Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop CC 2018 was released on 18 October 2017. It featured an overhaul to the brush organization system, allowing for more properties (such as color and opacity) to be saved per-brush and for brushes to be categorized in folders and sub-folders. It also added brush stroke smoothing, and over 1000 brushes created by Kyle T. Webster (following Adobe's acquisition of his website,

Application Details:

Version: CC 2018 (19.0)
License: Subscription
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.1-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Everything seems to work, so far I didn't find anything that didn't work. I used consistently all the 2D features and Camera Raw import.

What does not

Official online installer does not behave well, but it DID work on offline installation. Without having to install prior to that the Creative Cloud, so it was not present during installation. Installation took 5min.


Use offline installer;

❯ winetricks list-installed
You are using a 64-bit WINEPREFIX. Note that many verbs only install 32-bit versions of packages. If you encounter problems, please retest in a clean 32-bit WINEPREFIX before reporting a bug.
Using winetricks 20190310 - sha256sum: cf44b3cbf4134adb9f9dd7eec0d50b45d34ae65c5432d72edc24bcd1841888ba with wine-4.9 (Staging) and WINEARCH=win64

I also used the options listed in Wine to create a virtual desktop with the same size as my desktop and to let window manager control windows. That was necessary because I run i3wm but is not necessary when running under Gnome 3.

That might still not be necessary under other DEs like KDE and XFCE, but was needed in my minimal i3wm.

What was not tested

3D features

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

❯ emerge --info

Portage 2.3.66 (python 3.6.5-final-0, default/linux/amd64/17.0/desktop/gnome/systemd, gcc-8.3.0, glibc-2.29-r2, 4.19.37-gentoo x86_64)
System uname: Linux-4.19.37-gentoo-x86_64-Intel-R-_Core-TM-_i3-2348M_CPU_@_2.30GHz-with-gentoo-2.6
KiB Mem:     5951720 total,   1611096 free
KiB Swap:    4194300 total,   3632636 free
Timestamp of repository gentoo: Tue, 28 May 2019 22:00:01 +0000
Head commit of repository gentoo: 9705ddaaa8b993425ddf53c4c7122f013a4af198
sh bash 4.4_p23-r1
ld GNU ld (Gentoo 2.31.1 p7) 2.31.1
app-shells/bash:          4.4_p23-r1::gentoo
dev-java/java-config:     2.2.0-r4::gentoo
dev-lang/perl:            5.28.2-r1::gentoo
dev-lang/python:          2.7.15::gentoo, 3.6.5::gentoo
dev-util/cmake:           3.14.3::gentoo
sys-apps/baselayout:      2.6-r1::gentoo
sys-apps/sandbox:         2.13::gentoo
sys-devel/autoconf:       2.13-r1::gentoo, 2.69-r4::gentoo
sys-devel/automake:       1.11.6-r3::gentoo, 1.16.1-r1::gentoo
sys-devel/binutils:       2.31.1-r6::gentoo
sys-devel/gcc:            8.3.0-r1::gentoo
sys-devel/gcc-config:     2.0::gentoo
sys-devel/libtool:        2.4.6-r3::gentoo
sys-devel/make:           4.2.1-r4::gentoo
sys-kernel/linux-headers: 4.14-r1::gentoo (virtual/os-headers)
sys-libs/glibc:           2.29-r2::gentoo

    location: /usr/portage
    sync-type: rsync
    sync-uri: rsync://
    priority: -1000
    sync-rsync-verify-jobs: 1
    sync-rsync-verify-metamanifest: yes
    sync-rsync-verify-max-age: 24

    location: /var/lib/layman/fol4
    masters: gentoo
    priority: 50

CFLAGS="-march=sandybridge -O2 -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/sofficerc /usr/share/gnupg/qualified.txt /var/lib/unifi"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/ca-certificates.conf /etc/dconf /etc/env.d /etc/fonts/fonts.conf /etc/gconf /etc/gentoo-release /etc/sandbox.d /etc/terminfo /etc/texmf/language.dat.d /etc/texmf/language.def.d /etc/texmf/updmap.d /etc/texmf/web2c"
CXXFLAGS="-march=sandybridge -O2 -pipe"
FCFLAGS="-O2 -pipe"
FEATURES="assume-digests binpkg-docompress binpkg-dostrip binpkg-logs config-protect-if-modified distlocks ebuild-locks fixlafiles ipc-sandbox merge-sync multilib-strict network-sandbox news parallel-fetch pid-sandbox preserve-libs protect-owned sandbox sfperms strict unknown-features-warn unmerge-logs unmerge-orphans userfetch userpriv usersandbox usersync xattr"
FFLAGS="-O2 -pipe"
LDFLAGS="-Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed"
PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS="--recursive --links --safe-links --perms --times --omit-dir-times --compress --force --whole-file --delete --stats --human-readable --timeout=180 --exclude=/distfiles --exclude=/local --exclude=/packages --exclude=/.git"
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selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 19.10 "Eoan" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 05 20205.1-stagingYes Yes NoSilverMatteo Carotta 
ShowArch LinuxJan 27 20205.0Yes Yes NoPlatinumYegor Ivlev 
ShowManjaro LinuxJan 21 20205.0-rc4-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes YesGoldSome53 
ShowManjaro LinuxAug 05 20194.12.1No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverMichael Hale 
ShowArch LinuxJul 08 20194.11-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes YesSilverLogo 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11846 tablet pressure sensitivity not working in Sai and many other key graphic applications STAGED View
18517 Tablet pen pressure or eraser (wacom tablet) are not working in Photoshop CS 4/5 STAGED View
45779 Liquify in Photoshop CC > = 2014 doesn't work at all or crashes photoshop UNCONFIRMED View
47375 Photoshop C 2018 crashes on unimplemented function msvcr120.dll.?_Schedule@_StructuredTaskCollection@details@Concurrency@@QEAAXPEAV_UnrealizedChore@23@@Z NEW View

Show open bugs


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

Unable to log in / create new file
by Maurizio Zappettini on Thursday March 5th 2020, 16:39

Is everybody still able to log in into your Adobe account when launching Photoshop?

With this Photoshop version (CC 2018) I was able to solve the log in problem following the DLL's workaround described here:

However, after a few Wine updates the log in no longer works and I cannot create new files either. Photoshop only launches if I bypass the login in this way: I choose an image file in Nautilus and I choose to "open with..." --> Photoshop. Then PS launches with no files opened but in that way I am able to open a file from within PS. At this point all the operations I tested work fine but if I want to create a new file that doesn't work.

Is anybody experiencing the same problem? I'm on Ubuntu 19.10 with the latest Wine Staging.

Workaround for KDE window manager
by Some53 on Thursday January 23rd 2020, 4:14
I've finally found the solution for window resizing issue when "Allow the window manager to control the widows" is checked in wine, yay! the solution is posted in by by @rui1965, though it's for office 2007, but it works flawlessly for Photoshop CC_18 as well. Things to do,

1. Goto Settings>Window Management>Window Rules> New...

2. Add description for the rule like. "Settings for photoshop.exe wine" put "photoshop.exe wine" in Window Class application without quotation marks ("") and set it to exact match

3. Check on tab "Size & Position"

4. Check "Full screen": value Forced, No

5. Check "Ignore Requested Geometry": value Forced, Yes

Now we can use Photoshop CC18 flawlessly in KDE.

I think is this solution is global to any wine app running in KDE, means we can use this solution to other problematic wine app in KDE
New File Dialogue Fix/Solution
by Nathan on Friday February 8th 2019, 11:05
Hey, for those having difficulty getting a 'new file' to be created, you can go into Edit > Preferences > General in Photoshop and tick the box that says 'Use Legacy New Document Interface.'

That should resolve the issue, but if it doesn't, make sure your winecfg settings, under the Graphics tab, are set for Photoshop.exe to not allow the windows manager to decorate or control the windows (deselect those boxes, that is).

Hope this helps!

by Storm Engineer on Monday January 21st 2019, 5:45
To be honest I feel Krita is better at painting specifically, I abandoned Photoshop for it. But many artists I talked to have invested hundreds of dollars into PS brushes and other resources they don't want to leave behind, as well as have a tested workflow and feel switching to Krita would be a case of fixing what isn't broken, and I can understand that.

Also PS has some very powerful special features like the 3D panorama painting for example.

Finally, when it comes to general image editing, then PS truly does not have a Linux equivalent. Ideally I would use PS for general editing and Krita for painting/drawing/animation, but PS is still very unstable under Wine, in addition to the pressure issue. :(
by Leo on Monday September 24th 2018, 5:52
I'm unsure what "Amtlib" is for, if it's for downloading the .dll needed to crack Photoshop that should most likely not be mentioned in this guide to install Photoshop.
Either way the download for "amtlib" is broken and stops the installation of anything mentioned after it so that should probably be changed.

Also, for new users that are unfamiliar with wine the line
winetricks fontsmooth=rgb gdiplus vcrun2008 vcrun2010 vcrun2012 vcrun2013 vcrun2015 msxml3 msxml6 gdiplus corefonts
Might be confusing as it will create a wineprefix folder inside the home directory.

You should probably replace it with
WINEPREFIX=/path/to/directory winetricks fontsmooth=rgb gdiplus vcrun2008 vcrun2010 vcrun2012 vcrun2013 vcrun2015 msxml3 msxml6 gdiplus corefonts
Pressure still not working
by Storm Engineer on Thursday July 5th 2018, 6:22
bug 18517 is marked "Staged" but there is nothing on the ticket for years.
bug 11846 also has very little activity, and seems to have been changed from "Staged" to "New".

I wonder if anyone knows what's up? Is this issue still actively looked into?

I don't mean to be disrespectful but Photoshop is probably the Number #1 pro app in the World and tons of people told me it's the only thing that makes it impossible for them to switch to Linux, so I would assume it's a high priority to get it working... Is it just really this difficult that it couldn't be fixed for almost ten years?
RE: Pressure still not working
by Grady on Monday January 21st 2019, 3:22
Created an account just to say, +1 to your comment.

Seriously there are A LOT of people who would potentially switch to Linux virtually overnight if any recent version of Photoshop could run reliably on Linux. I absolutely love the Wine devs and have massive appreciation for the work they do, I've donated to the project, I love it. But can we please have a little more attention on this application? It's really pretty damn important. Not only does this application not run in Wine, it can't really be run optimally through a VM since Photoshop really strongly benefits from a GPU, and if we're being honest there's no open source alternative to Photoshop that holds a candle to it. (Sorry GIMP and Krita). Linux needs Photoshop, surely there has to be a way to get this thing run reliably?
by zmi on Sunday April 29th 2018, 10:44
to avoid crash of CEPHtmlEngine.exe
go to Edit, Preferences, Plug-Ins and un-check "Allow extensions to connect to the internet" and "Load Extension Panels".
by Storm Engineer on Saturday April 21st 2018, 11:34
PS does not allow me to enable OpenGL - the option is grayed out. This also mean that lots of the features are disabled.

Any ideas?
RE: OpenGL
by Storm Engineer on Sunday April 22nd 2018, 10:47
Need to correct myself.

OpenGL is on (I confused it with OpenCL), but all the 3D functionality is grayed out.
For those who have issues using the stamp tool
by Dubuc Nathan on Monday March 5th 2018, 11:32
For those who have issues using the stamp tool, I found that the Alt key is dragging the windows around in Ubuntu 16.10. So in order to get the stamp tool to work, you must change the shorcut Ubuntu uses to drag around windows. Here's a link for how to do that: