Should you download Photoshop?

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Wondering if you should download Photoshop? If you're a creative professional, the answer is probably yes. It remains the industry standard tool for graphic designers and photographers, and it's the software most commonly used by illustrators, motion designers, animators, film-makers, digital artists, architects, fashion designers and product designers for image manipulation. If you apply for this kind of job, you'll be expected to at least have some familiarity with Photoshop. 

On top of that, Adobe Photoshop has quite a knack of staying ahead of the competition. Just when it seems that competitors' offerings are starting to catch up, Adobe releases a groundbreaking new feature that keeps Photoshop at the top (just read our review). The most recent examples are the incorporation of Adobe Firefly-powered generative AI tool like Generative Fill and Generative Expand.

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This seven-day trial lets you download Photoshop to your PC, Mac or iPad for free. If you cancel before the end of the trial you'll pay nothing. But if you like it, you don't have to do anything, and will automatically be converted to a paid subscription.

Get Photoshop, Lightroom and more for $9.99/mo

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With the Adobe Photography Plan, it costs just $9.99 per month to download Photoshop to your PC or Mac. You'll also get two versions of the photo organisation tool Lightroom (Classic and Mobile), Photoshop for iPad, 20GB of storage, Adobe Fonts and Adobe Portfolio.

Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.