20 Years of Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop has been a part of every web designer’s life since they picked up their first mouse.

On February 10th, 2010, Photoshop turns twenty. To mark this anniversary, we’ve come up with an article that takes you through the evolution of Photoshop from its modest beginnings as a bundled program sold with scanners to its current version.

For each version and major feature listed, we couldn’t help but think “did Photoshop ever exist without that feature?”.

Some of the minor details are fun too, such as the one-liner Easter Eggs that Photoshop developers hid in some versions and the fact that the most current versions of Adobe Photoshop CS are equipped with anti-counterfeiting measures for multiple world currencies.

Please join us in thanking the Knolls and Adobe for making all of our lives more awesome, every day.


Photoshop: Origins

One of the most impressive things about the company is the fact that one gifted family, consisting of an engineering prof, a PHD engineering student, and a talented special effects whiz working at Industrial Light and Magic came up with the core idea of Photoshop.

Thomas Knoll, the PHD student, is still heavily involved with Photoshop years later.

Glen Knoll was a college professor with two sons and two hobbies; computers and photography.

He had a darkroom in his basement, and an Apple II Plus that he was allowed to bring home from work.

Thomas Knoll adopted his father’s photography habit throughout high school, while his brother, John Knoll, purchased one of the first Macs available to the public.

Fast forward to 1987: Thomas Knoll was a PHD student studying Engineering at the University of Michigan. His brother was working at Industrial Light and Magic.

Thomas Knoll wrote a subroutine for a program to translate monochrome images on his monitor to grayscale.

The successful subroutine led Knoll to create more and very soon he had a number of processes for achieving photographic effects on digital images.

After his brother John saw what Thomas was doing, he recommended that Thomas turn what he was doing into a full-featured image editor.

The combination of Thomas’ programming abilities with John’s pragmatic design background led to a collaboration between the two brothers to develop more processes and improve on the initial application.

Even though the process led to interruption in Thomas’ thesis work, the brothers released “Image Pro” in 1988.

John suggested that they begin to sell Image Pro as an application.

Within six months, the brothers had a partnership with a company that manufactured scanners, Barneyscan.

They purchased 200 copies of the program to ship with their scanners.

They called on Supermac and Aldus, but were turned away at both, a move that Aldus would come to seriously regret.

Shortly after, the Knoll brothers struck gold when they won over Adobe management with their product, and formed a licensing partnership with Adobe that was to launch their software and Adobe into the stratosphere.

In February of 1990, Adobe 1.0 was released.

This video, shot in January of 2010, is a great interview with John Knoll about the early days of Photoshop:


Photoshop Through the Years; Version Changes

We’ve included major changes within each version and some minor ones. This is meant to be a fun stroll down memory lane rather than a complete version catalogue.

If you have a particular version change that got your hackles up or a feature that you’d to mention, feel free to add it to the comments section.


1990 – Photoshop 1.0

John Knoll, Thomas’ brother, wrote “special effects” for the program which were frowned upon by Adobe staff as being too “gimmicky”. Thomas and John found a way to sneak them into Photoshop as plugins, giving rise to what is now a huge cottage industry in add-ons to the popular program.

John and Adobe staff constantly pushed Thomas to make improvements until the final product shipped.

The first version of the Photoshop splash screen features just four Photoshop programmers. In subsequent versions, more and more names are added to the list. In more recent versions, a limited number of Adobe VIP’s appear in the splash screen.


1991 – Photoshop 2.0

Photoshop 2.0 included the Path feature, which allowed users to trim around an object easily and to save that path for future use. This feature was added by a second engineer, Mark Hamburg, that Adobe hired to work on the application.

Up until 2.0, Thomas Knoll was the only engineer working on it. Adobe called Mark the “Path Man”. 2.0 also featured rasterizing for Illustrator files, support for CMYK colour which led to widespread Photoshop adoption by the printing industry, and the Pen.

Photoshop 2.0 also required 4 megabytes of RAM to run rather than 2, which really helped program stability.

Photoshop 2.5, released in 1992, was notable for being the first release for the Windows operating systems.The code had to be completely changed in order to accomplish this goal which meant that the first effort was slow going.

16-bit file support and palettes were added to this version as well. The initial Windows release had a “memory bug”, a bug which actually saw Mark Hamburg offer to make house calls. The patched version was released as 2.5.1. Filters got their own menu in 2.5 as well. The workspace shot below is of Photoshop 2.5 for the Mac.


1994 – Photoshop 3.0

The big story for Adobe Photoshop 3.0 was layers. Layers were and are a lifesaver for any marginally complex design.

Prior to their introduction, designers would save different versions of designs so that they could go back and grab them if needed; layers made this practice redundant.

Layers are individual slices of the image that go together to make the final “sandwich” of the image. Different images, such as those used in the image above in the 3.0 splash screen, are assigned their own layers, making it easy to work on those images without tampering with other areas of the image.

Thomas Knoll, the original creator of the program, was responsible for their development. Other engineers made improvements in the program’s performance with Power Mac chips and bringing the Windows version up to the same level as the Mac version. Tabbed palettes also had their debut in 3.0.

Adobe engineers included Adobe Transient Witticisms (ATW) with this version. They were little Easter Egg funny one-liners that would appear only when you pressed obscure combinations of keys.


1996 – Photoshop 4.0

Adjustment layers and macros were the two most notable features of Photoshop 4.0.

Adjustment layers allow the designer to apply one effect to a group of layers. Macros, or actions in Photoshop speak, allow you to map a series of commands to one command. This allows you to perform the same operation in much less time if you have a bunch of images to work on.

The most important change to 4.0 was the unification of the user interface with other Adobe products, a feature which Adobe has stayed consistent with right up to present-day incarnations of the program. This meant a less steep learning curve for Adobe products, a blessing for those who got their start with Photoshop 4.0.

Loyal users of Photoshop were not amused with the redesign, the common question from the community being “Why did you break Photoshop?”.


1998 – Photoshop 5.0

The two most important features released with 5.0 were editable type and the ability to undo actions multiple times in the “History” palette.

Previous versions of Photoshop allowed text to be added, but the fuzzy rasterized type didn’t make for pretty magazine mastheads or decent web menus. This was a huge step forward. Multiple undos via the History palette were very helpful, especially since designers were starting to use the new Adobe tools for increasingly complex designs.

Color Management made its debut with 5.0. Like other major changes to Photoshop, it was greeted with equal parts of praise and condemnation. It allowed colors to be managed natively within the application rather than relying on third-party tools that had been used, a huge improvement.

However, it also automatically converted the colors when opening files, a “feature” that engineers quickly eliminated after multiple user complaints. The magnetic lasso tool debuted in 5.0, making selecting areas of an image to work on much easier.


1999 – Photoshop 5.5

Photoshop 5.5 featured the huge time saver, “Save For Web”. This feature allows those who choose it to save the image in a preset specifically designed for web use which allows the user to adjust image quality to achieve a smaller image.

Version 5.0 had failed to take the Web into account with all of its other major feature changes on the table. It was also bundled with ImageReady, a standalone program that was purpose-built to edit web graphics.

Most of the features of ImageReady were later incorporated into the full version of Photoshop and the idea of a simpler program was reborn eventually in the form of Photoshop Elements.


2000 – Photoshop 6.0

The layer styles panel made working with layers even easier in Photoshop 6. Vector shapes were also added in this release; the ability to draw vector shapes such as arrows into a bitmap was lauded by users.

There was also a new custom shapes palette that allowed the user to draw using vector shapes rather than just using lines. Text could also now be typed directly onto a picture, rather than being typed first into a text box.

Multi-layer functions made their first appearance with version 6.0. The Blending Options dialogue was also introduced which made blending various elements of an image much easier. 6.0 separated the crop tool from the marquee tool, making it that much easier to get to this commonly used command.


2001 – Photoshop Elements

With the increasing complexity of the tools available to users, Photoshop was risking losing a significant market share that didn’t understand or need some of its more advanced tools.

In order to combat this, they released Photoshop Elements in 2001. The new product was a success, and designers continue to recommend it to clients for simple image resizing and other non-design tasks.

While its current interface, shown below, isn’t intuitive for those trained in traditional Photoshop, it is highly usable and labeled clearly for the average user. If there are any problems with it in terms of functionality, the simple answer is to upgrade to the full-featured Photoshop.


2002 – Photoshop 7.0

Version 7.0 introduced the healing brush and text that was fully vector-based. More importantly to veteran users, it introduced a new file browser that let designers easily pore through folders to find the graphics that they wanted.

Files within a folder could be renamed using Batch Rename, plus a bunch of other helpful commands that made working with a high volume of files much easier.

Workspaces could also be created and saved, allowing you to save your file locations and groups for future use.

The brush palette also featured a number of changes, including the new healing brush tool, patch tool, and the ability to create custom brushes. Spell check and a find/replace feature rounded out the updates to the text tool.

A number of enhancements were also included for web use, including the addition of rollover effects for images and a web gallery feature.

One of the most important upgrades was under the hood; 7.0 was optimized for use with Mac OS X, virtually eliminating crashes in the middle of working on large files. The tool presets palette let users program presets for commonly performed tasks, increasing efficiency.


2003 – Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS was the first to employ the CDS (counterfeit deterrence system) which recognized and refused to allow duplication of paper currency.

Scripting support for various web languages, including JavaScript, was also new to this release.

Layer groups were introduced with this version, which allowed various layers to be grouped together for effects to be applied to some and not others.

Improvements to the File Browser made images easier to work with, and the 16-bit and better large file support made CS much easier to work with for designers who constantly worked with larger images and photographers.


2005 – Photoshop CS2

The red eye removal tool, previously exclusive to Elements, was popular enough to make an appearance in the core version of Photoshop. Smudging options and the ability to select multiple layers also added to the functionality of Photoshop.

The Vanishing Point tool allowed users to edit images in perspective. The largest moment of panic when upgrading to PS2 came for most when they tried to find the Paint Bucket tool, which had been classified under the Gradient tool. There were other significant changes to the UI that prompted one writer to put out this “Where’s My Stuff?” column.

Layers and the layers palette were other areas of note. The “links” column was removed because CS2 included a link button rather than the small chains beside each layer. The “Smart Object” feature was introduced, which allows the user to scale a layer up without significant loss of quality.


2007 – Photoshop CS3

A faster load was probably the most noticeable feature of this 2007 release. It included fine tuning to a number of its existing tools rather than focusing on new ones.

The most notable new feature was graphic optimization for mobile devices, a feature which many web designers focusing on mobile design were thankful for. This version also saw significant feature updates to Adobe Camera RAW, a Quick Select tool, alterations to core commands like Brightness and Contrast and Black and White conversion.

CS3 shipped in Standard and Extended editions. The Extended version was intended for high end video and scientific users. Improved performance for Intel-based Macs significantly improved the speed of Photoshop, while Windows users also enjoyed performance upgrades. The new Quick Selection tool put the rest of the selection tools in Photoshop to shame with easy object selection with one or two strokes.

Cloning became easier in CS3 with the birth of the Clone Source palette which increased the options available to the Clone Stamp tool in an easily accessible palette.


2008 – Photoshop CS4

The smoother pan and zoom allowed for fast drill down on the areas of an image that you wanted to look at. Prior to this, there was a lag time of a few seconds (depending on your system) if you wanted to zoom in or out on an image.

The Masks and Adjustments panel was added, making working with masks easier. CS 4 also dealt with edges on masks more effectively. Colour correction took a huge step forward with this release.

The user interface was significantly simplified in CS4. The support of tabbed documents made it much easier to use and the main tools were added to the title bar for easier access. Quick access for common actions was made available in the panel area.


Where Are The Knolls Now?

Thomas Knoll

Thomas was the lead developer of Photoshop right up until CS 4. He now leads up the Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop, which allows Photoshop to develop a smooth handshake between different models of camera raw image formats.

John Knoll
John is still employed by Industrial Light and Magic as a Visual Effects Supervisor. He was the Visual Effects Supervisors for the recent efforts on the first three Star Wars prequel films. He also supervised work on two Star Trek movies, Star Trek episodes, and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Glenn Knoll
Their father is a teacher at the University of Michigan in the Engineering Department.

Let’s all get together to wish Photoshop a Happy Birthday!



Written and compiled exclusively for WDD by Angela West.

How has Photoshop impacted your design career over the years? Share your experiences and let us know which version you first cut your teeth on.

  • http://tr.im/mewC Rahul – Web Guru

    Wow, such interesting fact of the software that I use for long hours of the day and that pays my bill.

    Cheers for Photoshop.


  • http://www.joomlahackers.net Soam

    Wow, that is huge! 20 YEARS for a software! I never knew, Photoshop is since 1990. But yeah, its true, a PC cant live without it. So, thats the biggest achievement of Adobe and their team.
    All thanks to Knoll Family!

  • http://www.phillydesignblog.com danya

    Thanks for this! Been using since 2.0 — I remember all of the early upgrades so precisely! Especially layers in 3.0. The later upgrades have become a blur, but it’s the one program I use every single day. Couldn’t imagine my computer without it.

  • http://www.htmlninja.com.br/ Isaac

    Been using since 6.0… in general the best software ever.

  • http://www.alastairmogford.com/ Alastair Mogford

    Great summary of the versions, very well written. Happy Birthday Photoshop!

  • http://www.energizedit.com Mark Spidle

    Have supported and installed versions since 5.5 use CS3 currently and hope to upgrade this spring to CS5. Great work.


  • http://www.designsy.com designsy

    Pretty impressive, I’ve been using PS since 7.0
    What can I say you said it all and you said it right.
    Thank you. :)

  • http://osura.com Anton Korzhuk

    awesome article! always love reading about tech origins.

  • http://www.rezyde.com Rezyde

    Really great piece of software but there is so much you can do with it.

  • http://www.manukadesign.co.nz Kerry

    Ahh, Photoshop. The only reason I still boot into windows

    • Ruud

      Why boot in Windows? There IS a PS for the Mac you know…

      • Patrick

        @Ruud umm, i think Kerry means she has her comp on a dual boot of WINDOWS and LINUX, and GIMP dosent have as many features and Ps

  • http://ekbdesigns.com Elizabeth K. Barone

    Happy birthday, Photoshop!

    Thanks for the great “time machine” article. I started using Photoshop when 7 was out, and now have CS4. I don’t know what I’d do without it!

  • Luiz Amaral

    How come you guys didn’t mention Seetharanam Narayanam? That is so flippant of you!

  • Brian

    This is a create posting. I would have loved to see the electric cat image from version to version since it’s been there forever.

    • Rick

      I second that…

  • http://airopia.org Tom – Airopia

    The floppy disk was amusing to see. =)

  • http://www.ps99.co.cc ps maker

    great article i was thinking to do an article just like this (ps history) in my website but now i need something different

  • http://www.webdevtuts.net Marcell Purham

    Wow photoshop has come a very long way. Glad to see adobe is still around improving their softwares day by day

  • http://www.design977.com Pusparaj

    I still remember layer-without Photoshop.

  • Insolent Trumpet

    Looking at 3 makes me feel fond. Fond and old.

  • http://mukustudios.com David Morgan

    Man, that was like a walk down memory lane.

  • http://blog.ahmadhatta.com hatta

    nice… i only know about this history..

    i have use adobe photoshop from ver 7.0…

  • David

    Thanks to the Knoll brothers for this powerful standard tool.

    Anyway the last section of the article mentions Jeff Knoll instead of John Knoll ???

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Fixed, thanks…

  • http://codewalkz.com codewalkz

    Kudos! The best software in my machine.

  • David H

    Amazing to think that when I first bought Photoshop version 1.0 we were still hand-rendering type, using markers and Letraset for mock-ups and using photo-typesetting machines and bromide cameras. When we started using macs in the late 80’s for design we felt brave and cutting-edge, like explorers. I’m really interested to know what it must be like for young designers now to be using a piece of software with such a heritage – does it feel like driving your grandad’s car, or is it taken for granted?

    Where now is the new and dangerous?

    • Streetsy

      Letraset!! I thought I’d wiped that stuff from my memory. And laying out bodies of text by hand… bromide cameras (I can still remember the smell)… aaah the bad old days. Thank God for computers and photoshop. :)

    • Wu Ming

      “Where now is the new and dangerous?”


  • http://psdlist.com/ Dylan

    Thanks for sharing Info.

    Just want to say thank you to photoshop to make this world so beautiful :). I’m using Photoshop since version 3.0. It’s means that since 16 years ago. Wow!



  • http://www.joygrafika.com yoshi

    happy bday photoshop, proud user since vs1!

  • sreedharan

    long live photoshop

  • http://www.zamplr.com zamplr

    Happy Birthday
    The Best Software of all times!!

  • http://www.thewebhostingdir.com/shared-hosting/ Poonit Patel

    Its gr8 article and very nicely compiled for full of details.
    Thank you very much for posting this and sharing with us.
    Long Live Photoshop.

  • http://www.borgetsolutions.com/web-solutions Siddharth Menon

    Nice … woot what I would have done without PhotoShop :P

  • Arun

    Happy B’day Photoshop Keep rocking !!

  • http://labeedoo.blogspot.com/ Labeed Assidmi

    I would like to personally thank the Knoll family for developing such a significant soft ware that has become a class in art universities to be taught. All this talk about the features made me curious to see the artwork of the fathers of this software I just want to see their work.

    Photoshop has become a mandatory software and many businesses relay on it. So Thank you for making our life easier. I suggest to make a “ Happy Birthday Adobe Photoshop “ wallpaper submissions so designers can give back to the programmers and all those guys who their names show up as the programs is loading.

    Another thank you to the writer of the post.


  • http://gameloo.info gofree

    Great to know who we are.

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    I remember the first time I use photoshop its version 5.0. Great post

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    Happy Birthday Photoshop, I pause with the designing stuff that I am working while ago just to read this very interesting article.

    Version 6 and 7 was the first version that I worked with

    • arnold

      lol me too… well actually Im not designing , Im doing other stuff.

      Wow interesting article , cs3 was my first experience and still using it today…
      I thought cs5 will be discuss also?
      Thanks WDD..another great article

  • http://www.mariapapandreou.com Maria

    I bet photoshop’s going to be around for another 20 years (or more)! probably the only software that never lets me down. Tnx photoshop! And happy birthday! :)

  • Siva

    I started my 1st time using 5.0 version,…i can’t believe it i am going to latest version…mostly i love 7.0 version.

  • http://www.thepeachdesign.com Peach

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://dezinerfolio.com Navdeep Raj

    Amazing! Photoshop has been my all time favorite :) cheers to Adobe.

  • http://www.doublejdesign.co.uk/ Jack

    The first photoshop I used was 3.0. Nice collection. Thanks

  • ManEatingFish

    Now that does make me feel old!
    Creating CMYK posters at college on a B/W 9″ SE30 in a bootleg copy of Photoshop 2 (copied on to 2 floppy disks)

    • SuperBurrito

      And that is a HUGE part of the success of the program. Adobe created an entire generation that grew up using Photoshop. They did this by easily allowing everyone to get their hands on the program. There were pages of serial numbers and everyone I knew in school had a copy (circa 1990). They did not crack down on anyone using the program without paying for it. They simply made it available and that created an entire generation of Photoshop pros that were about to enter the workforce. Now all of these individuals can have their company pay for a copy. If they actively decided to do this it was a genius move. I not they got lucky with their genius move. Corel paint failed to see the long term implications of this and fell by the wayside. Here’s to Adobe and the amazing things they have allowed me to create over the years! Cheers!

  • http://www.sgdoeschwitz.de BigM75

    photoshop the magic weapon

  • http://www.jayaugust.com Jay August

    This article made me smile… Never knew one could have good memories on software :)

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    my first ps version was 4, nice post

  • http://www.initpixel.com Ajay

    Wow this is great !

    Happy birthday photoshop, a well wisher since 5.5 :)

  • http://pixeno.com Andy

    Wow, can’t believe its been 20 years of Photoshop. Great post, some great history.

  • http://graphics7.wordpress.com Sourav Sen

    Photoshop is my favorite graphics editing tool. Whether I design layout or logo or brochure or anything else I use Photoshop CS2 only instead of other vector tools like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator.


  • http://www.canaydogan.net Can Aydoğan

    I used Photoshop 7.0 a long time. I think best performance 7.0 version.

  • erik

    What, no CS 5 preview?
    just kidding, but that would be awesome!

    great article, such a nostalgic feeling I just had… I just can’t believe I designed in these old versions, today when I work with 7.0 (that’s right, my college still uses that version) I feel so limited, having to do so much more stuff to achieve something simple.

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net/index.php Jordan Walker

    Talking about a little history, that is great to see a software application that has aged like fine wine.

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    This was a surprisingly interesting read! I got into Photoshop at 5.5 so I found reading about the previous versions very interesting, and also how many tools the program did have, even in version 1.0!

    Looking at it version by version, it really hasn’t changed a lot over the years; which is perhaps why going from version to version isn’t as difficult as it could be – I use CS3 at work and CS2 at home, and only very occasionally have the “dammit” moment when I realise I’m trying to use a tool that’s not there.

    I also enjoyed reading about how the idea came about. It was quite a feat really when you think about technology at the time it was first written.

    Thank you so much to the Knoll family and everyone involved in this wonderful program throughout its lifetime.

  • http://www.spithsine-design.com Mike Stickney

    Nice article… been using PS since version 5.0, but I remember a buddy had 2.0 in high school. I remember being impressed with it back then, but every release is better and better.

    I’ve come across other designers who swear by Fireworks, especially for Web design, but I’ll stick with PS.

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog adam

    Nice post, its hard to believe Photoshop has been around so long.

  • http://www.waldito.com waldito

    Happy Birthday Photoshop!

  • http://www.cejohnson.us jkiel

    Great article, great trip down memory lane! I was introduced to PS in version 2 – what excitement there was when v3 came out with LAYERS!

    No mention of Russell Brown? I’ll never forget his presentation at the Photoshop World I went to several years ago… I think he’s been associated with PS since (nearly?) the beginning.

    • http://rbrown@adobe.com Russell Brown

      Thanks for making the comment about my name not being mentioned.
      However, it was definitely the Knoll brothers who we have to thank for making this all happen. Great article! Russell Brown

  • Ben

    Very cool and fun to read. Nice Sneakers reference in the Version 6.0 screen shot.

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

    Wow! what a brilliant article. The first time I used Ps was back in 97. It was 5.0 … I was thrilled and excited I could do these bunch of things with images and brushes.

    Thanks for sharing such a great post and
    Happy Birthday Photoshop!


  • http://devisefunction.com Matthew Heidenreich

    Love Photoshop and how it will let you do anything you like.

  • http://bango.learnless.info/ New York Web Design

    Photo-shop Rocks…

  • http://www.fairfieldcountycentral.com Todd S. Jones

    Wow, definitely a walk down memory lane!

    Kinda makes me feel old! Still remember getting my first copy (2.5.1) bundled with a cheap scanner. It was too big for my Performa’s hard drive so I ran it off of an 88mb Syquest disk for a while, talk about painful!

    Addition of layers and editable type were HUGE HUGE HUGE!

    To the Knoll’s, thank you. I am, along with many others, eternally indebted to you.

    Thanks for the story!

    • LT-Design

      Wow, Syquest disks, so much time has passed… (Hey, Syquest 88 MB were huge, I started with 22MB – the size of the HD of my SE/30)
      Photoshop user since v1.0 (and mac user since mac 512k)
      It’s been a fun ride but it was more fun then whe the technological advances were noticeable and beneficiary to the user. I mean, Photoshop 3 on a Centris 650 with 25MHz (IIRC), that was so much speedier than CS4 on a 2,0 GHz Dual core.

      I think Photoshop has gained in functionality while losing in personality and charm (but that is common to all software now). I would not want to miss it but I’m still dreaming of those golden days…

  • http://patricia-carvalho.com Patricia Carvalho

    Wow! Has it been that long??

    I remember Photoshop since it’s first version. It was really amazing. Until then I used Digital Darkroom (anyone remembers that?).

    Happy Birthday Photoshop! You are my #1 app ;-)

  • Edison A. Leon

    Wow, I think I’ve been using PS for 10 years now…
    Happy birthday Photoshop and to the people behind it

  • http://www.robertgreenphotography.co.uk Robert Green Photography

    Amazing story of how it has evolved into what it is now. And I’m sure an even more amazing future lies ahead for it.

  • http://www.webdesignfoc.us Edward Julio B. Tuppil

    Thanxz To all the PEOPLE who Created Adobe….!!!
    If not because of them… I Wont a Webdesigner today…
    More Power to you Guys!

    I LOVE PHOTOSHOP…!!! yeyh!

  • Okibi

    Happy birthday Photoshop, you are my bread and butter. I had to laugh when I read “the core idea of Photoshop” , c’mon so many of the UI elements and functions were from ideas that came from MacPaint. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MacpaintWP.png.
    Respect the classics mannnnnnnn!

  • http://seowisedesigns.com Yheng

    Photoshop became a part of my entire career.

  • http://www.smashinghub.com/ Ali Qayyum

    this is mind blowing life of photoshop… awesome story

  • http://www.webdesignfoc.us Edward Julio B. Tuppil

    Truly Mind blowing… Awesome People Who Created This monster…
    Just thinking What kind of world this earth might have been,
    When There’s no PHOTOSHOP!!! :D

  • nerg

    The alternate splash screen for the CS beta I believe was Puss in furs

    I tried everything I could to make Udo burp, but I couldn’t do it (I think the cats name was Udo) if it wasn’t I’m pretty certain it was a trigger for another Easter egg. It was a long time ago

  • Nicholas Post

    I tried Photoshop version 5 first time and never let go, always upgrading it (my latest is CS2).

    ImageReady CS2 easily transformed my 2-D drawings into dynamic animation.

    Happy 20th Birthday! I look forward to your next twenty.

    I am curious what the future version be like.

    I am waiting for new version(s) that will work well in future iPad models.

  • http://vainsfaktory.wordpress.com/ Joe Vains

    Excellent article ! Happy birthday.psd

  • mocax

    how much have you invested into photoshop over the years?

    i think i’ve got the receipts stashed somewhere…

  • Vivek

    Thanks a lot for this great article of great software…
    I started using Photoshop 5.0 & continuing CS4 will continue till I stay designer….
    This is one of the world’s greatest software… thank to u for such a post &
    Thank a million to all photoshop dev. over the time…

  • http://www.psdvault.com James Qu

    This just brings back some many memories. Excellent article!

  • http://www.artlesspixels.com Suying

    I’m glad we never get the chance to call it EA Photoshop… That would have been so awkwardly bad sounding name :)

  • http://synapticlight.com/ Phillip Gibb

    Very Cool,
    I have used Photoshop CS2 since it came out for my video editing. Now from my Blogging.
    Still got to upgrade, but since I do not earn money from it, I can’t really afford it.

  • http://desaindigital.com jeprie

    wow, nice article. i use ps since 5.0. that version was just awesome, i can do many things with it. the best upgrade is Ps 6 with its option bar. with option bar tool control is so much easier than ever.

  • Kevin Alvey

    I would like to make very special note of something additional that came in Photoshop 5.5’s Image Ready and that was a revised JPEG algorhythm which suddenly allowed us the ability to save the same files we’d been saving at even smaller file sizes and almost better quality. This was a very important feature for producing web graphics at the time since only a select few individuals at this time were surfing using a connection greater than a 56K modem. File size was an extremely important factor in web design at this time and how quickly things loaded was directly relative to the success of one’s website.

    • http://www.w-k.at Walter Koessler

      I first met Photoshop in November 1994. I bought a Scanner and Photoshop 3.0, German edition, was added for free. I was amazed about the layers. Happy Birthday Photoshop! You helped me a lot during all this years.
      Walter Koessler, Vienna, Austria, Europe

  • cf

    20 years?!!! and they haven’t fixed the bugs!! GOD!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurens

    Nice read!

    The article states that version 2.0 introduced CMYK but as far as I remember that is not entirely true. I think version 1.07 already allowed you to convert RGB to CMYK while saving a file. It was only in a later release (2.0?) that you could actually edit CMYK data.

    Anyway, I still remember not being terribly impressed by Photoshop 1.0. In those days I used a competing product, which I think was called Digital Darkroom. It was more powerful but it didn’t take long for Photoshop to catch up and exceed its capabilities. It’s been a good 20 years and I hope to still be using Photoshop around 2030.

    For anyone who cannot get enough of these trips down memory lane: http://www.prepressure.com/library/prepress-history/1990

  • http://www.hugostudios.com Brent Hugo

    No doubt a world-changing piece of software in many ways….. version 4 was my first using it for real, to make a living….but funniest thing is there are two kids using it in this room that weren’t even born when 1.0 was released! Happy Birthday Photoshop!

  • http://www.csdm.qc.ca/ marie-anne Letarte

    I’ve been using Photoshop since the beginning ! Wow what a software…
    I love it’s the software I use the most, and know the best. Could’nt do without it.
    I wish I could see the face of all those names, in the first screen….Especialy Seetha Narayanan, who’s name I know by heart !

  • J-Rock

    Yeah, remember getting in at v2.0.1, then using 2.5.1 for the longest time, on a Quadra 950!

    Thought layers were such a gimmick when they came out, we had taught ourselves to work with alpha channels and 1 undo for so long it seemed like cheating, or Photoshop For Dummies.

    The flexability now is just mindblowing, a truly amazing piece of software.

  • John

    Great article.

    Too bad about the interview. Scoble managed to ruin it by talking about himself.

  • http://www.worldmagonline.net Jamil

    wow! I really loved reading the history of photoshop. I love your site, its incredible. I have learned so much from this site. I wanted to ask you if its fine with you if I copy your articles (with reference) and paste on my blog? please let me know about it.

  • http://skyfirephotography.com pablo

    Wow. I still have my PS 4.0 and 5.0 install disks. Just not the Mac they ran on.

  • http://www.twapt.net twapt

    thanks for sharing, try gimp is same photoshop, gimp is free

  • J-Rock

    Haha, pablo I found a box with installers for Photoshop 2.5 in an office cleanup. So I kept it just in case I find a working Mac with OS9.

  • http://mrpant.com mrpant

    I saw Photoshop when it was running ver 5.0, started using at 7.0. Must say the software has evolved incredibly.

  • http://www.pixeltoko.nl pixeltoko

    I remember the floppy disk :)
    Great article!

  • http://www.amolbonde.com amole

    Great! I really loved reading

  • http://www.4mediazone.com Joao Viegas

    It`s a privilege to have used Photoshop since version 1.0.
    Keep going! Long live Photoshop.

  • bd

    A minor correction, for the historical record: Layer Sets were introduced in Photoshop 6.0. They were limited to a single level of grouping, IIRC. Later they were extended to 5 levels of hierarchy and renamed Layer Groups.

  • http://nigel.geek.nz Nigel

    I can honestly say I have never used it, it’s one of those things I keep meaning to learn, but when I have the free time I don’t have the money and vice versa.

  • http://www.benoblog.com Beno

    Thanks for this great article!
    I’ve been usin PS since version 4.0.

  • http://littlelabster.i.ph/blogs/littlelabster/2010/01/19/rocreh-web-design/ littlelabster

    this is useful to me, to edit my picture as well.

  • http://gengri.livejournal.com gengri

    excellent program, while sorry dear. I would like more automation

  • http://www.redesignyourbiz.com/ Maverick

    wishing them a great future….. thay have done great service to the design community.

  • Iwan

    I love Photoshop. congratz!

  • karthik

    Nice to read!

    Happy birthday photoshop

  • http://www.twapt.net twapt

    Nice. Photoshop really did change the landscape of photography and visual fx. I suppose the if you consider of the pressures those two industries placed on computer development, then PS did have a big impact on the landscape of computing. I think Adobes lesser known Filmstrip format had the most impact on the visual FX industry. Before the days of after effects, it was the only way to do digital compositing for motion pictures.

  • http://BobsTechzone.com Bob Loveland

    Keep up the great work Adobe!! I have happily used photoshop since v7, but if I remember right, I still have a 3.0 copy new in the box somewhere..

    Love the product!!


  • Fabrizio
  • http://www.faithdesign.co.uk Heinrich

    I started out with Paintshop Pro before moving to Photoshop and I have never looked back since I started using it from version 5! Amazing product!

  • http://www.activwebdesign.com Ben

    A fascinating post about the history of Photoshop. I started using photoshop 6 a good few years ago, it is now an essentail tool for any graphic/web designer.

  • jeroboam bramblejam

    Elements suits my needs; I bought PS Elements III, but since the font doesn’t scale with the system font size, I continue with PSE II.

  • http://alex2332@gmail.com alex

    Agreement, coffee, bath, photoshop, lunch, photoshop, later I go house… what it would be of people without it?

  • http://rolling-webdesign.com Theo

    Nice article. Some interesting facts i did not now about. Happy Birthday Photoshop !

  • http://www.iamafreelancer.net Yehya

    nice article. thanks :-)

  • http://www.webdesignfoc.us Edward Julio B. Tuppil

    Photoshop = Design

  • http://www.xxory.com Ben Morrow

    Where is content aware scaling in the description of CS4. This is such a major innovation in the world of graphics, it must be worth a mention ;)

  • Aitikin

    minor grammar nazi-ism:

    The largest moment of panic when upgrading to PS2 came for most when they tried to find the Paint Bucket tool, which had been classified under the Gradient tool.

    I presume you mean CS2

  • bob

    “Photoshop has been a part of every web designer’s life since they picked up their first mouse.”

    Way to make an assumption. I’ve designed websites. I have never used Photoshop. I very much doubt I’m alone in this.

  • loki_racer

    No mention of GPU utilization in CS4? Or a 64bit version for Windows? These both seem like major features.

  • Blake

    Great recap!

  • Tommy Braas

    Unbelievable that it’s been 20 years… I’ve worked with every single version of Photoshop! I don’t like how that dates me… :)

  • Sammy

    The image of Elements is of a recent version, when you are talking about the first version of Elements (which looked a lot more like Photoshop of the same era). This is misleading. Up to and including Elements 2.0, Photoshop and Elements shared a common code base and in fact Elements could be modified to work with Photoshop only features like macros. Adobe on learning of this stripped out the common code in Elements 3.0 and above.

    You also neglect to reflect on the price of Photoshop, which has steadily increased such that a full version now costs more than a small used car in good working order. This has directly contributed to Photoshop being one of the most pirated pieces of software unfortunately.

    There’s a lot to love about Photoshop but it’s past isn’t all roses.

  • http://www.google.com C2_design

    Proud user since v3.0, I still have the first few projects I made. One being removing my head and making it into a balloon floating away. :)

    Happy Birthday PS and hope you have many more to come.

  • http://www.rgbstock.com/ Cris DeRaud

    Twenty years doesn’t seem like so long ago. But then looking back through this article it seems like ancient history.

  • Mao

    My memory says the Healing Brush was introduced in Photoshop CS (aka 8.0) and NOT 7.0. Of course, it is not as if my memory is infallible. However, I could swear the Healing Brush was the feature I was most interested in with the CS upgrade.

  • Dan Linn

    What about floating? Forget what version (this is twenty years here), but pre-layers, there was the ability to ‘float’ a selection. Esentially you had one layer available over the canvas. Pivotal.

    I owe my entire life to PhotoShop. I learned it when I was 13, dropped out of high school to teach it, and used it to gain entrance into the design field where I eventually got into programming. I’d probably be making/selling/using meth while waiting tables had I not been shown the magic of Photoshop.

    One day I’ll be sending the Knolls a token of my appreciation, but how do you thank someone for providing you with a career? I don’t know what it will be, but I’ll know when I see it. Just like when I saw photoshop…

    • Dan Linn

      Yeah, I’ve got typos and mispellings. Deal.

  • GeoffB

    I once heard that Photoshop was offered to George Lucas, who passed on it, saying “I don’t want to be in the software business…”

    Congrats to the Knolls and all the people who have made Photoshop the benchmark for what a quality app can be.

    • John Knoll

      Amusing but not true. ILM was never in the software publishing business, so I never asked.


  • Vince LaMonica

    Been using Photoshop since version 2.0 on the Mac. Also used ImageFX for the Amiga which had unlimited undo support years before Photoshop did, but thankfully Adobe got that feature in 4.0.

    There is a typo in the article – the screenshot of version 2.5LE is running under Windows 3.1, not MacOS System 7. You can see more screenshots of the first Windows version at http://www.guidebookgallery.org/apps/photoshop/250 – most consider 3.0 to be the first truly windows version, since 2.5 LE had a limited toolset compared to the Mac version.

    Amazing how so little of the UI has truly changed since 1.0 days [i did dabble with 1.0, but preferred MacPaint and ImageFX and only used 1.0 on a friend’s computer].


  • f00gazzi

    very nice story!

    first time I’ve seen an image editor was with amiga’s own deluxe paint, i remember being eternally shocked by the prospect of pixel by pixel production… I just couldn’t phantom it.. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfqL7bwx9fs)

    but some years later I’ve met photoshop 5.0 and everything was so clear to me :)

  • Jeff

    Wow, it is really weird looking back at when such important features were first introduced and realizing we used Photoshop for years before then and happily too!

    Proud Photoshop user since version 2.5….when I was in 6th or 7th grade! I can’t imagine trying to learn it from scratch today. Seriously, Adobe should provide free access to Photoshop and Illustrator for all elementary school aged children to grow up with and learn if they so choose. Get ’em hooked so they become life-long supporters.

    Happy Birthday PS!

  • Wolfie

    Pups all. I’ve been using photoshop since 1989 version 0.68 when the icon was a little photo booth. It still ran under classic mode in OSX until the intel switch.

  • Tensigh

    Awesome walk down memory lane. My Jr. College first had its “digital art” program in 1991, and Photoshop 2.0 was our tool. It was great but I was so ignorant of how to use Photoshop that I dropped the class.

    Can anyone tell me what the “CS” in “Photoshop CS” stands for? I can’t figure it out, and it wasn’t mentioned in the above article.

  • rommel

    its been 20 years! i feel old for actually using photoshop since version 2.0. it came in floppy discs and the filters were an extra premium we had to pay. now they all come free of charge.

  • vickyn

    been using it since version 4.0, struggled at the beginning, but now can’t live without it.
    congratulations for your success Photoshop! and happy birthday, hope to see you grow stronger and more powerful.

  • jeff

    Not everyone uses Photoshop, sorry. John Knoll is a nice guy though.

    CorelDRAW was around 1 year longer than Photoshop. Corel PHOTO-PAINT is what I use for raster graphics, which has been my living.

    I’ll admit PS has many nice features. But PHOTO-PAINT is faster to get typical things done IMO.

    Healing brush came in in PS 7.

    I’m not hating on PS at all. It’s powerful and capable. But there are others out there too.

  • Olof

    I started out with PS4, but I thought editing at pixel level was too complicated in PS, so usually I created a bitmap in Deluxe paint, brought it in to Paint shop pro for some editing and did post processing in Photoshop. Thank god I never tried out a career in comupter graphics :)

  • CS4 h8a

    And once more, after suffering CS4 for about 2 weeks i ask “Why did you break Photoshop?” Its not that it doesn’t do everything, it does it sloooooow, where CS3 used to jump a hoop and bring you the stick, CS4 just looks at you wagging its tail for a minute then trots along all pampered up in its infuriating “mac style for people who don’t know macs” interface… if only the skinning of the application window could be turned off, nay, annihilated and forgotten, i’d be that much more willing to give it another go…

  • http://www.billgalloway.co.uk Bill

    Makes me feel old and I still haven’t found all the key commands after 20 year or maybe I have just forgotten them.

  • Lunix

    Congratulations for this 2 decades!
    Btw, I’m using The Gimp for long time, and I like it.

  • Suchindran

    yes… there are quite a few rather good products out there that make an excellent toolkit for an artist/designer/photographer. here is a list of what i use (on a windoze 2k3 r2 configured as a workstation/desktop):

    2d paint animate: dogwaffle, deep-paint, paint-dot-net, realworld paint, synfig studio.
    3d model animate: caligary truespace, vue8, blender, houdini.
    cad/business graphics: progecad, smartdraw.
    retouching finishing: artweaver, the gimp, photofiltre, photoshop cs2.
    sketch draw illustrate: google sketchup, inkscape, xara x.
    utilities: picpick, logomaker.
    view edit organize: fastone, picasa, xnview, zoner photo studio, photology, fotobounce.
    raw workflow: bibble pro, lightzone, rawtherapee, ufraw.
    photo retouching: inpaint, image enlarger, opanda, lightartist, wirepilot.
    exif/geotag: exifer, geosetter, microsoft pro photo tools.

    some of the above are free as in free beer.

    but lets not get offtopic. happy birthday and three cheers to photoshop, got introduced to it during v3 … before that there was only commodore amiga and dpaint!!


  • http://www.trikecreative.com TrikeCreative

    Ahhh, thanks for the memories…and boy do I feel old. I remember using 1.0 when I was in school at Art Center in the computer lab. It would take about 20 minutes to scan one image! And then all you could do to it were some really cheesy effects. Oh, and did I mention black and white only!! So thankful now for a great program that’s allowed both my husband and I to make a living doing what we love for 20 years and counting!

  • http://www.sqwydinc.com Michael Hall

    I remember when Layers were introduced in 3.0 and I was skeptical of using them. I was so used to select masking and coordinating how to apply filters and adjustments.

    And then came editable text. Even though it was in a popup dialog box, it was a complete godsend.

    Congratulations on 20 years of what is one of the most important computer applications ever developed.

  • Will Bradley

    I think your comment in CS2 (PS2?) about the Paint Bucket tool might be inaccurate– while I shared that frustration, it seems all versions of Photoshop from 6 onward are hiding the Paint Bucket underneath the Gradient (at least from what I see in your screenshots.)

  • Dee Margeson

    Version 5 was my first intro to PS – I was hooked from there on…………love this software and when changing computers – hardware is chosen with only photoshop in mind.

    Thank-you – brilliant minds who created this and for all the others who made this outstanding program what it is today!

    ps – favorite version so far is 7 but I’m on CS2 now

  • http://piratebay ahh

    ahh 20 years of cracking this bitch via keygens.

  • http://ilike2photoshop.blogspot.com/ ilike2photoshop

    Fantastic post, this contains a very detailed history of Photoshop.

  • Michael J. McCoy

    Have been using since 2.0. Now using 7.0 and CS4,,kept most all of my install disks….Love Photoshop!!!!!!!!!!! Use it everyday!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday PS!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.jeremytraub.com Jeremy Traub

    One of the greatest pieces of software ever written. In 15 years of using it, it’s NEVER crashed. Wonderful program. Happy birthday Photoshop!

  • http://blog.gnslk.com Gayantha

    this is awesome.. Great work guys..

    & Happy B’Day Photoshop.. :)

  • http://www.lev-ran.com Nissan

    Conrgatulations, Mazal-Tov!
    Since Ver. 7 I’m astonished every time I see how accurate Photoshop is targetting my photographic needs.

  • poor guy

    Happy 20’th Birthday Photoshop, I start to use you 1o years ago and still don’t have money to buy you, but hopefully in 10 years I will have money (I heard that it will be free as it should be!)

  • Ross Hutchins

    Wow It seems just like yesterday when I first saw Photoshop 2.0 in action. I could finally put away my airbrush, glue & scissors. Thanks Adobe your awesome. Keep up the great work.

  • http://theyellowdoorpaperie.blogspot.com Mary–YDP

    My marketing services team did a Photoshop Birthday party. Check it out here!

  • Big kate

    um I think I must have tried photoshop 5 and hated it!! I quickly went back to corel draw.

    hmm perhaps I should try again…

    happy birthday photoshop

  • Mister Snitch

    Wonderful post, thank you.

  • Harvard Irving

    It’s nice to take a stroll down memory lane, but this article sounds like it was written by a teenager:

    “Photoshop has been a part of every web designer’s life since they picked up their first mouse.”

    Actually, I picked up my first mouse years before Photoshop was invented, and before the World Wide Web was invented.

    “For each version and major feature listed, we couldn’t help but think “did Photoshop ever exist without that feature?”.”

    Exactly how long have you been using Photoshop? Those of us who have been using it for nearly 20 years clearly remember that it didn’t always have today’s features – because we often use techniques from the “old days” that have been replaced with modern features.

  • Cloudbase9

    I started with version 0.65. I still have it somewhere. I’ll try to upload the icon…

  • http://www.fry.com David Fry

    This brings back memories. In 1987 I was also in grad school, and I had one of the first new Mac IIs with a color monitor. I wrote a program to add color to the 5-bit grayscale images from the old Thunderscan scanner. I added some early image manipulation capabilities, mainly just because it was exciting to do so, and released it on the early, early version of the Internet from that time. I called it Grayview. Thunderscan saw it and offered to buy it if I would develop it further. I considered that but ultimately decided I should finished my PhD instead. Grayview went no further.

    It looks like the Knolls were in much the same place at the same time as I was, also working with a scanner company. Congrats to them for following through on their vision!

  • RealMan

    Bah! Real Men edit photos in EMACS!!!1!

  • http://digitalartempire.com/ Ben

    thanks for teh article very intersting – CS5 is out soon . April I think

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/maca-gui/ maca


    que liiiindo, yo empeze con el 7.0, primer año de universidad …. i love photoshop!!

  • http://iadagraca.co.cc isiac dagraca

    i really wish i was born earlier :)

    i might have more experiance with the golden years of computer graphics, not really coming in at the high point (or soon to be low point?).

  • Tiffany

    wow! i first used ps6 when it came out. that was 10 years ago?! i was 11 at the time… seems so long ago.

  • http://www.webrextech.com/ web designing companies delhi

    really its awesome ….
    very useful for designing

  • Brad

    I’ve been using Photoshop since the beginning. I can remember working on a tiny greyscale SE30 Mac, learning Pagemaker, then Quark, then Illustrator, and finally moving to Photoshop on a color monitor. That was all I needed to know what I wanted to do for a living. My first job was a color artist at a prepress house working in Photoshop before it had layers! We would drop in elements and save our work in stages on mini opticals, Syquest drives, 5 1/4 Drives, Zip Discs, etc. so that if a customer wanted to make a change we could get back to a version and change it. Some days we would have boxes of discs to archive. It was so nice when layers came. It was like a gift from heaven for me. Thank you Adobe for giving so many people a tool that you can make a living with.

  • http://matagorda.net Reviews for Travel

    Amazing to read :) 10/10 , Adobe for life!

  • http://xibitkomik.blogspot.com ambuyart

    wow. i’ve used it since 5.5 but skipped only on version 6. can’t wait what new features in cs5!

  • http://www.paulogoode.com Paulo

    I have such huge respect for Photoshop and its developers, more than any other program as it has been integral to the development of my career. I’ve been a user since v2.0 and am really looking forward to CS5. I wonder if there will ever be such a significant jump in usability again as was with the case of going from 2.5 to 3.0 – the introduction of layers was pure genius!

    Thanks for this trip down memory lane :)

  • http://dailyde.blogetery.com/ Ade Fivers

    Really Good…

  • http://www.g13media.com MadRukus

    Awesome and interesting article, not sure what I’d do w/o Photoshop.

  • michi

    Great App Develop (MPW,Macapp)

  • vijayanrt

    I used Photoshop 7.0 a long time. I think best performance 7.0 version.
    But Ican’t use 100% advanced performance .

  • Usukhbayar

    I’m ADOBE’s fan. hehe. Specially Photoshop is so great app. :D

  • http://www.wearingrainbows.com/mens-waistcoats-ties-c-2659.html Billy

    I can’t believe Photoshop is 20 years old, an essential tool for any designer and still growing

  • Santosh

    Millions rely on Photoshop. Me too :) Happy Birthday.

  • http://www.g13media.com/ G13 Media

    This is the best time line for Adobe Photoshop on the web right now. I am also a web designer and have been a loyal “fan” since the 4.0 release. Without photoshop I would not be in web design till this day. If you were their to see how much it has grown you wold be proud of the Knoll family and gifted there were. The new cs4’s tabbed documents is the best time saver IMO.

  • http://www.canodesign.com victor

    I started with Photoshop 3.0 it was awesome!!

  • http://www.newperfumeshop.com Sarah

    I can’t believe it’s been 20 years, thanks for pointing out how old I am

  • http://drivetoacure.org Danny

    Wow, It’s been 20 years?
    I admit that Photoshop change my life way to be a designer, thousand thanks to the creator. You guys are extraordinary gentlemen!!

  • http://webswithlove.com Sanbor

    Great soft, I’m waiting the day that I can use without problems on Linux (maybe in the next 20 years).

  • http://skybox.com.ua/ Roumek

    I started with Photoshop СS2;)

  • jhon

    Amazing and very interesting post

  • http://www.activwebdesign.com/cr4 lee

    It just keeps getting better and better

  • http://wix.com/verbulance/vdz-gallery anto

    Cong adobe….bring color to life for 20 yrs..really..IT’S ORIGINAL…

  • http://earwaxremovaltips.blogspot.com/ Ali Meyette

    Surprisee Friend , i with u posting. Do you have twitter or facebook so i can follow you ?


    why did they used color blue in photoshop CS 3 specially in the logo or u can say identity ?

  • http://christuniversity.in Fr. Biju

    A software that changed the world of design!

  • http://gengri.livejournal.com Gennady

    Adobe Elements is the son or stepson Photoshop?

  • Sprocket Jockey

    Been using Photoshop since the Image Pro Barneyscan days in the late 1980s. Wow, 20 plus years. Where did the time go? Many, many changes through the years, both in the software and in the computers that it runs on. I remember having to schedule image rotations for the noon hour or after hours so you didn’t tie up a computer during valuable work time.

  • Helen Bauman

    I love photoshop and am so glad I invested. Am saving up for an upgrade from CS3 extended. Hoping to get some restoration work to pay for it. Thankyou Messrs Knolls.

  • http://cha2e.com Chase

    Wow. Super cool interview!

    It’s so interesting to see the different splash screens over the years and realizing how much time has passed. Just recently picked up an owned licensed of CS5 Master and loving every minute of it. It’s come such a long way from version 4 (when I started using it).

    20 years and things are just getting started! I’m really excited to see the direction they’re about to take things in the web services realm. They’ve got some tricks up their sleeve that’s for sure!!

  • Nissan

    As a photographer, I can’t imagine how could Digital photography progress without such a helping tools.
    Looking forward to next and nexter versions, its an endless path…

  • http://www.ckrinteractive.com Arthur

    Amazing, don’t know where I would be without this program.

  • http://www.martymccolgan.com Web Design Derry

    cant say enough about this program it gave me a career! thank you !

  • http://www.smoothboothdesign.com/ Smooth Booth

    Fingers crossed it will be here for another 20 years…. I don’t know what we did before it, anything is achievable!

  • http://www.denimgeek.com/ Denim Geek

    Best program ever invented in my opinion.

  • http://www.turquoiseside.nl Turquoise Side

    Respect for them who created this magnificent program. And not only creating, but also making it standard globally. Where would we (or I) be without this program!?

  • http://www.treinnaarlonden.nl Trein Londen

    ….Photoshop is the best, we love working with it, and every updates brings improvement! Love it.

  • http://www.crystaladmiral.nl Crystal Admiral

    Over the years we have used this program a lot, the things we made wouldn’t be possible without PhotoShop. Congrats to the team for making this possible and the anniversary!

  • http://www.creativemanner.com Website Design Washington DC

    Wow! 20 years damn its older then me. I felt bad now.:(

  • http://www.iscipersonel.com iş başvurusu

    i like adobe photoshop, year by year it is changing very fastly. modern and faster

  • Gary Webster

    I just recently purchased CS-5, mostly out of curiosity since PhotoShop 7 has been my mainstay since it was released, and then had to get a new computer to handle it. I still have an antique Dell Optima that has PhotoShop 3.5 through PS 7 on the hard drive!

    Facinating history of an unbelievable product! A belated Happy Birthday, Photoshop, and thank you Knoll family and Adobe for expanding our creative universe!