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Photoshop CS6 in Linux


This article was written in the 2013, there may have been some developments in the subject matter.
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Today is one of those thorny items that do not speak exclusively of open source software, but seek to bring business users to Linux and open source world in general. As you may have guessed from the title today install PhotoShop CS6 its Linux.

Obviously this blog is terraced AGAINST hacking. If you do not have a legal version, regularly purchased PhotoShop might as well change blog, because of the following do not apply in your case.

What do we need:

  • a computer with at least 2GB of RAM (is more, better),
  • a Linux distribution that supports wine 1.5,
  • a version of PhotoShop (also demo),
  • depending on your connection speed ... from one to three quarters of an hour.

If we already have the wine package to a version lower than the 1.5 it will be necessary remove it along with its dependencies. To do this the command (optional since not all are installed) is the following:

sudo apt-get purge wine *

Now install wine 1.5, version that still today is not in the official Ubuntu repositories. We'll have to install it manually by adding the special PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

We update the package list and run the command to install wine 1.5:

sudo apt-get update

Among the dependencies will be downloaded also "winetricks", a small utility now contained in the wine package that contains some scripts that automate many of the more mundane installations (type service pack the ie6). Then use winetricks to install some dependencies required to install PhotoShop:

atmlib winetricks gdiplus vcrun2010 ie6 MSXML3 msxml6

At this point we have created optimal conditions for PhotoShop can be installed and started. Insert the installation CD, position ourselves within the terminal and run the command:

Wine Set-up.exe

Start the installation of PhotoShop.

For those who want to try the trial, can be easily and for free downloaded from the Adobe Creative Cloud prior to registration. To download the demo version you must meet the minimum requirements, type use an operating system supported by PhotoShop (basta installare l'estensione per Firefox "User Agent Switcher" e selezionare browser e sistema operativo). Dopo aver scompattato il file di download l'albero all'interno è il medesimo del cd. It should be positioned in the root directory and run the same command "wine Set-up.exe".

The setup program is fast enough, will be shown, however, an error message. Ignoring him, I realized that the files are also copied to the hard (verify this by looking at the terminal). The installation procedure is complete when the terminal stops. Then we can start PhotoShop quietly on Ubuntu, also with Unity or Gnome 3.


However I, for not knowing how to read nor write, I continue to use the old Gimp that I have never abandoned.


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  • Unfortunately I have not the slightest clue how Photoshop on Windows, I suppose you have a color profile of the internal management (how does Gimp).

    And if I'm honest I have installed Photoshop just to see if it was possible to do so and if it was fluid in the operation. I removed before they even understand what we could do and I went back to Gimp.

  • Manuel

    A question about a problem that was not addressed in the article: how can linux to manage color profiles in Photoshop? You can use the created profiles for windows without problems? who uses Photosop normally does or photograph or print cmyk, exports are managed as a pdf file in full color? thanks