Flyers series: The software used

Flyers series: The software used
July 4, 2013 Andrew Davey

Scanning and publishing some of my collection of 90’s club flyers made me look back at what software was around at the time.

Photoshop Version 1 Screengrab

Flyer Design

The reason I started picking up these weird and wonderful flyers was partly because there wasn’t anything like them before then, much like the music being played in the clubs and warehouses at the time, the promotional flyers where now often being created in people’s bedrooms.

Photoshop was one of the main packages used, below is an outline of the first releases of Photoshop, with the new exciting tools being added in the first years it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that designers got very excited about the techniques that were now easily accessed. By 1994 layers were introduced and the design world became a digital oyster.

Photoshop 1.0

Released in February 1990 – Curves, Levels Clone tool and rasterising of Adobe Illustrator files.

Photoshop Version 1

Photoshop 2.0

Released in June 1991 – Introduces Pen tool, Duotones and CMYK colour.

Photoshop Version 2

Photoshop 3.0

Released in September 1994 – This version introduced tabbed palettes and layers.

Photoshop Version 3

Photoshop 4.0

Released in November 1996 – Adjustment layers, Actions and macros were introduced.

Photoshop Version 4 

Watch Photoshop 1.0 video


  1. Aled Brown 6 years ago

    That takes me back, thanks for posting. Version 2.0.1 was the first version of Photoshop I ever used. It was on a Mac II (System 7) that had a 200MB Hard Drive and 5MB of RAM and a 16MHz 68020 processor and a 13 inch 640×480 pixel RGB display. Photoshop didn’t have layers back then and text couldn’t be edited after you pressed enter (or it would keep a marching ants selection going if I remember?!). It was all new and fun, though.

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      Andrew 6 years ago

      Hi Aled, I think that us Reasonably Gooders go back a little further than you, although Version 2.01 is the earliest I remember too. It was a revelation when layers came in on Version 3.0.

  2. Matt Pealing 6 years ago

    Interesting! I remember reading up on Photoshop history a few years ago out of curiosity, I feel like I should bow down to those of my predecessors who actually managed to work without layers!

    Let’s see some of these 90’s club flyers you’ve got me all excited now 😉

  3. Matt Pealing 6 years ago

    wow very nice! Especially the tDR ones… *drool*. I’ll be sure to add some of them to my Pinterest boards

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