To buy or not buy!

United States
August 27, 2016 11:51am CST
I have been debating on if I want to buy Adobe's photoshop system or not. This debate with myself has been going on for about three months now and I just don't know what to do. You use to just be able to straight out buy a program of theirs through there website, but you can't anymore. I understand that this way Adobe can make more money off of us and it makes it harder for people to get the program for free, but it just sucks. It has all gone to monthly or yearly payments. I just don't know if I want to buy it monthly, because I feel like if I don't use it enough in that month then I just wasted my money on it. If I could just buy it straight out then I know it would be worth it because I will use it the rest of my life. I want to have my own photography business on the side and I know one day buying it monthly will be okay because I'll be using it most of the moth. I just don't think it is worth it for me to buy it only use it 4 or 5 times the entire month. This whole thing just sucks because Adobe's editing apps are pretty much the only good photoshop/editing programs out there.
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11 responses
@sabtraversa (12985)
• Italy
27 Aug 16
If you have a monthly subscription you'll be likely to use it as much as you can (each month), so you won't waste a single penny. If you pay it straight will you get the future versions for free? I'd suggest you to try it for a month, and then see if it's really worth buying it all. I wonder if you can subscribe for a month, unsubscribe the month after and resubscribe the next month?
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• United States
27 Aug 16
They do a free 30 day trial and I did and liked it I just don't know how much I would actually use it in a month. When I did trial for it I didn't use it that much that is why I am so back and forth on buying it now. My college has a maclab, which is just a room full of mac computers, that all have an updated version of Abode photoshop and all the other apps on it. It is just always closed on the weekends and during the week their our classes held in it and I don't have much free time to go. My only thing about doing it monthly is that sometimes I go weeks or months without taking photos and I feel like if I am not editing photos at least once or twice a week then I am not getting my full use out of it.
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@sabtraversa (12985)
• Italy
27 Aug 16
@CaseyRoss9966 That's why I wondered about the possibility to subscribe and unsubscribe when you need to, you could keep some photos for the month you're going to use photoshop. I mean, everytime you have enough photos you pay for one month, then collect more photos and buy another month again.
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• United States
27 Aug 16
@sabtraversa I believe there is a way to do that. If I understand the terms of buying it monthly. It states that you can buy it and then cancel your prescription and still get the month you paid for and at the following monthly you wouldn't have to pay again. I don't know if you can continuously do it, but I wouldn't see why you wouldn't be able to.
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@skysnap (17819)
27 Aug 16
the cloud and yearly payment system is expensive.. i wonder why they went that route.
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@TheHorse (63838)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Aug 16
More profits, I assume.
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@ridingbet (49893)
• Philippines
30 Aug 16
best of luck
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• Philippines
29 Aug 16
Maybe you can ask a friend if they can ask people to help get one for free or with discount? these programs are indeed expensive
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@zarlamain (24527)
• United States
27 Aug 16
Go for it!
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• Daman, India
27 Aug 16
i also like the Adobe's photoshop system
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@ison_1 (1252)
31 Aug 16
Photoshop is nifty, but you may want to check out Gimp (very much like Photoshop Elements) or if you are working with RAW files Raw Therapee is very good. (They are both free as well, definitely on Linux but probably on Windows and IOS as well). Hello :)
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• United States
31 Aug 16
I am working with RAW files so I will check out the second one. Thank you.
@LuciCJ (199)
• Cluj-Napoca, Romania
31 Aug 16
I've been using Photoshop Elements for some 4 years now. It's pretty awesome (at least for retouching photos) and it's way cheaper than the CC version. So if you're not too much into web design and do not need all the advanced features from the Creative Cloud, you can make a one-time purchase and go for Photoshop Elements. Of course you can upgrade Elements, too, but you aren't forced to do it every year. If you upgrade it let's say only when you get a new camera and thus need a new version of Camera RAW, you will get far cheaper than with the full bundle.
@LoriAMoore (4855)
• United States
30 Aug 16
I really like it and it's amazing, but I've found that it crashes a lot and I don't know what makes it do that. It's frustrating.
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
30 Aug 16
Not sure I like the way software on demand is going either. But if you like the software. You didn't say android, windows or mac? there is also Affinity Photo. Platform Mac Photoshop CC. Platform Windows/Mac Pixlr Acorn GIMP plus...
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@TheHorse (63838)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Aug 16
I'm glad I have Kodak's editing program on the computer. It came with my camera. But I m pretty disgusted that I have to pay Microsoft monthly to access my own documents.
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