How To Save Money On Adobe Software Adobe is one of the largest software companies on the planet. The company founded in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnock had sales of close to $3billion in 2009 and has approximately 8,715 employees worldwide. A company of this size is likely to have a large user base, in fact more than 90% of creative professionals have Adobe Photoshop software on their desktops. Some of Adobe's core software products are Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Acrobat. A pretty impressive collection of software, which is pretty much essential to anyone involved in the digital creative fields. The problem is Adobe software is very expensive, so how can you save money on Adobe's flagship products? Educational Discounts Adobe has a strong presence in the educational market. Adobe likes to create new customers for its software as early as possible and that means targeting schools, colleges and universities. Adobe knows that if people are trained to use their software from an early age, it means that employers/businesses will have to provide the software that people have been trained on, which undoubtedly will be Adobe and sold to them at a premium price. With this in mind, Adobe are willing to offer students up to 80% off the regular retail price, with their Adobe Student Edition software. So if you are a student you can purchase Adobe software at amazingly discounted prices. Details of how to purchase the Student Editions is available at the main Adobe site. Free Open Source Equivalents If you just want to get the job done and aren't fussed what software you use, open source software may be the way to go. There are number of free software packages that have similar functions to Adobe's flagship products. For example, a good equivalent to Photoshop would be the free GIMP, which allows photo/pixel based editing, similar to Photoshop. If you are an illustrator or vector graphics artist Inkscape is a free open source equivalent to Adobe Illustrator. If you are looking for a free open source equivalent to Adobe Dreamweaver then NVU is more than capable of dealing with your web design requirements. A quick search on Google will turn up many free or open source alternatives to Adobe software so you needn't buy expensive Adobe software to get the job done. Adobe Coupon Sites Adobe fortunately has a number of sales on its software throughout the year. It does this through discounts on major retailer sites such as Amazon and time limited sales on its own site. It also releases a number of coupon codes for its software, which tend to vary in discount and the software they apply to. These coupons are often short-lived so you have to be alert to when they become available. Luckily, there are a number of coupon sites that have a dedicated web page for Adobe coupons. By checking your favorite coupon sites regularly, you can scoop an Adobe software bargain.