which photoshop version was your first one?
I remember installing version 6 back in last years of my high school. Mostly using for cropping for my crappy animations (with macromedia flash 8)
First used 3.0 while in college.
Photoshop 2.0, Illustrator 3.0 and Logic Audio 2.02. I’ve been using all three apps for about 25 years.
I remember Photoshop 3 being a huge update. Layers! Prior to version 3, adding a drop shadow to text meant taking these steps:
- Create a selection for the text.
- Save the selection to a channel.
- Duplicate the channel.
- Blur the duplicated channel.
- Load the selection for the blurred channel.
- Apply the changes you want to the main RGB or CMYK image (darken where the shadow is).
- Load the selection for the text.
- Apple the changes you want to the main RGB or CMYK image (colour where the text is).
Step 6 and 8 were crucial, because there was only one undo level back then. If you mess something up, there was no way to undo it. Keep in mind that you couldn't just have lots of copies of your PSDs to save each step along the way — there typically wasn’t enough disk space to do that on the 44 MB and 88 MB SyQuest cartridges of the time.
Working purely in channels definitely gave me an appreciation for how layer effects are generated today.
I am old.
Right? For me, it was in 1990 (v1 or v1.5?) when I was as enlisted as free child labor in my mother's graphic design studio.
A non-stop flow of Kai's tips over a slow as mud dial up connection to AOL made anything feel possible.
1.0, while in Junior High. That and a handheld scanner.
It was the first thing that got me interested in design.
1.0! I tip my hat to you, sir.
I remember hand-held scanners!
Had a friend that grew up in a rich family, and they always had the "latest tech". They were also the first ones in the village (+-5000 people!) with dial-up :)
My first version was probably 4 or 5. I'd messed around with others before that, but never at my own place or work, since I was still a kid and we always had dos/windows.
Photoshop CS 4 was when I seriously started using it. The updated UI was soo better than the previous versions back then.
I think for me it was v5 or v6?
Mine was a definitely legal version of Photoshop CS2 that I got when I was in high school.
Really interesting to see the entire journey. Thanks for sharing.
I think it was 2.5, because we had it on a 486 (from memory). Also had CorelDRAW 4, and for a long time I always thought that Corel were going to be the winners between the two, haha!