Which is the cheapest way of getting photoshop on my new imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Spiritandtruth, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Spiritandtruth macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2010
    On my pc I've been using photoshop elements 5.0LE forever. I've never used a newer version. That version was included in a camera I bought long ago.

    I tried to load it on my new imac and it said it doesn't support it even though it was a pc/mac CD. I guess it was for the old systems. I'm not too literate on all this stuff.

    Anyhow, I was looking on eBay to buy photoshop to load onto this new imac of mine and I'm clueless as to which to buy. I'm noticing people are saying I can buy this old version and then "upgrade." Is it cheaper to do that?

    Which would you guys prefer? I don't need anything great considering I've been using this old 5.0LE forever. I sell on eBay for a living and just need the basic functions really....although if there is an inexpensive way to get a much better version I'm in. I'm looking to spend max....$200 on this.

    Any tips would be helpful. I don't do pirated stuff and want to be legit. I like the real stuff and paying what I'm supposed to pay. I like to be legal.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    What about Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for 80 USD? It just has been released in the past month and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    I guess I would ask- what are you wanting to do with the pictures really? Basic cropping, color fixes, etc can be done with the free iPhoto.

    Are you dropping in items in your photos that you don't really own but are "selling":D on Ebay.

    However, it sounds like you are too honest to do that, so iPhoto might be enough.

    Let us know what you want to do with pics.

    If you do need more, photoshop elements sounds ideal.
  4. Tesseract macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2008
    GIMP is also a great free alternative to Photoshop. Nowhere near the amount of functionality or bells and whistles, but still a great and powerful program.

    But if you go with Photoshop, straight up buying the recently released Elements 9.0 is probably your best choice.
  5. NicoleRichie macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    Continue your education and sign up for an online class with a Uni/CC/Trade school/etc... that has an apple discount and get the student discount.
  6. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    No way to get a legal copy for $200 or less unless you are a student or teacher, then it is $199 + shipping. I wouldn't trust any seller on EBAY if you want a strictly legitimate copy since new copies are $700 and even upgrades are $200.

    Agree with others that Photoshop Elements is usually all you need and is much less expensive. Also there is iPhoto and even Preview does some functions! My experience with the free Gimp is that it is very frustrating to use.
  7. EstrlM3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
  8. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2009
    New Jersey
    Find yourself a student and get the student pricing
  9. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
  10. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  11. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    What are the differences between PS CS3 and Photoshop Elements 9 ?

    The Adobe website is not very talkative on this subject...

    Thanks !
  12. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    You could look for an older second hand virsion. Or just download the trial virsion and use an activation block.

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