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

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adobe photoshopA 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Comments (74)
  • yasnil ilyas

    can you tell me how to install adobe flash proffesional on ubuntun 14.04 lts, I have a problem like this , The Setup encountered an error(-1) during install. Please restart the machine and try again.

  • Gowtham

    The problem with people hating Gimp is because they expect Gimp to work exactly like Photoshop. The problem is with the user here. Gimp can do pretty much everything what PS does, but the short-cuts are different and certain things have to be done differently. If you are willing to learn, you can save money and have a fine photo editor that natively runs on Linux.

    • Matus Dubrava

      Man thanks, I have no experience with photoshop, only a little experience with gimp, and your comment encouraged me to try Gimp, now mainly for web design.

  • Keles Cenk

    Still to this day, Photoshop wins in so many aspects over its competitors. Web Designers, Game Artists, Photographers, Print Designers, Causal Artists can altogether use Photoshop on a professional level. I’ve worked in each of these jobs and Photoshop assisted me perfectly. But why does Adobe not just support Linux out of the Box? I can use Linux in each of these jobs listed perfectly!

    Cheers
    K. Cenk

  • Boo

    someone mentioned After effects, well I have an old version 6.5 and also AfterEffects CS3 and they both work fine for me under Wine. However Adobe Premiere wont work at all but photoshop works fine.

  • flashback666

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

    thx

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