How to Install Photoshop CC on Ubuntu

For Linux operating systems there is a lot of software, I would say as much as for Windows, but the problem we have the switchers, Those of us who were used to other operating systems, are just the old habits. That’s why, although Gimp is a great image editing program, many prefer it Photoshop to perform some (not all) tweaks. The bad thing is that it cannot be installed in Ubuntu. No? If you can, yes. And I would say it works 99%.

The first thing I want to say is that I don’t intend to encourage piracy or anything like that. This guide is for those users who have a legal copy of the application and want to use it on Ubuntu, as it is still running on Wine, in this case from PlayOnLinux, I think it’s worth it to do it on a much faster system than the operating system that Microsoft is developing. That said, I will go into detail on how to install Photoshop CC 2014 on Linux, which I tested on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu MAT 16.04.

How to Install Photoshop Using PlayOnLinux

Before I begin I must say what has been explained in this tutorial does not work in Photoshop CC 2015 which is the most current version. Yes it works in 2014 and although I have tried the 32-bit version, nothing makes me think that it cannot work with the 64-bit version. The point is, it might work, but it might not work. Here are the steps to run Photoshop on Ubuntu:

  1. We will need a version of Photoshop CC 2014. Adobe no longer has them available for download, but there is a trial copy on the Pro Design Tools.
  2. We install PlayOnLinux. We can do this from the Software Center of many versions of Ubuntu or using the command his apt-get install PlayOnLinux. If you do not have the package available, you can go to your website, Download the .deb package and install.
  3. We run PlayOnLinux.
  4. Let’s go to the menu Tools / Manage versions of Wine and, of all the available versions, we search and install 1.7.41-PhotoshopBrushes. To install it we just have to tap the arrow to the right that we will see in the center.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

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Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. We return to the main menu and click on the Install a program button.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. At the bottom left, we click on “Install an unlisted program”.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. We choose the option “Install a program on a new virtual drive.”

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. We give it a name. “Photoshop” would be fine. I added the two “C’s” behind it because I already had it installed. At this point we have no support for spaces.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. In the next window we see we must mark the three options and click next.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. We chose the Wine version 1.7.41-PhotoshopBrushes. If we don’t see it, we’ve done something wrong. We need to start over.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. Then we choose the 32-bit option. If he tells us he can’t find something and needs to install it, we do.
  2. A window will appear in which we can choose on which version of Windows the program will run. We have to choose Windows 7. Keep an eye on that by default puts Windows XP.

Install Photoshop on Ubuntu

  1. We install these libraries:
    • POL_Install_atmlib
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_FontsSmoothRGB
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_msxml3
    • POL_Install_msxml6
    • POL_Install_tahoma2
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    • POL_Install_vcrun2012
  2. Once all are checked, click Next.
  3. At this point it will ask us to look for the Photoshop installation file, so we look for it and select it. The installation will begin.
  4. If we are going to start the 30 day trial for any reason, we will need to disconnect from the internet before proceeding. Once we are offline, we try to enter, which will show us an error and allow us to try to access later.
  5. Now we have to be patient and wait for it to be installed. Some users, such as a server, have seen errors during installation, but there is no need to be alarmed. It’s a “normal” thing in PlayOnLinux and the program continues with the installation even if it seems to have come out of it. To make sure, we can wait about 5 minutes before giving it to Next.
  6. Finally, we can put a shortcut to the desktop that we can freely move to another folder to launch Photoshop. We can put this shortcut on the standard Ubuntu launcher and it works without problems, but the same does not happen in Ubuntu MAT, where it usually gives more errors.

Some functions may fail, such as liquefaction. If they don’t work properly, we can go to menu Edit / Preferences / Performance and uncheck “Use graphics processor.”

Did you manage to install Photoshop on Ubuntu?

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