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 Although it's a pretty outdated version, lots of people still want to take advantage of this free chance and obtain this version of Photoshop.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

Everything  so far. Had it running  for a week having  moved on  from CS. This is a clean CS2 from Adobe.
I can't see much a difference from CS to CS 2 but it has solved the 'being  unable to open CS6 files' problem that only GIMP could solve (though not well).

What does not

Someone mentioned that the Window manager was your friend. How right they were. I do not know if there is a cure for this but the Tool Bar and Info, Layers and Colours window boxes move to the top layer of my screen a lot. Not immediately, not always, but most of the time. So much so that on  the whole i hide them and bring them in  when i need them. 


What was not tested

Lots of stuff. I use it for preparing images for the web, so i don't know its full capabilities. But it has not crashed.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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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 GarbageRobert Nelson 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jul 25 20172.13Yes Yes YesSilverCynplytholowazy 

Known Bugs

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
18951 Corrupt icons CLOSED ABANDONED 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

Show open bugs

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!
thanks so much
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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]