Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop CS was commercially released in October 2003 as the eighth major version of Photoshop. Photoshop CS increased user control with a reworked file browser augmenting search versatility, sorting and sharing capabilities and the Histogram Palette which monitors changes in the image as they are made to the document. Match Color was also introduced in CS, which reads color data to achieve a uniform expression throughout a series of pictures.

Application Details:

Version: CS (8.0)
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

After some local OS and winecfg adaptations, PS works as expected.
All brushes, effects, and rendering (e.g. liquify, lightning effects) functions work.
TLDR; after specific adaptations, PS works as advertised.

What does not

See "Workarounds"


  1. ALT key in PS doesn't work.
    Solution: On xfce, disable SYSTEM > WINDOW MANAGER TWEAKS > ACCESSIBILITY > "Key used to grab and move windows"; set to "None". Explanation: By default, this is set to the ALT key. This disables the ALT functions in PS (e.g. select target for Clone Stamp).
  2. The "wine window with PS" becomes unresponsive, PS components "flicker".
    In winecfg > Graphics > disable/ untick "Allow window manager to control the windows". This will launch PS in its "native" window, and speed and response is restored. This approach works both on Intel and AMD GPU boxen. "Window decoration" can be left ticked.

What was not tested

TWAIN (use resident XSANE, which is perfect!)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

Addition to "Hardware tested" notification here:

  • GPU: both Intel and AMD (multiple boxen)

  • Driver: in both cases open source (nouveau, Xorg)

This install/ update of PS on wine was done though apt and winehq ppa as described on WineHQ pages.

This was a wine stable version install.

Update went well, although, when PS was started, wine...

  1. Reports to update the wine cfg

  2. Asks user to update mono, which happens without issues (if net connection).

Additional notes:

  • ALWAYS backup .wine directory before update (!)

  • Please note that an upgrade for wine-stable to 8.0 will require significant more storage space. A wine-8.0-stable install will now require ± 1.7 GB! With this in mind, make sure your root partition is large enough (with room to space ;).

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 12 20238.0Yes Yes YesGoldBelladonna 
ShowUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 19 20227.13Yes Yes NoGarbageBelladonna 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 20 20227.0Yes Yes YesGoldBelladonna 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 16 20216.0Yes Yes YesGoldBelladonna 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 05 20204.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldBelladonna 

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
10002 Adobe Illustrator CS and CS2 abort on startup, reporting 'The operation cannot complete because of an unknown error. [PARM]' NEW View
16417 Scanning with Photoshop CS does give an error NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

  • You shouldn't have to copy Photoshop from Windows; just install it under Wine by running its Setup.exe. (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).
  • Before installing Photoshop, install the Times32 font by downloading and running one of the corefont installers, e.g. , else Photoshop will abort with a "hardware error" [see bug 9623]
  • 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
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.