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The Evolution Of Photoshop Loading Screens

Every graphic designer sees Adobe Photoshop loading screen at least once a day. The screens change from version to version and can be an interesting reflection of style and fashion prevailing at the time of use. It all began simple and innocently with black and white screens. Over the time, the project evolved and now we can watch inspiring projects by artists from Behance. Check out how the Photoshop loading screen evolved over the last 25 years.

Photoshop 0.87

At the beginning, both editing capabilities and functionality of the program were limited. Versions 0.87 and 1.0.7 had black and white (not greyscale) loading screens.


Adobe Photoshop 1.0.7

This version gained Eye as an icon and the logo on loading screen.


Adobe Photoshop 2.0

In 1991, Adobe Photoshop 2.0 has been released. Adobe put a colorful graphic in Photoshop’s loading screen. The number of colours was limited. You can spot The Eye from the previous version and Magic Wand in the wizard’s hand (the Magic Wand was introduced in the 2.0).


Adobe Photoshop 2.5


Adobe Photoshop 3 – Tiger Mountain

New version was released in 1993. For the first time, the loading screen had Adobe logo and changed font from serif font to sans serif. Loading screens were much more complex with more colours. You can also spot The Eye.


Every Photoshop edition had it’s own code name. Version 3.0 was named Tiger Mountain. Here’s the additional loading screen designed by Mark Hamburg.


Adobe Photoshop 4.0 – Big Electric Cat

This version had minor changes in the loading screen. The codename of this version is Big Electric Cat. The alternative loading screen was designed by Joseph Kelter.



Adobe Photoshop 5.0 – Strange Cargo

Photoshop 5.0 was released in 1998. As usual, you can see The Eye. This version was named Strange Cargo. The additional loading screen was designed by Jeff Schewe.



Adobe Photoshop 5.5

The loading screen is inspired by the previous version but the colours were more intense and the font was changed to serif.


Adobe Photoshop 6.0 – Venus in Furs

The sixth version was named Venus in Furs. The main loading screen once again included The Eye and serif font.


The alternative loading screen for the first time looks more like an artwork. You can spot the cat from the version 4.0. The graphic was inspired by The Birth of Venus. It was designed by Mike ‘The Cigarette Smoking Man’ Shaw.


Adobe Photoshop 7.0 – Liquid Sky

The seventh version we can see subtle changes in the screen. Also program’s icon has been changed. The codename was Liquid Sky.


The alternative screen looks like a patchwork of images. The Eye reminds me the Sauron’s eye from the Lord of the Rings. The film was released in 2001, Photoshop 7.0 in 2002.The screen was designed by Mike Shaw.


Adobe Photoshop CS – Dark Matter

2003 was a revolution in loading screens. The number was replaced by CS and The Eye concept was removed and replaced by colourful feathers. We can also spot changes in the font. Now, the name was a combination of serif and sans serif fonts. Photoshop CS was named Dark Matter.



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