Proposal for a computer lab for students

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brobson, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. brobson macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2004
    Could anyone help me? I teach about 50 students AP art, etc. and we sorely need computers to use photoshop, etc. I would like to pitch to my tiny school a proposal for a lab. It would need to be roughly 4 - 6 computers with photoshop capabilities. What would you say for this?
    $700 per computer and 10 per month for CC?

    We are a non profit school of only 120 kids. Does anyone know of companies that donate macs to schools?
    Thanks a bunch, I have to turn it in today.
  2. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Check the education price for a site license. We have that, and each user can install all the Adobe CS apps on two computers.

    Do you have 50 in a single class? If so, you probably need ten computers. $700 may be thinking small, cause you need the processing power. This is one of the few cases where I would actually recommend looking at a Mac lab.
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    You should really consider looking at other software than Photoshop, and whatever 'etc.' means. You'll save so much money in the long run.
  4. brobson thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2004
  5. jahala macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
    For a school computer lab, I would suggest GIMP instead of Photoshop for a few of reasons:
    1. It is free so it works with the budget
    2. It is cross platform. If you learn GIMP, you can use it on Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux/BSD machines. Students can install on their home computers if they want to.
    3. It is designed to be able to work on HUGE images.

    Some people hate GIMP because of its interface. Others don't like it because it cannot process as many colors as Photoshop. I liked using GIMP when I was first getting into image editing because I had to do many of the intermediate steps manually which I believe gave me a greater understanding of what was actually happening to my images.

    I personally use Pixelmator for my photo editing and it works well. Many others prefer Affinity Photo. Both are significantly cheaper that Photoshop and both have free trials available.
  6. 960design, Feb 28, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2018

    960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    GIMP ( 2D ) -> free

    Blender ( 3D / 2D / Game Engine ) -> free
    *The students will build some of the most amazing things with this!

    Krita ( 2D comic ) -> free

    Alchemy ( concept art ) -> free

    HP Stream 14 -> $199 to $230 ( at least one to try everything out )
    Definitely not a power house, but will let you get more for your money and at least get everyone started.

    If you find it too slow for daily work, I would recommend an iMac 27 or if Mobile Zenbook Asus Pro

    Go big or be patient.
  7. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    Since this is a teaching environment, an intuitive interface might be the order of the day here. If it was me, I'd get a trial version of several things, and bear in mind that anything that requires a ton of support for students to use is going to be draining of your human resources

    Also, re all this about having the latest and greatest hardware to run Photoshop? That's not necessarily true. I used a pretty aged Mac Mini (with a decent allotment of RAM) quite recently in a production environment and it was quite usable for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and a few other things, all running concurrently. I even did a fair bit of video and audio editing on it, and again, it was fine. I've also run Photoshop quite nicely on a MacBook Air.

    If you're doing 3D work or using enormous files, that could be another matter -- but for basic design stuff? A modest Mac will do the trick. But by all means, try before you buy.
  8. nosser macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2005
    Orange County California
    I have been using Affinity Photo and Affinity Design for photoshop and illustrator and they both work really well.

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