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How to Buy Adobe Software (CC, CS6) with PayPal, not Credit Card

February 26th, 2015 Leave a comment

News: Adobe Now Accepting PayPal for Creative Cloud Subscriptions

For years it was difficult if not impossible to buy Adobe software online (especially the newer CC subscriptions) and pay with PayPal instead of a credit card or debit card. But finally, great news: Adobe has just made it possible to purchase all software using PayPal in many countries worldwide, so you can now buy Creative Cloud (or CS6) without a credit card.

These countries include the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, United Kingdom, and much of Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain). Alternatively, payment using Switch or Solo is also supported in the UK.

This welcome new development has been quietly rolled out this week, and added to Adobe’s online FAQ under the question: “Which payment options can be used to purchase your Creative Cloud membership?”

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How to Transfer an Adobe Software License Between Two People

February 24th, 2015 29 comments

How to Transfer Adobe Software Product Licenses Between Two People

We’ve previously covered here how to transfer Adobe software products (like Creative Cloud, CS6, Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, or Acrobat) between two computers, including from PC to Mac or vice versa. In this article we’re going to focus on transferring the actual legal license from one person or company to another, like transferring the title to a car or home between two people.

Moving the software physically is mostly a technical task, but doesn’t cover what happens if the recipient has problems, needs customer support or updates, wants to be registered with Adobe, and be recognized as the new rightful owner and user of the tools. To address those needs, just follow the transfer process described below to “unregister” the program from the old owner and re-register for the new one.

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Adobe Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary

February 19th, 2015 2 comments

Celebrating 25 Years of Adobe Photoshop!

Hard to believe, but today Adobe Photoshop officially celebrates its 25th anniversary (or birthday, depending on how you look at it)… The first version of Photoshop shipped on February 19th, 1990, at a price of US$895.00. Adjusted for inflation, in today’s dollars that would cost almost $1,700! Now, of course, there are tens of millions of users of Photoshop who can pay less than $10 a month for the latest-and-greatest release of this iconic, industry-leading tool.

Photoshop 1.0 - Now 25 years and 14 major versions better

Indeed, the software has traveled a long way. When it first came out, Adobe predicted it would sell just 500 copies per month. Yet today, over 90 percent of creative professionals worldwide have Photoshop on their desktops. The original authors say they knew they had a groundbreaking technology on their hands, but never anticipated how much it would impact the images we see all around us. Adobe Fellow and Photoshop co-creator Thomas Knoll says, “Not in my wildest dreams did we think creatives would embrace the product in the numbers and ways they have. It’s inspiring to see the beautiful images our customers create, the careers Photoshop has launched and the new uses people all over the world find for Photoshop every day.”

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How to Move Adobe CC or CS6 Between Computers, or PC to Mac

February 17th, 2015 323 comments

Transfer Adobe Software Between Two Computers

OK, so your old computer is running out of gas, you’re upgrading or changing systems, adding a new machine, or switching from a PC to a Mac, or vice versa — and you want to move over your copy of CC/Creative Cloud or CS6 (or CS5 or CS4 or CS3 or any other) Adobe software — what do you do, and how do you do it? Just follow our complete guide below.

As we’ve covered previously here, you are generally allowed to install and activate most Adobe software on up to two computers, with the restriction that the software can not used on both systems at the same time. So right off the bat, you might be good to go with installing the software on a second computer, although you may wish to double-check the licensing agreement for your product to be sure.

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How Many Computers Can You Install or Run Adobe Software On?

February 10th, 2015 656 comments

This is one of the most common questions we get, and the answer may pleasantly surprise you…  The place to look to find the answer is the Software License Agreement, also called the terms of use or EULA. This agreement governs the use of your Adobe product, and is translated into 28 languages within each document. It also covers some basics about product activation.

See the Adobe End-User License Agreements (EULAs)

So, in general, how many systems can you install Adobe software on, including the Creative Cloud (CC) and CS6?  The answer for individuals (as opposed to businesses) in most cases is two.  The catch is that both computers must be used only by you and the two systems cannot be used at the same time. This policy was designed so that you could run Creative Cloud (or Creative Suite) at home on your desktop PC, as well as while traveling with your laptop. But the types of computers and their usage has blurred so much now that you can just pick any two you own and the product should install and properly activate on both…

For example, here is the key text from the EULA for Photoshop CS6:

2.1.3 Portable or Home Computer Use. Subject to the important restrictions set forth in Section 2.1.4 [having to do with volume licensees], the primary user of the Computer on which the Software is installed … may install a second copy of the Software for his or her exclusive use on either a port­able Computer or a Computer located at his or her home, provided that the Software on the port­able or home Computer is not used at the same time as the Software on the primary Computer.

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Existing Adobe CS Customers Can Still Save 40% on Creative Cloud

February 3rd, 2015 38 comments

Existing CS Customers: Upgrade to Adobe CC and Save 40% Off the Regular Price for a Limited Time

It’s been about 20 months now since the initial launch of the Adobe CC release (replacing CS6) and we’ve seen over 1,000 new features added and included since that time – but recently Adobe confirmed they are extending their popular Creative Cloud 40%-off discount upgrade offer for existing customers of CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, or CS6:

“Based on ongoing customer demand, Adobe will continue to provide Creative Suite customers worldwide (CS3 and later) the option of joining Creative Cloud Complete for 40% off or $29.99 / £27.34 / €36,89 / A$29.99 a month for the first year.”

The updated terms and conditions show that this upgrade discount offer for CS3 through CS6 to CC will be available until February 27th, 2015:


Note that this offer is limited to one (1) purchase of one (1) discounted Creative Cloud Complete annual membership per customer – and may not be assigned, exchanged, sold, transferred, or redeemed for cash.

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Here’s How You Can Snag a $500 Discount on Adobe MAX 2015

January 29th, 2015 3 comments

The crowd erupts at Adobe MAX 2014 as Microsoft announces they’ll be giving every attendee a Surface Pro 3

 The crowd erupts at Adobe MAX 2014 when Microsoft gives every attendee a new Surface Pro 3.

Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, is lined up for October 3–7 this year in Los Angeles, California – and the company says that planning is already underway to make the 2015 MAX experience even better than last year…

Adobe has also quietly launched a free MAX pre-registration portal where you can guarantee a $500 discount from the regular price if you decide to go.

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4 Fantastic Free Books to Boost Creativity & Inspire Your Best Work

January 22nd, 2015 9 comments

Recently we put together a series of free books for Adobe software with over 20 different titles you can download on how to best use the different major products… These books have been trem­endously popular and well-received.

But since Adobe software is all about creating, for some time now we’ve been meaning to add another collection of free books simply about creativity – something that everyone in the world can use and benefit from… So finally, here is that set! You can legally download and use the four PDF e-books below to inspire your own creative process and help improve your work, no matter what you do in life. They are (in our view) all easy, enjoyable, and enriching reads.

Book #1: The Creative Aid Handbook (142 Pages)

Download "The Creative Aid Handbook" Free!

Co-creators Richard Tapp and Nicole Smith of Kooroo Kooroo rightly describe The Creative Aid Handbook as a outside-of-the-box resource to get your creative juices flowing: “We wrote, designed, and illustrated a book featuring unusual tips to nurture your creative well-being, boost your creative intellect and foster internal inspiration. Meant to serve as a mini-resource for your creative projects and food for your creative thoughts. We’ve included our own valuable refer­ences and resources we know and trust as a means to help you get your projects done. We want to give you the creative push from a direction you may not have thought of, be it informative, inspirational, or simply entertaining.”

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What’s the Difference Between Adobe CC for Teams vs. Individuals?

January 20th, 2015 2 comments

The Differences Between Different Types of Creative Cloud Membership: CC for Teams vs. Individuals

What are the differences between the types of Creative Cloud membership? This is a question we get a lot, so here’s a comparison guide on the major differences between Creative Cloud for Teams vs. CC for Individuals. In another article we already covered the all the differences between Creative Cloud Student & Teacher vs. regular.

Creative Cloud for Teams is Adobe’s volume licensing solution for studios, businesses, design shops, companies, agencies, offices, schools, and other organizations. It includes everything that CC for Individuals does but substantially more features and capabilities for managing and working with multiple users. It’s meant for groups with 2-150 seats using the products at the same time. For more than 150 users, Adobe recommends Creative Cloud for Enterprise.

The fastest way to get a sense of the biggest differences is to check out Adobe’s CC Plans-at-a-Glance (click to enlarge):

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ProDesignTools Greatest Hits: Our Best Adobe Articles & Tips Ever

January 13th, 2015 76 comments

With one year wrapped up and a new one just beginning, it seemed a great time to put together a comprehensive review of the best and most-shared posts published here since our site launched in 2009.

These are the top posts that consistently have the highest readership on our site, month after month, covering all major Adobe software products…  They’re broken out by topic below in case you’ve missed any, or are new here – so bookmark, share, and enjoy!

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