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Todd Baker17,207 Points
Access to Adobe Ilustrator
I am interested in designing and programming my own iOS mobile game. What is the cheapest and easiest way to access illustrator and photoshop to go through the courses and learn how to make my own game (and subsequently design and make my own apart from the courses)?
I don't think Adobe is selling perpetual licenses to their software anymore. You can get the software through a creative cloud subscription where you pay monthly for access to the software.
You can start off with 30 day free trials of both photoshop and illustrator. I would decide which course you're going through first and download only that trial to make sure you don't run out of time on the other one.
Here's the link to adobe's home page and from there you can check out the different subscription levels as well as access the free trials: https://www.adobe.com/
James Nelson23,956 Points
Adobe's creative products have never been cheap and more than likely never will be. My advice to you is to try out a 30 day trial and see what you think. If designing is something that you would like to do as a career then great, have a look at Adobe creative cloud. If you are a student at a University you will be entitled to a discount which makes the pricing slightly more fair.
An alternative to Photoshop which I have been using and would highly recommend is Bohemian's Sketch 3 - http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/
Please note this is a mac only product.