Adobe's giving us all a late Christmas present. You can grab yourself a free, legitimate copy of Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite 2, right now, direct from Adobe. No catch.

Well, unless you think having an Adobe account is a catch. Anyway, apparently Adobe's tired of keeping the activation servers running to support legitimate installs of the 10-year-old CS2, so it's decided to just give it away. Sounds great to me.

Handy if all you need is a quick image editor, Photoshop CS2 will still do all the basic things, just not the new fancy smart 'content aware' stuff. Free's free, so get over to and get downloading. [Adobe]

Update: Adobe's suffering server issues with the sheer number of people trying to download CS2 -- it's effectively being DDoS -- so give it a while.

Update 2: Looks like Adobe didn't actually mean to release CS2 for free to the entire world, even though it didn't say anything, and still doesn't, on the download site about it. And there we thought Adobe's fail was a late Christmas present and all.

Update 3: Considering Adobe doesn't really love you it seems, here are our top 10 free Photoshop alternatives.