Adobe Photoshop

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 Although it's a pretty outdated version, lots of people still want to take advantage of this free chance and obtain this version of Photoshop.

Application Details:

Version: CS2 (9.0)
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.9-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

  • Installation
  • The program itself

What does not

  • Out of the box usage (the program crashes unless times32.exe is installed)
  • The MouseOver effect is somewhat delayed when hovering over buttons


What was not tested

  • Plug-ins
  • Most filters

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

All in all, ready to use and very well working software. No platinum status until the times32.exe issue, which causes a fatal error, has been resolved though.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowAntergos x86_64Jun 05 20183.9-stagingYes Yes YesGoldCheeseManFuu 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 29 20172.15-stagingYes Yes YesSilverCynplytholowazy 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Aug 14 20172.14Yes Yes YesSilverCynplytholowazy 
ShowLinux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" x86_64Aug 02 20172.13No Not installable NoGarbageRobert Nelson 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jul 25 20172.13Yes Yes YesSilverCynplytholowazy 

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
37740 Photoshop CS2 - Scanner IO problems RESOLVED ABANDONED View
38244 Photoshop CS2: Crash at Open file window with choosing multiple files to load UNCONFIRMED View
53571 PhotoshopCS2 Installer custom action page fault 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.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

installation issues (Wine 4.9)
by Jeff Stark on Friday June 21st 2019, 3:10
I'm trying to install Photoshop CS2 with Wine 4.9 - in vain, it closes immediately after the first installation mirror... Should I try Crossover or any other tools that help with installs? Crossover is not free though. I followed all the steps indicated here topic/Installing Adobe's Photoshop CS2 in the later Puppies under WINE.
Correct link
by Andrew on Wednesday December 26th 2018, 19:54
RE: Correct link
by Andrew on Wednesday December 26th 2018, 19:55
The process to find correct link was to go to and then click CS2
Re; deleting the Photoshop Prefs.psp file
by Mike Walsh on Tuesday April 26th 2016, 14:45
I can't really say whether or not this is necessary. I run CS2 under WINE 1.7.53 in Puppy Linux. Puppy runs as root, ALL the time.

When I set things up to install CS2, I made sure WineTricks was operational, and installed CabExtract to get the requisite data from the cabinet files. I also used Winetricks to install vcrun6, and to install mscorefonts. The piece above about the major freeze-up and unrecoverable error is what I got when I first tried installing CS2.

I found an article on OMGUbuntu! about the necessary requirements to run CS2 in WINE; somebody else had already done the digging, I just took advantage of it:-

After that, it was just a case of digging online and through the Puppy Forums, to locate all the necessary bits to put it all together. VCRun6 and 'mscorefonts' seem to have been the two missing pieces that made it all work.

And 'work' it most definitely does!
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Paste image into photoshop
by cesar on Thursday October 9th 2014, 18:45
I did a selection in gimp and I'm able to paste it into other software, but I can do it into photoshop Cs2 running on wine, there is any issue with the clipboard ??.

Just let you know I try to paste a text to photoshop and it works.
RE: Paste image into photoshop
by cesar on Friday October 10th 2014, 7:16
Finally I realice its working, but the problem is not working all the time, keeps posting the image that I copied time ago...
Alt key for cloning
by Louis-Philippe Breton on Sunday June 15th 2014, 20:16
On Ubuntu 14, I didn't find the Window setting mentionned in the previous comments. Here's how I made it work:
1)First install dconf-editor. In terminal: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
2) Launch dconf then : org -> gnome -> desktop -> vm -> preferences.
Set value of mouse-button-modifier to other keys, such as , (I personnaly chose Super with great sucess).
[ALT] Key for Ubuntu\XFCE 4.10
by Taboo Tongue on Sunday March 23rd 2014, 2:52
If you're having trouble with the ALT key for selection:
Main Menu > Settings Manager > Windows Manager Tweaks > Accessibility > Key used to grab and move windows: [None]