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Adobe is one of the oldest and biggest names in computer software. The company is synonymous with web technologies and design programs. You usually have to pay a pretty penny for them, but Adobe has been feeling pretty generous lately.

The company has recently been releasing several apps and programs for free. And it has also turned some paid apps into free downloads, including the entire Creative Suite 2 (CS2) or Photoshop CS2 alone, and some of the best Android apps from 2015 The Best New Android Apps Released in 2015 The Best New Android Apps Released in 2015 Some really amazing apps hit the scene in 2015 -- let's take a look at the best. Read More .

Adobe CS2 or Photoshop CS2 (Windows, Mac): The Famous Software for Free

Adobe has phased out the Creative Suite and turned it into the subscription-based Creative Cloud suite. But you don’t need to pay to get a taste of Photoshop. Adobe now lets you download the old CS2 or that suite’s Photoshop for free. You do need to sign up for a free Adobe account, though.


In a nutshell, Adobe no longer maintains servers to authenticate CS2, but you can download and use it if you want. Adobe also provides an activation key so that you aren’t locked to the trial version. The full Creative Suite includes Photoshop CS2, InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2, Premier Pro 2, InCopy CS2, After Effects, GoLive, Audition 3, Acrobat 3D 1.0, and Acrobat Pro 7. You might want to check our guide to figure out the right Adobe product for you Your Guide to Choosing The Right Adobe Product Your Guide to Choosing The Right Adobe Product When most people think of Adobe, they either think of Photoshop or Acrobat Reader. But the company has a plethora of other useful software packages that most people know nothing about. Read More .

Even though this version is several years old, Photoshop CS2 is still a fantastic program. In fact, in the Photoshop vs. GIMP debate GIMP vs Photoshop: Which One is Right for You? GIMP vs Photoshop: Which One is Right for You? Photoshop is the most popular image editing app out there and GIMP is the best free alternative to it. Which should you use? Read More , it might just be right for you. Remember, there are lots of things Photoshop can do but GIMP can’t What Can Photoshop Do That GIMP Can't? What Can Photoshop Do That GIMP Can't? GIMP can do a lot of what Photoshop can do, but there are some areas it falls short. Here is a summary of the key differences. Read More .

Download: Adobe Creative Suite for Mac or Windows (Free)

Photoshop Mix v2.0 (Android, iOS): Work With Layers on Touchscreens

Forget about Photoshop Touch and even the powerful Photoshop Express Adobe Photoshop Express Gets A Powerful Makeover For Android KitKat Adobe Photoshop Express Gets A Powerful Makeover For Android KitKat Adobe has released a new version of the free Photoshop Express for Android. The updated app has been designed from scratch with enhanced performance in tune with the new KitKat version of the operating system. Read More . Adobe is working hard on a new app that puts both of those to shame. In July, Photoshop Mix finally updated to v2.0 and brought a slew of fantastic new features.

Photoshop Mix concentrates more on being able to play around with layers, an essential element of image editing. With Photoshop Mix, you can combine up to five layers to make complex images, control opacity with Blend Modes, and apply multiple filters on several layers.

These are the kinds of image editing tools that were normally found on desktops, but with the powerful hardware of new smartphones, Photoshop Mix 2 is an absolute delight for anyone who loves taking photos.

Download: Photoshop Mix for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

Photoshop Fix (iOS): The Best of Photoshop Touch, for Free

The touchscreen-friendly version of Photoshop Adobe Releases Photoshop Touch For Mobile [Updates] Adobe Releases Photoshop Touch For Mobile [Updates] Smartphone-using photography enthusiasts everywhere can now rejoice. Feature-heavy photo-editing app Adobe Photoshop Touch has finally made its way to iPhone and Android smartphones. After originally being available only for the iPad and Android tablets, the... Read More has been around for some time, but Photoshop Express burdens you with annoying in-app purchases. However, not many people know about Photoshop Fix, and it’s Adobe’s best-kept secret.

Photoshop Fix offers all the major photo editing tools you will want at no price and no in-app purchases. It has everything from Photoshop’s basic toolbar, including cropping, vignettes, exposure and contrast tweaks, and even the popular Healing brush to remove retouch photos and remove artifacts.

Plus, Photoshop Fix works with transparent backgrounds and handles high-resolution images, breaking you free from the 2000×2000 pixel barrier that most image editing apps restrict you to.

Download: Photoshop Fix for iPhone/iPad (Free)

Adobe Spark Suite (Web, iOS): Create Beautiful Posts, Articles, or Videos

Not everyone is born with great aesthetic sense. So even if you’re good with creating content, you might not have the style to be able to translate it into an incredible video or a photo with gorgeous graphics.

Adobe Spark bridges the gap between content and style by taking care of the “make it look good” part for you. There are three basic apps: Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video. Post lets you work with images, adding filters and captions to make them look cool. Spark Page is one the best no-coding tools to build a personal site for free 5 No-Coding Tools to Build a Personal Web Site for Free 5 No-Coding Tools to Build a Personal Web Site for Free You don't need any coding skills to make a beautiful personal site. These dead-simple apps will help you make a professional online page for yourself quickly. Read More . And Spark Video, obviously, makes it easy to add effects to your video to jazz it up.

All the tools can be used through a web browser or through their respective iOS apps. Spark Post also works with iPhone’s Live Photos Live Photos & 4K: Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 16GB iPhone 6s Live Photos & 4K: Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 16GB iPhone 6s If you want to take advantage of the new iPhone 6s camera, you'll probably want to avoid picking the 16GB storage option. Read More , giving you another depth to those moving images.

Download: Spark Post, Spark Page, or Spark Video for iOS (Free)

Adobe Color (Web): Find Matching Color Schemes in an Instant

Color theory can be difficult. Even if you understand basic complementary colors, figuring out triads, shades, and analogous colors isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Just offload all of that to Adobe Color instead.


Tim reviewed Adobe Color in detail back when it was called Kuler and promised to find the perfect color scheme every time Find The Perfect Color Scheme Every Time With Adobe Kuler Find The Perfect Color Scheme Every Time With Adobe Kuler Whether you're building a website, designing a brochure or painting your spare room; finding the perfect combination of colors can be a daunting task. It often takes more than just personal taste to marry shades... Read More . The web app has got a facelift since then, but the basic functionality remains the same. Either upload an image to figure out its main colors, or just pick a color yourself. Adobe Color will then find complementary, compound, analogous, monochromatic, or triad based schemes based on it.

Move the “hands” of the color wheel with your mouse (click-and-drag) and the entire color scheme updates on the fly. You have hex colors at the bottom, as well as RGB ratios. And if you’re stuck for inspiration, click “Explore” to check out some recent themes picked by other users.

Does Free Not Mean Quality?

Adobe has a long history of making products that professionals swear by, and are willing to pay a good amount for. So when a company like that makes free programs, what does that say to you?

Does it signify that the economics of apps have changed, or do you think these free apps are coming at the cost of the high quality that the company was once noted for?

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