Photoshop CC 2018 on Arch Linux 64bit Crossover Wine PlayOnLinux Tutorial

Arch Linux Photoshop CC 2018-2019 WORKING

Having been using Photoshop on Linux since 2014, I have tried many approaches to running Photoshop CS 6 or the new Photoshop CC series on Wine and PlayOnLinux, but nothing came close to using Crossover.

Crossover is free to trial, but you can keep extending the trial, and use it for as long as you really want. To extend the trial just keep deleting the .eval file in your cxoffice folder:

# one of these commands will remove the evaluation file for Crossover on your PC once installed
rm ~/.cxoffice/default/.eval
rm ~/cxoffice/default/.eval

Photoshop Arch System Requirements:

Minimum 6GB of RAM

+ Swap Memory as Wine Server may hang and crash (LOSE UNSAVED WORK)

First, edit your pacman.conf to allow multilib packages to be used on Arch. Wine uses many lib32 32 bit libraries to run Windows based software.

sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

Uncomment both the square bracket [multilib] line, and also the line under it that starts with “Include…”

[multilib]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Update your system and it should show Multilib in package database.

sudo pacman -Syuu base-devel

Install the following bunch of required lib32 files that Wine needs:

sudo pacman -S python2 glibc libice libsm libx11 libxext libxi freetype2 libpng zlib lcms2 alsa-lib libgl libxcursor libxrandr desktop-file-utils gstreamer0.10 mpg123 libgphoto2 libexif openal libcl pygtk python2-dbus libxinerama sane gnutls libcups libxcomposite libxslt v4l-utils gstreamer0.10-base libxxf86dga libxxf86vm glu python2 lib32-glibc lib32-libice lib32-libsm lib32-libx11 lib32-libxext lib32-libxi lib32-freetype2 lib32-libpng lib32-zlib lib32-lcms2 lib32-alsa-lib lib32-libgl lib32-libxcursor lib32-libxrandr desktop-file-utils lib32-gstreamer0.10 lib32-mpg123 lib32-libgphoto2 lib32-libexif lib32-openal lib32-libcl pygtk python2-dbus lib32-libxinerama lib32-sane lib32-gnutls lib32-libcups lib32-libxcomposite lib32-libxslt lib32-v4l-utils lib32-gstreamer0.10-base lib32-libxxf86dga lib32-libxxf86vm lib32-glu

The above list was created by an Arch user and is found directly on the developers of Crossover.

Some of the above libraries won’t be available on the core Arch database and you may need to get yay and then run the above list with yay to install any missing:

yay python2 glibc libice libsm libx11 libxext libxi freetype2 libpng zlib lcms2 alsa-lib libgl libxcursor libxrandr desktop-file-utils gstreamer0.10 mpg123 libgphoto2 libexif openal libcl pygtk python2-dbus libxinerama sane gnutls libcups libxcomposite libxslt v4l-utils gstreamer0.10-base libxxf86dga libxxf86vm glu python2 lib32-glibc lib32-libice lib32-libsm lib32-libx11 lib32-libxext lib32-libxi lib32-freetype2 lib32-libpng lib32-zlib lib32-lcms2 lib32-alsa-lib lib32-libgl lib32-libxcursor lib32-libxrandr desktop-file-utils lib32-gstreamer0.10 lib32-mpg123 lib32-libgphoto2 lib32-libexif lib32-openal lib32-libcl pygtk python2-dbus lib32-libxinerama lib32-sane lib32-gnutls lib32-libcups lib32-libxcomposite lib32-libxslt lib32-v4l-utils lib32-gstreamer0.10-base lib32-libxxf86dga lib32-libxxf86vm lib32-glu

Download the latest Crossover directly from them at their website.

You don’t have to provide a valid email address or name when downloading it.

Crossover Download For Linux Arch
Crossover Download For Linux Arch

Then bash the .bin file from Crossover.

cd ~/Downloads/
sh install-crossover-18.5.0.bin

You’ll get a graphic GUI installer, just go through the prompts.

Crossover Linux Wine Arch Installation 64bit
Crossover Linux Wine Arch Installation 64bit

Once installed, if you get any errors, you may be missing some libraries.

Make sure you install all missing lib32 and use Arch User Repository if required.

Just in case you’re missing any libs, you can install Wine itself (400mb):

sudo pacman -S wine

Create a New Bottle and install Photoshop with Internet unplugged and follow the Setup.exe usual process. I won’t describe this process.

After installation, you can go into Photoshop settings and uncheck a bunch of new whizz-bang feautres.

In Photoshop CC, go to Edit > Preferences > General and I recommend to disable a bunch of features:

Workspaces: turn off Floating Document Window Docking

Tools: turn off tooltips if you don’t need them as they sometimes sticky on top of other desktop windows. Turn off animated zoom (laggy.)

Performance: depending on your specs, you can adjust the RAM usage and the Graphics processor toggle. I use without Graphics processor.

Let us know below how it went! Feel free to contact us if you need help.

Photoshop CC 2018 on Arch Linux 64bit Crossover Wine PlayOnLinux Tutorial
Photoshop CC 2018 on Arch Linux 64bit Crossover Wine PlayOnLinux Tutorial



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