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We explain step by step how to get Photoshop for free

Photoshop is the most popular photo editing program, due to its constant updates and variety of tools to make almost perfect photos. However, there is a small detail: its price. Fortunately to help you with that, we have decided to explain how you can get free Photoshop and thus have quality edited photos, without affecting your pocket.

It is important that you know that, alternatively to Photoshop, you can also choose to use other free photo editing software available online or search for the best photo editing applications for iOS or Android if you prefer to work on mobile devices. Although for the best results, you are likely to choose to work in front of a large monitor for photo editing.


At this time, the best way to use Photoshop without paying anything is to enroll in the free trial and then cancel it before the end of the trial period. Adobe offers a seven-day free trial for the latest version of Photoshop, a test you can start whenever you want.

Step 1: Browse to the Adobe website where they offer the free trial of Adobe Photoshop CC. Check the Frequently Asked Questions for more information and select Start the free trial when you are ready to start

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Step 2: The download should start automatically. This download will work with both MacOS and Windows 10 as long as you have enough GB of storage space for the application and its downloads.

Step 3: Find the file Photoshop Installer.dmg and brelo. Adobe later download both the Photoshop program and the Creative Cloud desktop application on your computer, since this way you will know other Adobe apps in addition to Photoshop and thus increases the possibility of seducing you. If necessary, you must answer a series of quick questions and log in with an Adobe account, (or if necessary, create a new Creative Cloud membership).

Step 4: From this point you can use Photoshop for seven days, which begin the day you download the free trial version. Be sure to cancel the trial version and delete your Creative Cloud account if necessary to avoid having to pay.

Adobe makes it very difficult to sign up for an additional free trial after the first one, and keeps track of the downloads that have been made to your computer. If you completely remove Photoshop or use a different computer, and log in with a new Adobe account, you may be able to get another free trial version, but it doesn't always work.


Before you can download Photoshop CS2 (Creative Suite 2) for free if you had previously purchased an earlier version of Photoshop. And since many people looking for a free version of Photoshop just want the options offered by CS2, this practice worked well for a while for Photoshop users who didn't want to use a subscription service or download new versions.

Unfortunately, there are now many limitations in this process that make its use virtually impossible, such as:

  • Adobe has deactivated the activation servers for CS2 and Acrobat 7 due to problems with their antiquity (they had 7 years of life). They are not supported or updated.
  • Previously an original serial number from a previous purchase is required to download and use CS2, but now you have to download a specific version of the application along with a serial number provided by Adobe (see below).
  • Windows 10 has had compatibility problems with Photoshop CS2 and now it is difficult for the software to run on Windows.
  • MacOS is not compatible with CS2 from OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion, and current versions of MacOS do not support it either.

Basically, the only reason you should consider CS2 now is if you bought that version of Photoshop before, use it on a Mac and are willing to keep that Mac in a much older version of MacOS, prior to OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion.

Unfortunately, keeping previous versions of the platform (MacOS is now in version 10.14 Mojave) leaves your Mac open to security issues and can make other applications incompatible, and this situation will get worse over time. We only suggest this option if you desperately need to use Photoshop for a specific task, and you have a dedicated Mac that can revert for this project, but do not use it to treat confidential information.

If so, go to the Adobe download website and select CS2. Later, Adobe will ask you to accept several warnings about disabled servers and outdated software. Then you can check the system requirements of CS2 and Acrobat 7 (both are necessary), choose a language to download and then start downloading the appropriate files for the correct operating system. Write down the serial number to the right that you should use. Good luck!

*Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on April 5, 2019.

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