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 Although it's a pretty outdated version, lots of people still want to take advantage of this free chance and obtain this version of Photoshop.
Everything appears to be functional, although there are some unusual window behaviors.
1 Maximizing or minimizing a document window is results in odd behavior such as the max/min buttons disappearing.
2 Multiple open windows is also a bit glitchy. However, it never bothered me enough to try using wine's virtual desktop feature.
What does not
I have yet to find a feature that refuses to function. You will have to baby some of the features (min/max buttons or multiple open documents), but CS2 is still functional during normal use.
Be aware that Compiz Fusion tends to capture the "alt" key for window management features. This prevents Wine from being able to use the alt key in Photoshop. You will have to reconfigure Compiz Fusion's keybindings to free up that alt key for Photoshop CS2.
What was not tested
It's easier to list what was tested (and was found to work):
open, import, export, save, and save-as commands.
Image adjustments (levels, photo filter, desaturate, etc)
All the tools (i.e. cloning brush, fill, etc.)
Photoshop CS2 works well enough under Wine that I felt confident uninstalling the GIMP.
|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|
|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|
|37740||Photoshop CS2 - Scanner IO problems||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|38244||Photoshop CS2: Crash at Open file window with choosing multiple files to load||UNCONFIRMED||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.