So, you want to purchase Adobe Photoshop electronically, yet you’re astounded by the costs involved?
It’s a lot of money, but there is one way to purchase it without a remortgage as long as you meet their education criteria.
The Adobe Education store allows all their products to be purchased as “student” editions, which are severely reduced in price. The only disadvantage with the purchase is that you can’t upgrade to the next version, but as a user of CS3 for the last 3 years, and Lightroom 2 for the last 2 years, I can say that by the time you’re ready for the next version, the cost won’t be so prohibitive if you continue to need this software.
You may be thinking that you don’t qualify for the Education discount. Think again…
Do you have a child in full time education?
Have you been thinking about attending a night school or class in Photography?
If you can answer yes to the above questions, you may be eligible for the Education discount.
If you have a child (16 or under, 18 if they’re doing A levels) in full-time education, then that child is entitled to a copy of an Education version of Adobe software. All you need is to get the school to send you a letter confirming the child is enrolled at that school.
My preferred option though, is to enroll at an evening class at the local college. I have taken three courses so far now, and you may be wondering why so many? Am I really that bad?
Possibly! But for me, the social aspect of the course, is just as much fun. You’re not only learning how to use your camera, but you’re spending time with people with like-minded interests. That can only be a good thing surely. No need to bore your Significant Other with talk of aperture, shutter speed, and all that techy stuff they hate listening to. Get yourself enrolled!
Now college courses range from tens of pounds to hundreds. I have just (2011) started an AS level (half an A level) for £250 across the academic year. However the first course I did was £90 (An NCFE Photography course, part 1!). When you add that to the cost of the Education version of Photoshop or Lightroom, you’re still paying well under the odds.
I’ll admit I was nervous on that first evening when I sat in a room with a bunch of strangers, but after time, we got to know each other, and I was hooked. I can’t imagine not doing a course in the evening once a week now. Other people on the course were the same. Some were vastly over-qualified, and yet they still went along purely for the social aspect.
So if you’re thinking that Adobe products are out of your reach, they’re probably not as far away as you thought.
In terms of actually purchasing the software, the process is extremely simple. Just visit the Adobe UK site, go to the “Education” store, and order the software. You then submit a copy of your student ID, or the letter from the school electronically, and a follow up email is sent with the activation codes. Or you can follow this link directly to the Adobe UK Education Store
If you don’t qualify, don’t panic. Adobe will refund your money, so you have lost nothing.