Are you thinking about upgrading Photoshop for your screen-printing business? I’m still using CS5.5 and plan to run this sucker into the ground before I change.
Having assembled a few different art departments in a few different shops, I’ve always addressed two factors with equal importance – the budget and the actual needs of the shop. One would think these go hand in hand but how many people do you know who buy the latest and greatest simply because it’s the latest and greatest?
The latest and greatest in this case would be Adobe’s Photoshop CC. As a professional graphic artist, upgrading to Photoshop CC has me salivating but – and that’s a big “but” – I’ve yet to purchase it. My reasoning for such is because it doesn’t truly fit within my needs at the moment.
Now, I’m the type of guy who’ll squeeze every last drop of toothpaste out of the tube before I consider cutting it open and scraping that son of a bitch for what’s left inside. To put it simply, I work hard for my money and want to make sure I’m getting the most out of it when I purchase anything. The same goes with my software.
Photoshop CS5.5 is my currently employed version of the program and I plan to drive it ’til the wheels fall off the bitch. Why? Not because I’m
cheap frugal but because it’s not necessary in any way, shape or form for me to upgrade at this point. It wasn’t a necessity when CS6 came out and it’s not a necessity now.
Photoshop hasn’t made any considerable leaps and bounds in improvements between CS5 and CC in regards to the tools we use when working with files for screen-printing purposes. There have been some 3D advancements, changes in color swatches and others but none of them really affect us as screen-printers.
Another valid reason to upgrade…because everyone else is doing it. Not being one to follow trends, I couldn’t care less if everyone else was doing it but when it comes to software, it’s a valid reason. However, in my experience, this has rarely been a factor if you’re only about 2 generations behind. When it becomes a factor negatively affecting your production rates though, it’s time to upgrade.
Until that point where I’m getting files I cannot open on a frequent basis, I’m going to drive the wheels off of CS5.5. It does everything I need and it does it well.
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Which version of Photoshop are you using? I’d love to hear what you guys are using and how/when you plan to upgrade if you haven’t already. Leave a note in the comments section below!