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  1. jeffrey

    hello and good day,
    i am a licensed high school teacher
    i am buying cs6 production premium windows
    the price is 600$ for academic version
    however, i see at my university the academic version is less…
    but the clerk has said that some users have said that there is WATERMARKING going on…
    can you confirm/deny/validate this watermarking thing please…

    thanks in advance, j

  2. beth

    hi,
    can you please tell me what you get for the package that is 19.00 a month for creative cloud?

    thanks beth

  3. Anthony Esquea

    I’m a bit curious about something and could use some guidance.

    I want to purchase CS6, but am not a student, which would mean that I would purchase the full version. It’s a lot of money, and would love any methods of saving money on such a product. In situations like these, I’d result to using EBAY. However, I’m afraid of getting screwed in its numerous scam possibilities. What should I do?

  4. Anthony Esquea

    You’re absolutely right, which is why I’ve been fighting myself over the past 6 months on that decision.

    Considering it isn’t the issue, becoming eligible is. I’m not a student or teacher.

    Another question. What problems would there be if I wanted to update to the latest version of the suite after obtaining it?

  5. Dorothy Rodriguez

    I am registered to audit a single course in Photography at an accredited college. Am I eligible for student discount on CS6? Can I at the same time buy Lightroom at student discount?

    Also, I want to purchase from a vendor other than Adobe because I want a disk. Will that be OK?

    • Hi Dorothy, if you meet Adobe’s student eligibility criteria then you can purchase all of their software with the education discount, including CS6, Lightroom 5, Creative Cloud, and more…

      But we do not recommend trying to buy Adobe academic products from third parties, for two important reasons:

      1. If something goes wrong during the student/teacher validation process, or if you are denied eligibility, then you’ve already opened the software and likely won’t be able to return it for a refund to a reseller or retailer, and would be stuck. However, all products purchased directly from Adobe can easily be returned for a full refund (no matter what happens, and even if opened or installed) under Adobe’s ironclad Return Policy – you could always get your full money back if needed.

      2. There is also a much-increased chance of fakes and fraudulent software from third-party vendors.

      If you want a disc or offline copy of the tools you purchased, then we’d recommend just making a quick backup yourself – it’s not hard.

      Bottom line, in our experience, it’s not worth it to mess around and try to save a few bucks because the EDU pricing is generally comparable across the board anyway.

      Hope this helps, and you get a lot out of your course!

  6. Daniel

    @ProDesignTools

    Just to add something else, when I ordered my CS5.5 (Direct from Adobe) I was given the option to download it or get it mailed out to me. I’m not sure if that the case with CS6 now but I would check that out.

  7. ami

    hi, i’m an amateur at this software thing. i’m a little bit confused about the normal CS6 and the CC: is that you don’t have to renew your license or what, and that with CC you have to renew your license? — besides the many differences between CS6 and CC.

  8. Jess Royal

    Hello there,

    I have a student ID I am assuming that is all you need for me to activate a student version of Creative Suite, which I want to purchase.

    Can you confirm this for me please, as I do not wish to pay out for the software and not be able to use it.

    thanks

  9. Ted Win

    I am an elementary school counselor and do not actually “NEED” the software for education (I’m listed as teacher in some directories, but school counselor in others). I would use it for personal use as well as school web- and printed- pictures. Does this actually qualify me as a teacher?

  10. rasam

    Is there a difference between adobe cs6 master collection, adobe cs6 master collection full retail & adobe cs6 master collection full commercial retail. i want to do a purchase on ebay but confused.

  11. Vinod

    Hello,
    If I want to purchase the student version of Creative Suite from a Reseller here in India, then can I get the boxed version of the product/s ?
    i.e. with Disc.
    thanks,
    Vinod

  12. rasam

    ProDesignTools:

    Absolutely, definitely, positively you should not purchase on eBay.

    You said i shouldn’t purchase on ebay why, do you have other alternatives?

  13. rasam

    Hi ProD!

    I went through the comparison of CC vs. CS6, for some reasons I’m convinced I should still get the CS6 cd/dvd box.

    Please check whether the following store is a genuine/authorised dealer:
    « name removed »

  14. Marcus Schwing

    I purchased the CS6 Student & Teacher version. First, the oil paint filter shows only a grey screen and I can’t figure out how to activate it. I uploaded the latest graphic driver for my Dell Inspiron 7520 – but it did not help.

    Second – if I pay the monthly CC fees, will that update and keep current both my Student Teacher version of CS6 & Lightroom 5? Will it enable the oil paint filter to work?

    Thanks,

    Marcus

    • Hi Marcus, sorry you’re having difficulties – not sure why the oil paint filter isn’t working for you, as we haven’t heard of any issues there… Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Photoshop, or searching Adobe’s online support pages?

      Yes, if you join Creative Cloud then you will definitely have access to all of the new CC applications which have hundreds of new features since CS6, plus you get ongoing upgrades moving forward to stay current (including for Lightroom).

      You can also have both CC and CS6 installed side-by-side and running on the same machine, if you want – or uninstall the older releases, your choice.

      Your best bet is probably to download and run the free CC trials to see if that takes care of the problem you were having (it probably will), then you can decide at that point what you want to do.

      Hope this helps!

  15. Sarah

    Hey, I was wondering if you could answer a question I have about the student editions.

    I plan on buying the Design and Web Premium CS6 for Windows through a vendor provided by my university.
    I e-mailed them a few weeks ago asking them what differences there are between the full version and the student version. They responded back with this:

    “It is the full version but under an academic license. Basically that means you can not use it for any commercial purposes….not even to do work for a non-profit. It is only for your academic and personal home use.”

    I then came across your article and you say the opposite. I don’t know who to believe!
    I don’t want to spend almost $600 on programs that would limit how I am able to use them.

    Who’s right here?

    Thank you for reading!

    ~Sarah

    • Hey Sarah, thanks for your question. The Student & Teacher Editions of any product (Creative Cloud, CS6, Acrobat, Lightroom, etc) that you validly purchase direct from Adobe are definitely not limited in this regard, and you can always do commercial work or use them for other non-academic purposes. We are 100% sure of that.

      However, we have heard over the years that some less expensive versions available through universities or their partners may be limited, in exchange for the cheaper price… Presumably they know what they’re selling – so what they tell you may in fact be true for certain education software/licenses when you don’t buy directly from Adobe (which is what this article covers, the STE).

  16. thaddeusd

    I purchased the Student and Teacher Licensing Master Collection CS5 from college. Not the Student and Teacher Edition. This was purchased under a Volume Licensing program that permits individual license purchase by students and staff. According to Adobe helpdesk, I can use this commercially. It can also be upgraded to a commercial license.

  17. Wendy

    Hi, Can I run CS6 Extended with Windows Vista?

  18. Andrew

    So I can sign up for Photoshop CC as a single-app month-to-month plan for $19.99/month. You say that when you sign up for Photoshop CC, you can download and install Photoshop CS6 for free.

    What’s to stop me signing up for a month, downloading the full version of Photoshop CS6 and then cancelling my month-to-month membership? Photoshop CS6 = $19.99…

    • Greetings Andrew, you’re exactly right that all Creative Cloud memberships include access to both the new CC release of the applications (like Photoshop CC), as well as the CS6 versions

      So yes, you definitely get access to both versions of the products as we said – but if you lapse or cancel your membership, then your subscription to both releases will stop.

      In other words, you can’t just join for a month and then get to keep CS6.

  19. Alex

    Hi there. My girlfriend, who I live with, is a high school teacher. If she were to purchase the discounted education software, and I was to use it on our computer for commercial work, would that be an issue?

    We are based in Australia, I was reading on another forum that there were some differences in licensing between regions.

    Any help you could give me would be great, cheers.

    • Welcome Alex, regarding commercial use of the Adobe student versions: There used to be a difference between domestic US and international licensing in this regard, but since CS5 it is all the same – and allowed for students and teachers worldwide…

      That said, these editions are for purchase and use by education customers and not for companies or businesses… Per Adobe: “Student and teacher licenses are for home use on private computers for educational or commercial purposes for that one person.”

  20. gporwal

    Thanks for sharing such nice information on Academic Discount Software!

  21. Devin

    My school included CS6 in my tuition and I already have one. This does require Academic ID. I never opened it and I would like to know if it’s possible for me to sell it with the ID requirements even though it’s not opened.

  22. Maryam

    If I bought the student edition of CS6 Design and Web Premium and later had a new computer, or issues with an old computer but was not a student anymore, what would I do?

    And if I one wanted to upgrade from the student edition to regular edition but wasn’t a student anymore, could I do it?

    Also how many computers can I put it on, as I want to have it on all my home computers.

    Thank you.

  23. Maryam

    @ProDesignTools

    Thank you, But I have more questions now. Upgrading, is it only possible through a download? And if so then could I back up the download on a CD in case of anything happening, and would it still work if I did that?

    And also is there a time required to how long you have to have the edition before upgrading? Or could I upgrade any time I wanted?

    And the download page lists only CS5, how would I get from CS6 Student to regular CS6 if there isn’t an option for that or is there some other page about it?

    • Well, Adobe discontinued boxes/DVDs for CS6 – but if needed you can still get discs for the new CC release, which replaces CS6.

      That said, the overwhelming majority of customers are downloading their products now, instead of using physical media. But yes, if you download the programs, you should still back up to your own disc just in case anything happens and you need fast access to restore the tools. It’s easy to do, just do a simple copy of the installation file(s) to blank CD/DVD or flash drive.

      You can upgrade any time you want, there is no time limit or waiting period. However, it wouldn’t make sense to upgrade from CS6 education to CS6 commercial because the functionality is the same, as described in the article above. You would only upgrade to a newer release, such as from CS5 to CS6, CS6 to CC, or CS4 to CC, etc.

      As for download pages, we have direct links for all Adobe software up to the current day.

  24. Maryam

    @ProDesignTools

    Also, I was wondering about the used of the iPad? Is it considered a different system? Could I use it on my laptop, desktop, and iPad? OR my Galaxy Note 3 or ipod (which might be a challenge because of the screen size lol)?

  25. Charles

    I am still in college and I believe I qualify for the student version of Flash CS6; however, I intend on using the software to make games for profit. Sounds, artwork, and etc. would be created by paid freelancers other than me in the produced game. These additional resources would be made in different commercially licensed software packages on other (potentially commercial) computers. I would be the only person using Flash CS6 and it would remain on my personal computer. Would I have to purchase the commercial version of CS6 to allow me to do this or would I be covered under the student version?

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