(Closed) Photoshop….is it worth purchasing.

posted 8 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Photoshop is a very complex program (and has changed a lot in the last few years) so unless you really learn it, it can be overwhelming… and not worth the price for the casual user. Photoshop isn’t the ideal program for designing invites and paper goods, for that you’d want to use Illustrator or InDesign. Photoshop is best for editing photos.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you learned it more than let’s say 12 months ago to be generous, you’re going to have a lot of issues. It can help with things like Save-The-Date Cards and Invites, but the cost will not make up for it.

Try downloading GIMP. The interface isn’t as “pretty” but it’s free ๐Ÿ˜‰ There’s also a program from Corel thats worlds cheaper. But lc2be is right, the best is illustrator or InDesign for invite stuff.

If you do want photoshop, or the creative suite, I would say download a free trial for 30 days, and get all your stuff done in that time frame. Unless you really need it and use it often, the cost is NOT worth it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You can do some design in PS if you have to, but Illustrator and/or InDesign would be better.  I’m not very good with Photoshop but I use it frequently anyway; I think if you have a year under your belt, even if you got a different version than you trained with, you could do a lot of the more basic things and could get pretty far in your design efforts.  I think it’s worth it–but I bought mine with a student discount, so maybe it’s not worth the full price?

I know the suite is very expensive even WITH the student discount…but I am already coveting CS5 with the content recognition feature.  Sigh.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

InDesign has a decent learning curve and I’d say Illustrator has an even bigger one. You can download short trials of these programs for free, but I strongly feel that unless you have the time to learn the programs, you won’t be using them to their full potential and might as well just use regular word processors.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I heart photoshop! i learned on the photoshop 7.0 version in 11th grade and barely used it since, then picked up CS3 a few months ago and felt it was a simple transition. For creating invites, stds, thank yous, etc, I’m not sure Photoshop is what you want. Illustrator is more of a graphic design program, but photoshop is more photography.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am also a student and got a student discount on the CS4 Design Premium (photoshop, illustrator, indesign, dreamweaver, flash, etc.) and it was $315 with tax, which is an amazing deal!  So if you are getting a student discount and are going to use the programs for other stuff in the future I would say go for it and get it while you can at a good price.  However, to be honest, if you are considering buying the program(s) just to create wedding stuff, I would use word.  Although I do have all of the program and love using them (i am an advertising student and use them for school all the time!) I actually made everything (invites, pocketfold inserts, std, programs, table numbers, menus, candy buffet signs and labels, etc) in word and think it all turned out great!  I used word because I wasn’t sure if I was going to print them or take them somewhere to be printed and I wanted to have flexibility since not everyone is able to work with those programs (the place I was specifically looking at wanted word).  I have Office 2007 and everything worked pretty smoothly! ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

You can save InDesign and Illustrator files as PDFs, which is what I did for places like Kinkos. Real printshops will have the software. But I just think they’re tough to learn, especially without someone teaching you. Try out a trial first before you purchase to see if you can even wrap your head around it!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah, you can pretty much do anything in word…it just takes more time sometimes.  I created our monogram in word but then ended up doing it in photoshop so it was easier to use and print.  If you are for sure wanting to buy a single program, I would say photoshop, although it is more for photo editing, you can use it for anything and might be more useful for you in the future versus indesign or illustrator.  

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with other and would definitely recommend downloading trials versions of anything you are considering…this software is very powerful and has a lot to offer, making it sometimes overwhelming and difficult to learn and first, but not impossible if you just play around ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Try the Gimp! It’s a lot like Photoshop but it’s free ๐Ÿ™‚

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