You can try out Adobe Photoshop for free by downloading a trial version for your Windows or Mac computer. This trial includes all the same features and tools as the full version, but will expire after seven days. This is a great way to test out Photoshop and see if it meets your needs without having to spend any money. Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing, so it’s definitely worth giving it a try.

Illustration of a person using Photoshop on their computer against a wall full of framed photos

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.

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 Adobe Photoshop product page, and select Free trial.

    Adobe Photoshop product page

  2. Log in if you're asked, or create an account with Adobe if you don't have one.

  3. Select Photoshop (or Creative Cloud All Apps if you'd rather also start a trial for other Adobe apps), then choose a subscription length and then Continue.

    Photoshop trial selection

  4. Add a payment method, and then select Agree and subscribe.

    Adobe payment info page

    You won't be charged right now as long as the DUE NOW price says $0.00. However, you'll have to cancel the trial before the seven days are up (this is explained below) unless you want to pay to continue using Photoshop beyond the trial.

  5. Select Get Started on the thank you page.

  6. Save the Photoshop installer to your computer when prompted to do so, and then open it. Photoshop will install through the Creative Cloud app.

    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.

  7. Select Continue in Adobe Creative Cloud.

    Install Creative Cloud and Photoshop

  8. Log in to your Adobe account, or wait while you're logged in automatically if you were already signed on in your browser.

  9. Select Start installing. This screen also lets you opt out of adding Adobe Genuine Service to your computer if you don't want it.

    Start installing button in adobe creative cloud

  10. Wait while Photoshop installs. In the meantime, you can answer the questions you see on the screen, or choose Skip question.

    photoshop trial installation progress

  11. Select Done on the Adobe Creative Cloud welcome prompt, and then continue waiting for Photoshop to install if it isn't already finished.

    welcome to adobe creative cloud

  12. Select Open in the Photoshop section to open it, or look for it in the Start menu.

    Photoshop trial in creative cloud desktop

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 the Plans area of your account through the Plans and payment tab at the top.

  2. Select Manage plan.

    Adobe account plans

  3. Choose Cancel your plan on the next page and then explain why you're canceling your trial, followed by Continue.

    manage plan options in adobe account

  4. Read through what cancelling your plan means (the trial will end immediately, and cloud storage space is reduced), and then select Continue.

  5. An offer page tries to get you to stay one last time. Select No thanks.

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

    confirm photoshop trial cancellation

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 Photoshop 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.

Source