Photoshop - can't afford it, but how can I have it

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Mildredop

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My friend's Mac is incredibly slow. Painfully slow. It needs completely re-loading and starting again (in my opinion).

But she has a fake version of Photoshop CS6. Doing a clean install would mean this would be gone, but she NEEDS it for work - a job she's new at and currently doesn't get well paid for.

So, how can she get Photoshop without paying a fortune for it? Thanks for any advice.

EDIT: I didn't mean just Photoshop, as it's Photoshop, Illustrator etc etc that she uses.
 

Bending Pixels

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So...you're asking how to obtain an illegal copy of Creative Suite 6, right? Contact the Department of Justice - they can help.

Otherwise...tell your friend to stick a crowbar in their wallet and PAY for a Creative Cloud subscription. If she's using it for work, and her work doesn't reimburse her for it, the cost of the subscription becomes a tax deduction.
 

Mildredop

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So...you're asking how to obtain an illegal copy of Creative Suite 6, right?
No, that's the opposite of what I'm asking.

She doesn't want an illegal version any more as having one has ultimately crippled the overall use of her Mac, but can't afford to buy it new.

So, how can someone legally get Photoshop without paying thousands? Second hand? If so where? Is that even legal? How does one know the seller hasn't simply kept it on their own computer?
 

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Well theoretically she could just reinstall OS X every 30 days and install the trial again and again every time... Photoshop is still going to be a legal copy that way... I'm not sure how the department of justice thinks about that, but I don't think they have that covered...

But is it really worth it? I mean Photoshop CC is $20/month, that isn't that much for something your friend really needs.
 
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mercuryjones

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She needs to find an alternative to Photoshop, unless the company requires Photoshop. In which case, they need to provide it to her, in order for her to do her job.
That said, you can always try some half priced book store or something, and see if someone traded in an older edition (if that's even possible anymore).
 

robgendreau

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Frankly I don't understand why the moderators don't take this down, as the question is how to preserve an ongoing theft.

Maybe she'd get paid better if she were honest.
 

Bending Pixels

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No, that's the opposite of what I'm asking.

She doesn't want an illegal version any more as having one has ultimately crippled the overall use of her Mac, but can't afford to buy it new.

So, how can someone legally get Photoshop without paying thousands? Second hand? If so where? Is that even legal? How does one know the seller hasn't simply kept it on their own computer?
You originally stated she had a "fake" copy. Kinda sounds like it was pirated to me.

Sites like B&H do have the student/teacher edition of Creative Suite CS6 available, but...proof of eligibility is required (i.e. you have to have a school ID to qualify). There are less reputable sites that claim to have the standard version available.

That said, the only other way would be to opt into one of Adobe's Creative Cloud programs, and pay on a monthly basis.
 

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A possible option is to look for a single license copy being sold on Ebay. But then you have to be careful. It will be cheaper as it will only be one license instead of two. There are deals around, just be careful to read all the fine print and check out the sellers feedback. Make sure the seller has a lot of feedback.
 

Mildredop

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Wow! I'm being flamed!

Photoshop CC is $20/month, that isn't that much for something your friend really needs.
Could you offer a link to this? We've had a look but can't see any way of getting it this cheap.

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She needs to find an alternative to Photoshop, unless the company requires Photoshop. In which case, they need to provide it to her, in order for her to do her job.
That said, you can always try some half priced book store or something, and see if someone traded in an older edition (if that's even possible anymore).
She learnt Photoshop using this illegal copy that a friend (at Uni I think) loaded onto her Mac. So it's more the fact that she now knows how to do it all on there so wants to carry on doing it. But can't afford to actually buy it.

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Get an older version for less. Does she really need everything in CS6?
Definitely an option - not sure how to get an older copy. Looked on eBay but doesn't offer anything. (other than upgrades)
 

Mildredop

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You originally stated she had a "fake" copy. Kinda sounds like it was pirated to me.

Sites like B&H do have the student/teacher edition of Creative Suite CS6 available, but...proof of eligibility is required (i.e. you have to have a school ID to qualify). There are less reputable sites that claim to have the standard version available.

That said, the only other way would be to opt into one of Adobe's Creative Cloud programs, and pay on a monthly basis.
The copy she has is fake/illegal.

She's not a student, so that's not an option unfortunately.

Thanks for the cloud advice. We've looked at that but it still works out too expensive (she earns around £7,000 per year as a freelancer at the moment, so it's that chicken and egg thing. She needs the tools to get the work, but needs the work to afford the tools)

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Get a free trail? thats what i did but it goes away in a month i think
Thanks. Yeah, we've looked at this but you're right, it only lasts a month. I've also looked at just buying it for her, but it's bloody expensive!!

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Well theoretically she could just reinstall OS X every 30 days and install the trial again and again every time... Photoshop is still going to be a legal copy that way... I'm not sure how the department of justice thinks about that, but I don't think they have that covered...

But is it really worth it? I mean Photoshop CC is $20/month, that isn't that much for something your friend really needs.
Just looking again, it's £45 ($69) per month for the creative suite, which is what she needs.
 

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The only way to do this legally would be to buy an older version second hand off someone. If she is using the program for work then just get the CC subscription and claim it back on tax.
 

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The only way to do this legally would be to buy an older version second hand off someone. If she is using the program for work then just get the CC subscription and claim it back on tax.
She doesn't earn enough to claim back the tax, though (yet). And £48 per month is a massive amount for a program she uses sporadically for a few weeks here and there.
 

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She doesn't earn enough to claim back the tax, though (yet). And £48 per month is a massive amount for a program she uses sporadically for a few weeks here and there.
Tried Pixelmator?

Might be another option.

Or if her wage is so low, why don't you pick up the tab for her for 12 months?
 

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For many things Photoshop Elements is enough, and it's under $100. $65 at Amazon now.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 [Mac Download] by Adobe http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNZNTAC
 

Mildredop

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For many things Photoshop Elements is enough, and it's under $100. $65 at Amazon now.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 [Mac Download] by Adobe http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNZNTAC
Elements is no good unfortunately.
 

tdhurst

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Hahaha

She doesn't earn enough to claim back the tax, though (yet). And £48 per month is a massive amount for a program she uses sporadically for a few weeks here and there.
Hold up...first you said she can't afford it, but now you're saying it's too much because she only uses it sporadically?

If you're not going to pay people for the stuff they make, you need to figure out how to steal it yourself.
 

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Adobe Photoshop CS2 is free, but the Mac version is only for PowerPC.

They can try and download the Windows version and run it on Mac using something like Wineskin.
 

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