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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What works

As of now, I didn't test everything but it looks so promising, I think most of the function will work if not all :D. 

What does not

Downloading and applying updates, as well as software registration is not possible.


I mostly followed the instruction available in this reddit thread (Thanks to @paulcarroty007), but I'll simplify the steps below,

First of all I'm using Playonlinux v4 as it's much easier to maintain different wine version.

Setting up Playonlinux, make sure you have latest winetricks installed in your system.

  1.  Go to Configure menu, add new virtual drive, make it 64 bit, lets name the drive Photoshop_CC18
  2. Install wine-gecko, and wine-mono
  3. To installing wine-mono in playonlinux, 1st download latest wine-mono .msi package from here, then open terminal and type, WINEPREFIX="/home/user_name/PlayOnLinux's virtual drives/Photoshop_CC18" wine64 uninstaller ; adjust  to your actual user name. Then install wine-mono.msi package from install menu.
  4. Copy and paste following cmd in terminal (adjust  to your actual user name), WINEARCH=win64 WINEPREFIX="/home/user_name/PlayOnLinux's virtual drives/Photoshop_CC18" winetricks fontsmooth=rgb gdiplus vcrun2008 vcrun2010 vcrun2012 vcrun2013 vcrun2015 atmlib msxml3 msxml6 corefonts
  5. Use Windows 8 or 10 in virtual machine to install the Photoshop and grab all extracted files to Playonlinux's Photoshop_CC18 drive in respective location. In windows OS, Photoshop installation files can be found in following location,

C:\Program Files\Adobe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe


     6. To create program shortcut from playonlinux from, Configure>Photoshop_CC18>General>Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive, select Photoshop.exe, done.

   7. Open the newly created desktop shortcut using any text editor and edit following line after Categories=Graphics;RasterGraphics;

   8. Copy the desktop shortcut to ~/.local/share/applications/ 

   9. From Configure wine menu go to graphics tab and deselect Allow the window manager to control the windows check box, otherwise you might face trouble after minimizing and restoring Photoshop window. I think this has to do some thing with KDE window management. Please do let us know if you have other workaround for this issue.

  10. After opening Photoshop for the 1st time you might get a dialog saying, could not synchronize the color settings... bla bla bla, to resolve that go to, Edit>Color Settings>Monitor Color>Ok. That should resolve the issue.

Voila! You are running Photoshop CC 2018 in Linux with wine :D

What was not tested

Many things... I mean really, It's a huge program but so far it's working like a charm for my use

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

I've tested this Program in my Manjaro KDE, but as it's running under Playonlinux via Wine, I think it'll run on other Linux OS as well, but I could be wrong.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 19.10 "Eoan" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 05 20205.1-stagingYes Yes NoSilverMatteo Carotta 
ShowArch LinuxJan 27 20205.0Yes Yes NoPlatinumYegor Ivlev 
CurrentManjaro 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
30439 Multiple apps need support for WMI 'Unsecapp.exe', 'CLSID_UnsecuredApartment', '{49bd2028-1523-11d1-ad79-00c04fd8fdff}' (Lexware 2012 Update Manager, Logitech Software) NEW View
42034 Photoshop CC 2015: Incorrect/Missing texts with builtin gdiplus when using custom theme NEW View
47329 Adobe CC setup program looks broken UNCONFIRMED View
47375 Multiple applications crash on unimplemented function msvcr120.dll.?_Schedule@_StructuredTaskCollection@details@Concurrency@@QEAAXPEAV_UnrealizedChore@23@@Z (Photoshop C 2018, CLIP Studio Paint) NEW View

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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: