Installing Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Ai, Premiere, After Effect, and so on Mac for free for life is what every designer and marketer wants when he first buys a macOS, right? This article is based on my experience of installing Adobe on Mac, so I narrate it in the most understandable way for you to follow. Please read the instructions carefully, especially the notes.
Preparation before installing Adobe on Mac
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Disable Gatekeeper and SIP
To install the Adobe suite on Mac, you need to disable Gatekeeper and SIP on Mac first, then come back to this article for instructions on installing Adobe on Mac!
Install Adobe on Mac
Download Adobe on Mac according to your macOS version. Note that Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere … on Mac software all have the same installation method, so in this article, I choose software that has not been installed on my computer to guide you. You follow, but with other Adobe installation files, it’s okay.
Version 2021 and M1
Step 1: You sign up for an Adobe account and install Adobe Creative Cloud. After logging in, leave it aside.
Step 2: Open the downloaded Adobe installation file (wait for it to be extracted) > double-click Install > Open.
Step 3: Click the buttons on the warning, in turn, to install Adobe on Mac. Install > OK > wait for installation > OK.
Step 4: You open Adobe Zii > Open > see instructions for permanent activation below.
Versions 2019 and 2020
Step 1: Extract the zip file > open the Install folder > right-click Install and select Show Package Contents.
Step 2: You open the Content folder> MacOS> open Install> select Open.
Step 3: You wait for the installation process to complete and close the windows. You’d need to sign in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account if you didn’t install Adobe Creative Cloud first.
Step 4: You open Zii in the remaining folder > see instructions for permanent activation below.
Activate permanent use
All Adobe on Mac
Follow these steps to activate Adobe on Mac permanently. In each Adobe you had downloaded, there will be a corresponding activation file name Zii.
You should not click the PATCH OR DRAG button, because it will automatically patch all Adobe it detects, so it is easy to cause errors when it patches other Adobes that are not the same version that it supports.
Step 1: Go to the Application folder> Adobe…20XX folder> drag and drop the Adobe application…20XX into the PATCH OR DRAG box
Step 2: Click OK when the device asks for Root permission required > enter the password to open the device > OK.
When Zii displays COMPLETED, it is successful. Do the same for other Adobes. Remember not to press the PATCH OR DRAG button.
Photoshop 2021 on M1
You still activate Photoshop 2021_v21.3.1 on Mac M1 in the above way, but there will be one more step before you use Photoshop.
Go to the path containing Photoshop CC 2021 > Right click on Adobe Photoshop CC 2021.app > Get information > Open using Rosetta (Open with Rosetta)
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2021/Adobe Photoshop CC 2021.app
Enjoy Adobe on Mac forever
After installing and activating permanently for Adobe software, you can open some software to see if they work well.
Check out the pricing of Adobe software on Mac. If it has notice of the trial period, you can ignore it, and when it expired, you can still use it normally. It’s okay.
Note that you have installed a version that works well; you should not update to the new version because it will not activate it forever. To prevent accidental updates, follow the instructions below to remove Adobe Creative Cloud, which likes to run in the background consuming RAM and invites you to update continuously.
Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud from Mac
You open the Creative Cloud Uninstaller file downloaded at the top.
Then you enter the computer username and password and click OK. Next, click the Uninstall button to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud from your Mac.
Like downloading Microsoft Office on Mac, the Adobe suite is indispensable. I will update the new file on this article, but what stable version you are using should keep that original. If there is an update, update it to the year, but the version of the same year is not much different. How many Adobe on Mac software have you installed? No problem. Would you mind leaving a comment to chat with me?