Happy Birthday Photoshop


It’s crazy to think that I am the same age as Photoshop – Happy 25th Birthday! I don’t think that I knew Photoshop existed was until I was probably 15, but I wouldn’t have actually used it properly until I was 18. Now I can’t imagine my life without it – primarily as a Graphic Designer but also as a blogger because it’s not just design folk that use Photoshop now. Anyone can thanks to google and youtube tutorials and it’s even dropped in casually in films: ‘Look at you, it’s like you’ve been photoshopped!’ (10 points if you can tell me which film that is – leave answers in the comments!)

I found this article on It’s Nice That and couldn’t resist sharing it: CreativeLive challenged 8 Photoshop experts try and use Photoshop 1.0. I can’t even work out how many versions of Photoshop there have been in 25 years, I mean what are we on now… CS6? Watch and LOL:


Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 07.57.17 ‘Oh My Gosh, there’s nothing in this programme.’

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 07.57.41 ‘Oh man, there’s no layers.’

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 07.58.22 ‘Do we have levels back then?’ ‘OH, you can do levels?’

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 08.00.49 ‘Oh there’s no preview in here.’ ‘That can’t be true?’

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 08.03.10‘I don’t even know how to undo that many times. Oh you only get undo redo!’

‘Oh my god. Don’t tell me I can only go back 1 space. I can only do 1 undo?!’

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 08.03.23 ‘For some reason I don’t think I’m going to be saving this picture’

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 08.03.43 ‘Lets do some type. I’m gonna press T and no, that doesn’t work’ – No shortcuts

So as well as being a good laugh, this makes me realise how lucky we are now because Photoshop, you have come a LONG way! I can’t imagine producing anything in Photoshop 1.0 – how does it even work? What does it even do?  Just yesterday I was talking to our work experience guy at the studio and made a joke about using Paint ( I don’t even think he knew what it was… but who else remembers that?) because I’m a Photoshop snob. But actually, I don’t think that Photoshop 1.0 is any better than Paint!?

Standards are pretty high nowadays – imagine glossy editorial photography being edited using this? It just wouldn’t work.

Graphic Designers all over the world are crying inside right now! Here, take a tissue and the next time your Photoshop crashes remind yourself that it could be worse, it could be version 1.0 🙂


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