I suspect this is a silly question. I am not a heavy Adobe app user, but do use it. What if I don't renew? Can I continue to use the prior year's apps? If not, is there a subscription that includes just a handful of apps? I only use Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
I is an expensive subscription for my limited use.
If you don't renew, your access to all apps stops at the end of the payment period. You don't get to keep running apps - you are paying mainly to run the apps, not mainly to upgrade them. (Unlike some software).
The typical professional only uses 3-4 apps, so your use is entirely typical and the standard "all apps" program is priced for you. To get those apps separately would be US$70-$80 per month.
It will auto-renew if you don't cancel.
if you don't have a subscription you cannot use any of those apps. and the cost to subscribe to those 4 individual apps is greater than the all apps cost. ie, there is no special bundle that would contain any 2, 3 or all 4 of those apps.
and there's no special deal for subscribing to non-current apps. in fact, adobe pushes users to maintain current apps by not supporting apps older than the most current and immediate preceding app.
What if I don't renew? Can I continue to use the prior year's apps? If not, is there a subscription that includes just a handful of apps?
Everything stops. No. Yes & no. A la carte pricing costs more. Bundles cost less per app.
Photoshop Elements (approx $100, no subscription needed). Elements is a light version of Photoshop CC without all the extra bells & whistles.
Creative Cloud Photography Plan (approx $10/month for 12 months). Includes the following:
Premium Adobe Express ($10/month).
Creative Cloud All Apps (51 + pro apps & services) and Single App Plans