This is what working in Photoshop was like in 1988

Jul 29, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This is what working in Photoshop was like in 1988

Jul 29, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It’s been a long time since Photoshop was first introduced. More than 30 years, to be exact. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to work in Photoshop in its earliest days, Krazy Ken of Computer Clan has a real treat for you. In this hilarious video, he guides you through PhotoShop 0.63 Beta from 1988.

As you can imagine, Photoshop from 1988 isn’t the fastest program in the world. And we all know how frustrating it is when the editing program has hiccups. So, I need to warn you that you can expect some strong language in the video.

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I found this video amusing, above all, because of Ken’s humor. Of course, it was also fun to see how the 31-year-old version of Photoshop performed. For example, it’s funny to see how the whole Mac interface changes when you change Hue, even the little apple in the upper left corner. And the speed… Oh dear!

Another thing that amuses me is the fact that 1988 is also the year when I was born. For me, it’s always fun to see what tech was like back then, considering that I don’t remember it. And after watching this video, all I can say is this – dear Photoshop, both you and I have come a long way over these three decades! : )

What’s the earliest version of Photoshop you used?

[Old PhotoShop 0.63 Beta Test Drive – Krazy Ken’s Tech Misadventures | Computer Clan]

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28 responses to “This is what working in Photoshop was like in 1988”

  1. Youenn Thms Avatar
    Youenn Thms

    Photoshop 5 !

  2. Kyle A. Vernon Avatar
    Kyle A. Vernon

    They didn’t have Photoshop for PC until later. I had to use Aldus Photostyler. But I got the first PC version that came out, I switched to Mac in 2005… had to buy all that stuff over again…well, some of it ?

  3. Kevin Johnson Avatar
    Kevin Johnson

    Please don’t remind me

  4. Vincent Reyna Avatar
    Vincent Reyna

    whatever Photoshop was available in 1999.

    1. Madelien Waegemans Avatar
      Madelien Waegemans

      Roughly the same I think, could that be 6 or 7?

  5. Micke Holmgren Avatar
    Micke Holmgren

    2.5 was my introduction to Photoshop, that was back in 1994, working on Mac..

    1. Trino Pam Avatar
      Trino Pam

      Mine too?

  6. Howardo Mansfieldio Avatar
    Howardo Mansfieldio

    Earliest I’ve used was 2.0 , but as 5.0 was in existence at the time, I moved onto that one pretty quickly.

  7. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    Started with CS2

  8. Zygmunt Zarzecki Avatar
    Zygmunt Zarzecki

    3.0.3

  9. Timothy McMahon Avatar
    Timothy McMahon

    CS2

  10. Markus Vockrodt Avatar
    Markus Vockrodt

    7

  11. Stefan Rivera Avatar
    Stefan Rivera

    4.0… I Think it was about 1998

  12. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    Whatever it was in 93 when I was at uni

  13. Robby Karam Avatar
    Robby Karam

    5.5 I learned using this version.

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      Same. I started with 4, but 5.5 is when I decided it was time to get serious and start learning. Those were the days. File->Save after every edit, because at any point, photoshop would just disappear, taking all your work with it.

  14. Eric G Gagnon Avatar
    Eric G Gagnon

    2.0 on mac… no layers, used Chanels and lots of waiting! :)

  15. Cory Kerr Avatar
    Cory Kerr

    Version 3.

  16. Craig Pifer Avatar
    Craig Pifer

    Looking at a timeline, it must have been 2.5 in the fall of 1994. It was upgraded to 3.0 when that came out. I would doing photo work for the college newspaper, and we were producing our own halftones.

  17. Amanda Vieira Avatar
    Amanda Vieira

    7

  18. Juan Martin Gerardi Avatar
    Juan Martin Gerardi

    Dont know…but it was in 1999 im start to use it. but not like a pro… it was more experimentation than other thing…. in that time im was developing in the dark room

  19. John G Schickler Avatar
    John G Schickler

    I had the precursor to Photoshop. I have have to go find the disc to remember the name. Now it is Affinity Photo for me.

  20. Andrew Studman Avatar
    Andrew Studman

    CS3.

  21. Martin Roth Avatar
    Martin Roth

    2.0 and still have the floppies.

  22. Katie Crowder Avatar
    Katie Crowder

    And still costs $1k to get lol

    1. Pat Branch Avatar
      Pat Branch

      haha no

  23. Josofa Harris Avatar
    Josofa Harris

    Adobe Photoshop 1.5 started down the road with digital graphics long before though. It certainly made a lot of things easier.

  24. Michael Henderson Avatar
    Michael Henderson

    PS7. Then CS2, and just got the newest version like 2 weeks ago.