Adobe has changed to a subscription format for it’s creative suite products. You pay around £14 per month to use a single app; that in my book is a big ripoff especially if you’re like me where using something like Photoshop happens very rarely. So why just not use it? The problem is, other products are very inferior and for someone who has grown up with Photoshop products, having to get used to some other clunky UI can be quite frustrating.
There are a few ways to still buy Adobe Photoshop CS6 without subscribing to the creative cloud subscription service. One of the most common options is to use Ebay and purchase someone’s copy. The price for these can vary quite a lot and stocks for CS6 change; when I was searching for a copy around a year ago, prices for legit copies were going for around £800.00 each. However, doing a quick search now, I’m seeing copies go for around £450.00 each. Depending on when you read this blog, the price might vary quite a lot from those values.
Sometimes, buying a copy from Ebay means you just buy the serial product number. Then you download the software yourself from Adobe and enter your product key. This is a legitimate way, but you don’t get a physical copy. You can use Photoshop on up to 2 computers at a time (you need a separate license for Windows and Mac). You can deregister a product key too, so if you ever need to transfer your copy to another computer, you can.
EDIT: The below method no longer works. However, you can still contact the Adobe Support Staff, usually via Live Chat, and they can process a payment for you for a full one-time purchase for CS6.
EDIT 2: A new deal from Adobe is their Creative Cloud subscription for Photography. This costs just £8.57 a month and you get the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 + Adobe Lightroom. It’s much better than their single app plan. You can buy the plan here.
The other option, is to buy a copy directly from Adobe. You can still get copies from their website, it’s just hidden and not advertised anymore (they want you to use their Creative Cloud option instead). Note, that the Creative Cloud Photoshop CS6 is updated with new features and contains bug fixes and such. It’s also supported for newer operating systems, whereas older versions aren’t. This might be a problem for some of you who are using newer OSs like Windows 10, so make sure you know 100% for sure the software works on the new OS.
To buy from Adobe, you need to follow this link: http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/catalog/cs6._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_catalog_sl_software_sl_creativesuite6.html
Here it costs £644.40 to purchase. It is the original full version of CS6 but it doesn’t contain any of the new updates to the software made when Adobe changed to the subscription service. I’m using this version and I don’t really feel like I’m missing out on anything.
So for anyone looking for a legitimate version of Photoshop CS6, I hope this helps 🙂