Photoshop CS6: How do I install on macOS Mojave?

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I just bought a new Mac with Mojave, and I'm unable to install Photoshop CS6 which I've owned for years. I get an error when I try to run the installer. It tells me to download Adobe Support Advisor but clicking the link doesn't take me anywhere useful.



Are there any fixes or workarounds for this? I do NOT want to pay for a subscription to Photoshop CC.
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Hi.... it’s because of the Mac OS Mojave. Some of the Adobe CS6 will not support it at all. I know it’s not the answer you want to hear. I had that issue too. My Illustrator CS6 does not work too.. Wondering if you can down grade your Mac OS?
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Thanks, that is what I was fearing. I thought about downgrading, but that's only a temporary solution as at some point I'll probably need to upgrade. Given that I'm sure they make tons more money on the subscription model, I'm doubting that Adobe would fix their CS6 products to work with any future Mac OS. I was hoping there might be some way to trick the system and make the CS6 products work.
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I agree.... that is why I didn't both Apple to go back to Sierra.... eventually they stop supporting it.  only a bandaid but what a headache!  good luck to you and let me know what you eventually do.  Cindy S.
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I posted a similar problem.  I have an iMac  I bought about 18 mo. ago.  While going through a systems update, I went from High Sierra OS to Mojave.... didn't think much about it until I tried to use my Photoshop...every time I clicked on a pic to work on, it went down and a page of code popped up-hit restart the whole  works.  Talked to Apple.  They said to call Adobe Customer Service, that Adobe can create a patch of sorts that we could download to make Photoshop compatible with Mojave.  Imagine my shock when there is no longer a customer service phone # but they push you into these Photoshop communities for help.  There was no one until you that stated they had a problem.  I thought, I would just bite the bullet and pay to have Photoshop upgraded... only to find they want you to pay into this subscript service with creative cloud for the rest of my life... like nearly $300 per YEAR forever.  I photograph professional and need my photoshop... but can't afford the subscription. Then I got mad.... went into the Apple store, looked into various other programs out there for editing pics.... read the reviews and found PhotoScape X.  Not hard to find to download.  IT IS FREE EDITING SOFTWARE but if you want the PRO version which gives you so much more, it was $39.99.  that was it.  LOVE THIS SOFTWARE SO FAR... but you do have to practice with it somewhat.  Many of the tools are labeled the same as Photoshop...  if you are not sure how to do something through PhotoScape X, they have their own tutorials plus you can YouTube exactly what you are trying to do plus PhotoScape X in the search bar and there will be a video on how to use.  Additions more than Photoshop is that you can add what they call stickers (you control the size) you can add text, collage templates, frames in various format for your photos, you can do side by side comparisons, etc.  You click less to get to where you need to be.... clone, spot healing, crop, and your saturation, lighten shadows, contrast, color levels are all on sliders making it easier and less guessing on where it should be.  Downside, the lasso is used only to cut a subject out, not to inverse...I need for both.. so I will write the PhotoScape company to see if something can be added... other than that love it.  the more you play with it, the more you will find.... and for now, unless Adobe gets their act together, I have to have something that I can afford to use.  Feel free to check out other software, but this was highly rated.... I am so mad at Adobe right now... crappy customer service not that the communities aren't helpful but no one can create a patch to fix said problem but Adobe who has gotten too big for their. britches.  Hope this helps.... feel free to contact me through here anytime.  Good luck to you both!

Cindy S
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Yeah, I really despise a subscription model for any software! I'd be fine with paying a one time fee for a new version of Photoshop that would give me more years with it, I'd even be willing to pay a few hundred dollars. But paying monthly at around $20+/mo is just ridiculous. Over 5 years for example, that's $1200 for one piece of software! I've had CS6 for probably 6-7 years now and love it. I only do graphic design and photo editing on the side as a hobby, so I really don't make money on what I need it for, so it's just not worth paying monthly forever on it, especially when sometimes I don't even use it every month.

Thanks for the recommendation of PhotoScape X, I'll check into that one. I also downloaded Gimp (gimp.org) to try out, as it's a free open-source program. It's similar to Photoshop and can open my existing .psd files, but I'm not a fan of the learning curve when I'm used to all the keyboard commands and such for Photoshop.
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I will look into Gimp as well.... I have a feeling that Adobe is going to lose quite a number of customers after this... my version was CS 5.5 and I bought it at a good price right before CS 6 came out.    I love the tutorials and finding how to do things in YouTube... you do get use to the PS commands but the PhotoScape X has same commands but to the right and along the toolbar less clicking when you look and remember under the toolbar what goes with what..... just used it till I felt comfortable.  feel free to message me here if you have any Qs too!  Good luck to you!  Cindy S.  
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Hi again.... you might want to check out Affinity Photo. Link: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/


Please note that theirs different versions... also, Affinity works like Photoshop.


Anyone what’s to read this blog article on alternative substitute software: https://designshack.net/articles/soft...
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CS6 should work on Mojave, though there are some hoops to jump through because the OS changed the way some things work. 

See details here: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/install-creative-suite-mac-os-sierra.html

I presently have it installed and running on Mojave on my MacBook.
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will this link also help CS5.5 or should I not book on it ever working with Mojave OS?
Cindy S.
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The link does have instructions for CS5.5, so it should work for that version too. It's worth a try anyway! :)
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It should work for 5.5 as well.
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Also note, you can get Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99/mo with the Photography Plan here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html
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Thank you, Jeffrey! I did that and it almost worked... I got an error saying that my serial number is invalid. I double checked to make sure I typed it correctly and I did. Do I need to uninstall it off my previous computer in order to install it on my new one or something? I bought this software legitimately a number of years ago.

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After some further searching, I figured it out... I needed to download the whole Design & Web package, not just Photoshop. It worked!! :D I'm super excited, thank you!!
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What was the workaround? I want my CS6 to work
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eemathnut

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This link, provided by Jeffrey above: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/install-creative-suite-mac-os-sierra.html And downloading the entire Design & Web package instead of just Photoshop.