Photoshop is a great multitool when it comes to do something with graphics, GIFs, short movies or even 3D renders.
Creative Cloud version is cheap enough to forget about crappy gimp. Unfortunately Adobe don’t support Linux distros. Luckily Wine 1.7 is good enough to handle this.


This guide is for Ubuntu 14.04 and similar like Linux Mint Rebecca 17.1. It may work on Ubuntu 12.04, let me know if you need guide for other distro in comments :)

First, we need to install wine 1.7 from PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks

Code below will delete current wine prefix and create new 32bit prefix, 64bit version of PS don’t work as I know.

rm -r ~/.wine
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine winecfg #choose windows 7 from list
winetricks atmlib gdiplus msxml3 msxml6 vcrun2005 vcrun2005sp1 vcrun2008 ie6 fontsmooth-rgb

When winecfg window appears, choose Windows 7 from list and press OK.
Winetricks will ask you to manualy download 2 files and place them in folder.

Ok, so this is almost end of preparing environment. We need gecko in few versions, this script do everything for us.

cd ~/
chmod +x

Installing Photoshop

Finally we can install PS, but don’t use CC installer. It will download 64bit version which doesn’t work and CC sync app which doesn’t work either. We will use link to directly download PS CC 2014 installer which surprisingly let us choose the language of PS. As I remember, standard installer doesn’t have this option.

On we can find direct links to download CC apps

For Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 we need this link:

After unpacking .zip archive we can run setup in console to see eventual errors (useful for debugging). Few errors may pop up when installing but it should install successfully.

wine Set-up.exe


Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 running on Linux Ubuntu 14.04


No graphic on workspace

Just go to Edit -> Preferences -> Performance and uncheck “Use Graphics Processor”.
Photoshop CC 2014 GPU settings
Restart PS, problem should go away.

Alt + mouse click moves window instead of taking sample of color

AKA eyedropper problem.

Your window manager must have alt shortcut for moving windows. Just replace alt with other key. That will do:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier "<Super>"

Laggy mouse clicks

Removing this bug isn’t easy. As far I know, this problem is less annoying with graphic tablet. This bug is known:

With wacom tablet, lines apear after ~1 second after first click.

I’m working on method which will cut the lag from using mouse clicks. It will probably require to use own compiled version of wine 1.7.15 with patch applied, stay tuned for this article updates.