30 Years Later: A Look at Photoshop 1.0

Believe it or not, it has been 30 years since the release of Photoshop version 1.0, and the application has come quite a long way in those three decades. This fascinating video takes a look at what it was like using version 1.0 of the program all those years ago. 

Coming to you from j0han1, this great video takes a look at using version 1.0 of Photoshop, which was released in 1990. All the editing is done on a Macintosh Plus (released in 1986) on a 1-bit (yes, 1-bit, a.k.a. black and white) display, complete with an 8 MHz processor and 4 MB RAM. The video is shown at double speed, which really underscores just how long it took to make any adjustments or edits. That being said, it is important to emphasize just how novel and impressive these capabilities were back then. I found it particularly fascinating how similar the layout of the program was to the current version. Obviously, the program has gained a ton of capabilities in the intervening time, but I feel like any current user could jump into version 1.0 and feel right at home in no time. Check out the video above to take a neat look back in time. 

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chris bryant's picture

System 6, Chicago font, fond memories.

Spy Black's picture

Yes, the Black Bomb of Death was always so much fun. Saw them every day...

Thomas H's picture

One great video about this is posted at Kevin Raber's Photopxl:
https://photopxl.com/happy-birthday-ditital-imaging/
The article and video is by Jeff Schewe.

Spy Black's picture

I started with 2.51, but things didn't really start rolling until version 3, however the Macs of the era still couldn't handle full res images, so you had to work with 1024x768 tiles with full res images, painfully slow.