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Running PhotoShop under Linux

Can I run Adobe PhotoShop under Linux?

In theory, most versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements should run under Linux, using WINE. However, you'll need to verify this using the Wine Application Database before spending any cash.

Can I run make GIMP look more like PhotoShop?

Yes you can! There is a "presentation layer" called GIMPShop you can install that sits on top of GIMP and makes it look like Photoshop (-although you are obviously limited to the GIMP functionality: this is just a "look and feel" change). This is the correct route to take if don't have the time to re-skill on GIMP and don't need all the power of the full Adobe application.

Installing Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 using WINE

If you absolutely have to have Photoshop on your Linux PC, then this section shows an example of installing Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 from a CD using WINE.

Put the Installation CD into your drive and wait for the CD icon to appear on the desktop. Right click the icon and choose "Open" - the files should be displayed, like any other folder:

PhotoShop CD mounted on the Linux Desktop

In Fedora, instead of a desktop icon, a file manager window will open up directly:

PhotoShop CD mounted under Fedora Linux

Some Linux distros may not allow you to run the "setup.exe" direct from the installation disc as they require execute privileges to the install files. If this is the case, copy them to your hard drive first (-here, we are copying them under the /home/fredb folder by the "drag and drop" method):

Dragging PhotoShop files to the Hard Disc

A progress bar will be displayed while the files are copied:

PhotoShop Files being Copied

Once completed, open up the installation folder and double-click the setup.exe file. If this doesn't work, then right click the file and choose "Open with Wine Windows Program Loader":

Open PhotoShop Installer using WINE

You should then see the Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 wizard start:

PhotoShop Installer Installation Wizard Startup Screen

Now, just follow the normal Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 installation procedure:

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 1

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 2

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 3

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 4

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 5

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 6

PhotoShop Installer Dialogue 7

If all went well, you should now see Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 listed under your WINE applications:


When selected, Photoshop Elements 4.0 should start correctly:

PhotoShop Startup Page

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