Scanning and publishing some of my collection of 90’s club flyers made me look back at what software was around at the time.
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.
Released in February 1990 – Curves, Levels Clone tool and rasterising of Adobe Illustrator files.
Released in June 1991 – Introduces Pen tool, Duotones and CMYK colour.
Released in September 1994 – This version introduced tabbed palettes and layers.
Released in November 1996 – Adjustment layers, Actions and macros were introduced.