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Buying Photoshop -
Mac or PC? - Using
a Digital Tablet with Photoshop - Photoshop
costs somewhere around $600 for Mac
versions. The current upgrade price for Photoshop CS is approx. $165
You might wonder why Photoshop has such a considerable price—well,
it is the graphics program that professionals prefer. If you
have some Photoshop knowledge, you possess a definite marketable skill.
If you are really keen on learning digital art (and perhaps have your
eye on a career in digital art) then you are doing yourself a huge
favor by choosing to go with Photoshop.
users also have so many diverse sources of support. There is NAPP,
a Photoshop-only organization, the Photoshop conventions, seminars,
training videos, and multitude of Photoshop sites, and a kajillion
Photoshop books! There is no other digital software program that can
boast of even a fraction of this kind of support and devotion!
I bought a recent Photoshop upgrade, I went to Amazon.com
, and got a nice little discount. There are many retailers (like Amazon.com)
that sell Photoshop at a good price, and have special "discounts"
that I don't find elsewhere. However, you may want to buy your copy
of Photoshop directly from Adobe—they
offer specials and discounts that I haven't found anywhere else as
know of someone who has a copy of Photoshop that they no longer want,
you can buy it from them. Though, one thing is very important—you
want to have them transfer ownership of Photoshop to you. (This is
done through Adobe. Call them for more information.) Do not
buy software from anyone who is unwilling to transfer ownership through
Adobe. If they are unwilling to do this, beware! They probably plan
on selling copies to other people, and you will all be sharing the
same serial number. A very bad thing. And a waste of any money
Another way to go is with an educational version, which offers a substantial
discount compared to the "regular" version of Photoshop.
It is identical in every way to the "full" version of Photoshop,
but is meant for students only. An educational version is also upgradable
(or this is my understanding—check with Adobe to make sure).
Some retailers specialize in selling such educational
software. Needless to say, you must be a student
to get this software! Even if you are taking night classes, you should
qualify as long as you have a student ID. The main thing to remember
with educational versions is that they are not for professional use.
They are for students, for nonprofit works. If you start selling your
Photoshop skills in a professional context, it is no longer ethical
to use the educational version of Photoshop. But the educational version
is a great way to learn the program while you are an impoverished
Or, you can go with Photoshop LE, or Photoshop
Elements 2. Both are excellent, offer many of the features of
the "full" version of Photoshop, and have that familiar
Photoshop interface. Photoshop LE is no longer available, but Elements
is $99 or less. (You can probably still find LE on eBay
for a substantial
discount.) You can also get a free copy of Photoshop LE (or perhaps
the original version of Elements) when you buy a Wacom
digital tablet. Such a deal!
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or PC for Photoshop.
my. Why don't I discuss something less controversial, like politics
or religion? But no... I had to bring it up, didn't I?
But it's simple, at least for me. Photoshop is pretty standard on
Mac and PC. I know, I've used it on both systems. Except for a few
keyboard shortcuts and some other relatively minor details, it's
pretty much the same. Simple as that. It's what most of the Photoshop
books I've read say as well. I'm just parroting the same information
they will give you!
Your decision on which platform to use has probably already been made.
Whatever you are comfortable with now is probably going to be fine...for
you. You have to work on the computer, you are paying for the
computer. You have the final say about which platform you prefer!
won't go into the other intricacies of the Mac vs. PC debate—other
sites do it far better than I ever could. It is true that Photoshop
is a unique program, and some say that Macs sometimes have an "edge"
with Photoshop. This may or may not be true—it depends on the
system, and the temperament of the user. In other words, the "human
factor" is a huge part of it.
thing I will mention, though—speaking from personal experience,
raw speed in a computer isn't the most important thing all of the
time. If a person prefers a certain OS ("Operating System",
like Windows 98, Mac OS, Linux, etc.) then they will enjoy working
on a computer running that OS—even if it runs a little slower
than another computer which is running an OS that they don't like
as much. I guess that's part of the "human factor" I brought
up earlier. And it explains why some artists prefer working on a computer
that may be a little slower or a little more expensive. They have
decided that even through there are systems that are faster and cheaper,
they are not worth it in the long run because their OS is sometimes
frustrating, unstable, or does not give a very enjoyable working experience.
And perhaps they've also decided that they don't save that much time
(even if the computer is technically "faster") because of
the unpleasantness (or instability) of the OS.
bottom line is that Photoshop is a tool, and you are the artist.
An artist should be comfortable with their tools. If working with
Photoshop on a particular platform is more comfortable for you, why
for me, I own both Mac and PC, and love both systems for different
reasons. I couldn't live without my PC because there are certain programs
that only run on it. And I discover that I am liking the latest Windows
OS—Windows XP. It's got a lot of good things going for it. But
I have to confess, I love my Macintosh computer. And Mac's
latest OS, (OS X.3), is "the bomb"! It is an elegant and
very stable OS. Running Photoshop on OS X is a very nice experience.
a digital tablet with Photoshop:
how some Photoshop artists have such control over their images,
and are able to create such detailed and intricate digital artwork?
The secret for many Photoshop artists is the digital tablet.
It connects to your computer's USB port, and can be used instead
of a regular mouse. You use the stylus kind of like a pen, and
"draw" your picture into Photoshop. It's much
easier to draw on the computer with a tablet stylus than it
is to draw with a regular computer mouse.
Wacom Graphire 3 is the latest incarnation of this great
graphics tablet. (If you are in Europe, you can get a great
deal on a bundled Wacom
tablet and Photoshop Elements 2!) Wacom is the brand
that most digital artists recommend. There are other cheaper
tablets out there, but usually they don't work very well, and
are not worth the price. (For instance, you'll sometimes see
the "Pablo" tablet at a slightly cheaper price. But
in my opinion, it is inferior and clunky compared to the Wacom.
Besides, it never would install properly on my PC, so
I ended up returning it! What a hassle!)
3 digital tablet is priced within most budgets, and comes bundled
with a "Lite" version of Photoshop. If you don't own
any version of Photoshop yet, you might want to consider that
you'll be getting a "freebie" version of Photoshop
(Mac & PC) if you buy a Graphire! The Graphire 3
also comes with a two-button mouse, which works well on both
Mac and PC platforms. (I get to do the "right-click"
thing on my G4 Macintosh!) With my little Graphire tablet, I
am able to draw just about anything I want into Photoshop, or
into any other graphics program.
course, there are bigger and nicer Wacom digital tablets available
as well, if you can afford one of them. (For instance, the Wacom
Intuous 4x5 tablet is a little more expensive, but it comes
with a free copy of Photoshop Elements!) Or, as I mentioned
above, if you are in Europe, you can get a good deal on the
and Photoshop Elements 2. (Why don't they offer this in
the USA? Bummer!)
the Graphire 3 is small and relatively inexpensive, many accomplished
digital artists have created beautiful and sophisticated artwork
with it. If the Graphire is all you can afford (and you're not
alone in that regard!) don't feel that you are "settling"
for a slightly inferior product. It's a fabulous tablet and
will serve your digital art needs well.
few good links:
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Much thanks to W. Thompson, for the design of my email graphic!
custom design by W. Thompson, (an MCSE). He likes to tease
me since I love to use Photoshop on my Mac! (He creates most
of his graphic buttons in MSPaint, by the way. Very un-Photoshop
images and graphics © J.R.
Dunster 2001 - 2006
July 29, 2004
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