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  • Writer's pictureRaul Reyeszumeta

Forty Years of Photoshop: Looking Back at the Revolutionary Changes

Since its first release in 1990, Photoshop has been a fundamental tool for creatives, designers, and video editors. It has impacted the way we create visuals and edit photos. Over the past four decades, Photoshop has grown and adapted to fit the changing demands of the creative industry.



The legendary designer, Paul Rand, once said, Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.” As Photoshop has developed, it has given creatives the tools to bridge the gap between the information and the audience’s comprehension.

Over the past 40 years, Photoshop has been a leader in digital editing and design with the following groundbreaking changes:


1990: Adobe releases Photoshop 1.0, the first version of the software.


1994: Photoshop 3.0 introduces layers and a wide range of image editing tools.


2001: Adobe adds vector graphics and text to Photoshop 7.0.2007: Photoshop CS3 introduces the ‘smart filter’ feature, which automatically adjusts images to produce better results.


2012: Creative Cloud is released, allowing users to access and store their work in the cloud.


2017: Adobe Sensei, a machine learning technology, is integrated into the software to help users make smarter decisions when creating visuals.


2020: Photoshop’s 3D authoring capabilities are enhanced with the introduction of Skybox plugins.


2021: Adobe releases Photoshop 2021, with improved features for editing in the cloud and a more intuitive UI.


2022: Photoshop introduces new features for 3D design and animation, allowing users to create more immersive visuals.


The future of Photoshop looks bright. With the introduction of AI-powered features, the software is becoming even more powerful.


As Paula Scher said, “Design is a way of thinking about and solving problems.” With Photoshop, creatives can produce solutions that are more accurate and efficient than ever before.

As the creative industry continues to evolve, Photoshop will be there to provide creatives with the best tools for producing amazing visuals. The software is constantly evolving to keep up with the growing demands of the industry, and it will continue to be an indispensable tool for creatives for years to come.


1. Rand, Paul. “Design Is the Intermediary Between Information and Understanding.” Good Reads, Good Reads, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/159986-design-is-the-intermediary-between-information-and-understanding.

2. Scher, Paula. “Design Is a Way of Thinking About and Solving Problems.” Good Reads, Good Reads, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/81222-design-is-a-way-of-thinking-about-and-solving-problems.

3. “Adobe Photoshop History.” Adobe, Adobe, https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/photoshop-timeline.htm

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