Quick Tip - How to Change and Install Custom Splash Screens for the Adobe CS6 Softwares

May 7, 2013 by in category Quick Tips with 9 and 0

In this Quick Tip, learn how to Change Splash Screens for Adobe CS6 Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Fireworks and Flash.

Feel free to download the Adobe CS6 Custom Splash Screens Pack, with a flat style and cool colours.

IMPORTANT: Before changing and installing a custom Splash Screen, make sure to save a back up of the original files (original splash screen, .rsrc files).


Adobe Photoshop CS6 Splash Screen

Mac OS X

The Photoshop CS6 Splash Screen is the more complicated Splash Screen from the Adobe suite to change, you’ll need to download a small software called ResKnife to modify the Adobe Photoshop CS6.rsrc file and change the Photoshop Splash Screen.

Start by downloading and installing ResKnife, you can download it with the Sources Files.

Step 1

Next make sure to make a Back Up of the Adobe Photoshop CS6.rsrc file, after that open it in ResKnife, this file is located here:
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6.app/Contents/Resources/Adobe Photoshop CS6.rsrc

Step 2

The Splash Screen document is named SplashBackground.png (ID #414) or SplashExtendedBackground.png (ID #415) depending on the version of Photoshop you’re using.

Select the line that corresponds to your Photoshop version, (ID #414 for the basic version and ID #415 for the Extended version) and double click on it.

Step 3

A new dialog box will open, go to Edit – Select All (cmd+A) and press delete, this will erase the informations of the original Splash Screen image, keep this empty dialog box opened, we’ll need it after.

Step 4

Go to your custom Photoshop Splash Screen file, change the extension of this .png file to .rsrc, open this new .rsrc in ResKnife, double click on the first line, a new dialog box will open, go to Edit – Select All (cmd+A), then Edit – Copy (cmd+C).

Step 5

Now go back into the empty dialog box from the original Splash Screen File, go to Edit – Paste (cmd+V). Close this dialog box, make sure to click on “Keep” when closing this dialog box. To finish go to File – Save and open Photoshop to check out your new custom splash screen.

Windows PC

Step 1 – Download ResEdit

Download and Install ResEdit, you can download it with the Sources Files.

Step 2 – PSArt.dll

Before launching or using ResEdit, make sure you make a back up of the original PSArt.dll file. You should find it in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6. We did that in case a problem occurs in the process. Make sure Photoshop is closed.

Step 3 – ResEdit

Open ResEdit and click on Open, a window should open, go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 and select PSArt.dll.

Step 4 – Replacing File

Rename your custom Splash Screen file SPLASHARTBACKGROUND.png, copy this file. next go to C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\ResEdit\Temp and paste your file in this folder, click yes when it asks if you want to replace the existing file.

Step 5 – Saving

Go back on ResEdit, click on Save and then close the program.


Adobe Illustrator CS6 Splash Screen

Mac OS X

Step 1

The Illustrator Splash Screen file is located here:
/Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS6/Adobe Illustrator CS6.app/Contents/Resources/

Rename your custom Illustrator Splash Screen file : ai_cs6_splash.png. Copy it and paste it in the original Illustrator Splash Screen location.


Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Splash Screen

Mac OS X

Step 1

The Dreamweaver Splash Screen file is located here:
/Applications/Adobe Dreamweaver CS6/Adobe Dreamweaver CS6.app/Contents/Resources/png/

Rename your custom Dreamweaver Splash Screen file : splashNormal.png. Copy it and paste it in the original Dreamweaver Splash Screen location.


Adobe InDesign CS6 Splash Screen

Mac OS X

Step 1

The InDesign Splash Screen file is located here:
/Applications/Adobe InDesign CS6/Adobe InDesign CS6.app/Contents/Resources/idrc_PNGA/

Rename your custom InDesign Splash Screen file : 294.idrc. Copy it and paste it in the original InDesign Splash Screen location.


Adobe Fireworks CS6 Splash Screen

Mac OS X

Step 1

The Fireworks Splash Screen file is located here:
/Applications/Adobe Fireworks CS6/Adobe Fireworks CS6.app/Contents/Resources/

Rename your custom Fireworks Splash Screen file : IDPNG_Splash.png. Copy it and paste it in the original Fireworks Splash Screen location.


Adobe Flash CS6 Splash Screen

Mac OS X

Step 1

The Flash Splash Screen file is located here:
/Applications/Adobe Flash CS6/Adobe Flash CS6.app/Contents/Resources/png/

Rename your custom Flash Splash Screen file : P_Splash_N.png. Copy it and paste it in the original Flash Splash Screen location.

That’s it for this Quick Tip, now you have all your favorite adobe softwares with new custom Splash Screens. Feel free to leave me a comment if you need help with installing those Splash Screens.



  • Jason
    on November 18, 2013 Reply


    I really love these!

    I was wondering if you have any splash screens like this for CS5?



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      Adrien de Broglio
      on November 19, 2013 Reply

      Hi Jason, Thanks for your comment, What Splash Screens do you need for CS5? (Photoshop, Illustrator…..?)

  • Kevin Scharnhorst
    on January 22, 2014 Reply

    Any plans to do this tut using the Windows side? PSArt.dll is where they are hidden and ResHacker is the program you’ll need to use to unpack the PNG file.

  • Mario
    on January 30, 2014 Reply

    Hi, nice thread. Useful info for whoever wants to personalize their software.
    I’m having trouble finding the splash file for After Effects CS6 OSX. Could you please tell me where and how to edit the file?
    Thank you.

  • Seve
    on April 20, 2014 Reply

    Step 4 for changing the PS splash screen on OSX is wrong! It doesn’t work with the first line, and never will, because it it an icns file, which only provides a little icon for the file.
    It is the ”Data Fork” file, where the image is stored.

    You’ll need the ”Data Fork” code of an image with the exact resolution 832×700.

  • Giancarlo P Cavallini
    on April 24, 2014 Reply

    Hello, I tried installing these for Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign but the only that worked was Illustrator. Every time i open Indesign it shows an error “unexpectedly closed and Photoshop didn’t work. But apart from that, the splash screens are great!

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