Photoshop Version History (Keep Updating)

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Do you know when Adobe Photoshop was invented? Well, over the years, Adobe Photoshop has grown to what it currently is at the moment. We have made a summary of the different versions and functions.

The first Adobe Photoshop version was invented in 1987, however, it wasn’t released to the public. In 1988, the first version was publicized and evolved. Many adjustments are being made to fix any existent errors and bring new features.

Photoshop histories

You can use Adobe Photoshop to perform various functions, remove flaws, retouch images, and edit your images to seem perfect.

Functional Improvements

  • Modification of the first demo Photoshop 0.07 was released in January 2018. However, it was not publicly released.

2. Photoshop 0.87

Photoshop 0.87

Release Date

  • March 1989

Functional Improvements

  • The first version was distributed commercially
  • It was distributed as Barneyscan XP


3. Photoshop 1.0

Photoshop 1.0

Release Date

  • February 1990

Functional Improvements

  • The last release for System 6.03
  • In February 2013, the source code of version 6.03 was donated to the Computer History Museum.

4. Photoshop 2.0

Photoshop 2.0

Release Date

  • June 1991

Functional Improvements

  • Introduction of Paths
  • Introduction of CMYK Color
  • EPS Rasterization
  • The last release for system 6.0.4.

5. Photoshop 2.5

Photoshop 2.5

Release Date

  • November 1992

Functional Improvements

  • It offers 16 bit per channel support.
  • It has a “Deluxe” version present on CD-ROM.
  • The first version for Microsoft Windows.
  • The last release for System 6.0.7.
  • Support for IRIX and solar.

6. Photoshop 3.0

Photoshop 3.0

Release Date

  • September 1994

Functional Improvements

  • Support for Win32s
  • Tabbed Palettes
  • Introduction of layers
  • The first release distributed in compact disc format
  • The final release distributed in floppy disk format
  • The last release for Windows 3.0, Windows NT 3.5, System 7.

7. Photoshop 4.0

Photoshop 4.0

Release Date

  • November 1996
  • The last version to support Radius and SuperMac and 68K Macs
  • The last release for Windows 3.1x, Windows NT 3.51, System 7.1, and 80486 processors

Functional Improvements

Added features

  • Introduction of actions, navigator palette, grids, and guides
  • Free transform tool
  • Multicolor gradient and gradient editor
  • Support of PNG and PDF file format
  • Digimarc image watermarking
  • Gallery effect filters

Improved features

  • Adjustment layers

8. Photoshop 5.0

Photoshop 5.0

Release Date

  • May 1998
  • Last release for System 7.5

Functional Improvements

Added Features

  • An editable type and multiple undo
  • Introduction of Magnetic Lasso, pen and freeform pen
  • Automation plugins and measure tool

Improved features

  • Improved color management
  • Spot color channels
  • Channel mixer adjustments
  • Layer effects

9. Photoshop 5.5

Photoshop 5.5

Release Date

  • February 1999

Functional Improvements

  • Bundled with ImageReady
  • Save for Web feature
  • Extract
  • Last Release for Windows 95, NT 4.0 RTM, SP1-SP3, Mac OS 7.6 and macOS 8

10. Photoshop 6.0

Photoshop 6.0

Release Date

  • September 2000

Functional Improvements

Added features

  • Vector Shapes
  • “Liquify” filter
  • Layer styles/Blending options dialog

Improved features

  • Updated user interface
  • Last Release for Windows NT 4.0., 2000 RTM, SP1, MacOS 8.5 and MacOS 8.6, MacOS 9 and Inte Pentium and Pentium II.

11. Photoshop 7.0

Photoshop 7.0

Release date

  • March 2002

Functional Improvements

  • The text was made fully vector
  • Introduction of the healing brush
  • New painting engine
  • Spell check feature
  • Find/Replace feature

12. Photoshop 7.0.1

Photoshop 7.0

Release Date

  • August 2002

Functional Improvements

  • Camera Raw 1.x

13. Photoshop CS1 8.0

Photoshop CS1 8.0

Release date

  • October 2003

Functional improvements

Added features

  • Hierarchical layer groups
  • Addition of new Camera Raw 2.0
  • Match color command
  • Shadow command and histogram palette
  • Smart guides, sorting and sharing capabilities
  • Reworked file browser

Improved features

  • Increased user control

 


14. Photoshop CS2 9.0

Photoshop CS2 9.0

Release date

  • May 2005

Functional improvements

Added features

  • Addition of Camera Raw 3.0
  • Image warping tool
  • Lens correction filter
  • Smart objects
  • Vanishing point tool
  • Streamlined interface

Improved features

  • Upgraded spot healing brush

15. Photoshop CS3 10.0

Photoshop CS3 10.0

Release date

  • April 2007

Functionality Improvements

Added features

  • Introduction of clone source pallete
  • Introduction of dust-busting and fill light tools
  • Mobile phone optimization

Improved features

  • Better management with Adobe Bridge
  • Contrast, black & white adjustment enhancement
  • Improve support for camera raw
  • Non-destructive smart filter

16. Photoshop CS4 11.0

Photoshop CS4 11.0

Release date

  • October 2008

Functionality Improvements

Added features

  • Content-aware scaling
  • Masks panel
  • New 3D engine

Improved features

  • Adobe Bridge improvements to file management and workspaces
  • Improvement in Lightroom workflow
  • Smoother panning and zooming
  • Simplified Tab based interface

17. Photoshop CS5 12.0

Photoshop CS5 12.0

Release Date

  • April 2010

Functionality improvements

Added Features

  • 64bit support
  • Auto image straightening
  • Bristle tips
  • Color picker
  • Mixer brush
  • Refine edge
  • Puppet warp

18. Photoshop CS6 13.0

Photoshop CS6 13.0

Release Date

  • May 2012

Functional improvements:

Added features

  • Autosave and background saving
  • Video tools including layers,
  • Color and exposure adjustments

Improved features

  • Camera raw 7.0
  • Content-aware patch/move
  • Redesigned user interface
  • Improved vector tools

19. Photoshop CC 14.0

Photoshop CC 14.0

Release date

  • June 2013

Functional improvements

Added features

  • All-new smart sharpen
  • Camera shake reduction
  • Edited rounded rectangular
  • Intelligent unsampling
  • Sync preferences with cloud
  • Share on Behance

Improved Features

  • Camera Raw 8.3 and filter

20. Photoshop CC 15.0

Photoshop CC 15.0

Release date

  • June 2014

Functional improvements

Added features

  • Focus mask
  • Two new blur tools(spin and path)

Improved features

  • Content-aware tool improvements
  • Increase in several task speed
  • Smart Objects improvement

21. Photoshop CC 16.0

Photoshop CC 16.0

Release date

  • June 2015

Functional improvements

Added features

  • The ability for more than one layer style
  • Added export as
  • Design space for the preview
  • New library capabilities and file linking

Improved features

  • Camera raw 9.1
  • Enhanced export options
  • Updated user interface

22. Photoshop CC 17.0

Photoshop CC 17.0

Release date

  • June 2016

Functional Improvements

Added features

  • Adobe Portfolio
  • Selection and masking space

Improved features

  • Content-aware cropping tool
  • Export improvement
  • Updated libraries panel and integration

23. Photoshop CC 18.0

Photoshop CC 18.0

Release Date

  • November 2016

Functional Improvements

Added features

  • Stock templates, 3D objects, and search tool
  • Support for SVG color fonts
  • Introduction of Typekit marketplace

Improved features

  • In-app search
  • Tighter integration with Adobe XD
  • Better overall performance

24. Photoshop CC 18.0.1

Photoshop CC 18.0.1

Release Date

  • December 2016

Functional Improvements

  • Touchbar support for Apple and MacBook Pro
  • Fixes

25. Photoshop CC 18.1.0

Photoshop CC 18.1.0

Release Date

  • April 2017

Functional Improvements

  • Program error when converting to bitmap using pattern dither with selection
  • Performance issues with TrueType and OpenType fonts
  • Black menu entry in the context menu for a 3D type
  • Layer groups with changed blend modes

26. Photoshop CC 19.0

Photoshop CC 19.0

Release Date

  • October 2017

Functional Improvements

  • New stroke smoothing features
  • New curvature pen tool
  • Support for spherical panoramas editing
  • Streamlined brush management
  • Access to your lightroom photos in Photoshop
  • Enriched tooltips and support of variable fonts
  • Upscale photos with AI

27. Photoshop CC 20.0

Photoshop CC 20.0

Release Date

  • October 2018

Functional Improvements

  • It offers a live preview of the blending modes
  • It has an in-app color wheel
  • Japanese fonts support
  • Text placeholder
  • Image placeholder

28. Photoshop CC 21.0

Photoshop CC 21.0

Release Date

  • November 2019

Functional improvements

Added features

  • Adobe Camera Raw Improvements
  • Animated GIF supported in Save As

Improved features

  • Enhanced Lens Blur
  • Easy access to stylistic font sets.
  • It features quick tasks in the properties panel
  • Improvement of the AI content-aware fill
  • Improvement of the object selection tool and proportional scaling

29. Photoshop 21.1

Photoshop 21.1

Release Date

  • February 2020

Functional Improvements

  • Improvement of the existing features

30. Photoshop 21.2

Photoshop 21.2

Release date

  • June 2020

Functional Improvements

Improved features

  • Better select subject tool
  • Update of Camera Raw
  • Syncing of Adobe fonts
  • Better overlays, strokes, and fill layers

31. Photoshop CC 2021

Photoshop CC 2021

Release Date

  • October 2020

Functional improvements

  • It features neural filters
  • Sky replacement
  • Enhanced cloud documents
  • Pattern preview
  • Livestream as you create
  • Edit your image size

How to Check and Update your Photoshop Version

How to check your Photoshop version

  • On Windows, simply run the Photoshop software, choose help and About Photoshop
  • On macOS simply run Photoshop and choose Photoshop

How to Update your Adobe Photoshop Version to the Latest Version

There are many options you can use. If you have the creative cloud desktop app, simply open it.

  • On Windows, you can find it in the system tray in the bottom right of your screen
  • On Mac, the icon appears in the Menu Bar in the upper right of your screen
  • From Photoshop, simply run it, click the Help menu and choose updates.

 At times when Photoshop is running, you will be prompted to close it first to continue. You can confirm whether Photoshop has been updated by checking its version number.


Conclusion

Adobe Photoshop has evolved. It is one of the most popular platforms that creative use to edit their work. Each year, new updates are made and errors fixed. Hence, you may find an error in one of the versions, the best you can do is to update to a higher version for better features.

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