How to Install Adobe Photoshop on Linux?

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Gimp may be an open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop, but people still miss working on Photoshop[especially Windows and OSX users] . Users are more comfortable with Photoshop no matter what. No worries! Here is how you can install Photoshop on Linux. Wine is a free application that lets you to run Windows programs in Linux. This  basically creates a virtual C: drive which is hidden inside the home directory. It is a Windows Emulator that lets you install and run Windows programs on Linux by calling alternative implementations of DLLs that are being used in Windows.

Installing Wine on Ubuntu:

Wine is available in the Ubuntu software center and it is absolutely free. Just search for wine in software center and download the following packages:

  • Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer(meta-package)
  • Winetricks
  • Wine Windows Program Loader
  • Configure Wine
  • Uninstall Wine Software

Or use the terminal which is more fun than downloading from software center. Using the terminal is the fun-way for doing things on Linux.

sudo apt-get install wine1.4

sudo apt-get install winetricks

Configuring Wine:

Step 1: Open Winetricks.

winetricks

Step 2: Select the default wineprefix.

step2-wine

Step 3: Select Install a Windows DLL or Component.

install windows dll

Step 4: Install the following Windows Components:

  • mfc42
  • msvcirt
  • vcrun6
  • vcrun6sp6
  • gecko

There might be a little problem with installing gecko. It shows up a popup for downloading the package. You can follow the instructions,copy the script and run it or use this bash script which I have already downloaded.

#!/bin/sh
# Install the Gecko and Mono needed by modern wines
set -e
set -x

# Wine installs to /usr/local by default:
if test -d /usr/local/share/wine
then
WINE_SHARE_PREFIX=/usr/local/share/wine
else
WINE_SHARE_PREFIX=/usr/share/wine
fi

install_gecko()
{
case $1 in
wine-1.1.2[789]*|wine-1.1.[34]*|wine-1.2*|wine-1.3|wine-1.3.[01]|wine-1.3.[0]-*)
GECKO_VERSION=1.0.0
GECKO_SHA1SUM=afa22c52bca4ca77dcb9edb3c9936eb23793de01
GECKO_SUFFIX=.cab
;;
gecko-1.2)
GECKO_VERSION=1.2.0
GECKO_SHA1SUM=6964d1877668ab7da07a60f6dcf23fb0e261a808
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.3)
GECKO_VERSION=1.3
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=acc6a5bc15ebb3574e00f8ef4f23912239658b41 ;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=5bcf29c48677dffa7a9112d481f7f5474cd255d4 ;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.4)
GECKO_VERSION=1.4
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=c30aa99621e98336eb4b7e2074118b8af8ea2ad5 ;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=bf0aaf56a8cf9abd75be02b56b05e5c4e9a4df93 ;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.5)
GECKO_VERSION=1.5
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=07b2bc74d03c885bb39124a7641715314cd3ae71 ;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=80a3b36c30bb79a11889879392fdc1fcda9ca165 ;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.6)
GECKO_VERSION=1.6
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=41167632dbc30f32dce7dca43c2a0487aa7cac04 ;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=edc626480024f58e294447573c7ab94606e8d610 ;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.7)
GECKO_VERSION=1.7
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=efebc4ed7a86708e2dc8581033a3c5d6effe0b0b ;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=2253e7ce3a699ddd110c6c9ce4c7ca7e6f7c02f5 ;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.8)
GECKO_VERSION=1.8
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=a8622ff749cc2a2cb311f902b7e99664ecc2f8d6;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=ea8bb450c6b41f71cc0ef23c490dfebdaccf789d;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
gecko-1.9)
GECKO_VERSION=1.9
case $myarch in
x86) GECKO_SHA1SUM=d2553224848a926eacfa8685662ff1d7e8be2428;;
x86_64) GECKO_SHA1SUM=c7cd0994f89dd15b36ce8dacaa33d0ec47c407d1;;
esac
GECKO_SUFFIX=.msi
;;
*)
GECKO_VERSION=1.1.0
GECKO_SHA1SUM=1b6c637207b6f032ae8a52841db9659433482714
GECKO_SUFFIX=.cab
;;
esac

if test ! -f $WINE_SHARE_PREFIX/gecko/wine_gecko-$GECKO_VERSION-$myarch$GECKO_SUFFIX
then
rm -f wine_gecko-$GECKO_VERSION-$myarch$GECKO_SUFFIX
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine_gecko-$GECKO_VERSION-$myarch$GECKO_SUFFIX

gotsum=`sha1sum < wine_gecko-$GECKO_VERSION-$myarch$GECKO_SUFFIX | sed 's/(stdin)= //;s/ .*//'`
if [ "$gotsum"x != "$GECKO_SHA1SUM"x ]
then
echo "sha1sum mismatch! Please try again."
exit 1
fi

sudo mkdir -p $WINE_SHARE_PREFIX/gecko
sudo mv wine_gecko-$GECKO_VERSION-$myarch$GECKO_SUFFIX $WINE_SHARE_PREFIX/gecko/
fi
}

install_mono()
{
case $1 in
0.0.4) MONO_SHA1SUM=7d827f7d28a88ae0da95a136573783124ffce4b1;;
0.0.8) MONO_SHA1SUM=dd349e72249ce5ff981be0e9dae33ac4a46a9f60;;
*) return;;
esac

if test ! -f $WINE_SHARE_PREFIX/mono/wine-mono-$1.msi
then
rm -f wine-mono-$1.msi
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-mono-$1.msi

gotsum=`sha1sum < wine-mono-$1.msi | sed 's/(stdin)= //;s/ .*//'`
if [ "$gotsum"x != "$MONO_SHA1SUM"x ]
then
echo "sha1sum mismatch! Please try again."
exit 1
fi

sudo mkdir -p $WINE_SHARE_PREFIX/mono
sudo mv wine-mono-$1.msi $WINE_SHARE_PREFIX/mono
fi
}

# Install gecko for stable wine and recent versions of the current dev branch
myarch=x86
install_gecko gecko-1.9 # 1.5.22-
install_gecko gecko-1.8 # 1.5.15-1.5.21
install_gecko gecko-1.7 # 1.5.10-1.5.14
#install_gecko gecko-1.6 # 1.5.7-1.5.9
#install_gecko gecko-1.5 # 1.5.0-1.5.6
install_gecko gecko-1.4 # 1.3.33-1.4
#install_gecko gecko-1.3 # 1.3.27-1.3.32
#install_gecko gecko-1.2 # 1.3.16-1.3.26
#install_gecko wine-1.2
#install_gecko wine-1.3.3
case `arch` in
amd64|x86_64)
myarch=x86_64
install_gecko gecko-1.8
install_gecko gecko-1.7
install_gecko gecko-1.6
install_gecko gecko-1.5
install_gecko gecko-1.4
install_gecko gecko-1.3
;;
esac# And mono, too
install_mono 0.0.4
install_mono 0.0.8

Just copy and paste the above script in gedit and save it as install-addons.sh. Then run the script using the following command.

./install-addons.sh

This might take a few moments to download and install the package. After it’s done install a font and select core-fonts which is pretty much required for Photoshop to function normally as in Windows or OSX.

Installing Photoshop Using Wine:

If you already have an installation file just double click on the .exe file and the installation is pretty much the same as in Windows. Now run Adobe Photoshop.Voila!

adobe-photoshop-linux

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8 comments

  1. davidkachel · · Reply

    No worries??!!
    You mean, except for the fact that so much of Photoshop either doesn’t work at all or works very slowly?
    Brushes don’t even work.
    I’m a huge Ubuntu supporter, but you guys have GOT to learn the difference between “works for geeks” and “works for real”!!!

  2. so true … i’ve been using ubuntu 10.03 for about a year now. my summary of the experience is “like windows xp but harder, more time consuming and less viruses”.

    1. try and update to 13.04 x64 :)

  3. Thomas Rendleman · · Reply

    For production use Ubuntu 12.04.
    For development you should use 13.04 x64
    As of July 9th, 2013

  4. Gediminas · · Reply

    Guys, the photoshop is the problem for a lot of users. I also can’t use linux, but I really wish, only because of photoshop :(

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