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Old 03-14-2019, 06:39 AM   #1
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Adobe CC on Linux

Hi All,

I am coming from a Windows & Mac background and am a professional Graphic Designer, I have been tipped that Linux is a viable option to go to instead of Win 10.

Adobe is my biggest pitfall! I have looked on the internet and although it looks like it could work it's not a concrete base.

I use Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom.

I am asking for help and suggestions from a complete Newbie and beginner to Linux what I can do to overcome the Adobe Hurdle.

Many Thanks in advance.
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Well, kind of one of those questions that you may have to keep searching for. Adobe may be sold to you under some agreement. If you don't follow that I can't say what would happen.

A common way one says to use Windows programs in linux is to use a commercial program from CrossOver Office. Otherwise one may attempt wine or playonlinux. The issue is that Adobe new products went with a scheme that sort of forced users to install to Windows then copy from there. You'd have to know about coping registry and files to correct places. Even then it may be difficult in the future.

There are some linux programs that may come close to the Adobe products. Can't say they are equal. Worth a try though.

It is possible to run both linux and windows and more easy to run a VM of linux under windows to bridge the gap.
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You may be able to run the Windows applications through Wine, but not sure what is involved for Adobe applications. This website shows the tested compatibility of Windows apps in Wine:

Some alternatives - this site can help for those:

Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Lightroom

I can vouch for GIMP over Photoshop. I worked for a design agency who used Macs with the Adobe suite. Photoshop was not fit for purpose partly because you could only edit 3 files at once (at the time). I tried GIMP on Mac, but it crashed a lot, so I ended up bringing a Linux laptop in to use GIMP and then I was able to do my job properly! I have stuck with GIMP for years.

Darktable is also a good alternative to Lightroom.
Old 03-17-2019, 07:52 AM   #4
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GIMP was originally developed, compiled & built on Linux. The Windows & Mac 'ports' have always been 'buggy'.

I'll say this much. I have an elderly version of Photoshop CS2 which I purchased many years ago, brfore 'switching camps'. I continue to use it because despite being old, it's still a powerful piece of software. It's one of the only versions to run at all well using WINE; approx 90% of stuff works as it should.

I can state, here & now, that modern Adobe stuff will NOT run under WINE. If you want Photoshop et al, then you need to do one of two things:-

a ) Stick with Windows
b ) Run Windows inside a VM under Linux.....then install the Adobe stuff in that.

Don't try the GIMP. If you're an Adobe 'power-user', it will take an age to get used to the differences in the way the GIMP works. They might both be raster graphics editors, but they take a very different approach. You'll simply get frustrated, and like so many before you, start putting all the blame at the feet of Linux......for not being the same as Windows.

(Remember, it's logically impossible for two things to be different while at the same time remaining identical.)

I've used PS and the GIMP alongside each other for years, and still get bemused by the differences in operation.

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I recommend an Apple Macintosh computer for your professional graphic design needs. MacOS is built on the BSD operating system, which has many similarities with Linux. I support Macs at work, and find that most of my Linux skills (shell scripting, configuring printers with CUPS, editing config files with vi, etc.) are equally applicable to Macs. And of course the Adobe CS applications run flawlessly in MacOS.


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