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Shopping for Photoshop

by aplardi / August 4, 2006 4:35 AM PDT

Tom suggested I sign up and post this in the forums as you wonderful people may be willing to point me in the right direction

About a year ago, much to my wallet's anguish, I quit pirating music, software, and other forms of booty so that I could have a clean conscience. The only thing I have not found a truly suitable replacement for is Photoshop. Now I know there are great applications like Paint.Net and The Gimp. But they do not do things like Curve layers the way I wish (allowing me to set black or white points in photographs) and minor things like that that make them useless for me, nor allow me to make HDR images.

I was looking at my options, and I am thinking about buying Photoshop 7 on eBay for about a hundred dollars. But I was not sure if this is legal, or if I ever wanted to upgrade Adobe would let me. It feels a little shady but to do what I want to do it feels like the only option. I also took a look at Photoshop Elements and was surprised to see the list which I included below of things it can't do. So really, what can it do? Crop and resize JPEG's a little faster than paint? Oi Vai, you call these Photo Editors?

So what would be my best option if I want to stay legit, outside of purchasing Photoshop right now for $650. When I start college in spring I'm buying a MacBook, and perhaps if PS CS3 is out then I'll get that as well. But my fundage is a little tight like everyone else in the world, and Adobe just doesn't seem to care.

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Save a few bucks with a student edition
by MrSkinny / August 4, 2006 5:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Shopping for Photoshop

Your right, those features are nearly PS specific. You can accomplish the same graphic goal different ways but the learning curve is really not worth the dollar cost for most people.

If your looking at College take advantage of the "hook'em early" specials.

Photoshop CS2 9.0 MAC US$299
Photoshop Elements 3.0 MAC US$69

I don't know about the legal ramifications of an eBay copy but I think your ok if it's an unused copy. If someone buys a copy which you get from them at a lower price (eg: bankruptcy) you get an unused license I think your ok. I probably wouldn't be brave enough to try that on eBay but there are a ton of bankruptcy companies who might just get such a copy to part with for pennies on the dollar.


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when i'm a student
by aplardi / August 4, 2006 6:04 AM PDT

When I am a student again I will def go that way as you suggest.

I wonder, if I do buy it, when I graduate do they no longer think that I should be using it? or is it mine. And can I upgrade it?

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by aplardi / August 4, 2006 6:06 AM PDT

From site:
An important note about upgrading your software: Your personal investment in Adobe products may continue to be valuable, even if you no longer meet the qualifications for Adobe Education pricing. Please contact the online Adobe Store or your local reseller for information about upgrades to commercial versions of your products.

All offers and prices are limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Prices are Estimated Street Prices in U.S. dollars. Actual pricing may vary. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please contact your local Adobe Authorized Education Reseller for actual pricing details. Prices are for qualified Education customers only.

This looks like a fantastic option to consider. I usually never touch Student Software.

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$100 Photoshop. No Way
by pkscout / August 4, 2006 5:21 AM PDT
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I don't see anyway you can get Photoshop for $100. I can't even get it for $100 with an educational license at the school I work for.

You might think about GIMP. It's free and has about 90% of the functionality.


If you're really used to the Photoshop menus, you can get a version of GIMP that is configured to look like Photoshop:


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Gimp saves you even more if...
by MrSkinny / August 4, 2006 5:25 AM PDT
In reply to: $100 Photoshop. No Way

you consider the next 10 years of repeat costs.

It's true that companies almost always pickup the lisence but if your a contractor it's still going to cost you every time they decide to create a new version.

Embrace the free software aplardi, it's your only hope.


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Really I do
by aplardi / August 4, 2006 5:46 AM PDT

I LOVE open source. Almost everything on my PC except for Windows is an open source application. But it looks like for the things I wish to do, great apps like Gimpshop and won't do.

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(NT) (NT) GIMP is the way to go
by robstak / August 4, 2006 6:34 AM PDT
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by aplardi / August 4, 2006 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: $100 Photoshop. No Way

I thank you for the reply but if you look at my post I mentioned that the Gimp cannot do the things I mentioned sadly. - As for the $100 Photoshop 7 that is about how much they go for on eBay

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