Adobe Photoshop

This is the second edition of Photoshop CS

Application Details:

Version: CS2 (9.0)
License: Retail
Votes: 62
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.13

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Installation and Startup.

A little bit of editing testings.

Included packages include Adobe Bridge and ExtendScript Toolkit also works.

What does not

ImageReady does not work. Reason Unknown.

What was not tested

Lots of filters not tested, but I assume they will work.

Additional Comments

Crash due to missing font or corrupted settings file still happens, See HowTo below for the fix.
Required: winetricks corefonts (vcrun6 is not needed)

I'd say this rated Gold because most things worked properly.

Admin note: rating changed to conform to the rating definitions.
selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jul 25 20172.13Yes Yes SilverCynplytholowazy 
ShowLinux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64Nov 30 20141.7.31Yes Yes Goldeosrei 
ShowopenSUSE 12.3 x86_64Sep 13 20141.7.26Yes Yes SilverRosanne 
ShowLinux Mint 18 "Sarah" x86_64Oct 16 20161.6.2No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 19 20131.5.28Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
9623 Adobe Photoshop CS2 crashes without Times.TTF from corefonts (PS 7 affected somewhat, too) NEW View
11412 Adobe Photoshop CS2: splash screen z-order problem REOPENED View
19343 Adobe Photoshop CS2: Edit controls have wrong names (appinstall) NEW View
19344 Adobe Photoshop CS2: Some files missing on installation (appinstall) NEW View
23898 Adobe Photoshop CS5 tool windows stay visible after switching to another program NEW View
33906 Minimising Photoshop CS2 and restore it doesn't restore the draws NEW View
37418 Unable to paste images from linux clipboard to Wine apps workspace (affects Photoshop, Powerpoint etc.) NEW View
37740 Photoshop CS2 - Scanner IO problems UNCONFIRMED View
38244 Photoshop CS2: Crash at Open file window with choosing multiple files to load UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


Tips for UI Quirks:

  • Windows-->Workspace-->Reset Palette Locations is your friend
  • Keeping Photoshop in it's own desktop can prevent some of the overlapping windows issues with other programs. (Bug #11412)
  • If Photoshop keeps ignoring the filename you type in while saving as a jpeg, select the filename field again and press Home on the keyboard. You should be able to proceed with the correct filename. 
  • If Save For Web... doesn't work, use Save As.. and set the filetype to jpeg or png.
All steps in bold must be respected to use correctly Photoshop CS2

  • You shouldn't have to copy Photoshop from Windows; just install it under Wine by running its "setup.exe" into Photoshop CS2 (R) Directory. "Setup.exe" don't work for Wine's Versions > 1.0. (To run a .exe under wine, you have to doubleclick it, right click and choose "Run with Wine", or run it from the commandline using the 'wine' command, depending on how your Linux distribution integrates Wine.)

  • Never use a cracked version of Photoshop.
  • Never run Wine as root.
  • Use a recent version of Wine (1.0.1 or later). 1.1.0 recommended.

  • Some UI elements might use a too-small font. In CS2, you can fix this with Edit / Preferences / General, and change UI Font Size from Small to Medium. Restart Photoshop.

  • The Clone tool uses the ALT key in a way that conflicts with many window managers. Here's how to fix that:
    • Ubuntu: System / Windows / Movement Key, and pick "Super" instead of "Alt".
    • Kubuntu: K / System Settings / Look and Feel / Windows / Movement Key, and pick "Super" instead of "Alt"
    • Suse with Gnome: Computer / Control Center / Look and Feel / Windows / Movement Key, and pick "Super" instead of "Alt"
    • Fedora 8 Gnome: System / Preferences / Look and Feel / Windows / Movement Key, and pick "Super" instead of "Alt
    • Suse with KDE: Gecko / Favorites / Configure Desktop / Desktop / Window Behavior / Window Actions / "Inner Window, Titlebar & Frame" , and pick "Meta" instead of "Alt"
    • Earlier KDE: KDE Control Center / Desktop / Window Behavior / Window Actions / turn off the alt-combos.
    • Earlier Gnome: Destop Preferences / Keyboard Layout / Options / Alt/Win key behavior [expand tree]; select new behavior for modifier keys

  • If photoshop was working and now you get this message: "You are not allowed to continue because your accountdoes not have the proper privileges. Please log in using an account with administrator privileges and try again." Restarting your computer usually fixes this. If photoshop gives you this message the first time you run it, you probably have a different issue. (To explore further, read this, this, and this.)
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.


Crash due to missing font or corrupted settings file

Admin note: the following information was extracted from a user comment posted on July 13th 2008, and may not be relevant to current Wine.

Problem: Adobe Photoshop CS2 crashes upon startup with an unrecoverable hardware error. This error occurs on the second and subsequent starts.

Symptoms: After loading plugins, tools, brushes, etc., the program halts with the error message "Unable to continue because of a hardware or system error. Sorry, but this error is unrecoverable." Clicking OK results in hard crash.

Diagnosis: This problem is related to a settings file that is created and modified each time Photoshop runs and exits.

Quick Fix: You can force Photoshop CS2 to start by holding down CTRL+ALT+SHIFT while starting the application Linux or Command+Option+Shift in Mac OSX. You will be presented with a dialog box that asks if you wish to delete the settings file. Selecting Yes will delete the file, and allow the application to start as normal.

PERMANENT FIX: The permanent fix is actually very simple. The problematic file is the General Settings file, "Adobe Photoshop CS2 Prefs.psp", which references the default fonts Adobe expects to be installed. If for any reason these fonts, or any other files, are not installed or not functioning as expected, the application will terminate to the desktop. This settings file is located here:

/home/[USER PROFILE]/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/[USER PROFILE]/Application Data/Adobe/Photoshop/9.0/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Prefs.psp

Naturally, replace [USER PROFILE] with the user name you are working under.

Now, if you've encountered this error, you've already run CS2 twice, and the settings file has already been created and corrupted. Although deleting it will allow you to start CS2, it will again store a corrupted file when you exit the application, and next time you start the application, you'll repeat the same fatal error as usual.

So, having located this file, perform the following steps:

(1) Rename or delete the corrupted file
(2) Start CS2. It should start just fine.
(3) IMMEDIATELY after it has started, change the permissions on the newly re-created settings file (Adobe Photoshop CS2 Prefs.psp) to READ ONLY. You can do this in your file browser, or, if you are at the command line, use the following command:

chmod -w ./Adobe\ Photoshop\ CS2\ Prefs.psp

(4) Rejoice. Your work here is done.

Now, whenever CS2 exits, it will no longer overwrite the fresh, working settings file, and you will always be able to start it without the annoying error and subsequent crash.


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