Photoshop CS2, released in April 2005, is currently an end-of-life software when Adobe shutdown its activation servers in December 15, 2012. Adobe has once revealed its serial number online and it's still available somewhere. Although it's a pretty outdated version, lots of people still want to take advantage of this free chance and obtain this version of Photoshop.
Nearly everything tried so far. (Not exhaustive.) Stable so far. Image Ready opens and seems fully functional as well. Menus and layout are all correct, which is an improvement over PS7 which I have used quite a bit with success in Wine. Text entry was pretty good with different fonts, I have quite a few Windows fonts installed in wine. Wine 9.46 lists CS2 as having been a target for fixes and it's a big improvement - nice work Wine folks. One of the best apps I have tried so far in Wine.
What does not
Pressure sensitivity with Wacom pen. Some hotkeys like ctrl-+ for zooming don't work, but zooming in other ways is fine. Sometimes the tool windows disappear behind the main program window. This is solved by making the main window small so that the other windows are next to them, which is how I like to work anyway. CS2 opens slowly, as lots of people comment. But that is just the nature of CS2, on Windows it's just as slow. Once open it's fast.
What was not tested
Quite a bit.
I was easily able to run this by doing a 'thin' install from a previous install of a licensed version on a Windows machine. I have always had trouble doing installs from scratch in Wine so I didn't even try this time, plus this is probably faster. I will try and outline this simple method in a post below.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Antergos x86_64||Jun 05 2018||3.9-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||CheeseManFuu|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Aug 29 2017||2.15-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Cynplytholowazy|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64||Aug 14 2017||2.14||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Cynplytholowazy|
|Show||Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" x86_64||Aug 02 2017||2.13||No||Not installable||Garbage||Robert Nelson|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64||Jul 25 2017||2.13||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Cynplytholowazy|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|1348||RegisterHotKey and UnregisterHotKey are not implemented. (Affects e.g. Adobe Photoshop.)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5347||Photoshop CS, CS2 startup takes too long||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5348||Adobe Photoshop CS2 install fails.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5963||Photoshop CS2 Trial fails when run for more then 1 time||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|7372||Can't copy and paste between native apps (e.g., Open Office, Firefox, Gimp) and some Wine apps (affects Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Powerpoint, Excel)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|7428||Adobe Photoshop CS2 Not work Fonts tools||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|7882||Photoshop CS2 aborts after startup, saying "insufficient privileges"||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|8923||Adobe Photoshop CS2 Help Center does not install||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|9592||Cursor seems not to move in Photoshop CS2 while hovering over a picture||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|9623||Adobe Photoshop CS2 crashes without Times.TTF from corefonts (PS 7 affected somewhat, too)||NEW||View|
|10018||Adobe Photoshop CS2 can't activate||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|10085||Adobe Bridge CS2 complains that it can't start due to licensing restrictions (affects photoshop)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|10091||Transparent images have black backgrounds with Compiz (affects Adobe Photoshop)||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|10461||Adobe Photoshop CS2 can't use multiple scratch disks||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|10948||Photoshop CS2 menu z-order problem||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11238||Photoshop CS2 doesn't ask to activate, fails on 2nd run||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|11251||Adobe Photoshop CS2 update process funky||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11252||Adobe Photoshop CS2 window motion cosmetic problem||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11292||Splash and About windows of Adobe Photoshop 7,CS,CS2 transparancy not dynamic||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|11398||Some PhotoShop controls are not working properly.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11412||Adobe Photoshop CS2: splash screen z-order problem||REOPENED||View|
|11431||Adobe Photoshop CS2: z-overlay of image containers||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11679||BW Styler Plugin for Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 ugly cosmetic problem||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12005||Regression in pressure sensitivity with wizardpen tablet driver and Photoshop 7||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12127||Kai Power Tools filters z-order problem in Photoshop (7, CS2)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12145||Photoshop: telephone activation is unstable||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|12154||Jibberish in Photoshop 9 update view||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|12161||Adobe Photoshop CS2: progress bar appearing on active viewport with "on top"||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12215||Adobe Photoshop CS2: progress bar staying visible after operations||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|12364||Overlapping of windows within Photoshop CS2||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12449||Adobe Photoshop CS2: window parts hidden when opening multiple images||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12484||Photoshop CS2: freezes when trying to save for web||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12592||Photoshop CS2: complains "Please log in using an account with administrator privileges and try again"||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12599||Photoshop CS2 image windows don't paint fully if you have two monitors with unequal resolutions||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12827||Photoshop CS2: Cycle Images works only halfway||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|13017||Photoshop CS2, info window - missing info.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|13707||Adobe Creative Suite CS2 installer crash||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|13714||Drag'n Drop dont work with Gnome and Photoshop||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|13950||Adobe Photoshop CS2 crashes " user name, organization or serial number is missing or invalid"||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|13987||Photoshop CS2 All image and dialog windows draw behind main parent window with KDE4||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|14467||Photoshop CS2 update installer doen't work...||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|14808||CS2 Compiz tooltips||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|15111||Adobe Photoshop CS2 tools stop working in maximised images||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|15242||Photoshop CS2: Typing causes excessive processor use and brief unresponsiveness||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|15453||Holding spacebar to use hand tool in Photoshop CS2 causes significant lag||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|15573||Photoshop CS2: Main Window opens on first desktop regardless of active desktop||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|15574||PhotoShop CS2: Photoshop Save As.. dialog ignores filename input on jpegs and names them ".jpg" (Workaround exists)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|15680||Adobe Photoshop CS2 trial can't install||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|17508||Adobe Photoshop CS2 won't install||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|17882||Photoshop CS2 doesn't see the Internet||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|19342||Adobe Photoshop CS2: Doesn't display license screen for installation (appinstall)||CLOSED||FIXED||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|
|20475||Photoshop CS2: Can't switch from fixed ratio to free size in image size dialog||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|20725||Adobe photoshop CS2 fails to install||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|20994||Photoshop droplets do not activate actions||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|20996||Photoshop CS2 does not remember its window size and position||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|21719||Cannot install Adobe Photoshop CS2 due to msi_cabextract failure||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|23898||Adobe Photoshop CS5 tool windows stay visible after switching to another program||NEW||View|
|24611||Install Shield fails on 64bit multilib wine if WINEPREFIX was created by 64bit wine||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|26457||Photoshop CS2 color picker "OK" button doesn't works anymore||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|26458||Photoshop CS2 workspaces windows stays on top||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|28355||Photoshop CS2 stopped working, unable to focus on any tool windows after a new file is created or opened||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|32869||Photoshop CS2 - multiple problems with windows and workspace||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|32961||Adobe CS2 will not install||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|33873||Photoshop CS2 fails to "save as"||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|33906||Minimising Photoshop CS2 and restore it doesn't restore the draws||NEW||View|
|34137||photoshop cs2 child windows are minimized incorrectly||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|34366||Photoshop CS2 fails at the "initializing tools" windows||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|36426||ShortKeys stopped to work in Photoshop CS2||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|36649||Photoshop CS2 fails to load on initializing tools||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|37027||Adobe Photoshop CS2 will not run under Ubuntu 14.04||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|37418||Unable to paste images from linux clipboard to Wine apps workspace (affects Photoshop, Powerpoint etc.)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|37655||Photoshop CS2: err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7bcd1f00 "loader.c: loader_section"||CLOSED||INVALID||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|
|48206||Adobe Photoshop CS2 has become near impossible to use||CLOSED||WORKSFORME||View|
Tips for UI Quirks:
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. earther
Admin note: the following information was extracted from a user comment posted on July 13th 2008, and may not be relevant to current Wine.
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.