Avatar
    Christian Lainesse

    how else do you expect the adobe boss to be able to afford a new yacht?

  27. Blake Randall Avatar
    Blake Randall

    Hasn’t it been this for a while?

  28. David Fiorito Avatar
    David Fiorito

    Yep. I’m out.

  29. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    Adobe are shooting themselves in the foot. The consequence is that they will lose more customers, who will get Adobe Zii

  30. Meir Memi Pluznik Avatar
    Meir Memi Pluznik

    Very unfair for students

    1. Dave Creaney Avatar
      Dave Creaney

      students get the ENTIRE SUITE for $20/mo

    2. Meir Memi Pluznik Avatar
      Meir Memi Pluznik

      Dave Creaney for my photo students all I need is adobe photoshop

  31. Craig Pifer Avatar
    Craig Pifer

    I’ve been thinking that I don’t use it enough to justify the $10, but like having it available. If they start charging me twice as much, I definitely won’t be able to justify the monthly payment. I’m not a working pro, so the money I spend on Adobe could help feed my children instead.

    1. Alan Avatar

      Affinity Photo. $50 and you own it. Check it out.

  32. Gordon Smith Avatar
    Gordon Smith

    Yup, guess I’m done.

  33. Marie Ferguson Avatar
    Marie Ferguson

    It’s one more push over the edge for users to upgrade to the full monte.

  34. Daniel Venter Avatar
    Daniel Venter

    Just had their invoice and it’s still the same price and even if it were to double I’d still be okay cause one should be able to cover an entire years subscription with one shoot at least. That’s still super cheap :-) I will question a double in price though if it really is the case

  35. Tom Dahm Avatar
    Tom Dahm


  36. Joseph Jose Avatar
    Joseph Jose

    Shows for 9.99 me in Canada

  37. Jamie Dolan Avatar
    Jamie Dolan

    I own lightroom and for the little bit of PS type of work I do, I can get by with GIMP. i had thought about buying this to have the extra features of PS available, but at $20, I can rule that out.

    1. Alan Avatar

      Affinity Photo. By Serif.

  38. Mohamed Benmeddour Avatar
    Mohamed Benmeddour

    Torrent?? Anyone

  39. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    They’re on deadly ground already as it is. Are they paying for a new more powerful laptop for me?

  40. Gustavo Bernal Avatar
    Gustavo Bernal

    Switching to capture 1 rn

  41. Ryan Taylor Avatar
    Ryan Taylor

    Ditched them for affinity a while back.

  42. Adam Król Avatar
    Adam Król


  43. Chris Oggerino Avatar
    Chris Oggerino

    Yes. Will figure out something else.

    1. Alan Avatar

      Affinity Photo

  44. Frans Fourie Avatar
    Frans Fourie

    I ditched end last year already. Admittedly been a frustrating change but now I don’t want that in my life.

  45. Liam Avatar

    …according to adobe ‘they are testing new/different services for their customers… Translated from the double-speak : their testing whether or not they can get away with doubling the price without too much outrage from the community.

  46. Miroslav Vrzala Avatar
    Miroslav Vrzala

    Great more greed

  47. Brian H Lewis Avatar
    Brian H Lewis


  48. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Doubling the price isn’t appropriate. That’d be very hard to justify.

  49. Oumar Touré Avatar
    Oumar Touré


  50. Emily Strobel Avatar
    Emily Strobel

    I guess I’ll not be getting it. I was seriously considering it recently.

    1. Alan Avatar

      Look at Affinity Photo. $50, one time.

  51. Graeme Simpson Avatar
    Graeme Simpson

    The UK version is also up to £20 for photoshop and lightroom. Lightroom is just £10per month. It’s now cheaper to fake a student account and get all the Adobe apps per month than just those 2

  52. Ying Tong Avatar
    Ying Tong

    Messrs Adobe & Co have unwittingly identified one of the biggest risks in the subscription model. After you’re on the hook you’re completely at the mercy of the service and how much they they decide to increase the subscription fee. If they decide to double it you have Hobson’s choice. Take it or leave it. And leaving it doesn’t mean continuing to work with that you have installed whilst you assess the alternatives. Leaving it means trying to find new apps which deliver all the features you consider essential to your work flow. Right here, right now.

  53. Conny Wallstrom Avatar
    Conny Wallstrom

    Adobe is testing some different plan configurations. It’s not definite, yet.

    You can still get the $9.99 from here (this information comes directly from Adobe):

    The plan can be purchased at http://www.adobe.com/go/photo18sptst, via phone at 1-800-585-0774 or via major retailers

    1. Ying Tong Avatar
      Ying Tong

      The price may vary but risk never goes away. You – presumably A dobee spinner – choose the fee and we can take it or leave it. Once upon a time A doobee had something of a monopoly on the market. Today the market is awash with products rivaling or surpassing A doobee’s stuff. Take your subscription model A doobee and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  54. Kai Gut Avatar
    Kai Gut


  55. Alan Avatar

    And this, right here, is exactly why I always and forever reject rented, online software unless it actually NEEDS to be online, such as collaboration software (and even then, I installed on my own server and pay a yearly license. If that license goes up significantly I’ll switch to installing an open source option.

    For a one-time $50 Photoshop replacement, check out Affinity Photo. It’s excellent and what I’ve been using the last few months.

  56. ZorroRules Avatar

    Well, I own the cs5 version of stuff and have it some place, for 10 bucks it is okay but double the price and I am looking for an alternative. This rent to never own crap is abusive. It annoys me to have to re-learn many things and come up with new work-arounds but 240 a year is too damn much. For that price I will really consider buying other things outright, besides they have too much control over my images and future access to them. However, i bet it is a ploy to Jack it up extremely so if they Jack it up at all less than that you feel relief. Bad ideas either way. One wonders if DSLR sales etc are down, then the user base may be declining, maybe I need GIMP or whatever. Or corell

  57. Joel Gros Avatar
    Joel Gros

    Yep but 1TB vs 20GB…

  58. charles young Avatar
    charles young

    Still using Lightroom 6 so that’s my solution to greedy Adobe. My style of photography doesn’t require constant photoshop efforts so the older versions work well for me and my cameras are all supported by LR6. Some day I will need to change but at this point I will now save 240 a year. When I get to that point I will research the options and I have to believe that there will be competition to LR. Originally I came from Capture NX2 so I’ve already been down the path of changing editing software due to lack of support. It wouldn’t surprise me that Adobe kills LR one day to launch a new product and mess with compatibility like they did with their CAD/Revit platforms. Truly an evil company wrt their customer base. Perpetual licenses are still popular and lets the customer choose what upgrades we want or don’t care about. The subscription based model means Adobe can issue minimally tested program updates and let the users find the bugs as their solution is to just issue more updates. Why do I want to be their beta tester in my workflow. When you look back at the upgrades from the time that LR6 was no longer supported until today the actual number of meaningful improvements to LR is not significant. Sure there are a few good new features….but is it essentially worth 120/yr when the perpetual license was around 150? As Serpico stated in the movie “I like getting kissed when i get f**ked”. We aren’t getting kissed we are getting a peck on the cheek.

  59. Tim Bambam Avatar
    Tim Bambam

    I knew this was coming so I jumped ship a while back. I started by buying On 1 a few years back. As I learned how to use it and they continued upgrade it I was able to to drop paying any monthly fees.
    When I first started using Adobe I had both Lightroom and Essentials both of which I bought upgrades to until it was dropped. I knew then that wanted to find a new photo edits program.
    I searched and tried a few different programs and ran across On1 at the big photography show in NYC. It started as a good plug in to use with Adobe products. But as they continued to develop a On1 it could do everything that Photoshop does and more.

  60. angrybanana Avatar

    Everyone should conspire against Adobe and boycott their products and maybe get them to sell their products as standalone again.

  61. James West Avatar
    James West

    I’m still paying $9.99, and when I clicked the link at the bottom, it offered a $9.99 plan. Someone seems not to have done their research.
    Mind you, I’m paying in Canadian dollars…$9.99 U.S. is a down payment on a condo here! :)

  62. jeffreybgeorge Avatar

    I am disappointed with Adobe Photoshop, it seems they are making it more and more difficult for us Professionals. Simple things like scaling that consistently across almost all applications uses the shift key to lock proportions is reversed. They keep making their Application like the mobile version, which is anything other than professional. I don’t have an alternative, Gimp isn’t worthy IMHO. Affinity seems to be a good contender.

  63. John Mehalick Avatar
    John Mehalick

    I am still at $9.99 plus tax! When Adobe raise my plan to $19.99. I will be gone. I am just doing photos for a hobby and I don not make any money off my pictures. There are Free programs out there that do RAW edits. I own Sony cameras so I could just go back to Capture One!

  64. Daniel D. Teoli Jr Avatar
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr

    I use LR 3 and LR 5. Happy with them. It is just like healthcare is in the USA. Whatever the market will pay is the right price.