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Photoshop 2.5 - 1992

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Adobe Photoshop 2.5 beta splash screen, final splash screen and toolbar.

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In April 1992, Microsoft began shipping Windows 3.1, and sold one million copies in its first two months on the market. Photoshop was still a Mac-only program at this time. In February of 1993, Adobe shipped Photoshop 2.5 for Macintosh.

Photoshop 2.5 for Mac codename: Merlin

Photoshop 2.5 added these features:

  • Palettes
  • Support for 16-bit files
Two months later, in April 1993, Adobe brought Photoshop 2.5 to the Windows, IRIX, and Solaris platforms. Image editing began expanding to new markets such as art restoration, law enforcement, photo journalism, and the medical field. Photoshop 2.5 was the first version for Windows users.

Photoshop 2.5 for Windows codename: Brimstone

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