How to Get a Free Trial of Photoshop

Get the Adobe Photoshop Free Trial for 7 Days

Screenshot of a flower in Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop.

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 7 days.

Note: There are also dozens of free online image editors, some of which have similar features as Photoshop but without the time restriction, like Adobe Photoshop Express Editor. I 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 while to complete, nearly all of it is automated, which means you have to click through just a few things to install Photoshop.

Note: You'll need close to 3 GB of free hard drive space to install the necessary tools to use Photoshop on Windows, or over 4 GB for macOS. Go here if you're not sure how to check the remaining free space of a hard drive in Windows.

  1. Open the Photoshop Free Trial page on Adobe's website.

  2. Click or tap the Download free trial button to immediately start the download of Photoshop_Set-Up.exe.

  3. When it's finished downloading (it should only take a moment or two), open Photoshop_Set-Up.exe to start the Photoshop install.

  1. When the installer asks, you need to sign in to your Adobe account. If you don't have one, use the Sign Up button on the installer to make a new Adobe account, or go here in your web browser.

  2. Follow through the installer, answering any questions it asks. For example, you might need to enter a few details like your occupation or the reason you're trying Photoshop.

  1. Click or tap the Start Installing button once the questions are over.

    Note: Also included in this download is the Creative Cloud program, which is a downloader and updater for your Adobe products. It might take several minutes or longer to install.

  2. Photoshop will automatically open once the installation has finished.

​If the program gives you errors and won't install, see the system requirements for running Photoshop. You might not have the right amount of system resources available or the right hardware to run the software.

How to Cancel The Photoshop Free Trial

Sometimes, when you're trying an application for free that limits usage to a certain number of days, the software will automatically start you on some sort of subscription or will purchase the full product automatically at the close of the trial, but this isn't the case with the Photoshop free trial.

Because you didn't provide any payment details to purchase Photoshop, you don’t need to manually cancel any type of subscription or service. After 7 days of being installed, whether you do or don’t use it throughout those days, Adobe Photoshop will simply cease to work unless you choose to pay for it.

Note: After having the Photoshop free trial for 7 days, you can not install the trial again and expect to get another 7 days free.

Therefore, you should be sure that you choose to use the trial during a time when you'll be most apt to try out all the features.

More Photoshop Freebies

There are plenty of ways to get free resources 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, plus full PSD templates 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.

In addition to things to edit in Photoshop are the tools necessary to do the editing, like Photoshop actions that can speed up your editing steps, or filters and plugins to add more functionality to the program.