Run Photoshop with Ubuntu (or any other Linux)

photoshop logoAdobe Photoshop (or simply Photoshop), is a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems. Currently it’s market leader for commercial bitmap and image manipulation, and is the flagship product of Adobe Systems. Unfortunately it’s available for M$ Windows and Apple OS X users only. Thanks to heaven (and Wine’s developers of course) there is Wine allowing to execute M$ Windows applications (from simple executables to M$ Office and Adobe Photoshop) in Linux. The following instructions will help you to run Photoshop with you favorite Linux like Ubuntu Feisty / Gutsy, Fedora, Debian or OpenSUSE (actually it’s no matter what distribution you use).

1. Install wine (in Ubuntu just execute sudo aptitude install wine, Fedora users may run sudo yum install wine).

2. Configure “Wine Is Not an Emulator”:

$ winecfg

When ~/.wine directory is created configuration tool will start and you can set up a virtual desktop with the graphics tabs.

3. Install Photoshop cs2

First of all mount your Photoshop installation CD with the option -o unhide. This will prevent problems with hidden files during the installation.

$ sudo mount -t iso9660 -o unhide /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom0

Then proceed with installation (rather trivial procedure)

$ cd /media/cdrom0
$ wine setup

photoshop cs2 wineAfter this Photoshop setup should start without any errors. Just complete it like you’re in M$ Windows (predatory OS definitely). In case the installation is finished and wasn’t crashed you can start desired image editor.

4. Run Photoshop

$ cd /home/tom/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Adobe/Adobe\ Photoshop\ CS2
~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2$ wine photoshop.exe

This would show several errors like these ones:

err:shell:HCR_GetFolderAttributes HCR_GetFolderAttributes should be called for simple PIDL's only!
err:shell:HCR_GetFolderAttributes HCR_GetFolderAttributes should be called for simple PIDL's only!

photoshop cs2 running in wineBut they shouldn’t disturb Photoshop’s normal running (see screenshot below).

There is alternative solution – USE GIMP! As for me, I prefer alternative solution. 😉

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Stefan Durand

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3 thoughts on “Run Photoshop with Ubuntu (or any other Linux)”

  1. If I try to run it in the terminal and paste this:

    ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2$ wine photoshop.exe

    It says:

    bash: /home/devol/.wine/drive_c/Program: No such file or directory

    Is my Xubuntu a complete retard for being unable to realize that it's "Program FILES" not just "Program"? =

  2. p.s. Gimp is good for rotating and resizing photos. It lacks all the kind of features that would motivate the use of photoshop (soft brushes, elegant brush opacity, type blocks, vector paths, the list goes on.) No one's doing what PS is doing. Not Gimp, not Pixel. Hence this string.

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