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5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkroom for the 21st Century, 12 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS4 (PC) (DVD-ROM)
Photoshop is the industry standard software for image manipulation of almost every kind and it has been for a long time now. It's true that Photoshop has several competitors, all of which are lacking in some or all the areas covered by Adobe's offering. Put simply: Photoshop is king.

It's not all good though. Photoshop is a serious step up from MS Paint and whatever software came free with your printer/scanner/camera. It's a professional level tool. Because of this, you won't be able to harness much of it's endless potential without spending at least a good few months worth of quality time getting things wrong and reading books and online 'how to' guides. Although being industry standard, it is considerably easier to learn Photoshop than any of the competing packages because SO many people use it and write books and guides. Still, it's a long journey.

My only other problem is the price. Obviously, it's worth the cost. Adobe wouldn't sell it otherwise. But the price that Adobe ask for Photoshop is outright extortionate. So much so that Photoshop is one of the most widely pirated software packages of all time because so many want it and so few can afford it. What's more; the price seems to go up with every version, upgrades cost as much as you'd normally pay for a whole software suite and it's even more expensive for one of the bundles that you'll probably want!

Photoshop Elements isn't the answer either. It lacks many of the features that are the entire reason for buying Photoshop in the first place. Adobe need to realise that there is an enormous demographic who make no money from their art but cannot make their art without this software. But that's the way it is at the moment. If you want the best out of your work then you need the best tools and I'm afraid you'll have to pay for it, and pay you will.
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Initial post: 12 Mar 2009 10:04:25 GMT
Howard says:
Thank you for your eloquent comments about the extortionate price of this must-have product. I have written and emailed Adobe, begging for a 'Non-commercial use' version, as per Microsoft's 'Office' range. I have never used pirated software, but I think that Adobe deserve it for being so greedy.

Posted on 3 May 2009 19:24:17 BDT
Olly Buxton says:
great review, Harpo the Bad.

Posted on 8 Jul 2009 22:06:22 BDT
busb says:
I'm still using PSP9 which is very powerful but now long in the tooth. As a non-professional, I just can't afford the full version nor am I a student. I will probably end up with PS Elements. Picasa is great for beginners but there remains a huge gulf between the industry leader & something affordable. I'm not interested in PSP now Corel own it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2009 22:43:20 BDT
dischord33 says:
I use PSP9 too, it does the job...but I have been very tempted to *ahem* obtain Photoshop CS4 lol.

Posted on 1 Sep 2009 23:08:25 BDT
RickB says:
I ave seen the entire adobe suite with cracks for £5 a a computer fair. With the rip off prices they charge people will go for that. At the end of the day no software is worth more than £100

Posted on 9 Feb 2010 09:33:20 GMT
T. Costick says:
Like many people commenting here, I am not a professional photographer or graphic designer, and cannot justify the unbelievably high prices Adobe impose on their user base.

I used PSP for years until they started bringing out updates that were just re-workings of the current version; this coincided with COREL buying the product.

I have Elements (Premiere & Photoshop) from about three years ago, but find the Photoshop UI unnecessarily complex and bulky for the functions it performs.

For the past 12 months I've been using GIMP ( ) and find it does everything I need. Sure, it isn't as polished as Photoshop, but it is FREE, open source and runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS.

That said, I still would like to have Photoshop, because I know it is what the pros use. On the down side, I've read so much bad press about Adobe. Since they bought out Macromedia, they have not done the Flash data format any favours. If Adobe would just drop the price of Photoshop for non-commercial users like me, I am sure they could double their user base overnight.
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