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I need to get photoshop for my mac and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on buying photoshop. The price in the website is 699 for CS5, but is there anywhere I can find it cheaper? It also doesnt have to be CS5. Im sure older versions could be just as effective for painting.
Why not look into the subscription plan? Might be a bit more expensive in the long run, but you could save up for a copy while using the subscription.
Why not use GIMP? It's free and it's pretty close to Photoshop. Has a huge user base. I had a hard time adjusting to the short cuts, simply because I'm so used to Photoshop... but it's a free alternative.
try amazon.com or ebay.com
Try to find legitimate older versions on ebay. Almost any of the CS versions will be fine.
Or, if you're currently a student, you can drop some money on the education edition. It's about $150.
There are a few things you should be aware of before taking this route:
1. You must have either a photo school I.D. with a date within six months of today on the front; or a photo I.D. and a transcript, report card, or official school document dated within the last six months.
2. You can't upgrade to different education editions; you can only upgrade to the full commercial version. However, you do still get the nifty discount. And you can always buy another copy of the education edition if you're still a student when the next version hits.
3. You can only buy one copy of the software, and it's non-transferable (so you can't give it to someone else). You can only use it on your personally owned computer.
That's it. It's a pretty awesome deal, actually, because you can still use Photoshop for commercial purposes (unlike Painter--not complaining, but it is something to be aware of for sure) and it's not significantly limited really. The verification process is EXTREMELY easy--provided you are actually going to school at the time. If you aren't, then don't try, they're very thorough in checking and they will find out. (Mostly I'm saying that for the benefit of anybody else reading this, because I'm fairly certain you're a student right now.) It also helps if you have a .edu email through your school, though it's not completely necessary. I had mine and it sped the process up, or so the company that does the verifying told me.
Also, I almost forgot to mention, high school counts. If I'm not mistaken you're a teenager and probably in high school, correct? Go for it if that's the case! Here are the eligibility requirements in more detail: http://www.adobe.com/education/stude...guide.edu.html
Last edited by Ohaeri; March 17th, 2012 at 04:36 AM.