What is Photoshop Portable Version?

Beware of Sites Offering "Photoshop Portable" or "Photoshop Lite" Versions

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There is no Photoshop Portable or Photoshop Lite version published or supported by Adobe. If you find a Photoshop Portable version available for download it is pretty well guaranteed it is an illegal cracked version of Photoshop which could potentially carry a virus or other malware. Any of the following downloads are unsupported and should only be used at your own risk:

  • Photoshop Lite
  • Photoshop Portable Lite
  • Photoshop CS5 Portable
  • Photoshop CS4 Portable
  • Photoshop CS3 Portable
  • Photoshop CS2 Portable
  • Portable Photoshop CS3 Extended
  • Portable Photoshop CS4 Extended
  • Portable Photoshop CS5 Extended
  • Photoshop CS5 Extended Portable
  • Photoshop CS4 Extended Portable
  • Photoshop CS3 Extended Portable

A lot of this disappeared when Adobe moved their software off of CD packages and moved to a subscription-based model called the Creative Cloud. Though you can still find older CD-based versions of the software offered by private vendors or sites like eBay, you need to know that you are essentially on your own when purchasing this software. First off, Adobe no longer supports the versions of the application and if you encounter a licensing issue when installing this software Adobe won't help you.

Another major clue that the software may not exactly be legal is when you purchase a computer. If the vendor presents you with a list of software that will be loaded onto your new computer for a small extra fee, the odds are about 99.99999999% that the software is illegal.

If the software is already on a used computer you may also encounter some major issues if things go wrong. If the license for the software hasn't been transferred to you, you can forget about any support.

Portable Photoshop Alternatives

If you are looking for a mobile version of Photoshop, Adobe offers Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Fix

If you want a less expensive Photoshop version, consider Photoshop Elements.

Updated by Tom Green.