Why the Photography Plan Is Cheaper than Photoshop Only

Adobe’s photography subscription plan is cheaper than Photoshop only because Adobe wants to incentivize you to purchase that plan. This could be to get more people to learn and use lightroom or simply as a marketing strategy.

Photoshop is their most popular product, so people will still purchase it. If they offer it together with Lightroom at a cheaper price, more people will be interested in learning Lightroom. If they offered the photography plan at a higher price than the stand-alone Photoshop, much fewer people would buy that and hence a lower uptake of lightroom.

What’s the difference between Adobe’s photography plan and Photoshop?

The photography plan allows access to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop at $9.99/month with 20GB of cloud storage and $19.99/month for 1TB while the Photoshop plan costs $20.99/month and only comes with access to Photoshop (no Lightroom). Check current prices on the official adobe site.

The Photoshop-only package comes with Adobe Fresco, which makes drawing and painting a better experience, but you can still paint without it. It’s not essential.

Is the Adobe Photography plan worth it?

YES! It’s definitely worth it for professional photographers and hobbyists in general. Why? It’s cheaper than purchasing the Photoshop-only plan. Why would you want to pay more for less?

Adobe Lightroom is a professional photo editing software that allows photographers to process raw images and improve their photos. With its powerful tools, you can completely transform your photos with just a few clicks.

If you’re a photographer interested in learning how to master your craft within Lightroom, then this subscription plan would be a worthwhile investment.

Does the photography plan include Photoshop?

Yes it does. The photography plan comes with both Photoshop and Lightroom plus you can choose to have either 20GB or 1TB of storage, the latter being slightly more expensive.


The photography plan also allows you to have access to both Lightroom and Photoshop, both professional photo editing software. For $9.99 a month. That’s a steal when you compare it to the stand-alone plan which is $20.99 a month.

The only reason I can think of as to why you would get the Photoshop plan over the Photography plan is maybe your computer doesn’t have enough storage for both programs. Otherwise, get the Photography plan.

Check out System Requirements to Run Photoshop

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