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Peggy J. Sells
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/4/2004

Upgrade to Photoshop?

I currently have Photoshop Elements, and I am looking to upgrade to a full version. I see so many different versions and prices. I have been searching eBay, and the prices are about half of the store-bought. They claim to be new with warranty. Am I missing something here? And if I want to take full advantage of photo-editing software which version should I buy.

6/24/2005 9:15:04 AM

Michael H. Cothran

member since: 10/21/2004
  "Am I missing something here?"
Peggy, I think you probably ARE missing something here. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is just that. First, these "too-cheap-to-be-true" versions are most likely "bootleg" or illegally imported versions, and will not carry any warranty through Adobe, nor will you be able to register them with Adobe. And this means NO upgrades or updates will ever be available, and no online support. I'd stay clear, myself.
As to what version to buy, I certainly would always purchase the latest version (CS2), unless you can get a great legitimate deal on CS.
Michael H. Cothran

6/24/2005 11:49:12 AM

Melissa N. Trittin

member since: 8/21/2003
  I purchased my first full version of Photoshop (6) several years ago while enrolled in an adult education photography class at a local community college. As a student I was able to buy the educational version at the bookstore; identical to the regular version, just not intended for use for profit. It is about half the price of the regular version. I have since upgraded to Photoshop 7, CS, and now CS2, all fully supported through Adobe based on the legacy license for the Photoshop 6 educational version I bought years ago. The class tuition was $45. If you're not a professional this might be a safe, supported way to save quite a bit of money.


6/28/2005 7:15:52 AM

Lewis T. Beasimer
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/30/2003
  You may want to look at the Adobe web site. They often have offers that can save money. For instance. if you have PS Elements and it came bundled with a Canon camera, you can get a $300 discount. I'm including the link, but if it doesn't show up, do a search on "adobe offer photoshop/canon"


6/28/2005 8:57:26 AM

Scott Pedersen

member since: 11/18/2001
  I buy a lot of stuff on ebay. First make sure that its a sealed FULL version and that you can register it. Most software mfg have a kind of watered down version for you to try. If it is stated as full version, shrink wrapped its proboboly fine. Check the feed back for the seller and naturaly steer away from one who has a lot of negitive feedback.

6/28/2005 11:31:19 AM

Peggy J. Sells
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/4/2004
  Thanks everyone for your help. I am looking into purchasing through a college. I did try and contact Adobe about the $300.00 discount with my canon purchase but never got a reply. I will try that again.

6/28/2005 11:43:41 AM

Peggy J. Sells
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/4/2004
I tried the link and placed my order. I can hardly believe it! $300.00 CS2 through Adobe. Well, I haven't received notification of shipment but I think it worked. Thanks so much. Now I just need to take some classes.

6/28/2005 1:16:12 PM


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