The sands in a freelancer’s life shift...at times slowly, at times quickly, but always and continuously. At times, the sands shift, and an abyss is revealed before us. Other times, the sand shifts and we view heaven on the horizon. This past week, when the sands shifted for me, I once against glimpsed heaven, and this time I will keep it in my sights.
As a professional or hobbyist creative, heaven is using Photoshop on your Mac. I’ve extolled the virtues of open source options; they can do many photo editing tasks, and of course, they are affordable for all. And yet, something was missing. Everything felt like such a struggle. I once again took the plunge, and once again installed Photoshop on my Mac. It feels amazing, like coming home, a home without piles of laundry, stacks of dirty dishes or annoying relatives. It feels like coming home to the one you love.
When I was limited to open source options, I found that I just didn’t pursue graphic design work, because I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Lately, I had a few more gigs that I struggled through, but still I wasn’t sure I could justify the investment in Photoshop. Fortunately, Adobe is offering much more affordable cloud-based options, so it’s more within my budget. I’m dreaming up projects and mini-businesses to justify my on-going love affair.
Are you a Photoshop-Mac user who has tried to use open source options? If so, was it an easy transition? Did you ever consider paying the price and returning?