I'm currently paying the $52/ month for CC package, but really only utilize Photoshop and Illustrator.
Under subscription plans, I only see the options for choosing to pay for 1 app, or buying the entire CC package in order to get illustrator (Since the photo package option doesn't include illustrator)...
The only way to get both of these is to buy the full package then? Do I really have to buy the entire package and pay for 20 unused apps when I only want Photoshop and Illustrator? Why does Adobe not have some type of "al a carte" subscription option?
Most people only use 3 apps and it's priced for that. (It's like an all you can eat buffet. It doesn't get cheaper because there is more food you don't eat.)
But you should be able to get the $10 Photoshop program and the $20 Illustrator program. (You'll see that at 3 apps you might as well have them all).
To add to that: You can buy as many single app packages you want. You just can't buy the same subscription twice for the same Adobe id. But nobody will ever buy more then 2 single apps. From the third on, it will be cheaper to take the all app plan. This is "à la carte".
To stay with the metapher: either you take the buffet or you take each plate separate. There is no inbetween menu...
If you use Test Screen Name's recommendation, you will indeed save some money. But that is because of the special Lr/Ps bundle with the Photography plan.
Quick note for anyone trying to do buy two separate plans: there is no shopping basket in which you can add two plans at once, as far as I can see. So you'll need to go through Checkout twice. I did this for InDesign and the Photography plan and it worked fine.
You can do so, but it's fairly easy to get the whole suite for half the price by contacting Adobe by chat 😉
Be aware that any special offers from Adobe only last for a year, after which the normal price returns. So that's not a long term way to get it cheaper.
I am aware. Yet it's still possible to get the very same price again by contacting Adobe. Speaking from experience... 🙂