For those of you who want to download Photoshop CC, but it's proving complicated, you're not alone. While it might seem like a simple enough thing to do, Adobe's various subscription and app offers can make actually downloading Photoshop a little confusing.
We're here to help, so whether you’re looking to download Photoshop for free to see whether it's for you or not, or you want to go ahead and buy Photoshop through Creative Cloud, this article has got you covered.
Here you'll find everything you need to know to download Adobe Photoshop quickly and easily. We cover everything from how to download Photoshop CC for PC, Mac or iPad, to how to get a free trial of Adobe Photoshop.
If you're still not sure it's the right photo editor for you, take a look at our guide to the best Photoshop alternatives. Or, you can explore Photoshop vs Lightroom to compare Adobe's tools or download Adobe Illustrator.
Can I download free Photoshop?
Yes you can... in a way. Photoshop is a paid-for image-editing program, but you can download a free Photoshop in trial form for both Windows and macOS from Adobe. You’ll get seven days to use the full version of the software, at absolutely no cost, which gives you access to all the latest features and updates, and you don't need a credit card to access the trial.
Downloading free Photoshop in any other way is illegal and definitely not recommended. Not only is it software piracy, so you may get into trouble if caught using that version, it’s also unsafe. You’ll put your machine at risk of viruses and malware; risks that won't exist if you either download the free Photoshop trial, or pay for the software upfront.
Download a free Photoshop trial for PC, Mac or iPad now
You can try the latest release of Photoshop for free, plus get access to all the latest features and updates, with this seven-day trial. You don't have to buy the software once you're done, but if you like it you can convert to a paid Creative Cloud membership either during the trial or after it’s expired.
How do I buy Photoshop CC?
To buy Photoshop, you'll need a Creative Cloud membership. There are a number of different options: you can choose a Single App plan, which will give you just Photoshop CC; or a plan that includes more of Adobe’s creative apps.
The Photography Plan, for example, gives you access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic; whereas an All Apps plan gives you access to all of Adobe’s apps – plus a range of other benefits too. The latter is typically more expensive, although Adobe occasionally runs deals on both types of plan, at the moment there's an offer on the Photography Plan subscription – see below. (It's also worth keeping an eye on our Adobe Creative Cloud discounts page for the latest offers).
There are options for individuals and businesses, and if you’re a student or teacher you can save up to 65% if you buy Photoshop as part of the All Apps plan.
Global: Buy Photoshop CC from $9.99 per month
Australia: Buy Photoshop CC from AU$14.29 per month
Adobe’s industry-leading imaging and photo-editing software enables you to create and enhance your photos, images and designs. You’ll need a Creative Cloud subscription to be able to download Photoshop to your PC or Mac, which you can buy starting from $9.99 / AUS $14.29 per month. There are a range of different pricing options, which we've walked through in more detail below. Hit the link above or the View Deal button to choose the CC option for you.
What’s the price of Photoshop CC?
The cheapest way to buy Photoshop CC is as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan, which usually costs $9.99 / £9.98 / AU$14.29 per month and gives you access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic, plus 20GB cloud storage, Portfolio (for creating portfolio websites), Adobe Fonts and Adobe Spark (where you can quickly create your own branded graphics, web pages and videos). Note that at the moment, the Photography Plan is cheaper than usual, as there's a Photoshop deal on, check it out above.
Alternatively, you can choose the Single App Photoshop plan, which costs $20.99/£19.97 per month, and will give you just Photoshop, plus 100GB cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts and Adobe Spark.
There's also the Creative Cloud All Apps option, which gives you access to Photoshop as well as Adobe’s entire collection of creative desktop and mobile apps – plus the same additional benefits as the Photoshop Plan – for $52.9 / £49.94 / AU$76.99 per month.
And finally, you can buy Photoshop through an All Apps + Adobe Stock option for $82.98 / £73 / AU$116.58 per month, which (clue’s in the name) gives you Adobe Stock on top of the All Apps benefits.
Photoshop discounts for teachers and students
If you’re a student or teacher, you can buy Photoshop as part of a discounted All Apps plan at a much lower rate. So you’ll get the entire collection of creative desktop and mobile apps, plus 100GB cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio and more – for just $19.99 / £16.24 / AU$21.99 per month for the first year, $29.99 / £25.28 / AU$43.99 thereafter.
The only non-subscription version of Photoshop you can buy is Photoshop Elements, which is an entry-level iteration of the image-editing software. It contains most of Photoshop’s pro features, but has fewer options. You can download Photoshop Elements 2020 for a one-off cost of $99 / £69.96 / AU$145.19.
How can I get started with Photoshop?
Once you've downloaded Photoshop, head over to our collection of the best Photoshop tutorials to sharpen your skills. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate-level or a pro, you'll find a wide range of new tips and tricks to work smarter and more creatively in Photoshop.
And don't worry if you're pressed for time: over on our YouTube Channel, we've also got a selection of handy Photoshop Two-Minute Tool School videos that walk you through the essential tools in less time than it takes to make a cup of tea.
Also, if you need some free Photoshop brushes, we've searched around and found the best ones the internet has to offer. Get involved.
Photoshop CC: key info you need to know
Photoshop CC is Adobe’s flagship image-editing app. The industry-standard software is the best photo-editing software in the world for a reason: it’s slick, quick and boasts a powerful, extensive tool set to bring your ideas to life.
For layered image editing – including typography, 3D modelling, and drawing – it remains the first choice for professional creatives across the planet. And with new AI-powered updates streamlining workflow even further, graphic designers, artists and photographers are becoming increasingly freed from the tyranny of tedious processes, and more able to focus on the fun part of creating.
As part of your CC subscription plan, you’ll receive all Photoshop updates free. The 2020 version offers improvements to existing features like Content Aware Fill, as well as performance improvements.
Photoshop is available for desktop, smartphone or iPad, and supports every file format available. A new, full version of Photoshop CC for iPad is now with us, and we're hoping there'll be more exciting announcements at Adobe MAX 2020.
Adobe Photoshop: Android and iOS apps
There are also plenty of free Photoshop Android and iOS spin-off apps that you can download to your mobile device. These give you access to key Photoshop tools on the move, enabling you to create, edit, annotate and share images anywhere inspiration strikes.
If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you can send your images to Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC to fine-tune on desktop later. Alternatively, if you're not sure about committing to Photoshop CC, they're a good way to test the water.
Adobe Photoshop Mix
Photoshop Mix brings Photoshop editing to your mobile device. You can cut out and combine elements from different images, blend layers, change colours and enhance your photos anywhere, at any time, on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It’s all non-destructive, so you won’t lose your original photos.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Quickly edit and share your photos with this mobile photo-editor and collage-maker. It has Raw photo support, and an array of features including Auto Fix, Blemish Removal, Noise Reduction, Perspective Correction, watermark functionality and more.
Adobe Photoshop Sketch
Create expressive drawings using natural drawing tools like pencils, pens, markers and watercolour brushes with Photoshop Sketch. They interact naturally with the canvas, so you can create all the textures and blending effects you’d get on paper. This is a great app for when you’re on the move - simply send your sketches to Photoshop CC to pick them up when you’re back at your main machine.
Adobe Photoshop Fix
Quickly repair or refine images with Photoshop Fix. This mobile app lets you liquify, heal, lighten, colour and adjust your images to perfection on your phone or tablet.
Adobe Creative Cloud for mobile
With Creative Cloud for mobile you can organise and stay connected to your projects with mobile access on your iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, Android device or Chromebook. Plus you can collaborate with other Creative Cloud members – handy features like screenshot syncing let you annotate or mark up designs and send them to your team with comments.
Finally, if you’re still not sure about being tied into a Creative Cloud subscription plan, there are many non-subscription-based Photoshop alternatives – such as Affinity Photo – that let you purchase a license with a one-off fee.