How can I maximize budget + power for graphic design?
May 2, 2011 9:58 AM Subscribe
For graphic design on a budget, can I get by with an older version of the Adobe software? What are my options?
posted by ramenopres to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm buying a new laptop and also the software to get back into graphic design. My initial budget was $400 or $700 for the machine plus software. I'm realizing that that might not be realistic, but I literally don't have the money to spend more. Would it be all right to get an older, less expensive version of the Adobe Creative Suite or some of its products? Would it be worthwhile to get the software and a less powerful machine?
FWIW, I'm looking at laptops with at least 4 GB RAM and an Intel i3 or i5 processor. I don't care about screen size or graphics quality right now. I just want to be able to use Photoshop and InDesign, etc., get familiar with them, and not waste time waiting for the computer to catch up. Aside from that, my standards are low; my previous laptop is around 6 years old, incredibly slow, and emitting sparks.