Originally Posted by Just a nickname
^^^ To all above... ^^^
10$/month for a 120$ annual is still too expensive for students and pretty much anybody barely using PS for amateur or personal work.
Then don't use a professional
program for amateur work or hobbies. There are plenty of free or cheap programs that can compete with a good bit of what Photoshop and illustrator can do. Just takes a bit or learning a new program.
$120/yea for students is NOT that expensive and often times students get better deals. I paid more for some of my books. And if you're studying to use it in a professional setting then it's $120 well spent. Better than having to spend the money up front like before. I had to pay full price for my first set of adobe software while being a student and let me tell you, if I only had to pay $120 per year for it, I'd of eaten much better during school.
As for a "free" version, last I remember CS2 was on their site provided with a key and all for the last year or so now. Also, as you said yourself you don't need all
of the features that Photoshop offers. In that, GIMP and some others do well in. Especially with their wonderful plug in system. GIMP in it's current stock state is pretty comparative to the likes of CS1/2 versions of Photoshop. It's default interface is questionable, but fixable at the same time.
I actually prefer Inkscape to AI in most general cases, the few things that AI has that Inkscape doesn't doesn't bother me, and Inkscape has some things I use that AI doesn't have.
If you're doing amateur work but know you are getting paid, then rent the program for a month for the work you need to do.Edited by Shrak - 11/24/13 at 2:29pm