Adobe Photography Plan vs Photoshop Plan Comparison

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In short, the difference between the Adobe photography plan vs Photoshop plan is that the Adobe photography plan contains Lightroom in addition to Photoshop, and is a cheaper way to get access to Photoshop.

Adobe offer various plans suited to photographers, but they do not make it easy to compare all of them on their site.

There are four main photography plans from Adobe. I will cover the pros and cons of each in this article, including the Lightroom plan vs photography plan and Photoshop vs the photography plan, so that you can be sure that you are getting the plan that is right for you.

If you don’t want to delve into the details of each plan, then I recommend going for the Adobe Photography plan (20GB), which is the plan I use to create these photos, and which offers both Lightroom and Photoshop along with being the best value for money plan.


Adobe photography plan vs Photoshop

What are the Adobe Photography Plans?

There are four Adobe plans aimed at photographers:

These all vary in price and in the applications that they give you access to. The first two give you both Photoshop and Lightroom, along with the specified amount of cloud storage, while the latter two either give you only Photoshop or Lightroom respectively.

Prices range from $9.99 per month to $20.99 per month, although counter-intuitively the most fully featured plan is also the cheapest.


Adobe Photography Plan vs Photoshop Plan Comparison

The only difference between the 20GB photography plan and the 1TB photography plan is in the amount of cloud storage you receive. This upgrade in storage doubles the price of the plan, so is not good value for money, particularly when cloud storage is cheaper from other providers.

Therefore, I will only compare the main features of Photoshop vs the photography plan (20GB) in the table below, which are the two most popular plans that Adobe offers for photographers.

Adobe Photography Plan vs Photoshop
Adobe Photography plan (20GB)
Adobe Photoshop plan
Lightroom (Basic Version)
  • Included
  • Not included
Lightroom Mobile (syncs with basic version)
  • Included
  • Not included
Lightroom Classic (the most advanced Lightroom version)
  • Included
  • Not included
Photoshop Desktop (the most advanced version of Photoshop)
  • Included
  • Included
Photoshop iPad
  • Included
  • Included
Fresco (Drawing & Painting)
  • Not included
  • Included
Cloud Storage
  • 100GB
Current Price $9.99 / £9.98 $20.99 / £19.97

You can see from the table above that the photography plan contains more programs than the Photoshop plan overall.

The two most important programs are Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Desktop.

If you are at all interested in photo editing, then both Lightroom and Photoshop combined make the best photo editing package, meaning that the photography plan is the best plan for you.

The only situation where the Photoshop plan is preferably is if you need Adobe Fresco for drawing. But as the cost is much higher than the combined cost of Lightroom and Photoshop, this is not recommended for most.

If you simply want extra cloud storage, then the photography plan (1TB) offers this, still at a slightly cheaper price than the Photoshop only plan.


Lightroom Plan vs Photography Plan

There is also a Lightroom plan that Adobe offers, so comparing the photography plan vs Lightroom plan is also worthwhile. As with the comparison to the Photoshop plan though, the photography plan again comes out on top.

Adobe Lightroom Plan vs Photography Plan
Adobe Photography plan (20GB)
Adobe Lightroom plan (1TB)
Lightroom (Basic Version)
  • Included
  • Included
Lightroom Mobile (syncs with basic version)
  • Included
  • Included
Lightroom Classic (the most advanced Lightroom version)
  • Included
  • Not included
Photoshop Desktop (the most advanced version of Photoshop)
  • Included
  • Not included
Photoshop iPad
  • Included
  • Not included
Fresco (Drawing & Painting)
  • Not included
  • Not included
Cloud Storage
  • 1TB
Current Price $9.99 / £9.98 $9.99 / £9.98

The Lightroom plan is probably Adobe’s worst value for money plan for photographers. Despite the name, it does not include Lightroom Classic, which is the most powerful and fully featured version of Lightroom.

As this plan is the same price as the 20GB photography plan, there is no real reason to choose the Lightroom plan over the photography plan.

Read More:

Lightroom Plan vs Photography Plan Full Comparison


Final Thoughts: Photoshop vs Photography Plan

With the various plan options for photographers, it’s not clear to those new to photo editing which plan they should be on.

Hopefully this article has made it clear that the best Adobe plan for photographers is the Adobe Photography plan (20GB). This is the plan that I have been subscribed to for years, and I can highly recommend it.

The fact that it is both the most full featured and cheapest plan makes it excellent value for money – this is the reason that so many use Adobe’s programs.


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