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When did you start using Photoshop? The program has been around for almost 30 years ( will be 30 next year!) And we thought we would do a quick throwback from all of the Adobe Photoshop iterations. Taking cues from ThoughtCo and their article listing  20 Years of Adobe Photoshop,  we wanted to take it a step further and add all of the most recent, from 1988 to 2017.

We extended the product packaging, splash screens, and screen shots from 2009 to 2017. Click the gallery above or scroll below to see the full list.


1) Before it was Photoshop

The software we now know as Photoshop had its beginnings in 1987, when Thomas Knoll, a Ph.D. student, began to write programming code that would display grayscale images on a monochrome display. He did his work on a Macintosh Plus.
Thomas’s brother John was working at Industrial Light and Magic at the time, and became interested in the image-processing tools his brother was working on. The two worked together to bring the bits of code and tools together into a unified program, which was originally called “Display.” Display became “ImagePro” for a short time, before the Photoshop name we all know and love came about in March of 1988.



2) Early Photoshop

Thomas and John began presenting Photoshop to several Silicon Valley companies, and in March of 1988, Photoshop version 0.87 was licensed to Barneyscan, and about 200 copies of the program were distributed this way.
At this time, pixel-based image editing software was just coming to the market. Some of the features in the earliest version of Photoshop were:
Displaying and saving several file formats
Soft edge selections
Levels for tone adjustments
Color Balance, Hue, and Saturation color adjustments
Painting capabilities


3) Adobe Photoshop 1.0 (1990)

In September of 1988, Photoshop was first demonstrated to Russell Brown, Adobe’s Art Director, and Adobe Cofounder John Warnock. Around the same time, the first color PostScript printer was shipped, sparking the desktop publishing era.
By April 1989, the Knoll brothers had worked out a licensing agreement for Adobe to begin distributing Photoshop. Photoshop was in development for 10 months before Photoshop 1.0 was released, exclusively for Macintosh, on February 19, 1990.


4) Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Features

Graphic designers quickly adopted Adobe Photoshop, putting it on the path to becoming the industry standard it is today. Features in Adobe Photoshop 1.0 for Mac included: Color correction, Image Output optimization, Curves and Levels.


5) Photoshop 2.0 June (1991)

In September of 1988, Photoshop was first demonstrated to Russell Brown, Adobe’s Art Director, and Adobe Cofounder John Warnock. Around the same time, the first color PostScript printer was shipped, sparking the desktop publishing era.
By April 1989, the Knoll brothers had worked out a licensing agreement for Adobe to begin distributing Photoshop. Photoshop was in development for 10 months before Photoshop 1.0 was released, exclusively for Macintosh, on February 19, 1990.


6) Photoshop 2.5  (1992)

In April 1992, Microsoft began shipping Windows 3.1, and sold one million copies in its first two months on the market. Photoshop was still a Mac-only program at this time. In February of 1993, Adobe shipped Photoshop 2.5 for Macintosh.
Photoshop 2.5 for Mac codename: Merlin
Photoshop 2.5 added these features:
Support for 16-bit files
Two months later, in April 1993, Adobe brought Photoshop 2.5 to the Windows, IRIX, and Solaris platforms. Image editing began expanding to new markets such as art restoration, law enforcement, photo journalism, and the medical field. Photoshop 2.5 was the first version for Windows users.
Photoshop 2.5 for Windows codename: Brimstone.


7) Photoshop 3.0 (1994)

Photoshop 3.0 was released in 1994–for Macintosh in September, and for Windows, IRIX, and Solaris in November. Photoshop was by then entrenched in the industry, and was used in many areas of publishing, filmmaking, advertising and marketing.


8) Photoshop 3.0 Features

Photoshop 3.0 codename: Taking Tiger Mountain
Photoshop 3.0 brought us layers and tabbed palettes.
In 1994, Adobe acquired Aldus, its main competitor in the graphics and publishing software space. And in 1995, Adobe purchased Photoshop from its creators, Thomas and John Knoll.
In 1995, digital cameras reached the hands of home computer users, which brought a wider interest in image processing to the general public. In 1996, Adobe released PhotoDeluxe 1.0, enabling consumers to work with scanned and digital photos.


9) Photoshop 4.0 (1996)

In November of 1996, Photoshop 4.0 was released simultaneously for Mac and Windows.


10) Photoshop 4.0 Features

Photoshop 4.0 codename: Big Electric Cat
Photoshop 4.0 introduced adjustment layers and actions, allowing users to perform non-destructive image adjustments and automate many tasks.





11) Photoshop 5.0 (1998)

By 1998, more professional photographers were going digital and facing the prospect of having to learn new tools to stay competitive. In May of 1998, Adobe shipped Photoshop 5.0.
With digital photography becoming more prevalent, consumers wanted to use digital photos in their small businesses. Adobe also shipped PhotoDeluxe Business Edition in May to help business users customize digital photos and use them in business documents.


12) Photoshop 5.0 Features

Photoshop 5.0 brought the following new features: International Color Consortium, (ICC)-Based color workflow, Multiple undo and redo and the History palette, Magnetic Lasso tool, Editable type and type layers, Layer Effects, Measure tool, Animated GIF creation, Image compression and optimization and HTML generation.


13) Photoshop 5.5 (1999)

In July of 1999, Adobe shipped Photoshop 5.5. This interim release was primarily to address the needs of web designers. Photoshop 5.5 was the first version of Photoshop I reviewed for Graphics Software.


14) Photoshop 5.5 Features

Photoshop 5.5 was bundled with ImageReady, and also featured:
Save for Web dialog for optimizing and compressing web images, Extract tool for cutting objects out of their surroundings, Image Slicing and rollover effects for web graphics, Web Photo Gallery automation, Contact Sheet and Picture Package automation, Magic Eraser, Background Eraser, and Art History Brush.


15) Photoshop 6.0 (2000)

Photoshop 6.0 came out in October of 2000.
Photoshop 6.0 codename: Venus in Furs


16) Photoshop 6.0 Features

Updated User Interface and Options Bar, Direct text entry and Text warp, Vector shapes,
Liquify filter for image distortions, Layer styles/blending options dialog and Content Layers.


17) Photoshop Elements 1.0 (2001)

In March of 2001 Adobe introduced Photoshop Elements 1.0, bringing Photoshop’s tools to home users and hobbyists who wanted to work with digital photos and web graphics. Photoshop Elements replaced PhotoDeluxe.


18) Photoshop 7.0 (2002)

In April of 2002, Photoshop 7.0 was released.


19) Photoshop 7.0 AKA Liquid Sky

Photoshop 7.0 codename: Liquid Sky


20) Photoshop 7.0 Features

Photoshop 7.0 key features: Healing brush, Vector Text, New painting engine, Photoshop file browser, Professional-level digital cameras were now supporting raw formats, and Adobe Camera Raw 1.0 was introduced as an optional plug-in, in February of 2003. Camera Raw enabled Photoshop users to directly manipulate unprocessed data captured by a digital camera sensor, the digital equivalent of developing a film negative.


21) Photoshop Album (2003)

Family photographers were now beginning to struggle with their large digital photo collections. To address this need, Adobe created Photoshop Album 1.0 to help consumers organize, search, and share digital photos. Photoshop Album 1.0 was released in February 2003.


22) Photoshop CS (2003)

In October of 2003, Adobe launched the first Creative Suite package which bundled Photoshop CS with Adobe’s other creative applications such as Illustrator and InDesign.


23) Photoshop CS aka DarkMatter

Photoshop CS (8.0) codename: DarkMatter


24) Photoshop CS Features

Photoshop CS Features
Photoshop CS (8.0) key features: Shadow/Highlight adjustment, Match Color command, Lens Blur filter, Real-time histogram, Improved Slice tool, Hierarchical layer groups, PhotoMerge,
Custom keyboard shortcuts, The Filter Gallery, Text on a path, Product activation and copy protection.


25) Photoshop CS2 (2005)

Adobe Photoshop CS2 was shipped in April of 2005. Around the same time, Adobe Acquired Macromedia (Flash), a major competitor in the graphics software industry.


26) Photoshop CS2 Features

Photoshop CS2 (9.0) codename: Space Monkey
Key Features: vAdobe Bridge 1.0 file browser integrated across all Creative Suite applications, Smart Objects, Image warp transformations, Spot healing brush, Red-eye tool, Lens correction filter, Noise reduction filter, Smart Sharpen, Vanishing point, Smart Guides, Warp transformations, Font previews, HDR (high dynamic range) imaging support and a Modified Layer selection.


27) Photoshop CS3 Public Beta  (2006)

On December 15, 2006, Adobe announced the first ever public beta of Photoshop with Photoshop CS3.
Photoshop CS3 (10.0) codename: Red Pill
In February of 2007, Adobe introduced Photoshop Lightroom, bringing advanced image management and post processing to serious amateur and professional photographers.


28) Photoshop CS3 (2007)

In March of 2007, Adobe announced that Photoshop CS3 would be available in Standard and Extended editions, and in April Photoshop CS3 was shipped along with Creative Suite 3. The Extended version of Photoshop included everything in Photoshop CS3, plus specialized technical and scientific tools for 3D, motion graphics, image measurement and analysis.


29) Photoshop CS3 features

Features in Photoshop CS3 (10.0): Native support for Intel-based Macintosh User-interface improvements, Smart Filters, Quick Selection tool, Refine Edge tool, Automatic layer alignment and blending, Black and White adjustment, Improved print window.


30) Photoshop Express and Lightroom (2008)

In March of 2008, Adobe launched a public beta of Photoshop Express, a web-based online photo service for storing, sorting, editing, and showing off digital photos. Photoshop Express replaced Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition.
Then, in July of 2008, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 shipped, with Photoshop CS3 integration.


31) Photoshop CS4  (2008)

In October of 2008, Adobe shipped Photoshop CS4.


32) Photoshop CS4 AKA Stonehenge

Photoshop CS4 (11.0) codename: Stonehenge


33) Photoshop CS4 Features

Features in Photoshop CS4 (11.0):
Tabbed interface, Adjustments panel, Masks panel, OpenGL graphics card acceleration enabling, smoother panning and zooming, and fluid canvas rotation.
Content aware scaling
64-bit Windows version.
Features in Photoshop CS4 (11.0) Extended:
Direct editing of 3D objects, Improved motion graphics, Volume rendering, Easier data collection and analysis.


34) Photoshop Elements 8 (2009)

2009 brought us Photoshop Elements 8 in September, Mobile for iPhone in October, and Mobile for Android in November.


35) Photoshop CS5 (2010)

Photoshop CS5 was launched on 12 April 2010. It’s Features included:
1. Content-Aware Fill: When you cut objects out, Photoshop can automatically fill resulting space with surrounding scenery or patterns.
2. Puppet Warp: It may sound flippant, but enhanced puppet features enable subtle repositioning of photographed elements, particularly model poses.
3. Advance Digital Image Handling: Camera Raw 6 minimises noise in high ISO images, while automatic lens correction quickly puts right lens aberration wrongs.
4. Selections: Photoshop’s object selection tools are faster and more refined than before; extract the model and her billowing hair without pulling out your own.
5. Workflow enhancements: Mini Bridge has been previously discussed, but other features like new Web Gallery options and configurable workspaces promise serious productivity boosts.


36) Photoshop CS6 (2012)

Photoshop CS6, released in May 2012, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. New features have been added to the Content-Aware tool such as the Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move.


37) Photoshop CC (2013)

Photoshop CC (14.0) was launched on 18 June 2013. As the next major version after CS6, it is only available as part of a Creative Cloud subscription, the full version of which costs $49 every month. Major features in this version include All-new Smart Sharpen, Intelligent Upsampling, and Camera Shake Reduction for reducing blur caused by camera shake. Editable Rounded Rectangles and an update to Adobe Camera Raw (8.0) were also included.


38) Photoshop CC (2014)

Photoshop CC 2014 (15.0) was released on 18 June 2014. CC 2014 features improvements to content-aware tools, two new blur tools (spin blur and path blur) and a new focus mask feature that enables the user to select parts of an image based on whether they are in focus or not. Other minor improvements have been made, including speed increases for certain tasks.


39) Photoshop CC (2015)

Photoshop CC 2015 was released on 15 June 2015. Adobe added various creative features including Adobe Stock, which is a library of custom stock images. It also includes and have the ability to have more than one layer style. For example, in the older versions of Photoshop, only one shadow could be used for a layer but in CC 2015, up to ten are available. Other minor features like Export As, which is a form of the Save For Web in CC 2014 were also added. The updated UI as of 30 November 2015 delivers a cleaner and more consistent look throughout Photoshop, and you can quickly perform common tasks using a new set of gestures on touch-enabled devices like Microsoft Surface Pro.


40) Photoshop CC (2017)

Photoshop CC 2017 was released on 2 November 2016. It introduced a new template selector when creating new documents, the ability to search for tools, panels and help articles for Photoshop, support for SVG OpenType fonts and other small improvements. In December 2016, a minor update was released to include support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.


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