adobe Software

NamanVarsani

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Hello guys

I am looking to buy an Imac and want to kit it up with Photoshop, premier and hopefully after effects and an audio editing software. Adobe software is expensive but I am will to pay a reasonable price for the software rather than illegal downloading.

Does anyone know where I can get the cheapest legal copy of adobe software's?
 

Jaffaman27

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I don't think the prices for Adobe Suites differ that much from place to place. Adobe itself is a good place to start looking. Maybe they have some offers that suit you. Or if you are a student and can validate for the student pricing then you will get the suites fairly cheap.

But yes, they are expensive as hell, but for me there is really no option and in the end they are worth the money easily... at least when your income rely on getting work done efficiently.
 

NamanVarsani

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Thanks for the replys.


I am a student. Is that photoshop elements or the full version. Also I'm guessing it's for a mac?

I'm in the UK?? I looked at the education store but they don't have premier. I might email them to see what they can do... They also only have photoshop elements
 

robgendreau

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Whoa! Student you say? Adobe has AWESOME academic deals. They are more than generous, so kudos to them (would that A$$pple were that way...).

Here's one site I've purchased from: http://www.uscollegebuy.com/0ab/asl.htm

You could get the Production Premium suite for US$355.

The licensing seems to be dependent on your school; they seem to have licensing deals for schools that use their products vs just generic student versions; it's been a while. And although this is the US of A site, I would think they must be similarly generous overseas. I hope. Or you could enroll in Stanford for a while...I hear they'll let anyone in, and are particularly impressed with UK accents (well, except for Scotland, but they're leaving, right?):D

Kidding aside, search through their website. And check the suites, since they may not sell Premiere as a one-off but would in a suite.

Rob
 

NamanVarsani

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would there be a difference between the price of CS5.5 and CS6, or do they normally cost similar amounts. I found a good package on the adobe website.

I say this because i most likely am going to wait for the new release (CS6) because i may also wait for the new imac release. there's no point in me buying the software until I get the imac.
 

Jaffaman27

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The prices tend to remain same or very similar between releases.
Unless the package you've been looking at is some special promotion (-20%) or something, then CS6 will probably be somewhat more expensive.

CS6 should be a "major" update, so I would wait anyway. Just my two cents.
 

carylee2002

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No upgrade available.

Just a reminder...student priced software is usually a deadend, because you won't be able to upgrade to next version when it comes out. So if your happy with that then go for it.
 

NamanVarsani

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Just a reminder...student priced software is usually a deadend, because you won't be able to upgrade to next version when it comes out. So if your happy with that then go for it.
Would make scence to wait for the new release. I personally think the cost benefits outway the fact that you can't update the software... Even having say cs4 now is good
 

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Just a reminder...student priced software is usually a deadend, because you won't be able to upgrade to next version when it comes out. So if your happy with that then go for it.
I believe adobe allows you to upgrade on their edu licensed software. I did back in the day.
 

NamanVarsani

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thanks for your help....

Does anyone know a good tutorial website I can pick up basic software use for adobe products like after effects, premier, photoshop. I can do basic tasks in each but i want to enhance my understanding (i think that makes sense)

However I dont want to pay alot for it....


Trying to get ready for the new software update (cs6) and the new Imac....
 

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snberk103

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thanks for your help....

Does anyone know a good tutorial website I can pick up basic software use for adobe products like after effects, premier, photoshop. I can do basic tasks in each but i want to enhance my understanding (i think that makes sense)

However I dont want to pay alot for it....


Trying to get ready for the new software update (cs6) and the new Imac....
Start with the Adobe web-site for tutorials.... I have found lots of good info there, and a lot of the content is written by pros using the SW, not just the Adobe document writers.

Third party tutorials on the web, in my personal experience, may or may not be useful.... it's kind of hit-n-miss until you identify the good sites from the wankers. The Adobe content has never let me down. I may find an easier way to do the task, but at least the Adobe help is never outright stupid..... which I can't say about some of the 3rd party help I've found on the web.

Luck.

ps Personally, I find it easier to learn a specific task - when I need to do that task, rather than try to learn a bunch of stuff that I may need. This means I need to leave an extra day to learn - before I actually try to do - so time management is important. When I find the web-page or tutorial that really helps with that task, I don't just save the link - I save the content to a folder on my system. With that said, I am constantly reading the trade magazines that tell you how to do tasks. I don't necessarily try to learn the task.... just the terminology and concept in general, so that when I need to do a particular task I will know a) that it can in fact be done, and b) what terms to look up in order to find the steps needed.

I am of the philosophy that very little of what I do is "unique" or "the 1st". Therefore someone has already figured out what I want to do, and has probably written about it. Saves me a lot of time.
 

NamanVarsani

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thank you very much for your reply. Im very new and your advice was very helpful.

You mentioned trade magazines, do you have names?

I have looked through some tutorials,I think your right in saying that its when it comes to when you need it learn how to do it but....

Here is a question: would need to know the limits of the program to know what you can do. For example I kinda have ideas in my head of what I want to produce, however I thought I would need to know all the tools to know, well can that work or would it not work or am I wasting my time trying to produce something impossible or not within the scope of the program.
 

snberk103

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thank you very much for your reply. Im very new and your advice was very helpful.

You mentioned trade magazines, do you have names?

I have looked through some tutorials,I think your right in saying that its when it comes to when you need it learn how to do it but....

Here is a question: would need to know the limits of the program to know what you can do. For example I kinda have ideas in my head of what I want to produce, however I thought I would need to know all the tools to know, well can that work or would it not work or am I wasting my time trying to produce something impossible or not within the scope of the program.
There are different trade magazines for the different modules, and also the different users of a module. Just find a good magazine store and browse until you find something that works for you.

I agree, to a point, that trying to know as much as possible about the software will help you translate vague ideas into a finished image. However, the Adobe products are so sophisticated and complex that even if you have been using them professionally for years, you don't know all the tricks. And the advanced techniques are often built on doing a sequence of basic techniques. So... you gotta learn those basic ones first.

You don't have to wait for a "job" before exploring a tool. When I have time, I will sometimes assign myself a "job" that requires me to learn a new Photoshop technique.... trying to duplicate a look I have seen in a photo, for example.

There is no magic bullet. You have to use the tools, and learn them - I prefer one at a time - by actually putting them into use. It just takes time and dedication.

I took a short Photoshop course (version 3! yikes!) and that was useful because we learned a tool, then we practiced using it. Adobe also has books called "Classroom in Book", which we used for that course. Hopefully they are better now because back then the instructor was making several corrections to the text each class.

Luck.
 

chrono1081

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OP you can look at a site like this:

http://www.lynda.com

Its cheaper (usually) than a book is for a month of video tutorials.

There is also DigitalTutors.com but its usually for really high end software and I'm not sure that they have too much in the way of Photoshop. (Usually its only mentioned during texturing tutorials).
 
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