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Xanda - /dev/project - Install Adobe Photoshop CS2 on Ubuntu

This HOW-TO covers up the whole process of installing Adobe Photoshop CS2 on a Ubuntu box in a few simple steps. This method has been tested only on Ubuntu, but it should work on any other linux flavor. Any questions or feedback leave them in the comments.

What you need?

  • A fresh install of Ubuntu Dapper + all the updates
  • A Windows box with a fully installed and activated version of Adobe Photoshop CS2

Fire up a terminal session and type the next commands

TIP: Instead of using apt-get, you can install them with the Synaptic Package Manager located in the System/Administration menu

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine
$ sudo wine
$ sudo apt-get install recode

Then you need to copy all the necessary files from the Windows box;

Copy the whole Adobe folder from “c:\Program Files\” to “/home/YOURNAME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/”

Now you need to export the registry keys of the Adone Photoshop CS2;

In your Windows box, type “regedit” in the command-line and export the whole “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Adobe/” to “adobe.reg”.

The next step is to copy that file to your Ubuntu box and convert it to the encoding of YOUR system. For example, if your Ubuntu box has as default charset ascii and your Windows box has ucs-2 then

$ recode ucs-2..ascii adobe.reg

would do the trick. After you converted your adobe.reg file, type “$ sudo wine regedit adobe.reg” to import it to wine.

That’s it! Type

$ sudo wine –winver winxp “[path to Photoshop]/photoshop.exe
or create a launcher and enjoy Adobe Photoshop CS2 on Ubuntu ;)