Originally Posted on Internationalhotdish.com
Photoshop is an incredibly useful tool. I’m so familiar with it that attempting to use a free alternative, like GIMP, is just frustrating. And even though CS2 was first released in 2005, it still has all the tools I need for basic editing and mocking. So why Adobe is allowing folks to legally download Photoshop?
CS2 activation servers’ shutdown: In January 2013, Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9.0), with some other CS2 products, was released with an official serial number, due to the technical glitch in Adobe’s CS2 activation servers.
The one caveat is you must agree that you already legally own the software by ticking a box. You’ll see what we mean later on.
So what’s the big difference between CS2 and most of the subsequent Photoshop versions? Not too much, really. Most of the updates over the years were focused on UI or other cosmetic fixes. Adobe has come out with some high end updates in recent years, but CS2 will work for you if you want basic editing ability. Overall, CS2 has plenty of power to do all the editing I’m looking for.
ENOUGH TALK: SHOW ME THE STEPS!
Step 1 – Visit this link.
- If for some reason this link doesn’t work or the product has moved, just remember this: you need to find the Photoshop CS2 download page on Adobe’s site. This means you might have to search for “photoshop cs2” and find a link that looks like this:
Step 2 – Sign in or create a user account. This is where you tick the box to say you legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain your current use of it.
Step 3 – Scroll down and choose your language. Plenty to choose from.
Step 4: Scroll down and find Photoshop and download either the Mac or PC version.
Step 5: Install it once it finishes downloading and use the original serial number from your legal copy of CS2. If your original serial number has been destroyed, you can use one of these serial numbers (English version only) that Adobe provides:
- For Windows: 1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431
- For Mac: 1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639