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adobe photoshopA few weeks ago, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 Ubuntu 10.04 - An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux] Ubuntu 10.04 - An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux] Read More 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 7 Things That Are Easier To Do In Ubuntu Than In Windows 7 Things That Are Easier To Do In Ubuntu Than In Windows Read More . 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 5 Websites to Learn GIMP Online 5 Websites to Learn GIMP Online Read More – or GIMPShop. We just don’t get on.


So imagine my delight when I found out the popular WINE Run Windows Applications on Linux (or Mac) with WINE Run Windows Applications on Linux (or Mac) with WINE Read More 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 Why Are There So Many Versions of Ubuntu? [Technology Explained] Why Are There So Many Versions of Ubuntu? [Technology Explained] Read More , 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.

  1. Xven
    June 6, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I cant run the sh of winetricks, says the processer doesnt support it.

  2. Abc Def
    August 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    In plain English, that GIMP thing is crap. Even the name is stupid. I tried it some times and I hated it, so so so amateur... Those big reason (Maya and Adobe) make me stick to Windows

  3. yasnil ilyas
    June 9, 2015 at 7:25 am

    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.

  4. Gowtham
    May 16, 2015 at 5:59 am

    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
      July 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      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.

  5. Keles Cenk
    April 25, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    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

  6. Boo
    March 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    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.

  7. flashback666
    December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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

    thx

  8. flashback666
    December 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

    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?

    • flashback666
      December 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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

      thx

  9. flashback666
    December 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    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?

  10. Tim Brookes
    November 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm

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

  11. Shy
    November 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    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!

    • Tim Brookes
      November 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

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

  12. Shy
    November 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    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!

  13. LUIS
    November 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I get an error:

    Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime library

    Runtime Error!

    R6034

  14. LUIS
    November 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I get an error:

    Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime library

    Runtime Error!

    R6034

  15. Taintedelephant
    October 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    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.

  16. Rodrigo Leija
    October 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

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

  17. Rodrigo Leija
    October 19, 2010 at 4:07 am

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

  18. Benpptung
    October 19, 2010 at 5:41 am

    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.

  19. Benpptung
    October 19, 2010 at 3:41 am

    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.

  20. Allknowing
    October 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

    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.

  21. Allknowing
    October 16, 2010 at 4:14 am

    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.

  22. Tim Brookes
    October 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

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

    sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

  23. Anthrix
    October 15, 2010 at 12:26 am

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

    • Tim Brookes
      October 15, 2010 at 7:03 am

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

      sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

  24. sopox
    October 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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

  25. virus
    October 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

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

  26. virus
    October 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

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

  27. trusktr
    September 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hey Tim, sorry, I'm not "Your Name". I'm "trusktr".

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

  28. trusktr
    September 30, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Hey Tim, sorry, I'm not "Your Name". I'm "trusktr".

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

  29. Your Name
    September 30, 2010 at 6:34 am

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

  30. Your Name
    September 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

    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.

  31. Mary
    September 30, 2010 at 6:45 am

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

  32. Mary
    September 30, 2010 at 4:45 am

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

  33. Photoshop lover
    September 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I'd love to see an linux optimized version of photoshop soon...

  34. Markjville
    September 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

    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.)

  35. Markjville
    September 27, 2010 at 5:21 am

    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.)

  36. Risa
    September 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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

    • Tim Brookes
      September 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      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.

  37. Arjun Bajaj
    September 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    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...

  38. Arjun Bajaj
    September 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

    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...

  39. kolos
    September 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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

    • Tim Brookes
      September 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm

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

  40. Liggybee
    September 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    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.

  41. Santiago Cabezas
    September 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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

  42. Andri Möll
    September 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    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.

  43. Tim Brookes
    September 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    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

  44. Tim Brookes
    September 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    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!

  45. Tim Brookes
    September 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    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.

  46. Kishore Mylavarapu
    September 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    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...

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      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!

    • Pacheco
      September 17, 2010 at 1:43 am

      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...

  47. xi
    September 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    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.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      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.

  48. Xian
    September 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    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 :(

  49. Xian
    September 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    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 :(

    • Andri Möll
      September 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      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.

    • Jirka Zarsky
      October 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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

    • Taintedelephant
      October 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

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

  50. Tengu
    September 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    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.

  51. Tengu
    September 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    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.

  52. Boycotthell2005
    September 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    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

  53. Boycotthell2005
    September 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    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

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      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

  54. Anonymous
    September 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

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

  55. Tim Brookes
    September 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    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! :)

  56. C0l2e
    September 14, 2010 at 5:25 am

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

  57. Archish85
    September 14, 2010 at 5:10 am

    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.

  58. Mat
    September 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Nice guide. Thank you.

  59. Kenny Louie
    September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    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.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

      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! :)

    • Your Name
      September 30, 2010 at 6:33 am

      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.

    • Monk
      November 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      ever tried shake?

    • Musaffa
      November 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

      shake is dead. better b nuke or fusion.

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