Search for: As of , nearly all Adobe professional software is now available only through a Creative Cloud subscription. They are now available only as part of a paid Creative Cloud subscription. How to get applications such as Photoshop Between and , some Adobe professional applications were available by both subscription and perpetual licenses. This led to confusion about which version to get, especially as Adobe began to hide the perpetual license options. After CS6 went off the retail market in , the choice became clear only because all Adobe pro applications became available exclusively by subscription. Photoshop The king of Adobe software is, of course, Adobe Photoshop. If you use Photoshop for business reasons this is probably going to be one of the smallest business expenses you have. The relatively low cost of the Photography Plan subscriptions means that many of the objections to it are not economic. The full Creative Cloud plan, which includes nearly all Adobe pro applications, is much more costly. The only non-subscription version of Photoshop currently for sale is Photoshop Elements, or you can use a non-Adobe Photoshop alternative. See below for more information about those options. Lightroom On October 18, , Adobe announced the releases of Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC under a choice of Creative Cloud plans ; it was also announced that Lightroom 6 is the last version available through a perpetual license. Lightroom is the newer form that stores all of your images in the cloud; Lightroom Classic is the current version of the original Lightroom that stores all of your original images on your own local storage.