Adobe Photoshop CS4 (11.0)

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NameAdobe Photoshop
VersionCS4 (11.0)
License Retail
Votes 31
Link Wine Wiki
Wine Version1.7.11
Maintainers of this version:
Released Oct 2008.
Adds more 3D capabilities.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works
Basic drawing and editing functions.

What does not

  • Installer
  • Save as... to another "drive" (z:) works, but saving to the same location again does not
  • HDR merge crashes
  • Photomerge crashes
  • Text tool crashes

What was not tested

  • Uninstall
  • Filters
  • Scripts
  • A whole host of other stuff

Additional Comments

Went back to Wine 1.1.25, patched MSI and installed IE6 to run the installer, then upgraded back to Wine 1.7.11.
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20141.7.11 No, but has workaround Yes Bronze Ken Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 05 20121.5.14 No, but has workaround Yes Silver an anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 19 20121.4-rc4 No Not installable Garbage Jonas Abrahamsson 
ShowAptosid 64bitNov 19 20111.3.32 No Not installable Garbage an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 29 20111.3.12 No Not installable Garbage Jonas Abrahamsson 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
18070 Multiple apps need separate msi custom action server process due to COM/MTA and/or isolation issues (Adobe CS3/CS4, Flash, Windows SDK 2008, Strawberry Perl, MS Office 2010) NEW View
18517 Tablet pen pressure or eraser (wacom tablet) are not working in Photoshop CS 4/5 NEW View
20877 Adobe Bridge cs4 hardware rendering not working NEW View
20954 Adobe CS4 installer crashes when going back, then continuing NEW View
20955 Adobe CS4 - Licence not shown REOPENED View
20958 Photoshop CS4 fails to install in Vista mode NEW View
34061 IETester 0.4.2 crashes on unimplemented function msls31.dll.LsGetRubyLsimethods in IE5.5 mode NEW View
34064 Adobe CS4 installer fails NEW View
34065 Adobe CS4 installer does not render correctly / cannot select components NEW View
35502 Photoshop CS4: "Merge to HDR" crashes NEW View
35503 Photoshop CS4: Photomerge crashes NEW View




Due to bug 18070( the installation does not work in the current version of wine(1.1.35), which is pretty sad, since the installed application works well.

There are only three ways make it work and neither are really recom­mended:

1. Compiling from git(not for the faint of heart 

2. Using an older wine version as described in this test data : .

­3. Moving a windows installation is another way(after the steps below are made, that is) but that's not possible for everyone.­

Note: This has not been updated in a long time and is likely out of date.

This is a general instruction on what should be sufficient to install and run Photoshop CS 4 under the current wine version. If the application still does not install or work, a bug report should be made at detailing any errors. T­his guide applies to installations of the trial version­ and the Master collection:

1. If not done already, download the winetricks script: wget

2. Install needed redistributables: sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005

3. Install MS core fonts(sudo if applicable): sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

4. Run the installation application(you might need to add a path): LANG=C wine Setup.exe

5. To work around the font layer bug(16499), and on your own risk, download atmlib.dll and copy to /drive_c/windows/system32 .

6. Run the application.

If you at this point have any problems, the correct (and good, non-evil) thing is to check if you bug is already reported among the linked bugs above. If this is you first bug report, look at some other bugs before you file your to get a feel for it. Also read the checklist shown when adding. And don't be afraid to ask if you are unsure.

Please don't use any other workarounds than those mentioned in this howto before submitting bugs as it defines what currently should suffice for the install. Using other workarounds could hide problems.

Please do NOT submit test results for "portable", cracked or in any other way illegal versions; they will be rejected outright. If you want to help out, please either buy the application or use the demo version.

ALT-Click keybinding and Compiz

Thanks to earther for the following email:

I was having problems with the Photoshop 7 ALT-Click keybinding in a new Debian install running Compiz.  I did the standard window manager tweak but it still didn't work properly.  Then I discovered an ALT-Click keybinding in the Compiz Window Management > Move Window > Initiate Window Move settings. I changed it to 'super' like in Gnome window management and voila, it seemed to get it working again in Photoshop. You might want to add that bit of info to the clone tool info on the Photoshop 7 page.



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by Ken Sharp on Tuesday February 4th 2014, 8:49
I've cleaned up some old comments and general waffle but left comments that either contain possibly useful information, or report a possible bug. I will check these as I get chance.

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by Laura on Friday May 25th 2012, 10:24
I had CS4 running almost flawlessly until the most recent Wine updates. I now can't use the type tool at all. I haven't installed any new fonts, and nothing else that uses fonts seems to have any problems at all, so I'm thinking that something in the most recent updates clashes with CS4. Anyone have any ideas?

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  • RE: CS4 by Ken Sharp on Tuesday February 4th 2014, 8:39
by Breagha on Monday April 19th 2010, 9:00
To avoid the blocky and partly unreadable text, install Tahoma with winetricks (Tahoma is not part of the corefonts package).

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UI Font size
by Nicklas Börjesson on Saturday May 2nd 2009, 3:56
I am not sure why, but on my screen I had to change the UI font size(preferences->interface->UI Font size) to "medium" in the application, or else it would look quite crappy. After that, it looked great!

It didn't matter how much i flickered the antialiasing settings in KDE, which lead me to believe that photoshop generates those graphics by itself. Does anyone knows if this is the case?

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How I got it to work
by mikk tendermann on Monday November 10th 2008, 3:08
I installed master collection in vmware

copy %windir%/WinSxS to ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/
copy %appdata%/Adobe to ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/All Users/Application Data/
copy %appdata%/FLEXnet to ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/All Users/Application Data/

copy c:/Program Files/Adobe to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/
copy c:/Program Files/Common Files/Adobe to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/
copy c:/Program Files/Common Files/Macrovision Shared to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/

From windows registry backup HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FLEXnet Licensing Service and restore both to wine registry

now open up your Photoshop CS4 and have fun

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