Dear “creatives”, Photoshop is professional software, if you can’t afford it, then don’t download it

First off… Fireworks vs Photoshop… For all the times that this argument has came up, and the many times name calling has spun out of control because of it, I have to thank the Adobe team for finally axing the lesser of the two. I really do not think it was necessary to argue about us using Photoshop for web design, especially when we’re talking about highly detailed graphics.

As for Creative Cloud… I’m very happy with it. The multitude of updates were awesome this past year (I don’t know if that’s usual because this is my first year of actually having a license to the suite), and the 20GB of space is great. I’m really looking forward to the expanded integration of TypeKit, and being able to save everything to the cloud is just going to be amazing.

I’m already pretty fluent in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, and I had to learn After Effects briefly to finalize my animation last semester. So it really came in handy to have the manager where I could just do a one-click to install. Adobe Story is great too, not as good as Final Draft, but it’s a nice freebie and has great templates.

Photoshop CS6 also comes with a new panel called the Timeline. I learnt how to rotoscope using it this semester. I found it a breeze to use compared to the old way of doing animations in previous versions, and it’s easily going to be one of my most used features in the next coming months. In saying that, I probably use Photoshop more for everything else than I do photography these days.

Let us not forget remember that Photoshop is professional software

A lot of people are angry right now. There’s a thread over at MacRumors that is over 700+ comments long. On pretty much any tech site you go on, there’s a lot of hate towards Adobe going on.

Please, please, PLEASE do not forget that this is professional software. They do not make it so that you can keep one version and live off of it forever. If you can’t afford it, then you shouldn’t be using it. And if a school can’t afford it, neither should they. And if a business can’t afford the subscription, how are they even operating to begin with?

If you’re just using the software to do small touch ups and doing things for yourself, then stop. You shouldn’t be using the most expensive software out there to do little things here and there. Nor should you be complaining about having to pay the subscription to get the new update when you were just going to pirate it anyway.

Photoshop is a privilege, and it’s annoying that most of the people that are complaining about the change are the ones who probably use it only because of the free tutorials by people who are also pirating the software. It’s annoying that just about everyone wants to use it, but doesn’t want to bother paying for it.

For those that do use it professionally. Think about it. You get 20GB of space you can keep your work in (I personally stash all my other program save directories in there too), you get access to a beautiful library of fonts with the TypeKit service included. I throw my photos into Lightroom, it’s great. Do I need it, no, but it’s a nice bonus. The editing features in there are cool too.

And even if you don’t use Dreamweaver, or InDesign, face it, you’re going to need it eventually. It’s important that YOU learn how to do your own advertising, whether it be making a portfolio book, magazine ad, or whatever. It’s also important that YOU learn to design your own simple website.

Trust me when I say that it all pays off.