I’m in my third year of being a NAPP member (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and have to say that joining is a no-brainer if you work heavily in Photoshop on a regular basis. Being a NAPP member allows you a lot of resources you have access to on their website, the Photoshop User magazine (plus free access to back-issues online), discounts on their seminars and events (like Photoshop World) and tons of discounts on software, hardware, and other random things like free shipping and discounted hotel rates … and lots, lots more.

If you look at the discounts alone (one of the ginormous reasons I love being a NAPP member) then here’s an example of why it’s worth your while. For me, in just the last few weeks I will have gotten back nearly all of my one-year renewal NAPP membership fee (it’s $99/year). I purchased Photomatix and, with my NAPP discount I saved $25 (it’s a $99 software program). I also just pre-ordered the Photoshop CS5 Extended upgrade and saved $53. A few months ago I attended a Kelby Training Photoshop Seminar by Dave Cross and saved $20 on the class (it was $99 for non-NAPP members). So far $98 of the $99 I spent on my membership for the year has been paid for … which basically means that I get all the rest of the stuff they offer (magazine, tutorials, etc.) for only $1! But I’m 100% positive that I’ll find a way to get that paid for, too. :)

So you might wonder … “why are you telling me all of this?” The big news for creatives this week is the announcement of Photoshop CS5. If you want to upgrade then you’ll save some pretty decent cash by being a NAPP member. If you don’t have the full version yet and need to buy the whole thing then you really have no excuse to NOT be a NAPP member. Here’s the breakdown of the savings for NAPP members buying Photoshop CS5:

NAPP membership = $99/year

Normal People NAPP Members Savings
Photoshop CS5 $699 $594 $105
Photoshop CS5 (Upgrade) $199 $169 $30
Photoshop CS5 Extended $999 $849 $150
Photoshop CS5 Extended (Upgrade) $349 $296 $53

I will keep my NAPP membership for as long as they’re around … heck, I’d pay the fee even without all the cool discounts (but don’t tell them I said so!). If you want to check it out then go to the website here: http://photoshopuser.com. If you truly want to join NAPP I would sincerely appreciate if you used one of the links in this post or on the side-bar of my blog … but don’t worry, I’m not getting paid to gush about how much I love NAPP. It’s all from the bottom of my heart. :)