How Photoshop changed my creative life and career

Hi there!

Yesterday my Dutch Photoshop course launched, which is SO exciting! I am considering to also offer it in English but I am needing to make sure there will be enough interest in it before I put in the work of translating it. So do let me know if this is something you would love by leaving a comment below.

I learned the basic skills of Photoshop about 4 years ago and it made me choose a career I never thought I would be able to do before! You see I graduated in 2015 from a degree called Arts & Economics: Visual Art and Design Management. With this degree I was mainly meant to be managing creatives, rather than being the creative myself. At the end of the degree I was thinking to myself… Stuff that!

So after travelling around the world after finishing uni – meeting the love of my life – I decided to follow a short Photoshop course so I could finally make all those creative dreams become reality.

The thing is I had been drawing all my life and a bit more seriously when I was studying abroad in Sweden for 6 months. Being away from your ‘normal’ can induce a lot of inspiration! I think that’s why a lot of people picked up creativity again during COVID-19, apart from the fact that we all just had a lot more time. If you are one of those people and you wish to now transform these drawings into postcards, invites, posters, or whatever… You should use Photoshop! And follow my course if you want. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see what where some of the things I created for my first paying clients, using Photoshop. Scroll down to the end of this blog if you want to see the different options for purchasing Photoshop.

One of the first things I created following the Photshop course

There’s a couple different options if you want to start using Photoshop.
Photoshop is perfect for editing illustrations – as supposed to Illustrator which is better for logos etc as it makes you graphic look more ‘harsh’ and ‘sharp’, whereas we want our illustrations to look more handmade.

You can try a free trial and see if Photoshop is something for you.
You could even complete my course in that time and then decide if you want to keep paying for it! Adobe also gives this message when you’re about to purchase: Cancel before 5 Jul to get a full refund and avoid a fee. You can cancel your subscription anytime via your Adobe Account page or by contacting Customer Support.” (As seen on the 21st of June). Which would mean there’s actually about a 2 week trial. I suppose this has to do with your rights to cancel. So really your trial can be 2 weeks! Just make sure to cancel through Customer Support (who are by the way super helpful!)

If you’re a student OR a teacher on a school you can be eligible for the student/teacher discount. You get up to 70% if you sign up for Creative Cloud, which means you get to try out all Adobe Apps for only a little bit more than the normal only Photoshop subscription. Just make sure you can upload the required documents such as evidence of university enrollment or use a school issued e-mail-address when purchasing the deal.

Personally I pay annually for Photoshop and Illustrator. I believe I pay about €144,- each year for just Photoshop. If you’re using Photoshop for professional reasons and you have at least one paid commission each year that you need Photoshop for, then that person basically pays for your subscription. That is if you charge a decent amount for what you make, which you should 🙂 Each next commission you’ll earn money with Photoshop 🙂 You can pay monthly for the whole but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be possible to pay for only one month.

For some reason the Photoshop plan including Lightroom (for photo editing) is cheaper than the ‘just’ Photoshop plan. So ofcourse we’re getting the once including Lightroom as that Photoshop is exactly the same…

When purchasing one of the Adobe programs you automatically get access to a lot of online storage space up to about 20GB for individuals. Which is great if your computer can handle Photoshop, but isn’t ready for all the big files! This is not the only thing. Adobe offers a lot of extras such as brushes, stock photos, fonts, the option of building a free portfolio website. It’s great! So don’t think Photoshop is just the start of many more purchases, because really Adobe has it all ready for you.

Any more questions, please let me know!

This article includes affiliate links, which means by clicking on these links and purchasing from Adobe you won’t only support Adobe but also me and my small business. Thank you!

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Creative spirit, living in Australia.
Creating from the heart to inspire.

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