Getting legal with Adobe CC

I have a confession to make. I’ve been using pirated Adobe software up until now.  I started feeling the morals in me few years back and thought it would be nice to pay back to great people who stand behind good software that I use – small or bigger. But I simply couldn’t afford programs like Photoshop or Illustrator, I wanted to learn how to use them and 20 000 CZK (~£600), way back when I was 15 was a ridiculously high price for a student to buy anything, not even thinking about the realms of software. That stigma has disappeared few years ago, when I read about Adobe introducing student & teacher’s edition. I felt that I will soon be able to buy at least one of them (I was considering cheaper lightroom). Well, few years later, 1500km away from my hometown – studying in Dundee, Scotland – I finally made the purchase yesterday and went for a student’s Creative Cloud membership for £15 per month.

What I perceive as the pros of having a CC subscription?

  • Up-to-date software, hassle-free installations
  • Libraries functionality – amazing new feature – sharing colours, text styles, shapes in named libraries for each project in between apps like Photoshop, Illustrator etc.!
  • Creative cloud covers everything that I do both professionally and in the university
  • Synchronisations of settings, brushes, shapes and all the custom stuff through the cloud – don’t worry about digging into preference files, saving your brushes and so on…
  • Access to all the fonts from typekit – along with permission to use them commercially – this is really awesome.
  • Lightroom mobile included – great for a Lightroom lover like me