18 Replies Latest reply on Aug 9, 2014 11:48 AM by Herbert2001

    Question about purchasing Photoshop

    animator111

      Hello,

       

      I am interested in purchasing Photoshop. If I undeerstand well, I cannot buy a licence with a fixd price, but I have to use the monthly subscription offer with 9,99 $ per month.

      Am I correct?

      In that case, will I have access to an older Photoshop version?

      My computer is not powerfull enough to work the latest version without lagging, so I would prefer to use something like photoshop 7.

      Is there a solution?

       

      Thanks in advance,

      Spyros.

        • 1. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          You can buy CS6 Standard $700 CS6 Extended $1000 or rent CC for $10 a month.  CS6 will not be fixed or Updated, CC will not be fixed but will be updated.

           

           

          If you use CC older version of Photoshop will have compatibility problem with CC newer features used in your assets. It saved with max compatibility CS6 may be able to load the asset as a flat composite image so you don't loose all your work and image. You do loose layer comps and the ability to edit your work layers.

          • 2. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
            animator111 Level 1

            Hello again and thank you for your quick responce.

            I just installed a 30 days tryout of CS2 9.0 and seems to be working smoothly.

             

            - If now I join in the offer with 9.99$ per month, will I get a license to activate it and have the option to keep this version instead of upgrading it?

               I want to have the upgrade/update option to CC, but I want this to happen when I choose to.( if I get a better laptop ).

             

            - The 9,99$ offer turns to 12 euros when I change the currency. So it is cheaper in USD. I have USD in my paypal account, can I use that way of payment

               to get the cheaper offer?

             

            Thank you for your help again.

            • 3. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
              JJMack Most Valuable Participant

              Adobe no longer sells CS2.  With CC  you also get access to CS6 subscription version 13.1.2.  As far as I know there is no good way out of CC.  You can still buy CS6 standard and extended not the subscription CS6 version 13.1.2 which is an extended.  However All CS6 versions will have problems with some files saved by CC as will all other prior versions of Photoshop. Finding a legal prior version of Photoshop for sale may also be a real problem. Your not licenced for any prior version of Photoshop if you buy into CC as far as I can see.

              • 4. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                animator111 Level 1

                The issue is that both CS6 and CC are about 2 GB size.

                My laptop cannot run smoothly such large software, it crashes.

                 

                Has Adobe limited its product only to those who can afford buying a 1500$ computer ?

                I am not a big studio to purchase the latest products of technology.

                 

                There is no way I can use legaly a smaller older version like CS2? I don`t care about technical support.

                All I care is that I don`t want to use a cracked torrent version, and then having Adobe sue me for  publishing works

                that were made with unlicenced software.

                 

                There must be a way somehow. Who should I contact for this case?

                • 5. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                  Peru Bob Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Have you considered Photoshop Elements?

                  • 6. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                    Herbert2001 Level 4

                    Alternatively consider Photoline, which requires only a minimum of Windows 2000/XP, 50mb harddrive space, and 512mb ram. It loads psd files, even with most common adjustment layers and layer effects intact.

                     

                    Photoshop CC and CS6 require a reasonably powerful machine, and a good video card for the 3d elements - Photoline does not include 3d and video fluff, and is pretty much on par in terms of image editing (in some respects better, in some not as good. For example, no support for spot channels). So if you have no interest in the 3d and video features, and require top-notch image/photo editing features comparable to Photoshop, it is an excellent alternative for older and less powerful machines. And it blows CS2 out of the water ;-) Inexpensive, and you get a full license ("own" the software forever).

                     

                    Btw, the installation file is a mere 20~25mb(!) download. Can't hurt to check it out, especially if your hardware cannot deal with Photoshop CS6/CC.

                    • 7. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                      animator111 Level 1

                      Many thanks to all of you who replied.

                      I found a good deal for original CS5 copy ( downloadable version ) in stock and purchased it. It works fine in my laptop.

                       

                      How many laptops am I allowed to install it to simultaneously? I tried to install it in my second laptop, but when I run the activation software it still asks

                      for activation key and that there is some network issue.

                       

                      In advance, am I licensed to more thatn one computer?

                      • 8. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                        animator111 Level 1

                        Many thanks to all of you who replied.

                        I found a good deal for original CS5 copy ( downloadable version ) in stock and purchased it. It works fine in my laptop.

                         

                        How many laptops am I allowed to install it to simultaneously? I tried to install it in my second laptop, but when I run the activation software it still asks

                        for activation key and that there is some network issue.

                         

                        In advance, am I licensed to more thatn one computer?

                        • 9. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                          Herbert2001 Level 4

                          That CS5 copy sounds VERY fishy - are you certain that it is not a cracked illegal version? Where exactly did you purchase your download?

                          • 10. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                            D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                            animator111 wrote:

                             

                            when I run the activation software

                            Very fishy indeed. That sounds very much like a keygen.

                            • 11. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                              Noel Carboni Level 8

                              animator111 wrote:

                               

                              when I run the activation software it still asks for activation key and that there is some network issue.

                               

                              What :activation software are you referring-to?

                               

                              "Very good" pricing  is essentially nonexistent for legitimate deals for Photoshop licenses.  When the price is "too good to be true" it's very likely a scam.  You may end up with an illegally cracked version on your computer.  Just the illegality of that is a problem, but those kinds of packages quite often come with a malware payload as well.

                               

                              Some cracked versions of Photoshop are known to write things into your hosts file that screw up your networking (on a Windows system that's in c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts).

                               

                              My advice to anyone who reads this in the future is to NEVER, EVER buy Photoshop from anyone other than a well-known seller (e.g., Adobe themselves, or a good name like Amazon.com and I mean directly only).  Stay away from eBay when buying Photoshop!  Software deals that are too good to be true really are, and people do get burned.

                               

                              -Noel

                              • 12. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                                animator111 Level 1

                                I bought it from this store   http://nypasndxwkkkuhzu.valuedsoftstore.com/product/adobe-photoshop-cs-5-1-extended/

                                 

                                I hope it is the original as they say and not a fraud as you are afraid.

                                Please let me know your opinions.

                                 

                                The package includes 2 files, the Photoshop.exe and an  adobe.cs55.activation   software.

                                The instruction are to install photoshop as a trial and the run the activation and it works. Somewhere in the middle I was asked to login in adobe.com

                                so that may be an indication they are legit, but let me know how I can be sure of that.

                                • 13. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                                  Peru Bob Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  The site is one of those "too good to be true" sites.

                                  • 14. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                                    D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                    animator111 wrote:

                                     

                                    The package includes 2 files, the Photoshop.exe and an  adobe.cs55.activation   software.

                                    That's a cracked pirate copy, there's no such thing as "activation software". This is how they do it (and apparently with little effort, it should be noted. Cracked versions have been known to surface on the net within days after an new release).

                                    • 15. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                                      animator111 Level 1

                                      Is there a way to be 100% sure Adobe does not have a deal with this store before start claiming my money back?

                                      To whom should I report it and what happens in these cases? They are selling officially so many products, is Adobe going to chase them down?

                                      • 17. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                                        Noel Carboni Level 8

                                        Photoshop is NEVER sold at that kind of discount.  That's your proof.

                                         

                                        -Noel

                                        • 18. Re: Question about purchasing Photoshop
                                          Herbert2001 Level 4

                                          That is definitely a trial version with a serial key generator.

                                           

                                          These type of deals are always priced "just right": low enough to be very attractive, and not too low so that any unsuspecting (ignorant) customer is tricked into believing that the deal is legit.

                                           

                                          Unless you are sold an unopened boxed version from a trustworthy source: avoid like the plague.

                                           

                                          animator111 wrote:

                                           

                                          Is there a way to be 100% sure Adobe does not have a deal with this store before start claiming my money back?

                                          To whom should I report it and what happens in these cases? They are selling officially so many products, is Adobe going to chase them down?

                                           

                                          Well, you could inform Adobe about the site, who will then send them a cease and desist letter. At which point they might listen, close up shop, and two new sites will pop up the next day. Often these sites are run from countries where legal action is either very difficult, or just plain realistically unpractical.

                                           

                                          I wouldn't bet on getting your money back. But who knows? Btw, I hope you did NOT use your credit card information to make the purchase: if you did, you may want to cancel that card, and get a new one. There is a real chance that information could be abused in the future.

                                           

                                          Just saying - fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

                                           

                                          BTW: that site is NOT "selling officially so many products" - they are all cracked, hacked, and illegal versions of products. Their website might look professional with all those "official" logos stamped across the pages, but it's one big FAKE.