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: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.13

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What works

It installs perfectly. Where in earlier Wine versions winetricks or q4wine were needed before an install could be attempted, the 1.6.2 version lets you install without previous preinstall actions. It does ask for additional installs (e.g. gecko) during the install automatically. Finished the install without any problems.

After install PS works flawlessly with only minute adjustments.

What does not

After installation I did run into some problems related with the NVidia screen driver powering my dual screen set up. PS showed serious flickering of PS screen elements, moving PS windows (e.g. Layers and History windows) was barely responsive and screen refreshes failed. However, changing back to the open source XOrg drivers solved these issues completely.

Another minor issue is that occasionally the window sizing seems to be off in dialogue windows, thus for example in the Save window cutting off some of the lettering/ dialogue on the left side. This occured only for a limited time after the install, then disappeared and has not returned.


[1] Wine window containing PS does not minimise/ maximise and behaves as it it "Always on Top". However, the option "Always on Top" was not selected/ is not active. SOLUTION: Close PS if active. Copy atmlib.dll to directory Restart PS. Normal window behaviour restored. If problem remains, this can be solved during a PS session by first going to File> Open> open a file or cancel this dialogue window. After this normal window behaviour is restored.
[2] Remove conflict ALT Xubuntu and Photoshop keyboard shortcut. ALT key also assigned in Xubuntu, so interference on e.g. PS clone stamp.
Solution: Settings> Windows Manager Tweaks> Accessability tab> Change key to grab window toNone.


What was not tested

As in earlier installs, did not test the scanner connection (TWAIN).

Hardware tested


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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Mar 18 20193.0.5Yes Yes YesGoldBelladonna 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3997 New modal dialogs are behind main window CLOSED FIXED View
4717 "Create Photomerge" in Photoshop elements 2.0 hangs CLOSED FIXED View
4729 photoshop 6,7,CS: Resizing child window hangs/crashes wine. CLOSED FIXED View
5976 unmanaged child popups don't hide when the parent window minimizes CLOSED FIXED View
6062 Photoshop 8.0 (CS) startup problems CLOSED DUPLICATE View
7190 menus disappear from menubar in MDI app CLOSED FIXED View
8256 Photoshop CS loads but exits with "Hardware or system error. Sorry but this error is unrecoverable" CLOSED FIXED View
8897 Modal dialog hidden behind installer makes Photoshop CS installer appear to hang CLOSED FIXED View
8985 Photoshop 6, CS: in virtual desktop, Tools pane has wrong z-order CLOSED FIXED View
9004 Photoshop CS Crashes After initialisation CLOSED FIXED View
9006 Photoshop CS crashes if you choose "Online Services" CLOSED FIXED View
9262 Adobe Photoshop CS filter gallery preview doesn't work CLOSED FIXED View
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
36701 Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) crashes when opening a file CLOSED INVALID 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.