I just learned that I am eligible for the educator discount on Photoshop products because I work for an educational institution within the U.S. military. (Yay!)
I would like to get a good editing software that will allow me to edit and print professional quality photos. (I'm trying to build a portfolio with hopes of doing some commercial photography in the not-too-distant future.) I've been using Gimp but have been told that Photoshop is more intuitive and user friendly.
Below are products that are offered. I'm interested in being able to edit still photos for print, web, and CD. I'm not interested in video production. Questions: Does anyone have experience with these? Could you give me feedback? I'd love it if the $199 CS5 suite could do all I need. Would CS5 alone with Lightroom be adequate?
Thank you for your feedback!!!
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended ($199) (State-of-the-art editing, compositing, and painting capabilities in industry-standard Photoshop CS5, and experience fast performance thanks to cross-platform 64-bit support. Create 3D extrusions for logos, artwork, and motion graphics; edit 3D objects with advanced tools; and create and enhance motion-based content.)
Creative Suite 5 Design Premium ($449) (Combines Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended, Illustrator® CS5, InDesign® CS5, Flash® Catalyst™ CS5, Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver® CS5, Fireworks® CS5, and Acrobat® 9 Pro.)
Creative Suite 5 Master Collection ($899) (Combines Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended, Illustrator® CS5, InDesign® CS5, Acrobat® 9 Pro, Flash® Catalyst™ CS5, Flash Professional CS5, Flash Builder™ 4 Standard, Dreamweaver® CS5, Fireworks® CS5, Contribute® CS5, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5 (with Adobe OnLocation™ CS5 and Encore® CS5), After Effects® CS5, Soundbooth® CS5, and more.)
Creative Suite 5 Design Standard ($299) (Combines Adobe Photoshop® CS5, Illustrator® CS5, InDesign® CS5, and Acrobat® 9 Pro.)
I can also get Lightroom for $89.