July 14

by Michael Granados

Would you like to change your world through digital experiences?

Do you want to create great experiences, have the power to inspire, transform, and move the world forward?

WAIT a minute! Is Adobe A Scam or what? I’ll cut right to the chase and tell you...NO, Adobe is not a scam!

Adobe is the premier playground which connects content and data and introduce new technologies that democratize creativity, shape the next generation of storytelling, and where you can inspire entirely new categories of business. What do I mean?

In this review I’m going to answer what Adobe exactly is about, their Pros and Cons, along with showing you the shocking software and how you can use it to create extraordinary projects so you can share your passion with the world.

What Is Adobe?

Adobe is a multimedia company with creativity products and most recently toward digital marketing software. Adobe is best known for Adobe flash which is that annoying screen that appears when you try to watch a video but you can’t until you enable your flash player or download it.

We’ve all been there done that, right? Adobe is also known for it’s range of suite programs like the Photoshop image editing software, Adobe Illustrator, Vector graphics editor, Acrobat Reader, The Portable Document Format(PDF), And Adobe Creative Suite, as well as its successor Adobe Creative Cloud. 

Quick Backstory - History Of Adobe

Adobe was founded in 1982 by a man named John Warnock and Charles Geschke, who both established the company after leaving Xerox PARC in order to develop and sell the Postscript page description language.

The company was started in John Warnock’s garage. The name “Adobe” comes from “Adobe Creek” in Los Altos, California, which ran behind Warnock’s house. Cool story…

Steve Jobs once tried to buy Adobe for $5 MILLION in 1982, but both Warnock and Geschke refused. But their investors urged to work something out with Steve, so they did and agreed to sell him shares worth 19 percent of the company.  Anyways, let’s get moving forward to the inside of the adobe software - the fun stuff!

Going Inside Adobe

Once you land on the home page of Adobe, you’ll see the following Image:

adobe home

Scroll down a bit thereafter and you’ll see the:

  • Creative Cloud Photography Plan
  • The NEW Release Of Photoshop
  • Get it done with Acrobat
get it done with adobe

We’ll look deeper inside these three programs before moving forward. 

For Adobe Photoshop:

adobe photoshop

With the Adobe Photoshop editor, you can easily edit your photos anywhere with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and you can effortlessly capture photos that match the moment you’re in with powerful editing features in an easy-to-use interface on:

  • Your mobile device
  • Your desktop
  • Or the web

The cool benefit is ALL of your phots and edits are backed up to the cloud, and organization and search are a “snap”.

adobe cloud

Photoshop UPDATE!

Photoshop now seamlessly works across desktop and iPad so you can easily perform everyday edits or total image transformations wherever your inspiration strikes. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Crop
  • Remove objects 
  • Retouch 
  • And combine photos
  • Play with color and effects

Extra apps Included in the Creative Cloud Photography Plan:

adobe improvements

  • Photoshop Lightroom
  • Photoshop Lightroom Classic
  • Photoshop
  • Photoshop Express
  • Photoshop Camera

Adobe Acrobat

Do you want a complete PDF Producvtivity solution where you can:

  • Create
  • Sign
  • Share
  • Edit
  • Convert and
  • Export PDF’s across Desktop, mobile, and web.

Here’s what comes with Adobe Acrobat:

  • One Week Absolutely Free
  • Full Featured - Full Power
  • PDF on any device, anywhere
  • Create PDF’s from ANY File
  • Edit and modify right inside your PDF
  • Collect e-sginatures and almost instant feedback

Adobe Illustrator

adobe illustrator

The Adobe Illustrator package will allow you to create vector graphics and illustration which is used by MILLIONS of designers and artists to create everything from:

  • Gorgeous web and mobile graphics to
  • Logos
  • Icons
  • Book illustrations
  • Product packaging
  • And billboards

You can draw uo any size you’d like by getting all the drawing tools you need to turn simple shapes and colors into sophisticated logos, icons, and graphics. Since Adobe Illustrator is a vector -based design software, your artwork can be scaled down for mobile screens and up to billboard size - so you always have a crisp and beautiful look.

Draw Attention Everywhere:

You can easily create freehand drawings, or trace and recolor graphics to turn them into amazing works of art. You can use your illustrations anywhere including on:

  • Printed Pieces
  • Presentations
  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • And social media
adobe illustrator 1

Awesome Typography 

You can quickly and easily integrate a company name into a logo, create a flyer, or mock up a website design with the best type of tools you can find out there. Also…

Add effects, manage styles, and edit individual character so you can create typographic designs that perfectly will express your messages.

Adobe Premier Pro

Check this out, premier pro is the industry-leading video editing software fpr film, TV, and the web. You will get creative tools, integrations with other apps and services, and the power of Adobe Sensei to helop you craft footage into polished films and videos.

With “Premier Rush,” you can create and edit new projects from ANY device. These automated tools help you save more time so you can focus on your story, and the integrated workflows let you polish your work without leaving your timeline

adobe premier pro

You can also edit footage in any format, from 8K to virtual reality. You get NAtive fil support, lightweight proxy workflows, and faster ProRes HDR that let you work the way you want with your medi...even on mobile workstations!

adobe 8k

Premier pro easily integrates and works with any other apps like:

  • Photoshop
  • After Effects
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Stock

Adobe XD

adobe xd

With Adobe XD you get ONE powerful tool for your whole UI/UX design process. You can easily create user flows, wireframes, high-fidelty designs, interactive prototypes, animations, and so much more. There’s no need for you to switch between multiple appsor worry about keeping designs in sync.

Adobe XD was designed for the beginners, intermidetes, and experts in mind, anyone of any experience. It’s packed with amazing features like:

  • Responsive Resize
  • Repeat Grid
  • Auto-Animate

...That will speed up common tasks so you can spend more time on what matters most...being creative.

Team Collaboration:

Do you want to keep your team in the loop of your project(s)?

Keep everyone in sync from the very first brainstorm to the final handoff. Work on documents simultaneously with fellow designers, invite stakeholders to review designs and give feedback. And share Design Specs that give developrs EVERYTHING they need to start coding.

team collab

Create Deisgn Systems:

You don’t have to worry about staying consistent and helping your team work faster when you have design systems XD by your side. You can instantly create and share colors, character styles, and components that can be used across multiple projects you may have.

What Are Others Saying About Adobe XD?

adobe xd review

Adobe Stock

adobe stock

Adobe stock is pretty straightforward - you get free images but not just any…

You get high-quality, a diverse collection, high-resolution, royality-free, stock assets.

work faster

You can preview watermarked images inside of your design first, then license, access and manage them directly within Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Adobe desktop apps.


How Much Does Adobe Cost?

Each Adobe suite program has a different cost associated, but for Adobe Acrobat itself, you get two options:

  1. Acrobat Standard DC. For Windows Only, you can get it for US $12.99/month
  2. Acrobat Pro DC. For Windows And Mac you can get it for US $14.99/month
adobe acrobat

Now I'll break down the cost of the other suite's...

For Adobe Photoshop:

For individuals first...

  • Photography for US $9.99/month
  • All apps for US $52.99/month
  • Acrobat Pro for US $14.99/month
  • Photoshop for US $20.99/month
  • Premier Pro for US $20.99/month
  • Premier Rush for US $9.99/month
  • Illustrator for US $20.99/month
  • InDesign for US $20.99/month
  • After Effects for US $20.99/month
  • Lightroom for US $9.99/month
  • Adobe XD for US $9.99/month
  • Sparl for US $9.99/month
  • Animate for US $20.99/month
  • Dreamweaver for US $20.99/month
  • Dimension for US $20.99/month
  • Audition for US $20.99/month
  • InCopy for US $4.99/month

For all other plans, make sure to visit their page.

For Adobe Lightroom:

adobe lightroom cost
  • Lightroom Plan for US $9.99/month
  • Photography Plan for US $9.99/month
  • Creative Cloud All Apps for US $52.99/month

And then for the Students and Teachers plan:

  • Creative Cloud All Apps US $19.99/month

For Adobe Illustrator:

adobe illustrator

You can choose from the individual plans, Business, Students and Teachers, as well Schools and Universitites.

For individuals first...

  • Photography for US $9.99/month
  • All apps for US $52.99/month
  • Acrobat Pro for US $14.99/month
  • Photoshop for US $20.99/month
  • Premier Pro for US $20.99/month
  • Premier Rush for US $9.99/month
  • Illustrator for US $20.99/month
  • InDesign for US $20.99/month
  • After Effects for US $20.99/month
  • Lightroom for US $9.99/month
  • Adobe XD for US $9.99/month
  • Sparl for US $9.99/month
  • Animate for US $20.99/month
  • Dreamweaver for US $20.99/month
  • Dimension for US $20.99/month
  • Audition for US $20.99/month
  • InCopy for US $4.99/month

For all other plans, make sure to visit their page.

For Adobe Premier Pro:

You get four different categories for Individuals, Business, Students and Teachers, and Schools and Universities.

For Individuals first...

adobe premier pro cost
  • All apps(best value) for US 52.99/month
  • Premier Pro for US $20.99/month
  • Premier Rush for US $9.99/month
  • After Effects for US $20.99/month
  • Spark for US $9.99/month
  • Audition for US $20.99/month

Business plan:

  • All Apps for US $79.99/month
  • Single app for $33.99/month 
adobe premier pro business

Students and teachers:

  • Students and teachers save over 60%! All apps are just US $19.99/month for the first year and then US $29.99/month after that. Regurlarly it's US $52.99/month
students and teachers adobe premier pro

For Schools and Universities:

  • Per named-user license all apps at US $34.99/month and single app US $14.99/month
  • Per Sahred device, all Apps at US $330.00/Year
  • Per Student Pack for All Apps at US $189.00/Year
  • Institution-wide pricing for all Apps Call 888-659-2990 for pricing
schools and universities adobe premier pro

For Adobe XD:

adobe xd cost

On the individuals plan you get:

  • XD Starter Plan for Free.
  • XD Single App for US $9.99/Month
  • Creative Cloud All Apps for US $52.99/Month

For the Adobe XD business plan you get:

  • XD Staert Plan FREE
  • XD Single App for teams US $22.99/Month
  • Creative Cloud All Apps for Teams US $79.99/Month 
adobe xd business plan

For Adobe Stock:

adobe stock cost
  • You get One Month FREE Tria, Risk-Free with 10 Standard assets a month. First month is free then US $29.99/Month thereafter. You can cancel risk-free within the first month.

Adobe Pros And Cons


  • Adobe is the most powerfully integrated program so you can embrace your creativty and add “touch” to your projects which means you’ll impress much more and deliver your message in a way that surpasses your expectations.
  • Versatility to build and create anything that comes to your mind so you can easily edit, add, improve, and design a piece of art you will alaways be happy about which means you’ll finally get people off your back telling ou “when will it work out for you?
  • More control over your vision so you don’t have to worry about creating something for someone else or being limited by inventiveness which means you’re going to produce an end product you will really be happy about.
  • Easily integrated workflows so you can collaborate with your teams members faster which means you’ll always be on top of what you must get done.


  • There really are no cons and I’m not being biased here. Adobe is a blessing and it makes everything so much more bearable and easier to work with, from siply creating PDF documents without using other third party apps that might shut down, to the creativity you can embrace, that’s a win!

Adobe Alternatives

Wouldn’t it be wrong for me to hold back and show you the great Adobe Alternatives?

Here are some of those:

  • Pixlr
  • Lightroom alternative: Rawtherapee
  • Illustrator alternative: Inkscape
  • InDesign Alternative: ScribusPremier Pro alternative: DaVinci Resolve
  • After effects alternative: Blender

Although these are great alternatives, Adobe is the premier creative software and you get the best quality with them. Like they say “You pay for what you get.”

What I Liked Most About Adobe

There’s so much I like about Adobe that it’s hard to just chooe one thing I liked most but If I had to pick…

I’d say the robust frameworks you can work in. Each program inside Adobe is visually layed out in a structured way where you can access apps, widgets, grab, drag and drop, add, take away…

All within seconds. This means you can work faster, make changes without anything breaking , and really get a full handle on creating spectacular designs and innovating for the future.

Final Verdict: Is Adobe A Real Scam?

Most definetely not. Adobe is as real as thebillionaires of this world like Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and I could be here for hours but I won’t!

Adobe brings your thoughts and dreams into rreality, brings your designs to life, gives your work real meaning at the end of the day, and there’s no greater feeling than the satisfaction that you went 100% in on making sure your designs were the best.

I use Adobe on a daily basis for my business and whether it’s getting stock photos for my blog, editing photos to make them pop, adding a downloadable PDF, or for anything else, I know Adobe will be there for me

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is Adobe Photoshop Free For Students?

Answer: Yes! Both Adobe Photshop and InDesign applications are now free for students. As of May 2019, Adobe  issued out infringement warnings to some who used old versions of Photoshop to avoid abiding the company’s monthly payment plan…

But admist the the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the company has decided to extend this pleasant gesture of letting you use it for free.

The Creative Cloud applications are being offered to students worldwide, from kindegerten to Grade 12. Why?

Adobe made a recent announcement that its to help those who have been forced to spend class at home during the these unpredictable times.This is a big etep for Adobe for this American software giant and an event greater step for the software busines landscape - which other companies are looking for solutions like Adobe.

This free access was granted on May 31, 2020.

Q2: Is adobe illustrator free for students?

Answer: Adobe Illustartor is NOT completely free, however, you can download a free trail like everyone else and you can get a discount if you decide to purchase Illustrator after the free trial is over, and I’ll tell you what that is.

As a student and or teacher, according to Adobe’s frequently asked questions about a free trial, you are eligible for a BIG discount on the entire collection of Creative Cloud apps -60% off!

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Michael Granados

Michael Granados is an expert blogger and a 5+ figure-a-year affiliate marketer. He's created a health and wellness brand as well enjoys helping others learn about different marketer tools and helping people achieve an awesome life personally, physically, and professionally.

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