How to Get a Free Trial of Photoshop

You can download Photoshop free for seven days

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing applications. 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
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Dozens of free online image editors have similar features as Photoshop but without the time restriction. We also keep a list of free downloadable photo editors that you can use in place of Adobe's.

How to Get a Free Trial of Photoshop

Although 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 8 GB of RAM and over 4 GB of free hard drive space in order to use Photoshop. You should check the remaining free space on your hard drive before moving forward.

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 you actually used it every day during the free period.

  1. Open the Photoshop Free Trial page on Adobe's website, and select Try for free.

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

    Free trial options from Adobe, listing Photoshop and an all apps plan
  3. Enter your email address and then select Continue to log in or create a new account. This is required to get the free Photoshop trial.

    If you plan to pay for it after the trial, now is the time you can alter the commitment. Choose from an annual or monthly plan.

    Email address text box on the 7-day free trial page for Photoshop
  4. Choose a payment method—credit/debit card or PayPal—and enter those details as described on the page, and then select Agree and subscribe.

    Adobe Photoshop trial payment screen

    You aren't paying for Photoshop on this screen. As long as the "due now" 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 the trial before the seven days are up unless you want to pay for Photoshop.

  5. 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.

    Set your adobe id password page
  6. The download should begin immediately. When it's finished, open the installer.

    Install Photoshop download page

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

  7. Follow the setup file's on-screen directions to install Creative Cloud and Photoshop. This involves selecting Continue in the installer, logging in to your Adobe account in a web browser, and then choosing Start installing.

    Install Creative Cloud and Photoshop setup screen
  8. Wait for several minutes as Creative Cloud installs.

    Installing Creative Cloud progress bar
  9. Once installation is finished, Creative Cloud will open and begin installing Photoshop.

    Photoshop installation progress bar in Creative Cloud

    Photoshop should open automatically once it gets installed. If it doesn't, use the arrow next to its button in Creative Cloud to find the Open option.

How to Cancel the Photoshop Free Trial

If you don't want to actually buy Photoshop, you'll need to 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 trial.

  2. Open the My Plans area of your account through the Plans tab at the top.

  3. Select Manage plan.

    My Plans area of Adobe account with Photoshop trial listed
  4. Choose Cancel plan on the next page and then explain why you're canceling your trial, followed by Continue.

    Which of these describes your experience questions on the Adobe cancel plan page
  5. Read through what cancelling your plan means (you won't be able to access Photoshop and cloud storage space is reduced), and then select Continue.

  6. An Offers page tries to get you to stay one last time. Select No thanks.

  7. Finally, end the Photoshop trial by selecting Confirm on the final page.

    Confirm button on Photoshop trial cancellation page

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.

There are tons of free stock photo websites where 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.

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