How to Install Adobe Photoshop CS3 Without a CD

by Jennifer Eblin

Adobe Photoshop is a software program that allows you to create and edit digital photographs and images. This program is available for sale from both the Adobe website and select retailers. When you purchase the Photoshop CS3 program, it comes with a CD with all the information on it. However, you can also install the software even if you don’t have the installation CD. To install Adobe Photoshop CS3 without a CD, visit the Adobe website.

Step 1

Visit the official website for Adobe Photoshop (see Resources below). You can find the program to download from other websites, but the official site includes support and other features that you won’t find on other sites.

Step 2

Select the type of program you’d like to download from those listed on the website. You can choose a free trial or the Creative Suite 3; you can buy the software outright or upgrade from a previous version.

Step 3

Enter your payment information on the next page if you plan to buy the software. Adobe has had some problems and kinks with the free trial software, although it occurs only for some users.

Step 4

Push the "Download" button when it appears on the screen, and then click the "Run" option. This begins downloading the Photoshop software onto your computer automatically, without using a CD. Adobe will automatically begin downloading once you press the button, but you’ll still need to do a few things.

Follow the prompts and continue to click "OK" when asked. You’ll need to select where you want the software on your computer and register your information with Adobe. It can take a while for the program to download, but only because it contains a number of different files that are fairly large.


  • If you’ve installed the free trial version of Adobe Photoshop CS3 and want to run the full program, you may need to download a patch from the official site. Since first introducing the new program, Adobe has had a number of problems with users who can’t operate the full version on their computers after running the trial.


  • Choose to have the software CDs mailed you if you plan on changing computers in the near future. You can still download the program onto your computer, but you’ll also get backup CDs mailed to you.

About the Author

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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