Adobe Photoshop Torrent: What to Know in 2021

So, you’re look­ing for a Pho­to­shop tor­rent? You’re not alone. The high cost of Adobe Pho­to­shop and lack of pay­ment options (not every­one has a cred­it card) make it one of the most pop­u­lar down­loads on tor­rent sites such as The Pirate Bay. In this arti­cle we will the best places to find Pho­to­shop tor­rents in 2021, poten­tial down­sides to tor­rent­ing (includ­ing how to avoid virus­es), and oth­er tips for down­load­ing Pho­to­shop for free.

Fea­ture pho­to: Soft­ware Down­load by The Focal Project

Warning: Don’t download Photoshop torrents from Google

Search Google for Pho­to­shop cracks and you will find a long list of thou­sands of results. Do not under any cir­cum­stances vis­it these sites or down­load these tor­rents. While some of the results may have work­ing links, most are mal­ware or phish­ing sites that will trick you into installing mali­cious soft­ware on your com­put­er. Vis­it these sites at your own peril.

The best torrent sites for Photoshop that still work in 2021

Photoshop torrents on a website
The Pirate Bay is no longer the safest choice for Pho­to­shop tor­rents in 2021.

All of the safe tor­rents have been removed from Google due to copy­right vio­la­tions, which is why you see only mal­ware sites. For this rea­son we unfor­tu­nate­ly also can­not give advice on where to find Pho­to­shop tor­rents. In addi­tion to pirat­ed soft­ware, how­ev­er, most tor­rent sites also host a vari­ety of 100% legal down­loads such as the free Pho­to­shop alter­na­tive GIMP or the illus­tra­tion soft­ware Kri­ta. You can legal­ly down­load this open source soft­ware on any of these ful­ly work­ing tor­rent sites:

  • RARBG
  • 1337x
  • The Pirate Bay (see warn­ing here)

RARBG and 1337x are the safest sources for soft­ware. We don’t rec­om­mend using The Pirate Bay as a first choice because the site has become rel­a­tive­ly unmain­tained and con­tains many viruses.

How to stay safe on torrent sites

sffs­dfs­df Even well-known tor­rent sites can still con­tain mal­ware, even if you are down­load­ing legal open source con­tent. For this rea­son it is wise to only down­load the most pop­u­lar tor­rents and read reviews, which will often high­light any mal­ware. Always run an anti-virus client such as Avast or Cla­mavNet on your com­put­er– even if you are on a Mac. Many guides will rec­om­mend you use a VPN to hide your iden­ti­ty when down­load­ing pirat­ed soft­ware. This should­n’t be nec­es­sary if you are down­load­ing free open source soft­ware, how­ev­er, as this is 100% legal.

Why we don’t recommend pirating Photoshop

A person on a computer (maybe) thinking about where to find Photoshop torrents
Just buy the soft­ware– it’s eas­i­er and it’s the right thing to do. Pho­to: Per­son Fac­ing Tuned on Mac­book Pro by Tirza-van-Dijk

Issues with virus­es and mal­ware set aside, we gen­uine­ly don’t think tor­rent­ing Pho­to­shop is the right thing to do. Although it is true that Adobe is “a big com­pa­ny with a lot of mon­ey” and you are prob­a­bly “just an aver­age Joe,” Adobe con­tin­u­al­ly invests mil­lions of dol­lars in mak­ing the soft­ware the best it can be. Thou­sands of peo­ple have spent their careers to make this soft­ware what it is. Adobe and its team deserve to be reward­ed for their hard work. There are a num­ber of oth­er rea­sons why you should not tor­rent Photoshop:

Legal risks

There are also poten­tial legal risks involved with Pho­to­shop tor­rents. Depend­ing on where you live, you could pay a fine of $1,000 or more and some­times legal expens­es. ISPs are required by law to turn off the Inter­net of ille­gal downloaders.

No updates or support

Run into an issue or a bug? Want to try a new fea­ture in the lat­est update? You can for­get about any kind of prod­uct sup­port if you ille­gal­ly down­load Pho­to­shop. This includes access to the lat­est fea­tures and bug fixes.

And Adobe does active­ly mon­i­tor for pirates through the Adobe Gen­uine Soft­ware Integri­ty Ser­vice. You might wake up one day to sud­den­ly find Pho­to­shop won’t load! 

It’s just $10 / month.… don’t be cheap

Tor­rent­ing Pho­to­shop used to be more jus­ti­fi­able back when Adobe charged $400 upfront for the soft­ware. In an effort to make the soft­ware more afford­able, Adobe now offers Pho­to­shop on a month­ly sub­scrip­tion basis for just $10 / month through Cre­ative Cloud. This pack­age does require a com­mit­tent of at least a year but comes with the pop­u­lar pho­to edit­ing app Light­room as well and 20GB of cloud stor­age. You can upgrade to new ver­sions of Pho­to­shop for free as soon as they are released. Giv­en the time, has­sle and risk of tor­rents, you’re bet­ter off sub­scrib­ing to Cre­ative Cloud. It’s a small price to pay for some­thing that pro­vides a tremen­dous lev­el of func­tion­al­i­ty. There are times in life where it just does­n’t make sense to be a cheapstake.

Free Photoshop for students

Smiling student at a college graduation
She was excit­ed about grad­u­at­ing… until her uni­ver­si­ty turned off her free Pho­to­shop access the next day. Pho­to: Grad­u­a­tion Stu­dent by Juan-Ramos.

A num­ber of schools and uni­ver­si­ties work with Adobe to pro­vide Pho­to­shop for free or at a sub­stan­tial­ly reduced costs to stu­dents. Here is one exam­ple from Emer­son of how full-time stu­dents can get Adobe Phot­shop for free on up to two devices. Many US uni­ver­si­ties have sim­i­lar programs.

You can also buy older versions of Photoshop

Although not wide­ly adver­tised, you can still buy old­er boxed copies of Pho­to­shop CC and Pho­to­shop CS6 online. These come with a CD and license key that absolute­ly still works. In case you don’t have a CD dri­ve, you can also down­load the soft­ware from Adobe and acti­vate it with the pro­vid­ed license key. The core func­tion­al­i­ty of Pho­to­shop has not changed in decades. These old­er ver­sions are ade­quate for most peo­ple’s needs and best of all, you don’t need the lat­est com­put­er hard­ware to run them!

Other options to consider:

There are also a num­ber of free and less expen­sive pho­to edi­tors besides Photoshop:

  • GNU Image Manip­u­la­tion Pro­gram (GIMP): This open-source clone is almost as old as the orig­i­nal. Just about any­thing you can do in Pho­to­shop, per­haps minus the very lat­est fea­tures, can be done in GIMP. There’s also an exten­sive online com­mu­ni­ty and sup­port for many oper­at­ing sys­tems, includ­ing Win­dows, Mac and Lin­ux. Since the user inter­faces of the two are so alike, you can switch straight to GIMP from Pho­to­shop with­out feel­ing lost.
  • Pix­el­ma­tor Pro is a pow­er­ful image edi­tor and graph­ics illus­tra­tor built exclu­sive­ly for Mac. It’s incred­i­bly easy to use and has an inno­v­a­tive user inter­face ahead of its time. It’s not free at $39.99, but well worth con­sid­er­ing if you have a bit of cash or are look­ing for a more smart­ly designed alternative.
  • Lumi­nar is anoth­er paid alter­na­tive to Pho­to­shop. Like Pix­el­ma­tor, it does­n’t try to com­pete direct­ly by cloning fea­tures– it’s a new way to reimag­ine your edit­ing work­flow from the ground up. Designed espe­cial­ly for pho­tog­ra­phers, you can eas­i­ly replace the sky, embed objects, and more. Lumi­nar uses the pow­er of AI to auto­mat­i­cal­ly enhhance your pho­tos as well.
  • Can­va is a graph­ic design tool pop­u­lar for cre­at­ing those all-too-com­mon Pin­ter­est and Insta­gram graph­ics. The basic free ver­sion let’s you eas­i­ly add text and graph­ics to images. It’s worth con­sid­er­ing if you just need a quick way to enhance images for social media.

Closing thoughts

If you made it this far and did­n’t click away as soon as we advised against down­load­ing Pho­to­shop tor­rents, we can only repeat our­selves again– please think twice before pirat­ing or crack­ing Pho­to­shop. While it def­i­nite­ly is not the worst thing in life you can do, there are so many oth­er ways to access the soft­ware and so many alter­na­tives today in 2021 that there real­ly is no rea­son to. If you do decide to go down this route, please at least con­sid­er prop­er­ly licens­ing the soft­ware as soon as you are finan­cial­ly able to.

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