Adobe Photoshop is, without a doubt, the best image processing software out there for Windows and Mac operating systems. While there are plenty Adobe Photoshop alternatives around, none of them come close to Photoshop as far as ease of use and features are concerned.
The latest version of Adobe Photoshop, called Photoshop CS6, is available for $699. Windows users who would like to legally own the Photoshop without actually shelling out a single penny can now download Adobe Photoshop CS2 for free. Yes, Adobe is now offering Adobe Photoshop CS2 as a free download. The Photoshop CS2 is not feature-rich as the latest iteration of the software, though.
Before you jump over to the download page, keep in mind that Adobe Photoshop CS2 was released back in 2005, in the days of Windows XP. Users who have used recent versions of Photoshop may find the CS2 very basic but it’s definitely better than many image editing programs out there.
Camera RAW 3.x support, smart objects, image warp, spot healing brush, red-eye tool, lens correction filter, smart sharpen, smart guides, vanishing point, high dynamic imaging (HDRI) support were introduced with Adobe Photoshop CS2.
While Creative Suite 2 was originally released for Windows XP, it does work on Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems. In our test, we could install the software on Windows 8 Pro (x64) without any issues. If you are having difficulty in installing and running the program, try to run the program in Windows XP compatibility mode.
To run the installer in Windows XP compatibility mode, right-click on the setup file, click Properties, switch to Compatibility tab, tick Run this program in compatibility mode for option, and then select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the drop-down menu. Click apply.
Visit the download page to start downloading your copy of Photoshop CS2. The serial key for the software is also available on the download page. You need to download PhSp_CS2_English.exe file from the download page, and then run the setup file to begin installing the software. During the installation you will be asked to enter the serial key that’s available on the download page.
The full installation of Photoshop CS2 requires ~ 1.35 GB of free disk space.