Photoshop: Can I purchase Photoshop rather than subscription to creative cloud?

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At one time, Photoshop CSx could be purchased. Currently, it seems that the only option for using photoshop CC is to subscribe for usage. Can Photoshop CC be purchased as a separate software package? I do not need 'Creative Cloud', but would like to use the program initially for experimentations. If it can be purchased, what is the price and what other options for support are there.
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CC is subscription only, otherwise it'd be called CS7. CS6 is still for sale as non-subscription.

The cheapest way to get Photoshop CC is to get the PS-CC+LR bundle for $10/month, available for a limited time, otherwise a single-app subscription is $20/month.

Support hasn't changed, just these forums, phone and chat support in India that generally ignores what you say that isn't answering to their scripted responses.
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Hi Stephen,

First and foremost, if you want to try the software before purchasing or signing up for a membership, you can download and try our software free:

Creative Cloud, Elements & Lightroom: http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
CS6 products: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/cs6-product-downloads.html

Your best bet is the Photoshop Photography Program which gives you Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Lightroom mobile and Bridge CC for $9.99/mo

https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom?sdid=KIHZP

For some customers, Photoshop Elements is a better option. It's a very powerful version of Photoshop for non-pros is available for only $99.
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I downloaded the photoshop trial last week and I only have 3 days left to try the software. Why did I not get 30 days on the free trial?
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Elements looks nothing like Photoshop.. 'very powerful' my arse. It looks like  a fisher priced version of Photoshop that's dumbed down for newbs with fewer features.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Where is standalone Photoshop?? I don't want creative cloud!.


I have PS CS4. Is there any way to upgrade to another standalone Photoshop version? I do NOT want Creative Cloud. I'm a single user - hobbyist - without any need for sharing, with a lousy internet connection. I want to use and retain all of my software locally. This move to creative cloud will cause me to switch to Corel products, if I can't upgrade to another standalone version.
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PS-CS6, the last non-subscription Photoshop, is still for sale, although it is just being updated for new cameras and lenses, not new features.

You can find it by searching for Photoshop CS6 at the www.adobe.com website.

Creative Cloud is a licensing mechanism. The software still runs locally, although you have to log in each time you use it, via the internet, the connection doesn't have to remain up the entire time. It's not like you're using PS in a browser window or other thin-client app or something, and you don't have to upload or share your photos, anywhere, or at least I don't.

I have subscribed to the PS-CC + Lightroom bundle for $10/month and I like it very much. It is only $120/year and cheaper than upgrading PS and LR each year, which I used to do.

I use LR with all my photos and sometimes use PS to do things beyond what LR can do.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Terrible marketing decision.

Why cant I buy photo shop as a single payment and then just have it?
I don't want to buy into a monthly plan and then in 12 months and 1 day loose the ability to use photoshop. I understand you want people to pay for all the latest versions and keep paying regularly but it eliminates non professional users who want to have the product to use it irregularly. I also didn't like accidentally going onto the US website to see you can just buy it there without an annoying monthly plan (Not when it costs less than 1 years annual monthly payments over here).
This is all very weird and has changed my view on what Adobe and photoshop is all about?
Great product, easy to use, for creative types, friendly and inspiring? Its actually just another corporation trying to find the best way to get the most amount of money that it can.
I might be over reacting but I think it is stupid that I cant just buy the product and update it as and when I want or even buy the latest version when i feel the need to.
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On the same screen that offers you the packages, but lower down, there are icons that will take you to where you can buy the Elements series. Photoshop Elements 12 is on sale now for $69.99
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On the same screen that offers you the packages, but lower down, there are icons that will take you to where you can buy the Elements series. Photoshop Elements 12 is on sale now for $69.99
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Yup, but the current version is Elements 13 (not 12).
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No need to thank me for saving the day from a mob that was about to walk away because of a convoluted web page or anything. It was 12 when I posted. I went in and checked to be sure I was sharing accurate information. lol
As chief Costomer Advocate, perhaps you should dedicate your energies to making the purchasing site much more clear. I struggled to find it, and I knew it was there.
I will gladly take a version of 13 as a token of gratitude for my efforts. ;)

**PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS COSTS $69-$99 FOLKS!!**

(respectively, sales and discounts pending)
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I'm having all of the same problems as those above: I am a casual hobbyist that only uses PS irregularly. My previous version is no longer supported by my computer, so I am forced to upgrade. There is NO WAY I am going to pay a monthly fee for something I only use every-other month, but want to have on-hand for years to come.

I have used the program. It is NOT worth a thousand dollars, and this arrangement is clearly geared as a product made for businesses who make their livelihood using the program, not people. This makes a huge wall that discourages new users, who were expecting a norma, sane one-time purchase of a program for a reasonable price, and are instead sticker-shocked into running the other direction.

There has got to be a better solution for casual users like myself. I just want a powerful tool to color my art, without being obligated to use it, or pay out-of-pocket every time I want to. If Adobe can't help me, then someone please direct me to a company who still cares.
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What previous version do you have, that isn't supported by your computer?  I am able to run CS2 on a Windows 10 machine.  All you need to do is run the installation file as administrator.  Adobe support told me that I would have to upgrade back when I was running Windows 7, but again, running the installation as administrator worked just fine.
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Obiviously Adobe just wants people to "Lease" their software instead of buying it. It is more lucrative to them. However, I have found several alternative programs to Adobe's to buy. I will keep my old versions of Adobe until I get proficient with the new ones.

Any company that forces their customers to go to a competitor does not care about their true customers.
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Adobe is obviously ripping people off, there is no reason for them to force their customers to pay a monthly subscription when they could sell their product like everyone else. There is no way that Photoshop is worth close to a thousand dollars! I've used the program and its just a program, and if Adobe thinks they can screw their customers, then I guess we all have to find alternatives! Good luck keeping your sales up Adobe.
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Try Photoshop Elements 13. It's only $79.
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Might as well close this thread down you will never make them happy.
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Richard Clamp

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*PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS COSTS $69-$99 FOLKS!!*

(see earlier comments for details)
Why would you not read the answers?
Isn't that what you came here for?
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HE DIDN'T WANT ELEMENTS!! Why would you not read the question?
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Joe Diaz

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Well thanks for the responses. However I've decided to go with other software since Abode isn't going to be releasing anymore standalone's. For now I'll use my older copies.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled buying photoshop.

I want to buy photoshop to use it for my photography business. The way I understand it is I have to pay each month or I pay each year. Is there any way to just pay once and be done paying for it?
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I am in agreement with those posted above...just want to purchase a Photoshop software one time, upgrade as needed, and not have my arm twisted to subscribe monthly for something I occasionally use. Already have Lr. What are the other alternatives besides Photoshop Elements?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Purchasing Photoshop CS6?.

How do I purchase Adobe Phtoshop CS6. I currently have the trial rental version but I do not use it enough to warrant a monthly rental fee
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do i get Photoshop CS6?.

I do not like Photoshop CC 2015 so I am wondering how to get Photoshop CS6 as I have used it before and love it.
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Howdy James,

You can use the Creative Cloud app to also download previous versions. Under Find Additional Apps, at the bottom of the filter list is View Previous Versions. Click that and you should see Photoshop (no CC). Download that and you're in business. Keep in mind, however, that you'll be missing out on the vast majority of improvements to the application.

Hope that helps,
David
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Me too. I've wasted a number of hours to find a stand alone Photoshop software. I don't need it regularly, once in a couple or more months. To go for a monthly plan is a TOTAL waste.

I'm now checking out an OEM version. Any one else purchased an OEM version?
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There are no OEM versions of Photoshop, and haven't been for many years. What people call OEM versions are pirated versions, usually with added malware.
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The only way to communicate what a bad decision it was to force us to subscribe to the cloud is not to buy into it. Once the decrease in sales makes a dent in Adobe's earnings, they will have to respond by offering the stand-alone version of Photoshop. This is what happens when there is no competition, folks. I hope Apple or some other company develops an alternative.
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From what I read the other day, Adobe's profits are going up as a result of CC, not down as you hope. More and more people are signing up:-

"Adobe announced its quarterly results last Thursday, and investors are happy: the company beat market expectations by doubling profits from a year ago thanks to a huge growth in Creative Cloud subscribers. It seems that the shift from boxed software to digital subscription plans is paying off big time for the San Jose, California-based company.

833,000 new subscribers signed up for Creative Cloud in the company’s 4th quarter this year, a much higher count than analysts were expecting. 52% of customers are paying $50 per month for the full “All Apps” plan, while the rest are paying for individual apps — Lightroom CC is the fastest growing app in the stable."

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Bob Frost
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I bought the whole Photoshop suite (6) just before it was replaced by CC in order to avoid the monthly plan. I appreciate the power of Photoshop and other Adobe products, but as a hobbyist it is not worth the cost of CC. I will not be going that route. I hope that other products come along with the power of Photoshop so there will be competition for their products and an option to buy rather than lease. As it is I cannot afford or justify the monthly cost. Now I am doubly frustrated by the loss of Adobe Bridge's downloader. It will not work anymore with Apple El Capitan. Different forum topic, but part of the broad issue of Adobe not addressing the needs of its customers who have spent, I hate to think, so many dollars over the years on their products.
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Wow have just read all comments on above thread and am no closer to figuring out what to do than before I read them!
I am also a hobbyist, occasionally using photoshop to sell my work but I cannot justify owning Photoshop CC as I don't use it everyday.
I have been trying to figure how what to do since the launch of the new Photoshop CC, a product that I, begrudgingly bought into and do not use every day.
Are there any updates about these issues???
HELP!!!
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Try Serif Affinity for Mac and Windows.  They have it on offer at the moment for £30.

It has a Raw editor as well as enhanced photo-editing features.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/new-features/?utm_source=serifemail&utm_medium=email&...
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OMG! FINALLY THE ANSWER! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is what I've been searching for! 
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You're entirely welcome.
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From the page on purchasing CS6: ( http://www.adobe.com/products/cs6.html )

Let’s be honest: Some software upgrades are necessary, and others are just nice to have. Upgrading from Creative Suite 6 to Adobe Creative Cloud falls into the first category: It’s essential.

CS6 is almost three years old, and Adobe has no plans to update it. Ever. In contrast, Creative Cloud features all the latest creative software, including more than 500 features that have been added since 2012. Want the latest version of Photoshop or Illustrator? You need to join to Creative Cloud.

Yes, you can still buy CS6 products by calling an Adobe call center, but why would you? The features in Creative Cloud will take your creativity further, with more ways to create, collaborate, and share. To purchase by phone, call 800-585-0774.
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Talk about an ignorant company. Don't know who they got to do that write up but just that alone pushed me away from CS6 or even CC.

Why would people want to buy a one off payment program? Because if they don't have the money when an upgrade comes out, they're not going to instantly be cut off. Because many people HATE the idea of a subscription based program when they can download one for free that does the exact same thing (GIMP anyone?). Or how about the fact that some people don't own a credit card, or want paypal. It was quite easy to walk into a store and use cash or debit to purchase PS, but now, people are required to have a credit card or paypal.
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My company and I will no longer be purchasing Adobe products because of this move to a monthly payment. I love your products but you do a horrible job packaging them.
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From https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/cs6-product-downloads.html

Note: Creative Suite 6 is no longer available for online purchase. To get the latest versions of your favorite creative tools, click here to join the Creative Cloud. To purchase Creative Suite 6 by phone, call 800-585-0774.

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Well then. Fml. I'm actually really upset. Goodbye, digital art :'(

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Грабительские цены..

А мне интересно, почему у Фотошопа просто грабительские цены? Почему "в месяц"? Почему не сразу и навсегда? И не будут-ли идти мои деньги на поддержание мерзости, популярной в Европе и Америке? Почему у вас такие грабительские цены? Вы-компания-русофоб, и задираете цены для Русских?
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I'm planning to cancel my subscription, as Adobe changing the price by asking for 30% more of current price, from £6.98 to £10.19.
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Kinda late to the party but I agree with what's been already told here. The claim that a monthly subscription of use increases people's creative potential on a long run only sounds good on paper. In reality it puts an impractical damper on those of us who wish to limit their cost of operation out of necessity. For that to be possible one-time buy must be an option. There is no way that I will pay a monthly fee just to use a program. It is leacherous and dishonest. I expected better from Adobe.