When it comes to Adobe Creative Cloud - there are a ton of different plans that you can choose from. It is a bit confusing. As a blogger I chose the Photography plan and this is why I chose it.
Adobe Creative Cloud is the gold standard when it comes to photo editing software for your blog.
But it can be complicated to use and there is a huge learning curve.
Which is exactly why I stayed away from it for so long.
But as my blogs became more visual, I figured it was time to take the leap and get started with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
The very first decision I had to make was which plan to subscribe to.
It was a confusing choice because there are so many options.
If you too are trying to figure it all out, I hope that sharing my thought process here will help you make your decision.
What is Adobe Creative Cloud?
Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of applications for digital creators.
The full suite is made up of 20+ apps covering the following categories
If you explore each area you can see that some apps apply to more than one category.
You will also find that many of these apps are things you will never use as a blogger.
Many of these tools were built for professional designers that create media for large companies and clients.
So which apps do you really need?
Before I answer that question - let's talk subscriptions.
How Do Adobe Creative Cloud Subscriptions Work?
Adobe offers an "All Apps" plan which they refer to as their best value.
This plan includes just about everything (except Adobe Stock) as far as I can tell.
You get all the apps and updates to these apps as they are pushed out.
And even though it is the "best value" the All Apps plan still comes with a hefty price tag - especially for new bloggers that don't have much of a budget.
At the time that I am writing this (November 2019) the all apps plan will put you back $52.99 per month (based on an annual subscription) or $79.49 per month if you truly go monthly.
That is a lot to pay for apps that you might never use.
Luckily, you don't have to go with the All Apps plan.
You can buy a subscription to just one app, if that is all you need.
But - a single app can cost anywhere from $4.99 per month (for InCopy) to $20.99 per month for many of the others, including Photoshop.
So, if you want more than one Adobe App, the cost can quickly add up.
Fortunately, Adobe also offers what I call little mini bundles.
These are subscriptions to groupings of apps that cost less than if you bought each one individually.
One such mini bundle is the Adobe Photography Plan which I will get to in a minute.
Which Adobe Apps Do Bloggers Need?
Now let's swing back to the question of which Adobe Apps do bloggers need.
What we want to figure out is how much will the apps that we need cost in total.
The Adobe Creative Cloud apps that I thought I needed when I started this process are a little bit different than the app list that I ended up with. (this would be a post in and of itself).
But the following apps are the ones that I think make the most sense for me, as a blogger, and my blogs.
Adobe Photography Plan Overview
Given the apps that I needed in the list above, I began to zero in on the Adobe Photography Plan.
At this point - I wish I could say that my decision was made - end of story.
But - no.
You see, the Adobe Photography Plan actually comes in 3 flavors - you can click here to see the full comparison of the 3 plans - but here is my summary.
- the Photography Starter Plan - $9.99 per month - and includes Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, and Adobe Spark with 20GB of cloud storage
- the regular Adobe Photography Plan - $19.99 per month - which is pretty much the same as the starter plan but includes 1TB of cloud storage
- the Lightroom Plan - $9.99 per month - which includes Lightroom CC (NOT Lightroom Classic CC which is a different app) and 1TB of cloud storage.
Is your head spinning yet? Because mine certainly is.
At this point - I will just note that Premiere Rush is NOT included in the Photography Plan. This app on a stand alone basis costs $9.99 per month.
Which Adobe Plan is the Best One for Bloggers?
Because I was just getting started with using Adobe to edit my blog photos, I decided to start with the Photography Starter Plan at $9.99 per month.
I figured I could upgrade when I needed more cloud storage.
Although I haven't signed up for Premiere Rush yet, this would run me $9.99 as well.
For the starter plan, in total, I would be at around $20 per month - and $30 if I upgraded my cloud storage.
This is much less than the cost of the All Apps Plan.
And this is where I am right now with my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.
However .... as I use the apps and learn more about them, I am considering a bit of a different path.
What I Am Learning About How I Use Adobe for My Blog
I always thought of Lightroom as an app to help you organize your photos.
However, Lightroom CC is actually quite a powerful photo editor all by itself.
And it is much easier to use than Photoshop!
At this point, I am still not sure if Lightroom CC is capable of doing all the edits that I need it to do - like text overlays for example.
I am exploring Lightroom CC a little more everyday and in the back of my mind I am considering if the Lightroom Plan is good enough for what I need.
This plan has only Lightroom CC (not Lightroom Classic CC) and 1TB of storage.
So, basically I would get more storage but lose Photoshop and stay at the same price point as the Adobe Photography Starter Plan.
Honestly, I think choosing a subscription should be much easier than this.
My Wish for a Blogger Plan - Can You Hear Me Adobe?
I really wish they had a BLOGGER PLAN. Wouldn't that be nice?
Bloggers are not photographers nor are we big companies with intense design needs.
In general - and I can only speak for myself - I don't need to edit my photos down to the minutest little pixel or spend hours adding music and transitions to my videos.
All I need is to:
- brighten a photo or a batch of photos,
- do some straightening,
- color correct it,
- add text overlays,
- crop it to the right sizes for social media and my WordPress theme,
- and create some lightweight videos to upload to my blog and social media and
- have an easy way to organize everything.
Until this happens - I will resign myself to learning Lightroom Classic - my first step is organization.
The Adobe Photography Plan is a Good Place to Start
If you are trying to figure out which Adobe Creative Cloud Plan is best for bloggers, my suggestion is to start with the Photography Starter Plan and upgrade from there as you learn more about the suite.
Alternatively, if you think that Adobe Creative Cloud might not be right for you - you can take a look at these services that are also good for creating blog photos:
I have used all 3 of these services and they are great too.