How to Get a Free Trial of Photoshop

You can download Photoshop free for seven days

Adobe Photoshop is one of the best image editing programs money can buy. Fortunately, you can take advantage of a trial period to avoid spending even a penny on it.

Below are instructions for downloading an absolutely free version of Adobe Photoshop for your Windows or Mac computer. You get access to all the same features and tools as with the one you can purchase, with the only difference being that it will become unusable after seven days.

Illustration of a person using Photoshop on their computer against a wall full of framed photos
 Lifewire / Nusha Ashjaee

Dozens of free online image editors have similar features as Photoshop but without the time restriction, like Adobe Photoshop Express Editor. We also keep a list of free downloadable photo editors that you can use in place of Photoshop, like the popular GIMP.

How to Get a Free Trial of Photoshop

Though the whole installation process takes a little while to complete, nearly all of it is automated, which means you have to click through just a few screens to install Photoshop.

Your computer needs at least 2 GB of RAM and over 3 GB (Windows) or 4 GB (Mac) of free hard drive space in order to use Photoshop. Learn how to check the remaining free space of a hard drive in Windows if you need help.

Be sure to use the trial when you'll be most apt to try out all the features. After having the Photoshop free trial for seven days, you cannot install the trial again, regardless of whether or not you actually used it every day during the trial period.

  1. Open the Adobe Photoshop Free Trial page on Adobe's website, and select Start your free trial.

    Photoshop free trial page
  2. Select the trial you want. To get just Photoshop for free, use the button in that section. Or, you can grab some other Adobe programs during the same trial period, like Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.

    Adobe Photoshop trial download options
  3. Enter your email address to log in or create a new Adobe account. A user account is required in order to get the free Photoshop trial.

    Adobe login screen for Photoshop free trial
  4. Choose a payment method: credit/debit card or PayPal.

    Adobe Photoshop trial payment screen

    You aren't paying for Photoshop on this screen. As long as the total price off to the right still says $0.00, you're just getting the trial. However, as you'll learn at the bottom of this page, you'll have to cancel your trial before the seven days are up unless you want to pay for Photoshop.

  5. Select Start free trial at the bottom of the page.

  6. If you're a new user, you'll see this screen where you need to enter a password for your account. Select Set your password and follow the directions on Adobe's site to make your new Adobe account.

    Photoshop free trial confirmation page
  7. Follow any on-screen prompt to install or open Creative Cloud, such as one that reads Open Creative Cloud Desktop App.

    Photoshop free trial open Creative Cloud prompt

    If you don't see anything about that, download and install Creative Cloud manually from Adobe's website.

    If the installer asks, sign in to your Adobe account and agree to any license terms if you see them.

  8. Wait while Adobe Photoshop installs.

    Photoshop free trial installation progress
  9. Your free version of Photoshop should open automatically after installation, but if it doesn't, use the Open button in Creative Cloud.

How to Cancel the Photoshop Free Trial

If you don't want to actually buy Photoshop, you'll want to make sure you cancel before the trial period is up. Follow the steps below to end your free trial of Photoshop, or you can contact Adobe for help.

  1. Open your Adobe Account page and log in using the same information you used when getting the free Photoshop trial.

  2. Select Manage plan or View plan under the Photoshop section.

    Adobe Account page
  3. Select Cancel plan.

  4. Explain why you're cancelling your Photoshop trial, and then select Continue to complete any other remaining prompts.

    Cancel Photoshop questions

More Photoshop Freebies

Plenty of free resources are available to use with this image editor. Whether you have the Photoshop free trial or the full version of the software, be sure to check out all the free add-ons you can get along with it.

At tons of free stock photo websites, you can find free images to edit in Photoshop. There are also full PSD templates ​available for download that include all the layers necessary to edit a project in the PSD format. If you'd rather use your own photos and just include some free textures, patterns, ​or shapes to spice things up, that's an option, too.

Also available for free are tools necessary to do the editing, like Photoshop actions that can speed up your editing steps, and filters and plugins to add more functionality to the program.