Timeline: every version of Photoshop ever

Photoshop CS

Introduced: October 2003

Codename: Dark Matter


  • Shadows and Highlihgts
  • Match Color
  • Lens Blur
  • Full 16 buit support
  • Large >2GB Files
  • Smart Guides

Photoshop CS2

Introduced: April 2005

Codename: Space Monkey


  • Smart Objects
  • Image Warp
  • Spot Healing Brush
  • Smart Sharpen
  • Vanishing point
  • HDR Imaging
  • Bridge
  • Animation
  • Multiple Layer Control
  • Menu Customization

Photoshop CS3

Introduced: April 2007

Codename: Red Pill


  • Updated UI
  • Native Intel Mac support
  • Quick Select
  • Advanced Black and White conversion
  • Smart Filters
  • 32-bit file support
  • Lightroom Integration
  • Adjustable cloning and healing
  • Refine Edge
  • Improved Curves Adjustment

Photoshop CS4

Introduced: October 2008

Codename: Stonehenge


  • Content Aware Scaling
  • Open GL support
  • 64-bit on Windows
  • Adjustments Panel
  • Blending of images and layers
  • Re-editable masks
  • Improved Dodge, Burn and Sponge
  • 360 Panoramas w/auto blend
  • Merge 2D and 3D layers
  • Enhanced alignment of Layers
  • Extended Depth of Field

Photoshop CS5

Introduced: April 2010

Codename: White Rabbit


  • Content Aware Fill
  • Puppet Warp
  • 64 bit Mac OS
  • Brush enhancements
  • Lens correction
  • 3D
  • Mixer Brush
  • HDR Imaging

Photoshop CS6

Introduced: May 2012

Codename: Superstition


  • Content Aware Patch and Move
  • Blur Gallery
  • New crop tool
  • Improved vector tools
  • Improved type support
  • Improved Liquify Filter
  • New Dark User Interface
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Copy CSS properties from shape or text layers
  • Background save and auto recovery
  • Preset Migration and Sharing

Photoshop CC

Introduced: May 2013

Codename: Lucky 7 (14), Single Malt Whiskey Cat (14.2), Surfing Cow (15)


  • Camera Shake Reduction
  • 3D Printing
  • Generator
  • Perspective Warp
  • Linked Smart Objects
  • Blur Gallery Motion Effects
  • Behance Integration
  • Creative Cloud Libraries
  • Improved Layer Comps
  • Improved Smart Guides
  • Extract Assets (Generator UI)
  • Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Improved Smart Sharpen
  • Intelligent Upsampling
  • Experimental Features
  • Font Search
  • Desktop Fonts from Adobe Typekit
  • Focus Mask

Words: Craig Stewart

Craig Stewart is managing editor of Creative Bloq.

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