Hey Everyone, I am really baffled. I used Photoshop several years back, maybe as long as five or six years ago. Back then we bought the software and there was no membership. Currently, I am looking to get more serious about photography and wanted to get Photoshop again, but I am confused with all these membership options. I don't understand why I need a membership. Is it possible to just purchase the applications I want and be free of a monthly commitment? I am a student, so I know there are discounts, but I am just really perplexed why the change from free standing software to doing membership. I know that I can purchase Photoshop Elements in the App Store, but I am use to the full version Photoshop and enjoy the features within it that probably are not in Elements. I am not a graphic designer, but plan on doing photography as a hobby. Therefore, I am not sure that for me a monthly commitment will be justified. I may not get out to take pictures all the time and work on them, so I may end up just paying money for a membership that I may not take advantage of all that often. Anybody have any insight? Has anybody used Photoshop Elements and what was your experience like? Any help is appreciated!
I feel the exact same about this situation. I used Photoshop and After Effects just for fun about 4 years ago and now I want to get more serious and I come back to buy the software and I'm so confused about all this membership crap. 1 year for 1 app is about $240 and if I renew thats another $240? And another year $240? Thats insane! We use to pay about $300 and have the software forever. No monthly charges. Really hoping someone can explain this and clear things up... And if I cancel the membership, does my software stop working?