How to Change the Language in Photoshop

Struggling to understand Photoshop? Maybe because it’s literally written in Greek! 

When you download and install Photoshop, the default language is different depending on the country where you purchased it or your computer’s default language. 

It can be stressful and hard to find tools in Photoshop when the interface is in a different language, but luckily, you can easily change the software language. You can either change the language in Photoshop or Creative Cloud. 

Hey there, I’m Cara! I live in Costa Rica and speak fluent Spanish, but I much prefer to have Photoshop’s interface written in my native English. So I get it! Even though you speak a language, doesn’t mean you want to work in it. Let me show you how easy it is to change Photoshop language!

Note: I use the Windows version of Photoshop. If you are using a Mac, the workspace will look slightly different from the screenshots displayed here.

Method 1: Change the Language in Photoshop

Changing the language in Photoshop is a cinch. Go to Edit, hover over Preferences, and choose General. (On a Mac, go to Photoshop, Preferences, and General).

In the box that appears, you’ll see a list on the left side. Choose Interface from that list. Then, you can change the language in the UI Language box under Presentation

But…what if you run into this? As you can see, the only language option for me is English. 

In order to avoid downloading unneeded information, Photoshop only comes in the default language (or language you’ve chosen) when you download it. Thus, if you don’t find the language you want, you’ll have to go and change your preferences in Creative Cloud.

Let’s look at how to do that next.

Method 2: Change the Language in Adobe Creative Cloud

At first, this extra step might seem like a bummer. But changing the language in Photoshop only changes the language in Photoshop. If you use other Creative Cloud applications, chances are you’d like to use those in your native language as well. 

Changing the language in Creative Cloud changes the language for all the applications in one fell swoop. The only catch is that you have to uninstall the programs and reinstall them again to initiate the switch. 

So let’s look at how to do this. Start by opening the Creative Cloud desktop application. Click the Account button in the top right corner and choose Preferences from the list.

Choose Apps from the left side. Click in the Default Language box and choose your preferred language from the dropdown menu. 

To activate the change in Photoshop, you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall the program. The same goes for any other Creative Cloud applications you have running. 

It takes a few minutes to get it all set up, but being able to use the applications in your preferred language is so worth it! Wondering how to reset your preferences in Photoshop? Check it out here!

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