An Idiot’s Guide to Installing Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.04

intro   An Idiots Guide to Installing Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.04A few weeks ago, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a spare partition. I’d dabbled with Linux before, mainly through a Knoppix Live CD many moons ago but working at MakeUseOf, it’s often hard to ignore some of the great articles aimed at Linux users and these ultimately made Ubuntu quite an attractive proposition. That, and I could install it through Windows, reboot and enjoy!

One thing I that constantly had me rebooting into Windows was the lack of Photoshop. As a photographer and MakeUseOf staff writer I use this program pretty much daily, and I can tell you now I’m not much of a fan of The GIMP – or GIMPShop. We just don’t get on.


So imagine my delight when I found out the popular WINE compatibility layer that supports Windows applications in Linux works very well with the latest and greatest edition of Adobe’s image editing suite!

Prepare Wine for Ubuntu

Just so we’re clear this is a tutorial to install the stand-alone version of Photoshop (rather than the full CS5 Master Collection). You’re going to need either a trial version which you can get straight from Adobe, or the version you’ve already purchased. It is worth mentioning that a non-Adobe approved “portable” version of Photoshop exists and works on Linux, though I’m not going to tell you any more about it.

This install should work on derivatives of Ubuntu, so if you’re running Kubuntu or Xubuntu proceed as normal.

Armed with your chosen copy of Photoshop, head over to the Ubuntu Software Centre and search for “wine”. The top result is usually “Wine Microsoft Windows Compatability Layer” and it’s that one you’ll want to install.

wine   An Idiots Guide to Installing Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.04

Once you’ve done that you’re going to need to get winetricks, and the easiest way to do this is via the Terminal. Open a new Terminal window (Applications, Accessories then Terminal) and type in:

wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks

If you are briefed for a password at any point whilst using the Terminal, simply enter your user password (it won’t show up when you type) and hit Enter. Once you’ve downloaded winetricks, install it with the following command:

sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005

terminal   An Idiots Guide to Installing Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.04

Lastly, you’ll need some core Microsoft fonts to get Photoshop working — so in the Terminal window you still have open, enter the following:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

Good, now you can close the window as you won’t need the Terminal any more.

Installing Photoshop

It’s best to familiarise yourself with Wine a bit, so go to Applications then Wine and notice you have your very own virtual C: drive. Open her up (Browse C: Drive) and navigate your way to C:\Windows\System32. You’re going to need to place two DLL files into this folder: msvcr80.dll and atmlib.dll.

system32   An Idiots Guide to Installing Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.04

Once this is done, you simply need to run the Photoshop executable installer, sit back and install much in exactly the same way you would on Windows. You may need to specify the directory in which to install the program (something like C:\Program Files\Photoshop will do).

If you check the “Run Photoshop CS5″ box at the end of the installer, you will hopefully see Adobe’s premier image editing suite spring into action.

photoshop   An Idiots Guide to Installing Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.04

One final thing you’ll want to do is create a shortcut (or “launcher” as they’re known on Ubuntu). Right-click on your desktop and choose Create Launcher. In the command box, enter: wine “<path>” (with quotes) where “<path>” is the location of your Photoshop installation. You should end up with something like: wine “C:\\Program Files\\Photoshop\\PhotoshopCS5.exe” - call it what you want, add a fancy icon and use it in future to launch Photoshop.

Congratulations, you can now spend hours editing and tweaking photos in Photoshop within Linux. Smart huh?

Do you use Ubuntu? Do you find The GIMP to be a worthy replacement for Photoshop? Is official support for Photoshop within Linux your wildest dream? Get it all off your chest in the comments below.

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Kenny Louie

I would quit my photography hobby if I had to use GIMP. It does what it needs to do but personally it still sucks. Photoshop running in Linux changes everything.

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Tim Brookes

I agree. I’m not one to shun free software (especially as I’ve taken to Ubuntu so much in the last month or so) but The GIMP just doesn’t work the way I want it to.

I daresay I could probably change my workflow, but now I don’t need to. Thanks WINE! :)

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Your Name

Actually, GIMP can do everything Photoshop can do. It just takes some patience. When the new GIMP 2.8 (Leading to 3.0) it will blow photoshop out of the water… just wait.

…But, there’s no replacement for Adobe After Effects.

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Monk

ever tried shake?

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Musaffa

shake is dead. better b nuke or fusion.

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Mat

Nice guide. Thank you.

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Archish85

I have never used Photoshop but I admit I am not a heavy user anyway. Gimp does the job for me. Though I do have a wish to start using computers for my hobby of drawing cartoons and since a lot of advice is more easily available for PS than Gimp, I may try PS in future. Thanks for your post anyways.

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C0l2e

well I think it’s task is easier in photoshop but not impossible for gimp.

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Tim Brookes

I agree. I’m not one to shun free software (especially as I’ve taken to Ubuntu so much in the last month or so) but The GIMP just doesn’t work the way I want it to.

I daresay I could probably change my workflow, but now I don’t need to. Thanks WINE! :)

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Anonymous

I’m surprised it runs under WINE. I think I’ll check if WINE can handle FrameMaker, too.

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Boycotthell2005

Sort of a silly thing really, but some fanatics are willing to start some sort of holy war over it, so it might as well get cleared up now. As you know, a lot of things around the Linux world are recursive acronyms. Wine happens to be among them and is as follows: Wine = Wine is not [an] emulator. http://www.winehq.org

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Tim Brookes

You’re right, I even put this in another post.

Wine is a compatability layer, rather than an emulator. Slip of the fingers, I think!

Tim

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Boycotthell2005

Sort of a silly thing really, but some fanatics are willing to start some sort of holy war over it, so it might as well get cleared up now. As you know, a lot of things around the Linux world are recursive acronyms. Wine happens to be among them and is as follows: Wine = Wine is not [an] emulator. http://www.winehq.org

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Tengu

My gf is using gimp – she never saw photoshop… and it seems that she can do what she wants.
I thing that all this “photoshop is best” and/or “gimp is best” and /or “toto is best” is only a personnal point of view ;).

If this trick can help people to leave windows, that’s a good point.

Cheers,

T.

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Tengu

My gf is using gimp – she never saw photoshop… and it seems that she can do what she wants.
I thing that all this “photoshop is best” and/or “gimp is best” and /or “toto is best” is only a personnal point of view ;).

If this trick can help people to leave windows, that’s a good point.

Cheers,

T.

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Xian

Can’t get it to work. I followed the guide exactly and when running the installer “initializing installer” it closes and nothing happens. If looking at the Photoshop CS5 on winehq.com it looks like no one have made it work, the installer always fails… The only way is to copy installation from windows to linux :(

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Andri Möll

For those having issues with the trial installer dying after initialization, installing msxml3 in addition with winetricks may help: sh winetricks msxml3.
It brought the installer window up on my x64 machine at least.

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Jirka Zarsky

yeah…this was the catch! :) …maybe add it to the tutorial

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Taintedelephant

I got past the initialization with your help but still couldn’t install all of the way.

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Xian

Can’t get it to work. I followed the guide exactly and when running the installer “initializing installer” it closes and nothing happens. If looking at the Photoshop CS5 on winehq.com it looks like no one have made it work, the installer always fails… The only way is to copy installation from windows to linux :(

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xi

For me the installer fails. I downloaded the trail version of photoshop from adobe and followed the guide exactly and it won’t work. Reading on winehq it looks like no one have made it work, the installer always fails when initializing. The only way is to copy the directories from windows.

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Tim Brookes

Really sorry to hear that, my standalone version of CS5 worked ok.

Do you have an older version of CS4 you could try? As it has been around longer I’d hope it would work a bit better.

Good luck.

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Kishore Mylavarapu

Really superb tutorial.Hope it works for me tooo…please also tell me how to install DREAMWEAVER CS5 also ? because i am a developer i also need that…

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Tim Brookes

I have personally not had a go at Dreamweaver yet, as I do not use it.

A quick Google should give you your answer. Some people have got it to work, but not necessarily through legal means!

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Pacheco

men if you’ra a developper, you should use other IDE’s like NetBeans. Dream weaver is a good tool, but is very far from beeing the best. NetBeans is not visual, but in linux can make powerfull stuff…

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Tim Brookes

Really sorry to hear that, my standalone version of CS5 worked ok.

Do you have an older version of CS4 you could try? As it has been around longer I’d hope it would work a bit better.

Good luck.

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Tim Brookes

I have personally not had a go at Dreamweaver yet, as I do not use it.

A quick Google should give you your answer. Some people have got it to work, but not necessarily through legal means!

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Tim Brookes

You’re right, I even put this in another post.

Wine is a compatability layer, rather than an emulator. Slip of the fingers, I think!

Tim

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Andri Möll

For those having issues with the trial installer dying after initialization, installing msxml3 in addition with winetricks may help: sh winetricks msxml3.
It brought the installer window up on my x64 machine at least.

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Santiago Cabezas

If you get Visual C++ runtime errors, try installing ‘vcrun2008′ instead of ‘vcrun2005′. It proved to work properly, at least on my case.

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Liggybee

I’m not a fan of GIMP either. We use Ubuntu in our offices at work and I was able to get an older version of Photoshop installed using the Wine Configuration. I didn’t have the installation disks when I did it. I basically pointed the configuration software to the PS .exe file in our network applications directory. That worked and the program runs just fine.

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kolos

the problem with gimp is the GUI (Graphical user interface), is freaking useles, i want my layers and other shit together :x

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Tim Brookes

Yeah I agree. There’s a version called GIMPShop which attempts to make the GUI a little more in line with Photoshop.

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Arjun Bajaj

Finally There’s a way to install photoshop CS5….once i tried to install photoshop CS2 and it actually worked…i was surprised…

i’m waiting for ubuntu 10.10 to release and then i’ll install photoshop CS5 on my laptop…
cause ubuntu 10.04 crashes on my laptop…..

and thnx for this awesome guide….cause i always messed up in installing WINE….

thnx…

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Arjun Bajaj

Finally There’s a way to install photoshop CS5….once i tried to install photoshop CS2 and it actually worked…i was surprised…

i’m waiting for ubuntu 10.10 to release and then i’ll install photoshop CS5 on my laptop…
cause ubuntu 10.04 crashes on my laptop…..

and thnx for this awesome guide….cause i always messed up in installing WINE….

thnx…

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Risa

Excuse me, how about the performance? Will Photoshop be slower in Ubuntu than in Windows?

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Tim Brookes

Yep, and it’s not perfect either. It still works, I’ve used it to edit a couple of photos with Camera RAW and for some screenshots in my recent articles.

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Markjville

As a user of both PS and GIMP, realize the pros and cons of each. PS can do everything, with ability to handle publishing needs, but you’re stuck with the computer it is licensed on.
GIMP can nearly do everything but in RGB only. CYMK support is either non-existent (as default install) or weak and techie (with Separate). Yet GIMP is highly portable, as one can install it anywhere as needed.

Most casual graphic editing (for non publishing needs) GIMP is a valid choice. It is not any less complicated to learn than PS. However, for pros, GIMP may lack certain streamlined work flows that PS has.

In my experience, GIMP has worked fine for me in professional RGB work, but fails for CMYK. (Translation for beginners: for images on a computer screen, GIMP is fine; for images printed on paper by quality publisher, GIMP is not good.)

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Markjville

As a user of both PS and GIMP, realize the pros and cons of each. PS can do everything, with ability to handle publishing needs, but you’re stuck with the computer it is licensed on.
GIMP can nearly do everything but in RGB only. CYMK support is either non-existent (as default install) or weak and techie (with Separate). Yet GIMP is highly portable, as one can install it anywhere as needed.

Most casual graphic editing (for non publishing needs) GIMP is a valid choice. It is not any less complicated to learn than PS. However, for pros, GIMP may lack certain streamlined work flows that PS has.

In my experience, GIMP has worked fine for me in professional RGB work, but fails for CMYK. (Translation for beginners: for images on a computer screen, GIMP is fine; for images printed on paper by quality publisher, GIMP is not good.)

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Photoshop lover

I’d love to see an linux optimized version of photoshop soon…

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Mary

when i click the download now button, it just keep loading but nothing actually downloads. am i missing something?

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Mary

when i click the download now button, it just keep loading but nothing actually downloads. am i missing something?

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Your Name

Actually, GIMP can do everything Photoshop can do. It just takes some patience. When the new GIMP 2.8 (Leading to 3.0) it will blow photoshop out of the water… just wait.

…But, there’s no replacement for Adobe After Effects.

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Your Name

Hello Tim, do you know if this works for Adobe After Effects?

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trusktr

Hey Tim, sorry, I’m not “Your Name”. I’m “trusktr”.

I hope this works for Adobe After Effects! Please please please!

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trusktr

Hey Tim, sorry, I’m not “Your Name”. I’m “trusktr”.

I hope this works for Adobe After Effects! Please please please!

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virus

i cannot access the address in terminal it is showing some error 404 found

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virus

i cannot access the address in terminal it is showing some error 404 found

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sopox

still get a c++ error at the beginning, any idea? already spend hours on this and it suuuucks.

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Anthrix

Some times when i select one of tools like text program is breaking? where is the problem.

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Tim Brookes

Did you install the Microsoft fonts package? In Terminal type:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

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Tim Brookes

Did you install the Microsoft fonts package? In Terminal type:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

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Allknowing

C’mon your not using the a trial or a bought version of photoshop cs5.
There are several things that give you away

1. At the end of the real photoshop cs5 installer, nowhere does it say
“Launch Photoshop”.
2. In the screenshot of cs5, the panel beside the color panel is blank.

Your using the Non Adobe approved “portable” version of Photoshop.

Prove me wrong by making a video shoeing the actual real photoshop cs5 installer being used.

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Allknowing

C’mon your not using the a trial or a bought version of photoshop cs5.
There are several things that give you away

1. At the end of the real photoshop cs5 installer, nowhere does it say
“Launch Photoshop”.
2. In the screenshot of cs5, the panel beside the color panel is blank.

Your using the Non Adobe approved “portable” version of Photoshop.

Prove me wrong by making a video shoeing the actual real photoshop cs5 installer being used.

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Benpptung

Nice guide, thank you.
Can you compare the performance difference between Adobe CS5 in Ubuntu + Wine and Windows( XP or 7 )?

Since we are considering moving to Ubuntu, the only barrier for us is Adobe CS.

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Benpptung

Nice guide, thank you.
Can you compare the performance difference between Adobe CS5 in Ubuntu + Wine and Windows( XP or 7 )?

Since we are considering moving to Ubuntu, the only barrier for us is Adobe CS.

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Rodrigo Leija

Man thanks for this! will give it a try soon!
Have anyone tried installing dreamweaver using this method?
cheers

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Rodrigo Leija

Man thanks for this! will give it a try soon!
Have anyone tried installing dreamweaver using this method?
cheers

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Taintedelephant

Cant get it to work, would it work to copy the directories from windows. this is the clincher for me ditching windows. Gimp is great, but I cant work without adjustment layers.

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LUIS

I get an error:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime library

Runtime Error!

R6034

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LUIS

I get an error:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime library

Runtime Error!

R6034

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Shy

O.o how the hell do I add the DLL files into this folder: msvcr80.dll and atmlib.dll.

I’m new to this stuff so I have NO CLUE what I’m doing and need all the help I can get!

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Shy

O.o how the hell do I add the DLL files into this folder: msvcr80.dll and atmlib.dll.

I’m new to this stuff so I have NO CLUE what I’m doing and need all the help I can get!

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Tim Brookes

Go to Applications, Wine, Browse C: Drive and navigate to C:WindowsSystem32 then put the files in there.

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Tim Brookes

Go to Applications, Wine, Browse C: Drive and navigate to C:\Windows\System32 then put the files in there.

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flashback666

Hi,
thx for this beginners-tut :)

But if I install PS CS5 Extended – I’ll get after a few secs of installing

The Setup encountered an error(-1) during install. Please restart the machine and try again.

Tried it with serial and as trial install- both ended like this :(

Any idea?

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flashback666

Hi,
thx for this beginners-tut :)

But if I install PS CS5 Extended – I’ll get after a few secs of installing

The Setup encountered an error(-1) during install. Please restart the machine and try again.

Tried it with serial and as trial install- both ended like this :(

Any idea?

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flashback666

Tried it with “Adobe Photoshop CS5 Lite 12.01″
Now it works perfecly :))

thx

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flashback666

Tried it with “Adobe Photoshop CS5 Lite 12.01″
Now it works perfecly :))

thx