You can continue to use Photoshop Elements without incurring a monthly fee, and there are plenty of free and one-time-cost vector-art options available for hobbyists like yourself.
The Creative Cloud software is a professional package with professional capabilities and options, so it comes at a professional price.
Nobody is forcing you to stop using Photoshop Elements and switch to a Cloud subscription
However... do be aware that updating your computer operating system (or buying a new computer) MAY mean that your "have used Adobe Elements for many years" old version will stop working
So to keep using what you have, don't update your operating system
As an everyday Josephine, I am not doing it.
I have no idea why you posted this little rant because Elements is not offered by subscription. In the US, it costs $100 or $80 for the upgrade.
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I WILL NOT DO IT.
As others have said, don't pay monthly - continue to use your version of Elements. If ever that gets so old that it will not run on a modern PC, replace it with the new version of Elements.
As for the "outrageous" monthly price of the full version - the Photography plan gives you Lightroom and Photoshop for less than £10 a month (UK). Not a bad price for world class professional grade software.
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the Photography plan gives you Lightroom and Photoshop for less than £10 a month (UK). Not a bad price for world class professional grade software.
The Photography Plan includes much more...
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan | Professional photo editing software
- Creative Cloud Desktop App
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom CC
- Lightroom Classic CC
- Camera Raw
- Adobe Portfolio/Behance
- 20 GB Cloud Storage (or upgrade to 1TB for $10 more)
- Premier Rush
- Mobile device apps
- + Free upgrades for as long as you remain a member.