What is Photoshop and who is it for?

Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most advanced digital imaging software, used by photographers, designers, web professionals, and video professionals. The app gives you the utmost power and creative control for 2D and 3D image manipulation and compositing, video editing, and image analysis. And because Photoshop is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. Learn more about Creative Cloud.

Can I use Photoshop on more than one machine?

Yes. You can download and install Photoshop on multiple computers regardless of operating system. However, activation is limited to two machines per individual associated with the membership. See the terms of use for more information. Learn how to deactivate a Creative Cloud license on a machine.

I use Photoshop Elements. Why should I consider Photoshop?

Photoshop is the professional standard in image editing, used worldwide by people who want to create and edit photos with superior results. Consider moving up to Photoshop if you want a more complete toolkit for editing raw photos; creating sophisticated image composites; making videos; and pushing your creativity with 3D creation, 3D editing, and painting tools.

What is Photoshop Lightroom and how does it work with Photoshop?

Lightroom, also included in Creative Cloud, helps you quickly import, process, manage, and showcase volumes of photos. Its tight integration with Photoshop lets you easily take advantage of unrivaled pixel-level retouching and compositing, giving you a complete professional photography solution.

Does Photoshop include the features that were previously exclusive to Photoshop Extended?

Yes. Photoshop includes the full set of Photoshop tools, including the 3D image creation, 3D editing, and quantitative image analysis tools that were previously available only in Photoshop Extended.

What cameras does Photoshop/Adobe Camera Raw support?

Where can I learn more about new features?

See the What’s New page for details.

How does Photoshop compare with earlier versions?

Check out the Photoshop version comparison.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Photoshop?

See the system requirements for information.

Where can I ask a technical or how-to question related to Photoshop?

Visit the Photoshop forums to get answers from product team members and other expert users.

You can also use the following helpful resources:

Free trials

Where can I get a trial version of Photoshop?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a trial version of Photoshop - and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to an All Apps plan, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.

Can I convert my trial version to a paid plan?

If you were prompted to enter your payment details before downloading Photoshop, the trial automatically converts to a paid plan after the trial period ends. Otherwise, you can purchase a plan directly from the Creative Cloud website.

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Photoshop?

Learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

What's the difference between Photoshop Single App Subscription, Creative Cloud Photography Plan, and Photoshop Photography Program?

Learning Photoshop

How can I get started with Photoshop?

Check out Photoshop Learn & Support for all you need to get started—video and step-by-step-tutorials, Help content, and links to resources offering comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.

Where can I find the manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the Photoshop manual on the Photoshop User Guide page. To learn more about the latest features in Photoshop, read the New features summary