The Darwinian Evolution of Photoshop [Infographic]

What does a top notch graphic designer have in common with an amateur photographer who uploads his weekend pictures on Facebook? Well... they both love Photoshop, that's what they have in common! This brilliant Adobe product is geek's darling for almost two decades so we're starting the Tech King Infographic series with something that I personally want to hang over my bedroom wall

What does a top notch graphic designer have in common with an amateur photographer who uploads his weekend pictures on Facebook? They both love Photoshop! This brilliant Adobe product is geek’s darling for almost two decades so we’re starting the Tech King Infographic series with something that I personally want to hang over my bedroom wall – The Darwinian Evolution of Photoshop. Enjoy and if you like it please share the link with your friends!

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  1. photoshop stuff Friday - 17 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I've been using Photoshop since CS2 came out, loved it ever since. I'd marry Adobe if I could :o)
  2. WDS Editorial Friday - 17 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Hey what a nice infographic,, when I started working on Graphic Design the CS version was released a few weeks ago, it feels like it was yesterday when I met Photoshop, nice post ;)...
  3. bottleHeD Friday - 17 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Quite informative!
  4. Fandy Saturday - 18 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    My first photoshop v 5.0. Nice infographic !
  5. SLim Monday - 20 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Started working with 3.0 I still remember the excitement of discovering Layers!!!
  6. Giacomo Colddesign Monday - 20 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I’ve been using Photoshop since 8.0... The world became better...!
  7. Dr. Shehla Zahid Monday - 20 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Hi, Loved the post and creative work by TechKing. You rock
  8. Killer Infographics Monday - 20 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    We will be posting this on Killer Infographics tomorrow. Please don't hesitate to send more our way anytime you want to submit infographics :-)
  9. zur4ik Monday - 20 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I'm using Photoshop every day, but I didn't know that first Photoshop was only on mac...
  10. Aaron Tuesday - 21 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I started at version 2.5. Great post!
  11. Kilian Tuesday - 21 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I have been using Photoshop since v 2.0 Great infographic, the one thing I was missing for Macs was information about architecture compliance like which version was the first running natively on PPC and the first one to run natively on Intel x86.
  12. Michael Tuesday - 21 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I started with the 7th version of Photoshop and I love it but I miss the Linux logo :-D I hope that Adobe will port their nice programs into Linux.
  13. Bart Grootveld Tuesday - 21 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Awesome graph :D
  14. Pulchry Wednesday - 22 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    This is very cool :)
  15. James Wednesday - 22 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I started using PS at version 3.0 in college. It's weird, doesn't seem like I was using such an archaic version, my selective memory still gives it a lot more functionality than that. I swear that bad boy had vector shapes, editable type and a history palette.
  16. FeryKloucek Wednesday - 22 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    This is really great and very informative article! It's really nice to see the whole evolution (my first version was 9.0). Thanks for sharing!
  17. Belivo Wednesday - 22 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    What is pathetic is I know them all. I'm getting old I guess.
    • Annonymous Saturday - 18 / 06 / 2011 Reply
      Nah, if you were really getting old, you'd be saying, " What? Phototoshop is only 11 years old?!!"
  18. steph Thursday - 23 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I'm with ya Belivo. V.1.0 here.
  19. Joe Thursday - 23 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Version 7 also introduced OSX support without OS9 installed... or at least we thought so until OSX 10.5 was released and magically Photoshop for OSX stopped working and was no longer an OSX application as stated on the packaging.
  20. covalic Thursday - 23 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Great job! Awesome graph:)
  21. Roger Harris Friday - 24 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I love Photoshop. Been using it regularly since about 5.0. And an interesting cool infographic. But a slight correction is that this is not strictly Darwinian evolution. It's okay to say Photoshop evolved but Darwinian evolution relies on three key principles (1) variation in a population caused by mutation (2) traits are heritable and (3) natural selection confers differential survival on the population. In this view a better comparison for Darwinian evolution would have been between different graphics applications (remember CorelDraw?!). But even then, variation in software arises by design, not random mutation. There is an element of selection, though, since graphics designers are choosing the application that best meets their needs. Well, kudos for using an evolutionary metaphor. We need greater public awareness of evolutionary mechanisms outside biology. But a broader comparison of graphics apps with a focus on mechanisms of change would have lent more authority to your production.
  22. Penelope Singer Friday - 24 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    I started with v.3 with it's newly added Layers. My favorite improvements over the years have been: Editable Type (v5), Slices [Image Ready] (v5.5), Vector Text & Real-time Histograms (v7), Shadow/Highlight (CS), and Smart Filters (CS3). Keep on Photoshop!
  23. Daniel Saturday - 25 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    2.5 and 3.0 are also available for Irix and Solaris...
  24. Essex Website Designers Tuesday - 28 / 09 / 2010 Reply
    Well it just goes to show, everyone starts off somewhere, photoshop at first may have been terrible, almost like Paint nowdays, I wouldn't actually know, that's just what I gather:) It costs alot of money to get the newer CS5 but I guess if you're into graphic design as a job, it's well worth it.
    • Andy Crofford Tuesday - 28 / 09 / 2010 Reply
      To say Photoshop has come a long way would be an understatement. I started using Photoshop on version 3.0. Hard to imagine using Photoshop without layers.
  25. Tony E Monday - 11 / 10 / 2010 Reply
    Wonderful graphic. I also started with Ps3. Shocking to see how primitive it was. At the time it felt like I had been granted supernatural powers. A few tweaks with a mouse allowed me to do things that couldn't be done with 6 hours in the darkroom. And *undo* . . . limitless forgiveness for stupid mistakes!! When the astronauts landed on the moon they asked an 80 year old if it was the most exciting thing she'd ever seen. She replied "Not as exciting as the day they opened the Brooklyn Bridge". CS5 is really nice . . . but not as exciting as the day Photoshop was born.
    • Orion Jose Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
      This is the best comment of all ! well said, tony... I still remember using 5.0 and my friend's remark... "Hey, I heard Photoshop is bringing in Version 6 that is gonna rock !" And now here is Puppet warp !!!!
  26. Gabriel Tuesday - 19 / 10 / 2010 Reply
    Genial.Puro talento
  27. Mark Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Yeah i love it. will definitely print this out and stick it right on the wall.
  28. Neil Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Photoshop has been an essential part of my web development career. I've been using it since v3.0. It's come a long way. Great job Adobe!
  29. Usman Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    simply awesome !!! :D and i myself am using CS5
  30. Jeroen De Smet Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Ah. Photoshop 4. The big Electric Cat. Anyone remember that easter-egg where you control shift clicked the about screen and that huge blue cat appeared? Good times. Never worked with Photoshop 2 or below, but I really remember my high school education where we couldn't touch the 'new' macs with the 'new' Photoshop 4.0. Good times.
  31. Aorentz Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Life is empty without photoshop, th
  32. Daniel Ecoff Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    OK.. This is nice to see. Honestly when I first starting using Photoshop back in 1990.. YES PEOPLE, V 1.0, I didn't really like it. And it was primarily for one reason, I was using Fractals "Color Studio" and other proprietary software back then and with Color Studio, when you crashed, your temp file was always recoverable up to the time you crashed. This was huge back then, when Macs where less stable and Pushing big pixels taxed the memory and processors of the day. However, after Fractal got lazy and Adobe got busy, I was forced to use Photoshop more and more and eventually it became my software of choice over Color Studio, Live Picture, Dicomed, etc... There are still things about Photoshop I wish were improved, mostly stupid silly stuff like being able to delete more than 1 path at a time. But in the end I cant complain, it has impressed me and made a career for me.
  33. divine Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I started with v 10 cs3 but now i prefer cs5, cs4
  34. Brenda S Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I love photoshop too, but contrary to Rick, I think using a metaphor about someone who recanted everything he wrote about on his deathbed is foolish, needless to say I then had zero interest in reading your article. By the way macro-evolution does not happen, however micro-evolution does indeed happen and that is exactly what happened within Adobe's photoshop. Designer dogs are still dogs, photoshop is still photoshop with some added features we all can appreciate. :)
  35. °«şŚ ρ έ ς ! ά Ļι»° Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I love Photoshop. The first thing I Use it Photoshop 7.0 Thank you
  36. Darla Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Great graphic! I have been using Photoshop since it made its appearance. It is amazing how far it has come! The advent of layers alone was worth celebrating. To see all of the additions over the course of its evolution is mind-boggling.
  37. AnnetteD Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I started with 7 and just did not use it then when I got a brand spanking new computer I figured I would buy CS2 - did that and am now using CS5 extended and love it. I am not a professional graphics person but do a lot with photos and other imagery. Thank you Adobe for coming up with all kinds of good things and also thank you for this super evolution.
  38. John MacLean Photography Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I've been using PS since v2.5 and it just keeps getting better. I wish I would live another 50 years to see where it goes from here!
  39. Orion Jose Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I love Adobe !!!! Great post, buddy... I shared it already with all my friends...
  40. ajoy Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Fantastic! Amazing to see the New Adds step by step... :)
  41. Tom Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I'm still using verison 3. I try to get my images correct in the camera. Photoshop to me is just about maybe tweaking the contrast a little or removing dust spots.
  42. David Rapoport Friday - 05 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    (1992) Adobe Photoshop 2.1 had floating selections only. Cut and paste. Once you clicked off of the selection, you placement of object was permanent. UNDO without history. Photoshop 3.0 introduced the layers feature.
  43. rei abante Saturday - 06 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I started using Photoshop v5.0 (the Eye icon) only because I needed a killer app that will go hand-in-hand with my then rusty Aldus PageMaker v5, but I still dabbled with CorelDraw for other graphic features. As Adobe took over Aldus and with great complimenting features Adobe PageMaker v7 had with Photoshop, my 'relationship' with Adobe was sealed. And yes, I liked the improvements when 'Venus in Furs" was launched. I still keep CorelDraw -- though uninstalled, until such time I would probably need to see what other advances it has come up with. With the yummy CS5 pack now available, my CS3 Extended is starting to look old but I'm still enjoying it. Nice infographics!
  44. Jimmi Image Sunday - 07 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I've been working in Photoshop since 2.5. There is very little I can now do in CS5 that I couldn't in 2.5 BUT it would have taken me 10 times longer. Please check out this image I created in CS4. Would have taken forever in an old version but it would still have been possible but photoshop 3d is a wonderful thing. http://apps.facebook.com/acjcomp/entries/view/285?ref=mf Please vote for this image if you like it. Thanks Jimmi
  45. Marek Mularczyk Thursday - 11 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Hi Andy, This is a great article and I like the poster so much that I included it on my blog: PhotoshopLightroomBridge.co.uk Thanks, Marek
    • Andy Crofford Thursday - 11 / 11 / 2010 Reply
      Thanks for sharing it with your readers. Glad to hear you like it.
  46. Nada Thursday - 11 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Poster please! I will buy it even for a 100$ !!
  47. Andre Friday - 12 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    I remember my early days of starting off with 1.0 :) but stuck with v7.0 :P
  48. Gert Tuesday - 16 / 11 / 2010 Reply
    Still waiting for the Linux version... probably too much work, or they just assume designers don't use Linux (or developers don't use Photoshop).
    • Andy Crofford Tuesday - 16 / 11 / 2010 Reply
      Have you tried WINE? I think that is all we'll see when it comes to Photoshop on Linux.
  49. Fotodog Thursday - 02 / 12 / 2010 Reply
    I've been using it since v2.0 Really got into something other than minor edits and playing around in v4.0 Has it really been that long? Wow
  50. Naim Salman Tuesday - 21 / 12 / 2010 Reply
    I want to translate this infographic into Turkish. Does someone know how can i contact with Andy Crofford?
    • Andy Crofford Wednesday - 22 / 12 / 2010 Reply
      Hello, I would need to check with the artist on this. I will let you know.
  51. Bubba Tuesday - 11 / 01 / 2011 Reply
    Designed & Built with Pixelmator (Saved 1,000s of dollars.)
  52. Ek kian Wednesday - 12 / 01 / 2011 Reply
    Gert, for Photoshop alternative at Linux rather than GIMP, you can try Gimphoto (http://www.gimphoto.com) Gimphoto is GIMP modification to be more user friendly for PS users (new menu structure, shortcuts and more than 20+ plugins) that available for Windows and Linux.
  53. graphic designer Saturday - 20 / 08 / 2011 Reply
    yeahh !! great poster Graphic designer

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