Can I still buy or download an older version of Adobe Photoshop?

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  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

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    I'm just getting into this out of personal interest in my spare time and after doing some searches I have learned that Adobe has switched to a subscription based service with CC. I will be using the software very seldom and casually, not as a professional. The subscription cost is way more than I am willing to spend for a light hobby. Aren't there still older versions out there that would still be more than sufficient for my needs? If not is there at least a trial version? Thanks!
     
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    So Adobe's subscription plan isn't universally lauded?
     
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    It would seem not, I suppose. The only Adobe app I use is Dreamweaver CS6 and that's paid for with no subscription service.
     
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    What about in regards to my OP?
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean. My first post here has a couple of links to older Photoshop software, albeit still expensive, as you had originally asked. Or did I miss something somehow? :eek:
     
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    Oh that was an older one?? Geez, that's absurd. Surely there's a trial version floating around somewhere? I only really want it for one photo.
     
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    You might be able to scour eBay for less expensive versions of the older software. I don't know if you will find any trial versions available.
     
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    For just a few photos, you might give gimp a try. I prefer my old Photoshop CS5, but gimp is free, and capable of doing some reasonably sophisticated photo manipulation.
     
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    Ah yes! Gimp. An old and trusty standby for me. I rarely do any photo editing outside of OS X Preview. But when I do, I turn to Gimp.
     
  10. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    For one photo? then try their Photographer subscription package; it's Lightroom and Photoshop and they give you the first 30 days free.

    Or any one of numerous photo editing applications in the Mac App Store. Photoshop is the default pro image editor; since you had to ask you probably don't want it anyway since others are easier for a beginner to use. Try Pixelmator or Acorn, e.g.
     
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    Will Photoshop Elements do what you need? Less than $100. You can do basic editing with iphoto for free. If you need to do significant manipulation consider Pixelmator.
     
  12. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm looking to do this specifically http://www.photoshopforums.com/post94133.html#94133

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    Check out the link I posted above, it has a description of exactly what I want to do

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    I saw that was recommended somewhere, I posted a link to an exact description of what I want to do.
     
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    Can you get a student / teacher edition? Those are cheaper.

    Also remember that PS has a long learning curve. I remember someone commenting that it is an easy software to use after you know what to use / how to use but it feels overwhelming just because it has a lot of features.

    Hope it helps.
     
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    Yeah, if you're eligible for the student edition, that will save loads of money for you.
     
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    And a bad UI. Don't forget the bad UI. Photoshop's been user unfriendly since 1.0.
     
  16. jephotog macrumors newbie

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    You should check out lightroom. It is a related product of Photoshop. If you are into photography at all it is a very worthwhile investment.95% of all my photo needs can be taken care of in LR. There is a Photoshop Lightroom package in the subscription mode for only $9.99/mo or you can buy lightroom for only $150. Which is half the price it was for the first 3 or so years it was out. I think it is worth it even at the $300 price level.

    What are you trying to do with your photos? Chances are you can do it with LR or Adobe Elements. Or you can sign up for a one month and use PS for that month and cancel. If I did not already own and older Adobe suite I would consider the PS/LR combo, well worth the price IMO.
     
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    What is something that offers comparable manipulation with a better interface, GIMP?
     
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    Most of the suggestions listed in this thread are at least somewhat easier on the newb than Photoshop. I only mentioned GIMP because I've found it workable and not to hard to use on ocassion. The only way to find out for yourself is to try it.
     
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    The technique you reference for removing tan lines is available in lots of image editing software. Snapheal, for instance, is designed for that. It's essentially just copying and pasting part of an image over another part. It can be done in Photoshop Elements as well; there are tutorials on fixing skin blemishes, etc with it on YouTube.
     
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    Cool, thanks. What is the best/easiest software to achieve this with?
     
  21. jephotog macrumors newbie

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    If you get access to Photoshop. You can try the rubber stamp tool with a limited opacity ~40% and a bunch of passes with different size brushes to feather in a transition of skin tones from tan to not tan. There may be a better tool for it but I can solve most issues with the rubber stamp tool.
     
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    No matter what image software TH55 chooses, the key to getting good results is practice.
     
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    You can get Photoshop 2.0 for free on the Adobe site. It is full version that isn't supported anymore. It might be enough to fit your limited needs.
     
  24. cr2 macrumors regular

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    Thanks. It made me feel better as I never got around the PS6 :)

    I hardly use PS, I migrated to PS / LR from Aperture a few years ago after getting tired of dealing with Aperture Backup and when it almost destroyed my work when I could not transfer to a new mac with a newer minor version of Aperture. (Carbon Copy saved me). Aperture was very easy to use, everything was so natural.
     

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