Let's call this True Confessions Friday. Truth: I use Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud. The latter includes Photoshop. I'm not a real graphic designer, but I play for a while in the office.
Thanks to business needs and a few decades of experience, I'm familiar with Office, and I can whip up any client worthy of Photoshop that becomes billable hours, but won't scare our real graphic designers as they gather inspiration at Starbucks. People, something happens to Photoshop.
It wasn't so long ago when something about graphic design, Mac or Windows, came from Adobe Photoshop or Corel, amirite? Well, a few years ago they saw the brilliant geniuses on the Adobe handwriting on the wall, and it was green. The subscriptions were the order of the day. Rent Photoshop and a whole bunch of Adobe creative creations for a monthly price, and you'll receive updates forever. Hereby, forever means as long as you pay the rent.
Sure, those who used Photoshop exclusively ̵
Guess what else works to get the software giants to sit up and be aware? Competition. Just look at these headlines:
It's my friends who are the top of the iceberg, and using Google as a verb will give you many alternatives to the world's foremost graphic design tool.
A little competition is good for the soul. It's also good for your wallet, checklist or credit card balance. Yes, if you are a child, but not a child of the heart, Adobe has a price you would like. $ 5 per year for Photoshop. Uh huh. $ 5 as in Lincoln $ 5. Less than you pay for an oral dose of caffeine at Starbucks. That the $ 5 a year gets a K-12 school student Photoshop, Illustrator, even Premiere Pro and other programs – usually about $ 600 a year for the rest of us, and it used to be $ 240 a year for students.
Well, you must be a child. Or, an adult still in the middle school.
Adobe changed his pricing for younger students partly because of a study showing that teachers wanted more creative problem solving at school, but classrooms are unable to address the challenge
Translation ]: Schools could not afford student pricing and used options. Cheaper alternatives.
I applaud Adobe for becoming realistic about the price of the schools. Some of us can afford the best you can get. Others seek alternatives, and many of them – mentioned-are good tools with nominal price tags.
A little competition can be good for the soul. Even companies. The Supreme Court says they are people too.