Want to atone for pirating that copy of Photoshop a couple years back? Adobe has come up with a promotional offer that it hopes photographers will find too good to refuse. From now until December 2, 2013, you can join Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month, giving you access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Behance ProSite, and 20GB of cloud storage.
Prior to this promo, that pricing was only available to upgraders who owned a legal copy of Photoshop or Creative Suite CS3 or higher. Adobe is temporarily lifting that restriction in hopes of bringing more photographers into the fold, even those who may have been using an illegally obtained copy.
"As before, the intention is not to get you in at $9.99/mo., then crank up the price after a year. $9.99 is the expected ongoing price," Adobe stated in a blog post. "The difference is that you now don’t need to own a copy of Photoshop or Creative Suite CS3 or higher. Please do note that this is a limited-time deal, so you’ll want to jump in before December 2."
Here's the deal. You have to commit to a one-year membership, though you don't have to pay it all upfront. Adobe will collect payment each month at the time of purchase, plus applicable tax. If you decide it's not for you and cancel within the first 30 days, you'll get a full refund. Any time after 30 days, a cancellation will cost you 50 percent of your remaining contract obligation.
It's not a bad deal. Normally this subscription runs $20/month and that's without access to Lightroom. All tallied, the bundle is worth $50/month.