Adobe Photoshop

Third CS release.

Application Details:

Version: CS3 (10.0)
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.9

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Opening and saving images in all formats

All of the tools shown on the left of the window

The Crystallize, Blur, Add Noise, and Liquify filters

What does not

The second stage of the installer will tell you that Photoshop CS3 requires Windows XP or Vista if Wine is using a Windows version that is too new.


Set Wine's Windows version to Windows XP or Windows Vista.

What was not tested

Most of the Layering functionality

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentManjaro Linux 24Jun 20 20249.9Yes Yes YesGoldJacob Lawson 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 02 20216.3No, but has workaround Yes YesGarbageIgor Franchuk 
ShowLinux Mint 19.2 TinaSep 16 20194.16Yes Yes YesGoldCyCroN 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 13 20194.0-rc6No Not installable NoGarbageEthan Nguyen 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 18 20111.3.18No Not installable NoGarbageOlof Nord 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
15572 Adobe Photoshop CS3 and InDesign CS3 have z-order problems and general painting glitches NEEDINFO View
15583 Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver CS3 Installer look really bad NEW View
15590 Photoshop CS3 installation fails due to Bonjour Service startup error NEW View
15932 Adobe Photoshop 7, CS3 can't load images from URLs NEW View
38065 Adobe Photoshop CS3 broken appearance UNCONFIRMED View
48435 Photoshop Cs3 Page fault while loading UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

How To succesfully Install Photoshop CS3 (XP dlls required)

First off: don't expect this to work well.  Wine does not yet support Photoshop CS3.  Only read these instructions if you feel like fiddling around, not if you expect to get a working Photoshop.

OK, now that you know that Wine does not yet fully support Photoshop CS3, here's how I got it to install and run today with wine-1.1.6:

  1. Do 'wget && sh winetricks gecko gdiplus'
  2. Install Photoshop CS3 as normal by running its Setup.exe.

  3. Run Photoshop CS3 as normal, e.g.
    $ cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Adobe/Adobe\ Photoshop\ CS3
    $ wine Photoshop.exe

That's it!  It runs very slowly, though.  Hats off to Jacek for fixing the installer!

I have had problems with the app's license manager giving up because the app was running too slowly. When this happens, you have to remove ~/.wine and reinstall.

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.



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

by jimmy brion on Tuesday October 22nd 2013, 12:00
Every time I try to start Photoshop. I get this error: "Unable to continue because of hardware or system error. Sorry, but this error is unrecoverable."
by Dan on Tuesday February 25th 2014, 9:15
That might be due to the licencing software which is supposed to run in the background, but doesn't.