Alternate Pricing Options
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to pay out your ass for a fully legal copy of Photoshop. If you know what youre doing, you can get Photoshop CS5 for much less than the $400 price tag ($999 if you want that silly Extended version).
Option 1: Student pricing. If you are a student, and Im pretty damn sure a great majority of you readers are, you would do well to check out Student Pricing. You see Adobe isnt as stupid as it looks. They know that if they make their products upwards of 80% less for the students and teachers, then they will buy their products, and learn and teach how to use them. When the students get out of school, the only programs they will know how use are Adobe products, but being as they are no longer students, they will be forced to pay full price for their Adobe stuff. Its a very smart business plan. But anyways, check out the Adobe Education store for more information, assuming it exists for your country. After that, run down to your local campus book store and see if they carry Photoshop. Chances are you can actually get it even cheaper there. For instance, PS CS5 Extended is only $150 at my schools campus bookstore, but $200 through the actual Adobe Education Store. That's a $50 difference and $50 can buy quite a few things days, like five gallons of gas! Wooo!
Option 2: Check around online. No, I do not mean pirating. Pirating is bad. The mean ole FBI agents disguised as 12-year-olds will track you down and put you in federal lock up if they find out you pirated. Instead, check out shopping search engines, such as Google Shopping and see if you can get a better price that way. I can guarantee youll find something more affordable. But I cannot be held responsible for any scams you fall for, so shop online at your own risk.
Option 3: work super hard and get yourself a job at some graphics design firm or some shit that provides Photoshop for you. This option doesnt always guarantee youll be working with the latest and greatest, in fact chances are, you may even get stuck with PS 7 since some strange people still swear by it. Basically, you get what you get and dont have a fit. Though to be honest, I dont really know of any company or firm that provides PS for its employees, so youre on your own for that one.
Well those three options are fine and dandy, but not everyone can still afford to pay more than $100. Fret not! For there are even more options in the form of Photoshop Alternatives! Yes thats right, there are actually cheaper programs out there that do most, if not all functions of Photoshop, and for more than half the price!
Current Version: 2.6.11
OS Compatibility: ALL
Price: FREE. ZERO DENIRO. NOTHING.
Summary: The GNU Image Manipulation Program, usually referred to simply as The GIMP, is an open-source program that works exactly like Photoshop Elements. In fact, pretty much the only difference between the two is that Photoshop Elements has vector-based type. Yes thats right, you pay $80 for vector-based type, when theres a free program that can do everything else. I think you got ripped off there, buddy.
Like Photoshop, The GIMP has gathered its own little cult fan base over the years. There are copious amounts of people who swear by it and spit on Photoshops disc. This is mostly because GIMP, like all open-source programs, works with Linux systems, something Photoshop couldnt do if its life depended on it.
Current Version: 3.5.6
OS Compatibility: Windows ONLY
Price: FREE. ZERO DENIRO. NOTHING.
Summary: Although somewhat less popular then GIMP, Paint.NET is just good and powerful. It was originally intended to replace Microsoft Paint, hence the name, but has grown a bit beyond that over the years. Paint.NET uses the Microsoft .NET Framework platform, which is why it only works with Windows operating systems and no others at this time. Unlike GIMP, Paint.NET is not open-source, but simply a freeware program. Just like GIMP, Paint.NETs power rivals, if not, surpasses that of Photoshop Elements.
Corel PaintShop Photo Pro
Current Version: X3, which is slightly better than X2 and much better than X1, or so I assume.
OS Compatibility: Windows and OSX
Price: $99.99 USD (Ultimate) $59.99 USD (Pro)
Summary: Corels answer to Photoshop. It can paint, it can draw, it can design, it can edit photos and its $300 cheaper than the base version of Photoshop CS5. However, it is also $99 more than GIMP and Paint.NET, though, to be fair, it does have a bit more power than those programs.
Let'ss get a few things straight here. I am no ones bitch. I am not getting paid by any of the companies represented above to present their programs to you, so perish any such thoughts. I simply believe that paying $400 for a program is extremely stupid and highly unreasonable. In fact, its pretty much robbery. Adobe has everyone in their pocket, so to speak, but thats not the point and Im getting off topic. The point is, there are always cheaper options for obtaining Adobe products, such as Photoshop. You just have to know where to look.
Dear, Pant Tool SAI Fantards,
I did not forget SAI. SAI is designed only for painting and does not match the overall versatility of Photoshop. Do not leave any more comments on SAI. Just get over it.