Photoshop 1.0, which was released February 19, 1990, definitely lacked many of the features photographers and designers rely on today. Of course, that’s to be expected, but it’s kind of surprising how little functionality it had compared to the Photoshop of today. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, eight experts were asked to give the old version a try. Watch as they struggle with and try to work around adjusting levels without a live preview, not having layers, and the one-time-only undo option:
It’s pretty funny to see these Photoshop experts struggling with the software when we’ve seen them work magic with recent versions time and again. Tim Grey, Dave Cross, Julieanne Kost, Chris Orwig, Jared Platt, Aaron Nace, Jason Hoppe, Ben Willmore, Tim Grey, and Matt Kloskowski all get stumped with the lack of tools available in 1.0.
The video really shows how far Photoshop has come over the years—its incredible progress and achievements. And while Photoshop 1.0 may be a long way away from Creative Cloud, we can’t forget that 25 years ago it was a pretty amazing and innovative product.
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