Online Design II: Inspiration Log 1-12

Is Photoshop too expensive for the average consumer?

Photoshop certainly used to be ridiculously overpriced in the years following its creation. Several years ago in 2012, a boxed copy of Adobe’s Photoshop averaged anywhere from $700-$800 per unit. However, since then Adobe has offered Photoshop for $9.99 per month or $119.88 per year. Furthermore, Adobe’s Creative Cloud is priced at $49.99 per month which allows you access to all of the Adobe software applications including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and many, many more. These price shifts have most definitely made Adobe’s slue of applications more widely available to a larger population of designers. So, is Adobe Photoshop too expensive? I do not think so.

Sure, if you are a student then Adobe Photoshop is free with your enrollment. However, paying $120 a year does not seem outrageous for complete access to the most dominant image editing software in the industry. So much can be done with Photoshop’s extensive set of features which undoubtedly makes the software worth $9.99 each month. This is especially the case considering the fact that Adobe offers month to month payment options. It could see the price being unreasonable if they only offered a year option with no smaller option at all. Anyone interested in image editing and photo manipulation should be able to afford $9.99 per month in the first place. If you have a task involving image editing there is a slim chance you have to dig deep to find ten dollars for a month of utilizing the most well-known editing software for images in the industry. Indeed, Photoshop had a time when its price was unreasonably high and subsequently not affordable by a large portion of the designing world. That time has came and passed. The software is worth $9.99 per month and could easily charge more and still be fair.


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