Category: Design

This tutorial is for all ex Windows and ex Mac users who have recently migrated to the Ubuntu platform and are missing their good old Adobe Photoshop. Read below to find out how you can install and run Adobe Photoshop under Ubuntu.

The first step is to open your “Terminal” (command prompt), which can be done by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” then clicking “Accessories” then clicking “Terminal”. Once you have opened the “Terminal” (command prompt” window, you may then enter the command below in order to install “Wine” (a Windows emulator for Linux) and then hit “Enter”:



Once you have entered the above command into “Terminal” (command prompt) and then hit the “Enter” key, which will bring up some text, some of which should ask you for your current user password. You must enter the password for the “Root” account or the password that you use to log in to your account (note: the password will not appear on screen as you type it). Once you have typed the password, you must hit “Enter”. The “Wine” software will begin automatically installing via your “Terminal” (command prompt). You will be able to tell that this installation is finished when your command prompt once again returns the “User@computername: $ _” prompt, of which you are able to enter another command with.


Now that your installation of “Wine” is complete you must enter the code below and then hit “Enter”:

sh winetricks msxm16 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005


Now that you have entered the above command and hit “Enter”, you must install some of the basic Windows fonts onto your Ubuntu computer in order for “Adobe Photoshop” to function correctly, which can be done by entering the code below and then hitting the “Enter” key:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts


After entering the highlighted text above and then hitting “Enter”, your fonts will now download and install. Once this installation has completed and you are given once again a flashing cursor, awaiting your input, you may close the “Terminal” (command prompt) window, which can be done by clicking the “X” button on the “Terminal” (command prompt) window.


Now that the basics have been taken care of, it is time to install “Adobe Photoshop” within the “Wine” emulator. To do so you must first follow two download links in order to download two .dll files. These files are “atmlib.dll” and “msvcr80.dll”. To download these .dll files you must follow the links below:


To download “atmlib.dll”:


To download “msvcr80.dll”:

You must extract this file using “WinRAR” or “WinZip”.


Once you have downloaded the files above and saved them to “Documents”, “Downloads” or another convenient location, you must then click the “start” button on the taskbar then click “Applications” then click “Wine”, doing so will open the “Wine” emulator. If this is confusing to you then follow the highlighted instructions below:

Click “start” –> Click “Applications” –> Click “Wine”.


You must now drop these files into your “Virtual C Drive”, which should be located in the directory below:

/home/(type your username here)/.wine


Within the “.wine” folder you must navigate to the directory below and copy the two .dll files into the directory:



Now that you have navigated to the directory highlighted above, you must copy the “atmlib.dll” file into the “System32” folder and you must also extract the “msvcr80.dll” to a separate folder and then copy the “msvcr80.dll” file directly into the “System32” folder (in the same folder as the “atmlib.dll” file).


Once you have copied these two .dll files into the “C:\Windows\System32” directory, you must then run the “Adobe Photoshop” .exe installer file, just as you would on a computer running Windows. Now you must follow the installation instructions exactly as you would on a Windows machine.


When you are prompted to choose an installation directory for “Adobe Photoshop” (if it is not already chosen for you) then it is recommended that you choose the directory highlighted below for convenience sake:

C:\Program Files\Photoshop


Once the installation is complete, assuming you have checked the “Run Photoshop” box, when you click “Finish” your “Adobe Photoshop” program should open, providing you with a fully functional “Adobe Photoshop” installation.


“Adobe Photoshop” can now be ran at any time by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” then clicking “Wine” then navigating through the “Wine” menu to the directory that you installed “Adobe Photoshop” into and open the .exe file.

Congratulations! You now have a fully functional “Adobe Photoshop” installation on you Ubuntu computer system. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu program installation knowledge.


This tutorial is designed to be used by all people interested in graphic design and image manipulation under the Ubuntu environment. Read below to find out how you can install GIMP on Ubuntu and begin manipulating images in just minutes.

The first step you must take in order to get your GIMP installation up and running is to open your “Terminal” (command prompt), which can be done by navigating to your desktop then hitting “Alt” + “F2” and then entering into the popup dialogue that you are presented with the text below and then hitting the “Enter” key or click “Run”:



If you do not understand the instruction above to open the “Terminal” (command prompt) then you may follow the highlighted explanation below:

Minimize all windows to get to your desktop –> Hold “Alt” and hit “F2” –> Type in the popup window the text “gnome-terminal” –> Hit the “Enter” key or click “Run”.


Now that you have opened the “Terminal” (command prompt) window, you may enter the code below and then hit “Enter” in order to begin the automated installation of your "The GIMP” software:

sudo apt-get install gimp


By using the code above you will be downloading and installing the latest version of “The GIMP”. Once you have entered the code above, you may be prompted with a “y/n” prompt, of which you must reply to by typing “y” and then hitting the “Enter” key.


Now that your “The GIMP” software is installed, you must open it, which can be done by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” and then clicking “Graphics” and then clicking “The GIMP”. If you do not understand these instructions then refer to the highlighted instructions below:

Click the “start” button –> Click “Applications” –> Click “Graphics” –> Click “The GIMP”


Now that you have opened “The GIMP” for the first time, you will be presented with a setup window. This window will ask you about where you would like its directory to be placed and which additional settings you would like to enable. I recommend that you leave the default settings as is and note where the directory is before you proceed. If you are an advanced user then feel free to modify these settings as much as you see fit. Now you must navigate throughout the rest of the setup, choosing the options that are most appropriate to you.


As soon as you have finished the setup process, the setup window will close and your toolbars and buttons will appear within the The GIMP’s interface.


You may now begin using your image manipulation software. The “The GIMP” software contains many different buttons, tools and options and is open to a vast array of customization options for the software itself as well as your images. The “The GIMP” software can export over 30 different type of image files, depending on the version you have installed on your system this may be less or more. Nonetheless, this is a great software and considering that it is free, a much better choice over Adobe Photoshop, especially now that Ubuntu is coming up fast in the eyes of graphic designers in terms of features and reliability.

Congratulations! You have just installed one of the World’s most famous image manipulation programs. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu image manipulation knowledge.

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