Guess what I’m getting for Christmas? That’s right, a brand spankin’ new version of Photoshop CC bundled with Lightroom 5. Christmas came early this year when Adobe opened up the Photoshop Photography Program to everyone regardless of their previous purchasing history with Photoshop. (I was ineligible due to my older student and teacher edition) In simple terms, if you have a credit card and a connection to the internet, you can get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Bridge, 20GB of cloud storage, and a Behance Prosite for $10 a month. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy.
What’s the Catch
The catch is that it’s a one year subscription with an automatic renewal. Of course, a large swath of the Photoshop user community broke out the old Cry Face when Adobe switched over to a subscription based model, but this is actually an amazing deal. When I first heard about the switch, I was mad too, but then I remembered I’ve been getting ripped off by large corporations my whole life. Compared to the cable company and my cell phone provider, a $10 a month subscription is like getting wrapped in a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer.
Just Do It
A lot of sites have broken down the numbers, so I’ll skip the math lesson, but this is a reasonable price for a great product. Unlike Microsoft Word which is used at Gitmo to break terrorists when water-boarding is ineffective, Photoshop is an enormously capable program worth every penny. For the price of a medium pizza, you get a superior photo imaging bundle plus an online portfolio site combined with 20GB of storage.
I’m not a Pollyanna. I realize Adobe is a big ol’ monopoly stretching its muscles. Once you take the red pill, you’re in the Adobe subscription Matrix forever. If so inclined, they can arbitrarily raise the price and if you stop paying, you’re up the creek. Without a connection to big brother, your Photoshop files will be useless.
That being said, I’m ready to submit to my corporate Overlord. For 10 bucks a month, I get immediate access to all the latest features of programs I use every single day. Adobe isn’t reversing course and the price is never going to get better than this, so I’m all in …… and you should be too.