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Adobe Photoshop: All Versions List 1990-2020

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Today we celebrate Adobe Photoshop's 25th anniversary. In 1987, Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. It was a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor. However, after collaborating with his brother John Knoll, the two began adding features that made it possible to process digital image files. The program eventually caught the attention of industry influencers, and in 1988, Adobe made the decision to license the software, naming it Photoshop, and shipping the first version in 1990. This way, twenty five years ago on February 19, 1990 Adobe Photoshop was born.

Adobe Photoshop makes history reaching its twenty five thirty years anniversary

UPDATED: August, 2020

I originally wrote this article for Adobe Photoshop 25th anniversary. The 30th anniversary is just around the corner at the end of 2020. Photoshop means so much to me and to many-many users around the world. It has been THE graphics tool that for such a long time now has allowed both proffessionals and amateurs to unleash their creativity. There are so many things that you can say about Photoshop. I tried to sum up a few of the most important aspects by creating this Adobe Photoshop Infographic. I hope you enjoy it and share this with others.

The infographic below is an interactive infographic made with PSDDude's Infographic Charts and Graphics HTML Tags Library.

A lot has changed over the years, but Photoshop has tried and succeded to be on top of the most used graphid design tools. It's even made a move towards online applications and changed the pricing model to a subscription model. All this to keep up with the competition of online tools that are simpler to use and much cheaper like for example the MockoFun free online graphic design tool.

30 Years of History for Adobe Photoshop Infographic by PSDDude

Available in 25 languages

Over 10 mil users

Adobe Photoshop is available in 25 languages including Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, or Ukrainian

Photoshop has over 10 million users all over the world which represents aprox. 90% of the digital artists community.

The Photoshop community is very active and Adobe has managed to gain quite a lot of fans on its social networks growing the number of Facebook fans from 400,000 in 2010 to over 7,000,000 in 2015.

400,000 FB likes in 2010

7,000,000 FB likes in 2015

7,965,000 FB likes in 2020

Adobe Photoshop Facebook likes 2010 vs. 2015 vs. 2020

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A short history of Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop versions and their release dates:
  • Photoshop 1.0 - released February 1990
  • Photoshop 2.0 - June 1991
  • Photoshop 3.0 - September 1994
  • Photoshop 4.0 - November 1996
  • Photoshop 5.0 - May 1998
  • Photoshop 6.0 - September 2000
  • Photoshop 7.0 - March 2002
  • Photoshop CS - October 2003
  • Photoshop CS2 - April 4, 2005
  • Photoshop CS3 - April 16, 2007
  • Photoshop CS4 - October 15, 2008
  • Photoshop CS5 - April 30, 2010
  • Photoshop CS6 - May 7, 2012
  • Photoshop CC - June 17, 2013
  • Photoshop CC 2014 - June 2014
  • Photoshop CC 2015 - June 2015
  • Photoshop CC 2017 - November 2016
  • Photoshop CC 2018 - October 2017
  • Photoshop CC 2019 - October 2018
  • Photoshop CC 2020 - November 2019

Photoshop 2.0 introduces: Paths, CMYK Color and EPS Rasterization Photoshop 3.0 Tabbed Palettes, Layers Photoshop 6.0 Vector Shapes, "Liquify" filter, Layer styles/Blending Options dialog Photoshop CS2 Smart Objects, Smart Sharpen, High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) support (32 bit per channel floating point) Photoshop CS4 Content-aware scaling, Adjustments panel, Auto-alignment of layers Photoshop CS5 Content Aware Fill, New Blend modes: Subtract and spanide, Puppet Warp Tool, Repousse 3D extrusion tool (Extended version) Photoshop CS6 Content-aware Patch and Move tools, Enhanced crop tool with straighten option, Oil Paint filter now ships with the program Photoshop CC Camera Shake Reduction, Improved 3D painting, Share on Behance, Perspective Warp Photoshop CC 2017 Support for SVG OpenType fonts Photoshop CC 2018 Re-organization of the brush panel, new Curvature Tool similar to Adobe Illustrator Photoshop CC 2019 New Frame Tool to create placeholder frames for images Photoshop CC 2020 Improvements to the AI content aware fill, Adobe Camera Raw improvements

Adobe profits

Adobe is doing quite well financially, and good for them. Here are a few statistics to give you an idea about the size of the Adobe business keeping in mind that one of their most important product is Adobe Photoshop.
Gross Profit
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Adobe number of employees

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 A lot of people are working for Adobe, and one of their most active projects is of course Adobe Photoshop.
Adobe employees

Adobe Photoshop pricing history

Adobe Photoshop has tried to keep it's price relatively constant throughout the years and only with Adobe Photoshop CC version the price model was changed to a subscription payment model. Here are a few price levels for some of the Adobe Photoshop versions. extended standard extended standard extended standard extended standard extended standard extended standard
Adobe Photoshop license price
Photoshop 1.0$895
Photoshop CS3$649
Photoshop CS4$699
Photoshop CS5$699 ($999 for the CS5 extended)
Photoshop CS6$699 ($999 for the CS5 extended)
Photoshop CC$297 / year
Photoshop CC 2020$285.48 / year

Photoshop is no. 3 in the top of the Most Pirated Software

Reality shows that Adobe Photoshop is so popular that everybody wants to have it and quite a lot of people don't want to pay for it. This is why Adobe Photoshop is one of the most pirated software out there, making it to no. 3 in the top of the most pirated software according to (Federation Against Software Theft)
  1. 1. Microsoft Office 24%
  2. 2. Microsoft Windows 24%
  3. 3. Adobe Photoshop 16%
  4. 4. Adobe Illustrator 10%
  5. 5. Solidworks 6%
  6. 6. SQL 6%
  7. 7. Quark 4%
  8. 8. Autodesk Autocad 4%
  9. 9. Virtual DJ 2%
  10. 10. Corel Draw 2%
Adobe Photoshop Microsoft Office Microsoft Windows Adobe Illustrator Quark Autodesk Autocad Solidworks Virtual DJ Corel Draw Others In fact it is estimated that aproximately 60% of the Adobe Photoshop users use a pirated version of Photoshop.
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Adobe Photoshop 30 years in pictures

What would be more appropriate to describe the road map for Photoshop throughout its 25 years of life than doing through images. Here is the story and history of Adobe Photoshop with images representing its identity over the years.

The first version of Adobe Photoshop in action

Here is a video showing Adobe Photoshop version 1.0 in action

Have you ever wondered what was the first photo ever photoshoped? Well, John Knoll, one of Adobe Photoshop's creators took a picture of his wife Jennifer on a beach in Bora-Bora. He later used that picture for demos of Photoshop and even included it in the installation package naming it "Jennifer in paradise". Here is the very first picture ever photoshoped.

first photoshoped photo: jennifer in paradise

The Adobe Photoshop box cover, shortcut icon, splash screen, toolbox

When you buy the Adobe Photoshop package the very first thing that you see is the software box cover (well, not anymore with the CC version I guess). Here's how the box cover design of Adobe Photoshop evolved over time

adobe photoshop box cover designs

Nothing says more about a software than it's shortcut icon. You probably never saw all of them in one place, but here it is: all versions of the Adobe Photoshop shortcut icons

all adobe photoshop shortcut icons

I don't know how it is for you, but for me, when I start my Photoshop and I see the splash screen loading I start to feel my creative juices preparing. Here are all the versions for the Adobe Photoshop splash screens

all adobe photoshop splash screens

A lot has changed since version 1.0 of Adobe Photoshop, but the concept of the toolbox was there even from the very begining. It is true that tools were added with the new features offered by the newer version of Photoshop. Here is the history of Adobe Photoshop toolbox

all adobe photoshop toolboxes

Adobe Photoshop today

Photoshop is the world’s most advanced digital imaging software. It is used by photographers, designers, web professionals, and video professionals, and is available to Creative Cloud subscribers.

Customers can also subscribe to Photoshop CC as an individual subscription product, or through the Creative Cloud Photography Plan which is an offer targeted at photographers and photo hobbyists and includes Photoshop Lightroom as a companion tool to Photoshop. Another Photoshop related product, Photoshop Elements, is offered separately and is targeted at consumers who desire the brand and power of Photoshop through an easy-to-use interface.

For tablet and phone users, Adobe offers several mobile apps including Photoshop Sketch, Photoshop Mix, Lightroom Mobile and more—all of which enable sophisticated photo editing and content creation using a touch-based interface on tablet and mobile devices

We would like to wish once again Happy 30th Anniversary to Adobe Photoshop 2020 and long life!

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