Photoshop is without a doubt an incredibly robust photo and graphics editing tool. The newest Creative Cloud Photography plan is only $9.99 a month, which seems to be a very fair price for the amazing post-processing work you can achieve with your travel photographs.
If you’re only looking to use the bare-bones features for basic photo editing and don’t mind putting in a little extra work to get the same results, it’s possible to download an old version of Photoshop for free. CS2 is 10 years old, and it’s not a slick layout, but it gets the job done. It’s what I currently use to edit my photos and do simple graphic design. The downside is, it takes me at least twice as long with limited tools as it would using the newest version of Photoshop – but I’m saving myself $120 a year on software.
Adobe has made CS2 available to the public, but they don’t provide support. In fact, they state on their webpage, “Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.”
If you’re willing to use outdated software to save a buck, here’s how you download Photoshop for free:
- Go to Adobe’s CS2 downloads page.
- Sign up/sign in to your Adobe account.
- Click on the English drop down menu.
- Scroll down to “Photoshop CS2” and download the version you need. I’ve only downloaded the Windows compatible version, so I can’t speak for how well the Mac download works.
- Copy the serial number in the last column for the installation.
Every time you open the program it’ll ask you if you want to register, and just click , “Do Not Register.” It won’t work if you try to follow through.