Where to download old versions of Adobe: CS, classic Photoshop and more

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If you're looking to step back in time to replace the latest CC software with classic versions of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator then you're in the right place.

Adobe Creative Cloud went live seven years ago, replacing the delivery of what used to be known as Adobe's Creative Suite software on CD with the subscription-based digital downloads creatives are now familiar with.

There are some creatives though who miss the old days of Adobe CS when they could simply make a one-off payment and use one or more apps for as long as they wanted. Many of the best known creatives we know made their name using old versions of Photoshop like 2010's CS5, while even those seasoned pros who haven't hit the limelight can still make a great piece of art no matter the version.

Some users may also find later versions of Adobe apps don't gel with their desktop or laptop, and may need a workaround until they upgrade their tech.

This guide to where to buy old versions of Adobe software points you in a helpful direction if you're really adamant on not signing up to Adobe CC, and also helps CC users find old versions of Creative Cloud apps like InDesign and Illustrator without paying a single penny.

One key thing to remember: Adobe itself offers no older versions of Adobe CC besides those you can find in the app itself (find out more about that below). 

There used to be a version of Adobe CS6 on sale from which was kept in place as CS was slowly phased out in favour of CC, but that's been gone since 2017. 

Where to buy old disc versions of Adobe software

Old CD-Rom editions of Adobe CS software can be found on Ebay, along with digital serial numbers which you can use to download software (but CDs are the safer choice).

If you have tech which can actually run a CD, then Amazon is another choice.

There's a Windows version of Photoshop CS6 which you can buy on the shopping site for £30, and another one for under a hundred. Anything else went out of stock long ago, even on Marketplace. 


That said, there is an open box, German language version of InDesign on Amazon. 

There's also a German Photoshop disc on sale from obscure music shop Grooves Land.

Where to find older versions of Adobe software in CC

If you're not looking to travel so far back in time, then be aware of this trick to revert your software back to old versions of Adobe CC dating as far back as 2017.

All you need to do is click on the CC desktop app and then hit the drop down option where it says Install by the apps in your CC list.

Tab down to Manage and you get the choice to select either Uninstall - no, don't do that - and 'Older versions.'

Click this and the following list will pop up, as in below image.

Screenshot featuring art by Sehee Chae

Choose your poison to find your software de-evolve to an earlier point in history.

Will Adobe sue you for going old school?

The CC method above is safe, but note that May 2019 saw Adobe send some non-CC users of its Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Premiere programs a letter warning they were no longer legally authorised to use the software due to ongoing legal issues with third-party software makers.

An excerpt of the email reads: “We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and and a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them."

"Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties," it continues.

Nobody has yet reported being sued for having a dusty old version of PS on their laptop so you can probably breathe easy, creators.

Read next: Adobe CC buying guide: pricing, new features, discounts & free trials

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