Instead of buying apps you’ll just rent what you need. Forever. Is there a way around this growing trend of subscription applications? Here’s a way to defeat those monthly Photoshop blues.
Rent? Or, Buy Once? Forever!
My routine for managing Adobe’s Creative Suite is all too common. I’d upgrade to Creative Suite version whatever every two or three years, instead of about every year as Adobe wants.
Ever the one to stick it to customers Adobe has countered my reluctance to upgrade so often by renting applications.
Renting? Yep. That’s pretty much what Adobe Creative Cloud is all about. Rent the whole package of apps for one low monthly price. Forever.
Or, look for alternatives. More casual Photoshop users are likely to be impressed by Pixelmator. At about the price of Photoshop for a month of rental, Pixelmator comes with Photoshop-like painting and drawing tools.
Paint, draw, retouch photos, use brushes, shapes, and blending modes and layer after layer. Over 150 filters and effects make Pixelmator more attractive to pros than ever.
Photoshop itself never looked so good.
Pixelmator is the photo and image editing tool that combines what’s familiar in Photoshop with what the Mac does best.
Tools are instantly accessible in familiar floating palettes.
Selection tools are pixel accurate, and that makes it easy to select virtually any part of an image on your Mac’s screen.
Pixelmator is good for designers who love painting– mouse, trackpad, or drawing pad. Go crazy with different brushes, sizes, shapes, hardness, blends, fills, and more.
Shapes are easily added to any image and totally editable. Photoshop-like tools can fix wrinkles, repair scratches on scanned images, remove pimples or unwanted objects in the background.
Photoshop users will feel at home with the feature to combine tools and filters are a nearly endless number of editing options. Pixelmator opens and saves files in PSD, TIFF, PNG, PDF, JPG, and TIFF. It even opens and saves Photoshop images with layers.
Unlike Photoshop, Pixelmator is Mac friendly and stores files in iCloud and uploads to Flickr, Twitter, or Facebook. Pixelmator is what Photoshop would be like if it were affordable.
I’m just not ready to rent software forever so it’s unlikely I’ll be upgrading to Creative Cloud any time soon. There are just too many good apps which easily replace Photoshop functionality at a fraction of the cost.