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Photoshop One

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2015

Dave!Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was released on February 19th, 1990 and I was there.

Lo those 25 years ago.

Well, not at the product launch, but I had a copy of the program after release which I received with a scanner I purchased in the Fall of 1990. I played around with it a few times on a Mac that was at my local library, but I was an Atari computer guy at the time, so it went largely ignored. I didn't really get into Photoshop until I first bought a Mac of my own in the Spring of 1993 (a Quadra 650). Photoshop 2.5 came bundled with a new scanner I purchased shortly thereafter, and I have been using the program ever since.

Almost daily ever since.

With the possible exception of Adobe Illustrator (which I have been using regularly since version 1.7... A.K.A. Illustrator 88), Photoshop is the single most important app in the existence of my universe. It has permeated both my personal and professional life, and I have serious trouble trying to imagine my world without it.

Which is why it's always fun to step back in time to experience Photoshop's humble beginnings. Which I do from time to time, as I have a library of old computers with their original software installed. It's even more fun to watch others give it a try... especially those who were not around at the beginning...


Hah. Those were the days.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Adobe Photoshop!

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  1. ssp says:

    Amazing software, no matter how messy Adobe manages to package it.

    And even as simple as Photoshop 1 seems today, it was / must have been groundbreaking back then.

    Be sure to check out the Computer History Museum on it as well: They even have the source code.

  2. martymankins says:

    While I don’t have anywhere near the Photoshop expertise you do, I do remember my first time using it for the basic resizing of a GIF file. 1993 on a Quadra that also had had Adobe Premiere 3.0 (which I used more and knew better than PS).

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