Twenty five years to the day, Adobe launched a little photo manipulation program called Photoshop. Starting with version number 1, since then the program has received 15 different versions over the two and a half decades bringing it to the Photoshop we know and love today.

In the video above, one of the original Photoshop creators, John Knoll, demos an early version of the program on an old Apple computer. Though the video is from 2010, and was likely released on the program’s 20th birthday, five years on it still looks pretty dated but surprisingly contains the same functionality we know and love in the program today.

Chances are though, back in the day the program would have been a little more monochrome than the 24-bit colour you see in the program above, at least for the average consumer anyway.

“For 25 years, Photoshop has inspired artists and designers to craft images of stunning beauty and reality-bending creativity,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer.  “From desktop publishing, to fashion photography, movie production, web site design, mobile app creation and now 3D Printing, Photoshop continues to redefine industries and creative possibilities.  And today that Photoshop magic is available to millions of new users, thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud.”

Happy Birthday Photoshop!

Take a look below of a screenshot comparison of Photoshop 1 and Photoshop CC 2014.



Also, here’s a look at Photoshop’s icons through the years, I kinda wish it was still a little shop front!



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