I have looked into buying a copy of photoshop but there are different versions and I am unsure which one is the best for book blogging?? What version do you use? Thanks! Stacy
This was not the first “book bloggers + Photoshop” question I received, so I thought it would be great to do an entire post on whether or not book bloggers need Photoshop.
If you’re only using it for your blog, you don’t need it!
If you’d only use Photoshop for your blog (making slider images, making meme banners, making graphics to go with posts, etc.) then you don’t need it. Photoshop is really expensive and it’s not worth the money if you’re only going to use it for a few simple graphics. There are free alternative programs out there that will do the same job just fine, but don’t cost a shit load.
Note: I haven’t actually used any of the above programs, but I’ve heard from friends and fellow bloggers that they are decent alternatives.
Do you have another reason to use Photoshop?
If you have another reason to use Photoshop, or if the above three programs prove inadequate, then you should consider purchasing it. Here are some good reasons:
- You will be using the program on a daily basis.
- You want to use the program as part of your job or some service that you get paid for.
- You want to do hardcore digital painting.
- You want to do more advanced photo editing/touch ups.
- You need content aware fill like you need your mother.
Obviously some people may still choose to buy Photoshop without any of those reasons. Ultimately, it’s up to you. If you don’t fit into any of the above categories but the price tag isn’t a concern, then go for it!
So, with that in mind, which version should you get? Here are some options:
- $62.35* – Photoshop Elements
- $595.66* – Photoshop CS6
- $19.99 per month – Photoshop CC (single app)
* Price based on Amazon.com
I don’t recommend that you buy Photoshop Elements
You may be thinking “Only $62! That looks like a great deal!” But Photoshop Elements is an extremely watered down version of Photoshop. In my opinion, it’s not worth buying. Period. It’s probably about the equivalent of those free alternatives in terms of features. So if you don’t think you need “the whole package” then just stick with a free alternative.
Photoshop CS6 versus Creative Cloud
I think the difference between Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC is all about price. There are a few extra features in Photoshop CC, but I don’t think they’re worth mentioning. They’re mostly about photography, 3D features, and small enhancements. Most book bloggers wouldn’t utilize those features anyway.
Whether or not you should buy Photoshop CS6 for $600 or pay the $20 per month subscription fee of Photoshop CC will vary from person to person. If you’d be happy using the same program (without upgrading to a newer version) for 5 years, then Photoshop CS6 is the better deal. (Price difference for 5 years: $600 for CS6 vs. $1200 for CC).
But, if you value your upgrades (which I believe Photoshop CC would have access to), then Photoshop CC is the better option.
Photoshop and Me
I’ve been using Photoshop for like.. probably at least 10 years now. And I LOVE it! Photoshop is one of the applications that I have permanently open. I never close it because I know I’ll use it at least once a day.
I have gone through many version of Photoshop, including: Elements, CS2, CS5, and now I use CS6.
However, I use Photoshop for more than just book blogging. Here are some of the things I use it for:
- Blog graphics (meme banners, slider images, web elements, etc.).
- Web designing (part of my job).
- Photo editing/touch ups.
- Print work. (i.e. I create a calendar for my family every year and use Photoshop to put it together.)
- Digital painting.
Photoshop is worth it to me because I use it every day and for more than just my blog. Those digital paintings I made wouldn’t be possible in a program like GIMP.