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Download Photoshop: How to try Photoshop for free or with Creative Cloud

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If you're wanting to download Photoshop CC but you're not sure where to start, we're here to help. You may think it's a simple process, but Adobe's range of subscription and app offers can make choosing how to download Photoshop a wee bit confusing.

First, consider why you want the image-editing software. Maybe you want to know how to download Photoshop CC for PC, Mac or iPad or how to get a free trial of Adobe Photoshop. You'll find all you need to know to download Adobe Photoshop without complications. Whatever your desire, this post will de-confuse you.

Need to do more research? Take a look at our guide to the best Photoshop alternatives. Or, you can explore Photoshop vs Lightroom to compare Adobe's tools. For help downloading Adobe's other software, see our download Illustrator and download After Effects guides. 

Can I download free Photoshop?

You can download Photoshop for free... 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. With a Photoshop free trial, you 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. You also 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, 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. 

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This seven-day trial enables you to try the latest release of Photoshop for free, and will give you access to all the latest features and updates. 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.
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How do I buy Photoshop CC?

To download Photoshop proper, 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 (as the name suggests) gives you access to all of Adobe’s apps – plus you get a range of other benefits too. The latter is more expensive, although Adobe occasionally runs deals on both types of plan. It's 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 per cent 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 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.
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What’s the price of Photoshop CC?

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There are a range of options, including different plans so strap in while we explain. The cheapest way to download 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).

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. This option costs more than the Photography Plan, so is only really worth it if you really don't want the other apps and need more storage than 20GB.

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 $52.99 / £49.94 / AU$76.99 per month. 

Enjoy creating on the move? Adobe has put together a brand-new bundle, which saves you 50 per cent on the price of its four design apps. Appropriately called the Design Mobile Bundle, it includes Photoshop and Illustrator for iPad, Fresco for iPad and iPhone, as well as Adobe Spark and the Creative Cloud app.

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?

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In this Photoshop tutorial, illustrator Charlie Davis walks through how to use the Pen tool and textures to add depth

Once you've downloaded Photoshop, head over to our collection of the best Photoshop tutorials to get started. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate-level or a pro, you'll find a wide range of new tips and tricks to work more quickly, efficiently and 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 for free. The 2020 version offers improvements to existing features like Content Aware Fill, as well as performance enhancements.

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 the upcoming 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.

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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.

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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.

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Adobe Photoshop Fix
Quickly repair or refine images with Photoshop Fix. This easy to use mobile app enables you to liquify, heal, lighten, colour and adjust your images to perfection using just your phone or tablet – making it ideal for quite edits.
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Adobe Creative Cloud for mobile
With Creative Cloud for mobile you can organise and stay connected to your projects with mobile access on your devices. Collaboration with other CC members is easy too, with features like screenshot syncing to annotate or mark up designs.
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Photoshop alternatives

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. 

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