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Creative Cloud vs Photoshop (2022)

Creative Cloud vs Photoshop
Creative Cloud vs Photoshop

Creative Cloud is one of the main Adobe packages that has been here for a long time. Photoshop also is a famous application. What are the differences? The article deep dives into the two and covers Creative Cloud vs Photoshop.

The difference

Creative Cloud is a package of 25 popular Adobe apps. Not all are apps; some are apps, while some are online services that come with limited to full options. Those apps are categorised into:

  • Photography
  • Design
  • Video editing
  • Video animation
  • Web designing
  • Social media

Photoshop, on the other hand, is a photo editing and manipulation app supporting over 60 photo editing options. It also is a part of the Creative Cloud package.

All Creative Cloud apps

Creative Cloud vs Photoshop
Creative Cloud vs Photoshop Features

Here are all the Creative Cloud apps with purposes as of writing this blog post:

Photoshop: The one against Creative Cloud in this comparison.

Lightroom: A cloud-based desktop app to quickly edit social media photos.

Lightroom Classic: Has the same features as Lightroom, but this one does not require the internet.

Photoshop Camera: A mobile app to take photos with filters and effects.

Adobe Bridge: A content management tool offering to preview, edit, organise and publish assets quickly.

Photoshop Express: The Photoshop mobile app offering free and premium editing options.

Illustrator: The designing app for creating visuals, posters, and flyers. Photoshop works on raster art, while this one works on the vector (raster vs vector).

Acrobat Pro DC: The premium version of the popular PDF reading and editing software.

Premiere Pro: One of the best video editing programs in the world.

After Effects: A motion graphics and visual effects software to create animations and stuff.

Media Encoder: The app processes and converts media files. The program works best with Premiere Pro.

Premiere Rush: A desktop and mobile app for social media videos.

InDesign: A designing program to create professional posters and social media posts.

Dimension: A hidden app in the Creative Cloud package. It’s a 3D rendering and designing program.

Creative Cloud Express (Adobe Spark): Adobe Cloud Express is a mobile app for designing flyers, posts, and designs.

InCopy: Adobe InCopy offers to copyright and collaborate on documents.

Adobe Fresco: A painting and drawing program to draw your imagination.

Adobe Fonts: A library of over twenty thousand fonts.

Adobe Stock (free assets): The service is premium, but you can access the free assets.

Adobe Animate: Adobe Animate is a 2D animation program.

Adobe XD: UI/UX designing program to create stunning graphics.

Dreamweaver: Adobe Dreamweaver is a web development program to create responsive websites. It supports languages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Adobe Audition: The program to record and publish voiceovers and music.

Character Animator: A program to animate characters.

Fuse: An app to do a few things, including finding images on Adobe Stock and showcasing your work on Behance.

Some of the above apps are only available in the Creative Cloud plan, while some, including Photoshop and Premiere Pro, can also be subscribed separately.

Can Photoshop be used without Creative Cloud?

Transparent background in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the famous Adobe apps. As mentioned above, Photoshop comes as a separate app. It has its own plans from the Adobe website offering other similar apps, including the Lightroom.

According to ProDesignTools, Adobe has over 26 million customers paying for the Creative Cloud package. However, how many users pay for the Photoshop plans is unknown.

Related: Photoshop vs. Photoshop Elements | Adobe Audition vs Audacity


Creative Cloud Overview

Cloud storage

Adobe offers cloud storage, but the storage is not like Google Drive or Dropbox. It only supports Adobe file formats (PSD, AI etc.). So, considering that, you don’t need much storage. The cloud storage is different in each Adobe plan. Below is the list:

  • 100 GB in Creative Cloud
  • 100 GB in Photoshop plan
  • 1 TB in Photography plan


Adobe offers over 20,000 fonts, and thankfully fonts can be activated on the Creative Cloud and the single app subscriptions. The service can also offer access to around 1,000 fonts for free.

To activate any on the Creative Cloud package, you need to activate it on the Adobe Fonts website. The fonts are then automatically added to the Creative Cloud desktop app. From there, those can be used in the installed apps.

The installation steps in the Photoshop plan are the same. The fonts are added to the fonts menu of the app.


Collaboration is something different. Individual Adobe apps support collaborations, but others need a subscription to teamwork. The plan type does not make collaboration different.

Related: Filmora vs. Premiere Pro


Creative Cloud and Photoshop Pricing
Creative Cloud and Photoshop Pricing

Pricing is one of the main topics of the Creative Cloud vs Photoshop battle. Creative Cloud being a whole package, does not cost a lot, considering it’s for those already making money from the internet. On the annual contract, the monthly plan costs $52 per month.

If you want the month to month plan, you must pay $79.49/mo. Photoshop, as mentioned, comes in a couple of plans. The Photoshop Plan costs $20.99/mo and unlocks:

  • Photoshop desktop and iPad
  • Creative Cloud Express web and mobile
  • Adobe Fresco
  • 100 GB storage

The Photography Plan costs $19.99, and along with 1 TB of storage, you get:

  • Photoshop desktop and iPad
  • Lightroom and Classic

Creative Cloud vs Photoshop: Links


Creative Cloud is a massive program that can only benefit those in both the blogging and vlogging industries. Photoshop is an app for photographers and editors who want to make this industry a career.

Anyway, we end this Creative Cloud vs Photoshop comparison here. If you have some time, please share your thoughts in the comments.