Adobe offers a wide range of specialist creative applications, however, they are still best known for Photoshop. This application is loved across the globe by designers and creatives and despite its critics it is actually a great application. The only major downside that I have with their Creative Cloud is the monthly subscription model. I personally still use Photoshop CS6 as I bought the Master Collection a few years ago and it still does everything that I need it to. Others in the creative community have the same issue with the latest installment, with some even switching to other applications altogether. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that Photoshop CC is here to stay and Adobe has launched a series of 1-minute videos called Make It Now.
Currently there are only four Make It Now videos on their YouTube channel, but hopefully they will release some more, as I actually really like how simplistic these videos are. Sadly, I can’t follow them to the T as the newer Photoshop CC is slightly different to CS6, but I also know how to do the same stuff in CS6 already. However, if you are new to Photoshop, then these videos are a great stepping stone for you to learn some basic skills in Photoshop CC. Like I mentioned, Photoshop CC is only available as a subscription and starts off at a reasonable $9.99 a month for their Photographers package. This includes Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC and is really only intended for photographers. Or, you can go for the Individuals package which will allow you to choose your apps and starts from $19.99 for a single application. With this you will also receive some premium fonts and 20GB of cloud storage space with Adobe’s Creative Cloud. There is also an annual prepaid option, however the saving are not really worth forking out over $100. If you are student or a teacher, then you can have a look at Adobe’s Student and Teachers packages or even the Schools and University packages. Personally I don’t like the subscription based system as it would become quite pricey for me as I use Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop and occasionally Premiere Pro for work.
If you are getting into the world of design, then you might also want to consider looking at a good drawing tablet. I personally use a Wacom at home and have been using their products for some time now. However, there are some other brands that have some great products on the market that might offer more bang for your buck. If you are looking for a good desktop PC to run the latest version of Photoshop, then consider having a look at a gaming desktop from our Gaming PCs guide. Or, if you are more of a fan of the Apple iMac, then consider an All-in-One PC from our All-in-One PCs guide.