What version of Photoshop are you using?

I am one of those people who upgrades my software as soon as a new version is available (if I need it or not), and I assume everone else does as well.

But I know that the truth is quite different.

So if you are not using Photoshop CS5 yet I want to give you some resources that will help you determine if upgrading is for you and if it is, options that will make it less painful to your wallet.

Resource #1: Terry White. There are a bunch of reasons to visit Terry's blog (like his must have iPad apps for photographers, 3 ways to show your work to clients, and taking advantage of Virtual Copies in Lightroom 3 to name just a few) but the first thing I want you to see there is his walk through of the new features in Photoshop CS5.

The video is over 45 minutes long and in it Terry gives us a detailed demonstration of the new and cool features of CS5. I like the fact that you can download the video to your computer (or mobile device) for future viewing at a time most convenient to you (or when you don't have internet access).

Resource #2: You don't think I could talk about Photoshop and NOT mention the Photoshop Guys, do you? Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, and the rest of the crew put together a series of video tutorials over at the NAPP CS5 Learning Center demonstrating content aware fill, HDR Pro, improved noise removal, lens correction, and more. Not only will you find some great videos here, you'll also find links to other Photoshop CS5 resources available on the web, including their (NAPP's) 5 day CS5 launch webinar that has about 8 hours of tutorial/instructional CS5 videos.

Resource #3: Okay, so you visited all the links above and realize that life is just not worth living without Adobe Photoshop CS5, but you really don't want to sell one (or more) of your children in order to get it. The full version of CS5 is around $650 - $750 but if you have a student or teacher in your household you can purchase the full version of Photoshop CS5 Extended for just $198 at Journey ED.. You will need to provide proof of eligibility to Journey ED when you order the product and then again to Adobe when it arrives, so there are two small hoops to jump through but the savings are well worth it.

If you own a previous version of Photoshop (you can only go as far back a CS2), you can upgrade to CS5 for $190.

Don't have a previous version of Photoshop (or have a version earlier than CS2)? You can buy used version on eBay in the $100 - $150 range. You just need to make sure you are buying from a reputable seller, the two things I look for in a seller is a high positive feedback (97% or higher) and one that has a return policy (which tells me they back their sales). Buying from a seller with a return policy will work in your favor if you ever need to involve Paypal.


Dave W said...


Thanks for the list of resources. However, you have to go back to your old photo at the top of this page. I can't see your sunshiny face in this one.

Miguel Palaviccini said...

CS5 and LR3 ... as a student I get some pretty nice deals. CS5 for only $200 and LR3 for only $89. Can't complain! Before CS5 though, I had CS2.

Thanks for the great resources ... KelbyTV and the Photoshop guys are great (and free!)

Steve Wetzel said...

I try to keep current with my software too. Running CS5 and Lightroom 3. I like to upgrade as shortly after new versions are released. I wait a little time to allow for last minute bug fixes.

Bill said...

Still rockin' CS2 here. The price of the software doesn't bother me, it's the realization that I'll then have to sink quite a bit of money into a new computer. :^\

Josie said...

I'm running CS3, the first version of PhotoShop I ever bought, when I decided to get 'into' photography again (was a hobby when I was much younger with old film SLR, CS3 was current when I bought first D-SLR). I'd love to upgrade to CS5, on that 'new and shiny' knee jerk response. But since I'm still pretty clueless in CS3, it seems a bit crazy to upgrade until I've managed to spend some more time learning what I'm doing with the older version. I'm watching PhotoShopUserTV and other podcasts on my daily commute, and starting to get some idea of how layers work etc etc., so I'm slowly getting there. But have to confess, when I sit down with a photo that needs 'something', I'm still pretty clueless as to where to start. Rather than upgrading CS3, I think I need to invest in some Kelby Training, or Lynda.com, or take a local class or something with the same money. By the time I've done that, and I'm really *using* Photoshop, then I can perhaps justify the upgrade price for a new version. Though at the rate I'm currently going, by that time I'll be hankering after CS6 (or 7, 8 or 9)!

Scott said...

Hey Dave,

I had to change the picture as there had been complaints that I was just too darn handsome and it was a distraction to those trying to read the blog...


It's always so sunny and warm in my world.

Scott said...


I hear you, there is that fine line when software will push you beyond the resources of your computer, forcing an upgrade there too.

If I were a conspiracy theorist…


Scott said...


You will need to watch for a post (either later today or tomorrow at the latest), as I've found a great (free) Photoshop educational resource.

Thanks for commenting.