Twitter user gets fed up with Adobe hiking up prices, posts list of free alternatives

Many people who are Adobe Creative Cloud users have recently noticed their subscription plans going up.

The Photography plan was the cheapest CC subscription option, offering Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and 20GB of cloud storage for only $10. Currently, the plan offers the same three apps plus 1 TB of cloud storage but with double the price.

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“Since launching Creative Cloud more than five years ago, we have not changed prices for customers in North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico),” the company posted. “As Creative Cloud continues to evolve and improve, we will raise prices for the first time beginning on April 16, 2018. For our All Apps plan customers, we recently released five all-new Creative Cloud apps — Adobe XD CC, Dimension CC, Character Animator CC, Photoshop Lightroom CC, and Spark with premium features. Single App customers also benefited from the addition of Spark with premium features and Adobe Portfolio in their plans.”

Kaeden Stears, a Twitter user, even put together a list of free alternative to all the major CC programs.

“I made a blog post purely out of spite,” they said.

“I actually made a whole blog out of spite, just to make that one blog post. I did it because I was furious about a spike in the price of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, which is already stupidly expensive.”

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“I hate any company that tries to exploit the already poor-as-sh*t creator community, as I myself am a member of that group. However, I have a particular case of the ass against Adobe. Adobe, to me, symbolizes everything I hate about both capitalism and Western civilization’s complete disregard of the arts and humanities as not just valuable, but necessary parts of life.”

But instead of just complaining, the writer had a few alternatives.

“Instead, I’m taking a more proactive approach to my frustration. Instead, I’ve scoured the internet and rounded up free or cheap alternatives to every major Adobe CC product, many of which I personally use because I…hate Adobe so g*dd*mn much.”

After the discord on Twitter, Adobe then released a statement:

“From time to time, we run tests on which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to We are currently running a number of tests on They also brought back the famous $10 Photography plan which people can order online, via phone at 1-800-585-0774 or via major retailers.”

You can check out Stear’s list of alternatives below.

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