Adobe Photoshop has long been a standard in image editing. So much so that “photoshopping something” refers to any form of image editing. Working in Photoshop, especially if you are a beginner, requires fluency in English. Every tool and option is in English by default and there are plenty of them.
Fortunately, and as you might have guessed, it is now possible to change the language in Photoshop.
Why change language?
Changing the language in a photo editing software tool seems pretty trivial. You mainly deal with images and you are probably familiar with the English language as far as you know the names of the tools, right? Not if you put yourself in Adobe's shoes. They want as many people as possible to use their software. A Chinese is much more likely to choose Photoshop over a local editing tool if there is a Photoshop Chinese, don't you think?
On the other hand, someone may be an English speaker who has purchased a foreign version of Photoshop and wants to switch to English.
All in all, there are many reasons why a user would want to know how to change language in Photoshop. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as it seems. For some reason, language settings in Photoshop are a lot more complicated than you might think.
You can change Photoshop language by installing different language packs available on Adobe official website. The process is not too complicated. However, if you purchased the program from a source other than Adobe's website, you will not be able to switch languages. Of course, you can always officially buy another copy of Photoshop, but that's assuming you're very wealthy.
Fortunately, for our second scenario, there is a workaround that will help you change the menus from a foreign language to English. But, let's first discuss the installation of the language pack.
Installing a new language pack
First, you can stop looking for language pack download options in the Photoshop menu. You will not find this option there. Close Photoshop and find the latest version of Adobe Application Manager on Google. Download it and install it. Once installed, start Adobe Application Manager, where you will be prompted to log in. Use your Adobe ID (the one used to purchase your copy of Photoshop) and enter all required credentials.
Once logged in, go to applications tongue. Here you will be able to see a list of purchases you have made. If you ordered your Photoshop from Adobe's website, it should be listed next to " installed”. If there is nothing listed, restart Adobe Application Manager. If you still don't see your version of Photoshop listed, you must have purchased it from another source and you won't be able to install the language pack.
Now navigate to the gear icon and open the Preferences window by clicking Parameters. Select the applications tab, then Application language, and find your preferred language from the list. Once you are done, you can close this window and you should see a Installer option next to your purchased version of Photoshop. Again, restart Adobe Application Manager if you don't see this. Click on Installer to download and install the new language pack.
Next, launch the Photoshop application, which will always be in the default language. Go to EditThen Preferences, and go to appearance settings. Now change the User interface language to that of the downloaded language pack. Hit Okay, and that's all! You have changed your Photoshop language.
Change menu language to English
The only possible operation for those who did not buy their Photoshop on the official Adobe website is to change the menus to English. To do this, close Photoshop and go to C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS5Locales. If you installed the app in another path, find and navigate there. Find the installed language subdirectory (format it_IT) and select Support files. Find it tw10428.dat file and rename it to tw10428.dat.bak. This should change the Photoshop menu language to English.
Change language in Photoshop
Changing Photoshop's language is a lot less straightforward than you might think, unless you purchased your copy from the official Adobe website. If you bought it elsewhere, even if it is completely legitimate, you will only be able to change the language in the menu.
Have you ever had problems with switching languages in Photoshop? Do you know any other way to do this in all versions of Photoshop whether downloaded from the official site? Share your thoughts in the comments section.