Adobe May Be Offering a Free (and Legal) Download of Creative Suite 2


Here’s some potentially huge news from the photo-editing software industry today: Adobe may be giving away its older Creatie Suite 2 for free. This includes Photoshop CS2.

It may sound sketchy or like a mistake to you, but it’s found over on Adobe’s website on a page titled “CS2 Downloads.” It appears to be down at the moment (we’re getting a “Site Area Temporarily Unavailable” message), but that may be the result of hordes of people trying to snag the software at the same time.

When it was up, the page included individual download links for the entire suite and for the individual programs in the suite. You can download Photoshop by itself if you’d like.

Here’s what the download page looks/looked like (click to enlarge):


As you can see, each of the programs is being offered alongside a universal serial number that everyone can use. The entire suite’s serial number is:


Photoshop CS2’s serial numbers are:

1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639 (Mac)
1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431 (Win)

Hopefully the website comes back online shortly. If you’ve been looking to dip your toes into the world of Photoshop, this would be a great way to get started on the cheap. Keep your eye on the page throughout the day!

Adobe CS2 Downloads [Adobe via]

Update: It appears that the downloads and universal serial numbers are intended for customers who need to re-install (the CS2 activation server was killed of at the end of last year).

Update: Here’s an official statement by Adobe posted on January 7th:

Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers. While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Eric!

  • xtopher66

    oh shut up Roy bloody troll.

  • xtopher66

    I didnt need steal my copy of cs2 after all. lol

  • tiredofit123

    Clarify, it supports RAW for the cameras made when it was new. However for cameras that came after like my D700 it can’t read the RAW files.

  • Mansgame

    If you can download one, sure.

  • tim

    Wank wank wank. Fanboi

  • John D Fox

    I bought CS Photoshop, then CS2, CS3, and CS4 (Photoshop, Ill, Dreamweaver, Flash)and they were all great tools. CS3 was a big upgrade, but CS2 is very usable. Lots to learn. But really, if you are going to really learn these tools you should invest the money and get the newest version. Students and faculty are $30 a month and for what you get they are really worth it. I have a student use Photoshop CS in a clas and go so good in ediding photos she actually got a job at a newspaper. But these are professional tools and will require a great deal of work ot learn. So I would encourage you to not “steal” this to fool around, but if oyu are interested, get the subscription and maybe Lynda and really spend some time learning it.

  • Roy

    I didn’t read a complaint or annoyance into his comment. Disappointment perhaps, but I see no reason to judge him for that without knowing anything about his, or his comment’s background.

    Oh well, I guess we just interpreted this differently and that’s okay. Thanks for keeping the conversation civil regardless.

  • Samuel

    Huh, on re-reading it after a hearty nights sleep it does seem a lot less aggressive than it seemed last night. It seems i have commented without reason. Ah well. A pleasure commentating with you.

  • Tom Waugh

    For someone like myself who uses an old version (number 6) mainly for perspective correction and the occasional spotting, this is an ideal way to test the waters of a “newer” model.

  • cheap shots for real

    yay, a nice handout from adobe! only if they would have refurbished the code up to date’s standards like 64-bit versions and so on (supposedly these are only 32-bits).. but thx annyway! :D

  • Erick Flores

    it’s up again! GO go go

  • Rouge

    Well the download page is back up and working, I had PS Elements on my old laptop which died the other day so I gave the PSE5 link a whirl and it’s working on my new machine a treat. It’s basic but it’ll do for the odd bit of photo tweaking

  • aldo maria

    WOW how generous are these basterds ….

  • Intel Mac User

    You still can use Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.0, since it supports also Intel architecture. No other CS2 software, though.

  • E

    Snow Leopard with Rosetta will let you run PPC apps on intel Macs. Haven’t tried in a while, but pretty sure it still works.

  • Jon

    The link now seems to simply go to an Adobe promo for CS6. Free stuff never lasts long.

    We’re running CS 5 on our Mac computers at the office, but since we’ve also got a few Windows computers that occasionally need to edit photos, we’ve got a couple of old, old, old copies of Photoshop 5.5 and 5.0 LE that remain in use (and 5.0 LE — designed for the initial version of Windows 98 — runs like a rocket in Windows 8, while illustrator 8.0 from the same era simply makes the install program go into brain freeze, which is more like your more recent Adobe releases, if you try to use them on new computers after the program’s been out on the market for four or so years).

  • Sam

    Thanks… It Working,,.,,,,,

  • skp288

    I am in Singapore, not United States. Is the free download CS2 available to me as well? I ask this because Adobe insists on having me having a US State and zip code.

  • Henry

    Correct! Completely useless to any Apple computer purchased in the past 7 years that can’t run this program. It’s free though, lol.