Photoshop has just turned 25 years old. That’s a lot of history in the world of technology, and has led to the development of a ton of useful features. Here’s a look back at what’s changed through the years.

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Photoshop 1.0

Launched Feb 19, 1990 for Mac

Codename: None

  • Lasso Tool
  • Crop
  • Magic Wand
  • Eyedrop Tool
  • Smudge Tool
  • Stretch/Shrink
  • Hue/Saturation adjustments
  • Feathered Edges
  • Blur Tool
  • Gradient Tool


Photoshop 2.0

June 1991

Codename: Fast Eddie

  • Added CMYK
  • Added Paths
  • Pen Tool


Photoshop 2.5

November 1992

  • Added Windows version
  • Added 16-bit support
  • Palettes


Photoshop 3.0

Sept 1994

Codename: Tiger Mountain

  • Added Layers
  • Tabbed Palettes


Photoshop 4.0

Nov 1996

Codename: Big Electric Cat

  • Added Actions
  • Added Adjustment Layers
  • Added rubylith overlays (aka quick mask)


Photoshop 5.0

May 1998

Codename: Strange Cargo

  • Added History (multiple undos)
  • Color Management
  • Magnetic Lasso
  • Editable type and type layers
  • Layer Effects
  • Measure Tool


Photoshop 5.5

Feb 1999

  • Save for Web
  • Extract and Image Ready
  • Image Slicing and Rollover effects for web Graphics
  • Web Photo Gallery Automation
  • Magic Eraser/Background Eraser


Photoshop 6.0

Sept 2000

Codename: Venus in Firs

  • Vector Shapes
  • Liquify filter
  • Layer Styles and Blending
  • Text Warp
  • Content Layers


Photoshop 7.0

March 2002

Code Name: Liquid Sky


  • Healing Brush
  • Camera RAW
  • Painting
  • Polygon Lasso Tool


Photoshop CS

October 2003

Codename: Dark Matter

  • Shadows and Highlights
  • Match Color
  • Lens Blur
  • Full 16 buit support
  • Large >2GB Files
  • Smart Guides


Photoshop CS2

April 2005

Code Name: Space Monkey

  • Smart Objects
  • Image Warp
  • Spot Healing Brush
  • Smart Sharpen
  • Vanishing point
  • HDR Imaging
  • Bridge
  • Animation
  • Multiple Layer Control
  • Menu Customization


Photoshop CS3

April 2007

Codename: Red Pill

  • Updated UI
  • Native Intel Mac support
  • Quick Select
  • Advanced Black and White conversion
  • Smart Filters
  • 32-bit file support
  • Lightroom Integration
  • Adjustable cloning and healing
  • Refine Edge
  • Improved Curves Adjustment


Photoshop CS4

October 2008

Codename: Stonehenge

  • Content Aware Scaling
  • Open GL support
  • 64-bit on Windows
  • Adjustments Panel
  • Blending of images and layers
  • Re-editable masks
  • Improved Dodge, Burn and Sponge
  • 360 Panoramas w/auto blend
  • Merge 2D and 3D layers
  • Enhanced alignment of Layers
  • Extended Depth of Field


Photoshop CS5

April 2010

Codename: White Rabbit

  • Content Aware Fill
  • Puppet Warp
  • 64 bit Mac OS
  • Brush enhancements
  • Lens correction
  • 3D
  • Mixer Brush
  • HDR Imaging


Photoshop CS6

May 2012

Codename: Superstition

  • Content Aware Patch and Move
  • Blur Gallery
  • New crop tool
  • Improved vector tools
  • Improved type support
  • Improved Liquify Filter
  • New Dark User Interface
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Copy CSS properties from shape or text layers
  • Background save and auto recovery
  • Preset Migration and Sharing

cc14splashPhotoshop CC

May 2013

Codename: Lucky 7 (14), Single Malt Whiskey Cat (14.2), Surfing Cow (15)

  • Camera Shake Reduction
  • 3D Printing
  • Generator
  • Perspective Warp
  • Linked Smart Objects
  • Blur Gallery Motion Effects
  • Behance Integration
  • Creative Cloud Libraries
  • Improved Layer Comps
  • Improved Smart Guides
  • Extract Assets (Generator UI)
  • Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Improved Smart Sharpen
  • Intelligent Upsampling
  • Experimental Features
  • Font Search
  • Desktop Fonts from Adobe Typekit
  • Focus Mask

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