Getting free Adobe software isn’t as difficult as it may seem at first glance. There are several effective methods of do it legally. Look though some free Adobe programs and mobile apps that you may not have known before and are ABSOLUTELY free.
When you think about Adobe products, you are likely to imagine: Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Premiere Pro CC, right? But the company has many other useful software packages and standalone apps that you can get for free. This is a great option for amateur users or those, who have previously used other softwares.
Few people know that Adobe gives away all the programs of CS2 version for free: Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign CS2, Photoshop CS2, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Pro, Acrobat 3D, Acrobat Standard, Acrobat Pro, Audition, GoLive, Illustrator, InCopy.
These free Adobe apps are one of the very first versions of the Adobe softwares, and therefore you should not expect them to be super-powerful.
You can perform basic actions, such as cropping, formatting, simple picture editing, adjusting text, pasting a track and several other things. But, you won’t get all the advanced tools that are now available in Creative Cloud.
Since these Adobe free software versions were created more than 10 years ago, all the problems that had been fixed in future releases are still present in them. There is no support for new formats and, accordingly, you can’t work with Creative Cloud.
One of the most serious problems is that Adobe won’t provide you with assistance if any issue arises when you use programs from this series – there is absolutely no support from the company. However, it is completely free and can help you handle some basic image editing tasks.
Photoshop Express can be used as a standalone application or the so-called plug-in for your camera. You can open it directly from it. This Adobe free app supports RAW and PNG files, which makes it more effective than any other budget alternative to Photoshop.
Using available tools and features, you can crop, rotate and display a photo, correct perspective distortions, adjust exposure, contrast, glare, shadow, regulate the color tone, saturation and brightness for individual sections of an image. There is also a professional Dehaze Tool.
A distinctive feature of this free Adobe software is the Text Tool. Photoshop Express offers over 50 different fonts, the possibility to customize color, style, size, and transparency. You can create not only a beautiful inscription for your advertisement, but also add a watermark.
Photoshop Mix is among the best free Adobe products if you need to work with layers, since this is an important part of image editing. Using Photoshop Mix, you can combine up to five layers to create complex images, control opacity using blending modes, and apply several filters to multiple layers. You can work not only with RAW files, but also with PSDs from Photoshop CC.
You can use Photoshop Mix to adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, and sharpness with convenient sliders and live previews. It is also possible to apply various filters and effects. The only problem is the speed of work. Because of the small bandwidth, editing a single photo can take up to 3-5 minutes.
Lightroom CC mobile is great free Adobe software for an amateur photographer, who wants to make changes to several vacation photos or a shot taken with a smartphone/iPad.
The application differs a lot from its older version: functionality has been cut, no batch photo processing, and more. On the other hand, most of the helpful controls are available, including features such as split toning, tone curve, noise reduction, radial/gradient filters, etc.
In Adobe Lightroom Mobile CC, you can undo every change that you make to a photo, even after you close the app and reopen it or even after switching devices – all thanks to non-destructive image editing technique. Lightroom mobile version supports presets, you can create them manually or download from the net.
Premiere Clip is the main mobile Adobe free app, using which you can edit your footage in an interesting way.
You can upload your music and use the built-in filters, auto mixing, combine audio from a video and audio track, change the transitions between clips and more. Also, you can easily change the exposure, highlights and shadows of the selected clip.
Among many interesting color grading tools, I especially like "Synchronization with music." When this function is activated, you can trim the footage to suit the selected melody.
There is an easy way to do it – there will appear the dots above the “Curve” of the clip, move the In or Out markers inward, and they will be attached to these points.
However, I don’t like that there is only one layer to work with. This greatly complicates the task or makes it impossible to fulfill. For example, the headers you add can only be on a colored background.
Unlike some Adobe free apps, Premiere Rush has an easy learning curve, and is suitable even for novice users. The editor gives the full control over the video, offering user motion graphics templates, audio features, and possibility to access his/her Creative Cloud library and Adobe Stock.
Speaking about tools, you can capture, change the sequence, adjust color, record off-screen voice comments, add text, crop, adjust color filters and more. You can embed up to 4 videos and three audio tracks. You can also create or add animated, smooth, or any other creative transitions.
Adobe Illustrator Draw has an intuitive interface, perfect for beginner mobile artists. In addition to the main features, this Adobe free app allows you to view the work of other shooters and artists, use and evaluate them.
There are 6 types of brushes available in the image editor, which you can use for drawing. Each brush can be customized (size, hardness, color, transparency, etc.) to your needs. In addition to brushes, there are some other interesting tools, among which are “Shape Lines”. This tool allows you to create a perfectly straight line, for example, for a square or triangle.
Another great feature of the application is that it allows you to draw on top of the photos. With this feature, you can create beautiful drawings of your portraits.
Adobe XD is Adobe's way of competing with such tool as Sketch for Mac. Like similar programs, Adobe XD supports advanced design systems and symbol libraries. It also has intuitive tools and the ability to create interactive prototypes that can be used when testing a user without the need for coding.
The application is part of the Creative Cloud family, and this greatly simplifies the resource sharing. You can simply compile all your common design elements and transfer them to any other software.
This free Adobe software is similar to Illustrator – the design tools are familiar, although somewhat simplified. However, the lack of text editing feature is a little annoying. For example, there is no underline option - instead, you should draw a stroke for each necessary underline.
This is the best option among Adobe product free if you need to enhance the coloring of your projects. Finding the perfect color can be a daunting task, as you need to understand and differentiate colors, triads, and shades.
If you are not a professional retoucher/designer or want to significantly reduce the time spent on color correction, just use Adobe Color. You can manually drag the color wheel to create new colors, view other people's color schemes, create color combinations from the downloaded image, and more.
Since the color schemes are very diverse - this will be the best web application for designers.
There are literally hundreds of schemes including every color, mood, tone, and depth. If you see a scheme that you like, you can hover over it and select “Information” to see its larger version and get additional data.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Using the above-mentioned programs is not the only way to get free Adobe softwares. I know another, no less effective way, how to get all Adobe products for free – take advantage of a free trial version.
This is a great way for those, who still use CS 2, and see no reason to upgrade to new software versions. Since the first launch of Creative Cloud Free trial, you will have 7 days to test all the features of the image editors, including cloud storage and Adobe Portfolio.
After the trial period finishes, you can choose one of the available plans and renew your subscription or return to CS 2 free Adobe software. Mind that you can get a nice discount on the subscription.
Using free Adobe programs, you surely need various plug-ins, whether it's a brush for Photoshop, a preset for Lightroom or an overlay. You can download and test the options presented below for free. They will greatly simplify and speed up your workflow.
This preset adds light film grain to the photo, which is especially visible in shaded areas. A preset is the perfect choice for portraits or close-up shots.
This free LR plug-in will help you get an interesting Polaroid effect in your photo. Thanks to the work with curves and color, as well as increased blacks, the picture will acquire a beautiful matte shade.
This action will add richness and drama to photos, which is often necessary for fashion images. It is ideal for shots that contain many small details on the clothes. Male and female close-up portraits will look very memorable.
This is one of the best professional fonts with slightly elongated letters. Because of its simplicity, it is widely used in printed media.
If you think that your videos look too dim and unattractive, this Teal and Orange LUT is exactly what you need. LUT is great for giving the skin a tanned look and enhancing the blue color in the frame without making it too saturated. Use this LUT for portrait videography.
Select a trial version and download all Adobe software for free to test and learn about all the features, including cloud storage and Adobe portfolio.
Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments. read more