I subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. One way or another, I've been using the Creative Suite for essentially ever. I don't use most of it, but the things I do use are extremely useful. Photoshop, of course, is a fabulously useful tool. Although I use Pixlr when I just have to quickly grab and crop/resize images for a blog post or whatever, Photoshop is my go-to for anything more complicated. For a while, I tried paint.net, but the way it treated layers screwed me over one time too many. I use InDesign on occasion, because it just makes for good-looking things (and it makes way better tables than Word does). It's much more complicated than I need, but when I do need to do something a bit more technical, I'm glad I've got it on hand.
But the former artist-formerly-known-as-the-production-premium-suite is the reason I spent the money in the first place. For a wannabe filmmaker, it's an all-but-essential purchase.Read More