How to install Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 12.04.1 (Linux)

I know that many people don’t want to move to Linux because they cannot use Photoshop. I’m sorry lads, that excuse won’t be valid anymore. Just follow these few steps and you will have Photoshop CS5 running in your Linux system.

Installing Wine

Go to the Ubuntu software center, search and download Wine Windows Program Loader (Version: wine1.4 1.4-0ubuntu4.1).

Download Photoshop CS5

Obviously you will need to download Photoshop CS5. I’ve heard some legends about a portable version built for Linux 😉

Install Photoshop CS5

Let’s imagine for a moment that there is portable version of Photoshop and you actually have it. Right click hover the file, go to properties -> permissions, and activate the option “Allow execute file as a program“.
Click the file again and run the installer (You can skip these steps running the installer directly from the Terminal).

Setup Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5 has been installed in “/home/.wine/wineprefixes/PhotoshopCS5” (If you cannot see the “.wine” folder is because it’s hidden. Try using Crtl+h when you are in the “/home” folder).
After the installation a few useless icons will be created in the Desktop. Feel free to remove all of them.
Now go to the path “/home/.wine/wineprefixes/PhotoshopCS5/drive_c/users” copy all the content from the folder “evilgold“. Then go back one level into the users folder and paste all the content in your user folder (If your user folder doesn’t exist just create it with the name of your Linux user).

Ready to go

Now go to the path
/home/.wine/wineprefixes/PhotoshopCS5/drive_c/bin/” and copy the file “” in your desktop. Rename the file as “Photoshop CS5“, make it executable as we did before and enjoy!

Comments 12

  1. Take a look at the source code of this page Bob. Above the phrase “INSTALL PHOTOSHOP CS5” you will find a torrent/magnet link. Nice one!

    1. Howdy fro Texas!

      Is there anyone to seed this referenced magnet link?
      “Above the phrase “INSTALL PHOTOSHOP CS5″ you will find a torrent/magnet link. Nice one!”
      I see 2 leechers and 0 seeders when I check it out. I will be glad to seed it for a few months if I can get it.

  2. I’ve got CS5 running in Ubuntu 12.04 using wine and the suggested package. Working great, no problems except I can only see my C:\ drive. I share photos to another partition (NTFS) but am unable to see it via the CS5 app.

  3. Thanks a lot for this walkthrough. You described it much clearer than in the official readme, and got it working for me!

  4. Can you please seed the file if you still have it. I am downloadingi t earlier but it stop because it can’t find any seeder anymore.

  5. Thank you very very much.. you have made my day. i was stucked at this problem “Could not initialize Photoshop failed to initialize CoolType…” and your solution worked like a charm.. keep it up the good work!

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