$599 for Photoshop at Amazon? Nah, get it here FREE

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I'm not a professional graphics designer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Adobe Photoshop seems to be the standard that all the graphics professionals use for their image and graphics creation and editing needs. Certainly Gimp and PS Elements will handle .psd files, but they don't offer the advanced features that really set Photoshop apart.

Right now, you can get your own copy of Photoshop CS2 for Windows or MAC at zero cost. Granted, this is not the latest version of PS (CS6) and I think Adobe is moving toward their cloud based model where you pay a monthly fee to access their software.

But CS2 is still Photoshop and it is very powerful (and there is no monthly fee to pay with your own software program). Here is the download link:

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Take notice of the Windows or MAC serial numbers you'll need below the download button. Copy them for later use in running the software.

You might be concerned about the PS learning curve. There is one, but there are also tons of "how to" resources online that will walk you through most Photoshop (PS) functions. YouTube has thousands of video tutorials on PS.

Here are some good free PS CS2 tutorials on Vimeo:

CS2 Tutorials

35 more free Photoshop tutorials:

More CS2 Tutorials

If you've ever wanted Photoshop but couldn't afford to purchase it, now is the time. Take action and stay thirsty my friends.

Steve
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  • This is amazing, thanks for the share. I can barely get my head around Gimp, but at some point it will probably be beneficial to start using Photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendon Zahrndt
    I have CS5, but this is a share that is going to help many, many people.

    Thank you for this!

    Brendon
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  • Profile picture of the author Story
    Thanks for sharing! At some point we all need to do some graphics design. This will come in handy!
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    I'm not a professional graphics designer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
    That is great!

    What has this to do with Photoshop???

    Whether you stayed at "a Holiday Inn Express last night" or whether it rained in Seattle...

    I do not get the point.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

      That is great!

      What has this to do with Photoshop???

      Whether you stayed at "a Holiday Inn Express last night" or whether it rained in Seattle...

      I do not get the point.
      I think it's supposed to be humor, based on a series of ads by the chain showing people doing things like flying helicopters and doing surgery. The tag line is "I'm not a _________________, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        I think it's supposed to be humor, based on a series of ads by the chain showing people doing things like flying helicopters and doing surgery. The tag line is "I'm not a _________________, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night."

        Once again, the point is brought home that humor is in the eye of the beholder. John, at least you explained my case so that I didn't have to. Thanks for the save. At the time, it seemed like an appropriate thing to say since I'm not a Photoshop expert.

        Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

      That is great!

      What has this to do with Photoshop???

      Whether you stayed at "a Holiday Inn Express last night" or whether it rained in Seattle...

      I do not get the point.

      HP.

      It's a joke from a commercial we have in the USA.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFranks
    Nice find I use CS6. Be careful downloading free software though.
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  • Profile picture of the author moja
    Why not get CS6?
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  • Profile picture of the author Beatinest
    CS2 doesn't even compare to the newer versions. It's more than worth $20 a month to get the latest version or $600 if you want to pay one time.
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  • Profile picture of the author jungl
    Yep, nice share. I downloaded this about 2 months ago and as a regular user of CS5 CS2 has all the functionality that I would ever need.
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  • Profile picture of the author cskaminski
    Thanks Steve!

    I'd always gotten frustrated not being able to edit the text of psd files I purchased in PLR packages - using GIMP. Hopefully, this could fix that...

    Thanks again for sharing!
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    • Profile picture of the author femraven
      wow, thank you for the great share, I really needed this.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Steve, not trying to take anything away from you but I use to use a similar link in my sigs in the forum. Below you will see, it contains all the cs2 software.

    I saw someone posted cs2 doesn't even compare, it does when these people can't afford 20 bucks a month, it compares alot.

    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitl...=cs2_downloads
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    • Profile picture of the author Muhajir Alan
      I think it's not totally free, according to Adobe's scientist Dove Isaacs clarifies:
      You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!
      What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don't require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available

      See the link>> No, You Can't Download Adobe CS2 Applications For Free - Forbes
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      • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
        Okay thanks for that I will make sure I delete my copies of everything I have on my win xp computer to be in compliance.
        Originally Posted by Muhajir Alan View Post

        I think it's not totally free, based on Adobe's scientist Dove Isaacs clarifies:
        You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!
        What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don't require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available

        See the link>> No, You Can't Download Adobe CS2 Applications For Free - Forbes
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        • Profile picture of the author 3Ddude
          Hi Warriors!

          Do not forget about GIMP and it's totally free. Not as robust as Adobe Photoshop but it does have its applications

          GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
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          • Profile picture of the author Muhajir Alan
            Originally Posted by 3Ddude View Post

            Hi Warriors!

            Do not forget about GIMP and it's totally free. Not as robust as Adobe Photoshop but it does have its applications

            GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
            Yeah, I've been using GIMP for years to edit and manipulate images for my professional graphic design purpose. It's a great software for image manipulation totally free and as alternative to Photoshop, can be compared in many functions and features as well as photoshop does

            You can find there are so many tutorials on youtube how to operate GIMP like a pro
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    • Profile picture of the author Beatinest
      Originally Posted by hustlinsmoke View Post

      Steve, not trying to take anything away from you but I use to use a similar link in my sigs in the forum. Below you will see, it contains all the cs2 software.

      I saw someone posted cs2 doesn't even compare, it does when these people can't afford 20 bucks a month, it compares alot.

      https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitl...=cs2_downloads
      I mentioned that and I stand corrected.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        In starting this thread, my only intention was to share what I thought was a great deal on an expensive piece of software. It seemed like a logical move to me, given the fact that Adobe is moving to a paid monthly fee for their software.

        I visit Techspot.com often and came across the free download offer. Yes it has been available for awhile. I did not know that others had already alerted the forum about CS2 being free and available. Even so, there are others new to this forum that I feel could benefit from having Photoshop.

        On the Techspot site I read:
        "Adobe has released this legacy version of the ever popular Photoshop as freeware. Download and enjoy."
        There is a download button and activation codes for both PC and Mac.

        Was there anything there that made me wonder if the offer wasn't really free? No, nothing.

        Other very popular sites like Techspot including Gizmodo, Softonic, DigitalTrends and SnapFiles and many more are offering the download link and activation code.

        This is from the Adobe site: "As of December 15th the activation servers for these products will be shut down." CS2 is one of the products listed.

        I'm not really sure whether Adobe intended CS2 to be freeware. They could easily stop the free use by simply banning the activation codes that are being used by those who don't purchase the software.

        Instead, my guess is, Adobe is happy to allow download of CS2 until Dec. 15th in the hope that new users who otherwise couldn't afford their software will, at some point, upgrade to their new monthly fee model.

        I already own CS5, but I would say that if you want Photoshop you probably have until December 15th to get CS2. After that, it will be a monthly fee to use it.

        Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmags
    Thanks for the share. This is useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Well I have cs6 on my main I think that will last me a couple of years then I will learn one of the other free ones or paid ones you don't have to have a subscription too.

    Adobe just makes it so simple to change the dll's to get it to work I am sure they lose alot of money. As long as we have computer geeks though we will have pirates.
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  • Profile picture of the author whl1997
    Wow thank for sharing this is amazing!
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I don't know why I'm griping though about the subscription I never hardly even use photoshop my va's do but its nice to know how to work with layers and stuff just to get things done.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
    Mine main desktop win 7 computer power supply died yesterday and I was on my older XP computer until I replaced the power supply. This CS2 will be an nice addition to the XP in times of "trouble". I have CS5 on this computer. Had I been on the other computer longer, I would have been without Photoshop.
    Thanks for the link.
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  • Profile picture of the author ribechi
    What a great resource. Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSEO
    Here is the original download link: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitl...=cs2_downloads

    But the most important thing: Photoshop CS 2 is NOT FREEWARE. Read the official Statement from Adobe:

    Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago, do not run on many modern operating systems, and are no longer supported.
    Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. The serial numbers provided as a part of the download may only be used by customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products.
    So it's still piracy to download and use it if you are not the customers who legitimately purchased CS2.

    Just FYI.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Jericho
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    Found this a few months back. Good for Beginners starting out, Wanting a Legit Copy of Photoshop and all.
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  • Profile picture of the author ParkerArrow
    Give me any version of Photoshop, I'm a happy camper. There's not much you can't do with any of them!

    You can also download a free Photoshop emulator for Gimp so you get used to working on one type of interface.

    Best way to learn photoshop? Making T shirts. It's fun and profitable and you don't know you're learning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi Steve,
    WOW!! Thanks so much for this valuable info. Went right over and downloaded it. AWESOME!!
    Geri Richmond
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