Adobe Creative Cloud's launch in 2011 ushered the company’s shift towards becoming a cloud-based software-as-service provider, which means you can no longer install standalone versions of the program like Photoshop CS5 or CS6.
You can get Photoshop free on Mac and PC as a part of the trial, while apps like Photoshop Express and Photoshop Camera are completely free to use on mobile.
You can also get a discount if you know where to look, while student and teachers get an all-year discount that makes the generally steep price much cheaper. We're looking at all the ways you can get Photoshop on your Mac or PC right now and how much it'll cost if you choose to get a subscription.
How to get Adobe Photoshop for free
You can download a free 7-day trial of Photoshop CC. The download provides you the entire version of the software. You'll have to pay after the trial ends but Adobe typically offers a 14-day window (from purchase) to cancel and get a full refund.
PC users will need Windows 10 or later and at least 8GB RAM (though 16GB is recommended). It's also compatible with Windows 10 ARM devices with at least 8GB RAM and 4GB GPU memory.
Mac users will need macOS version 10.14 (Mojave) or later, though macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) and macOS 10.15 (Catalina) are recommended. Minimum RAM requirements are 8GB , though 16GB is recommended.
Of course, if you've already made up your mind, you can just go ahead and download the free 7-day trial of Photoshop now.
Get Adobe Photoshop Express for free on Android/iOS
For a free app, it's pretty powerful. The Express version allows you to edit photos, add filters, crop, transform, adjust perspective, adjust (brightness, contrast, saturation, and more), add masks, and achieve general enhancements. See all features here.
Get Adobe Photoshop Camera for free on Android/iOS
The Photoshop Camera app allows you to add all sorts of effects and filters directly in-camera – allowing you to effectively "Photoshop" your image as you capture it! It's also free to use.
Adobe Photoshop discounts on Amazon
Amazon has the entire Adobe CC available for £548.79 (for one year), which saves you £47.54 from the standard price.
Amazon also has a deal on the Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 bundle, now £83.98 (£9.27 off). We've previously seen it as low as £78.99.
We currently can't see any equivalent deals in the US.
Adobe occasionally has its own sales with 20% off, though we've previously seen up to 40% off.
Photoshop student and teacher discount
While Adobe doesn't offer a student discount on Photoshop alone, students and teachers can get a 65% discount on the full Creative Cloud bundle (60% in the US). See our full guide the Adobe Creative Cloud student discount.
Students and teachers can choose from two annual payment plans:
- Annual prepaid: £196.30 per year (VAT included) or US$239.88 per year
- Annual, paid monthly: £16.24 per month (VAT included) or US$19.99 per month
The student discount makes the entire suite's price cheaper than the 1TB Photography Plan (£19.97/$19.99 per month, or £238.42/$239.88 per year) and the Single App Photoshop subscription plan by £68.20, annually.
You will have to show your student eligibility or institutional affiliation to get this discount, however. You can find all the eligibility requirements here.
This not only gets you Photoshop, but an arsenal of other powerful Adobe apps such as Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Acrobat Pro, Spark and Adobe XD – all at a significantly reduced rate. See all the apps included with the full Creative Cloud bundle here.
How much does Adobe Photoshop cost?
A Creative Cloud subscription means you can either pay an amount every month or a lump sum cost for a year. This promises ongoing access to updates at no additional cost.
Adobe's Photography Plan has a few options (we've outlined these below) depending on how much cloud storage you need.
Single App subscription price
If just want Photoshop CC without Lightroom bundled in, opt for the Single App plan from Adobe CC. The Single App includes the latest version of Photoshop, 100GB of cloud storage, access to premium fonts, as well as Adobe Spark (a social media graphics creation tool) and Adobe Portfolio.
There are three payment plans:
- Annual monthly: £19.97/$20.99 per month
- Annual, pre-paid: £238.42/$239.88 (lump sum)
- On-going monthly: £30.34/$31.49 per month
If you want to pick up an Adobe CC All Apps subscription, see our full guide to Adobe CC.
Photography Plan (20GB storage) price
The 20GB Photography Plan includes Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop with 20GB of cloud storage:
Photography Plan (1TB storage) price
If you need more storage, you can opt for the 1TB Photography Plan. It has everything the 20GB plan has but more storage. Here's how much it'll cost you: