Released in 1988 on October 2nd by founding brothers John and Thomas Knoll. Together with their father Glen knoll, began a primitive image editing program. Glen had access to an Apple II Plus computer from work and by using Thomas’s knowledge in programming and Johns design experience they began the Photoshop journey. The first version was not meant for public distribution and later changed the name to Photoshop officially. Shortly after the first version was complete, Barneyscan a company selling computer scanners took interest in their product and packaged it alongside their scanners when going out for shipment. This was the second version of Photoshop and was the first time ever intended for public use. No similar program had existed up until then. Shortly after that, Adobe was won over and they formed a partnership releasing Image Pro under the Adobe company.
Code names for the different versions of Photoshop:
Bond, Suerat, Fast Eddy, Merlin, Brimstone, Tiger Mountain, Big
Photoshop originally was only to be used on Macintosh until 1992
Image Pro was its first name
Created by the Knoll Brothers with help from their father.
In 1990 it was no longer bundled with a Barneyscanner but a standalone product you could purchase.
The original source code for Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was donated to the Computer History Museum in February 2013.
Mark Hamburg a newly appointed engineer is responsible for the Path tool – a completely new and innovative feature at the time.
The original software had to be completely re-written for operating on a Windows system which was time consuming and came with a memory bug that Mark Hamburg who had worked on it, offered to make house calls to users before a path for it was released. This meant for a late due date separate from the Mac version.
Thomas Knoll was responsible for the introduction of the layers tool before that designers has the time consuming job of saving files individually.
Photoshop 3.0 was the first version where the Windows version equalled the quality of the Mac version. Previously it hadn’t been as stable. This PS version also featured Tab Palettes.
Photoshop v introduced Actions or
Photoshop 4 was the first version of
Photoshop 5 came with a plethora of new features such as Editable Type, Multiple Undo and Colour Management. Now that designers could use the history palette and undo an unlimited amount of times. Without the Colour Management tool – slower
Photoshop 6 Since the release of Photoshop, each version was becoming more and more complex, worried they would lose some of their initial audience, they created Photoshop Elements which was designed with simplicity in mind for a less complex user experience. Many users only needed basic functions
Photoshop Changed it’s name to Photoshop CS – Creative Suite.
Photoshop CS2 and 3 began looking at improving the application overall and enhancing existing features rather than adding to new features entirely. Quicker loading times, less crashes and coping with bigger file sizes all made for a better performance.
Photoshop CS3 A
Photoshop CS4 Panning and zooming worked almost instantaneously where there was always lag before. Tabbed work documents introduced much like tabbed browser windows in web browsers.
Photoshop CS6 All the editing tool icons were redesigned and refined and
Photoshop CC Creative Cloud Began a new journey.
Jenna is a Masters graduate in Visual Communication & Graphic Design with a passion for hand drawing and typography. She is known for her inquisitive questions on life and childlike taste in bags. When she isn’t sat in front of her Apple Mac designing, she is hiking through nature or travelling across the pond to the West Coast, USA.