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Old PhotoShop 0.63 Beta Test Drive – Krazy Ken’s Tech Misadventures

February 23, 2020

– [Krazy Ken] And there it goes. You can see it quickly overtaking the city with a green toxic haze. Everybody is gonna die now. Bon appa-tit. Well, shit (laughing). The disk is full. Oops. Oh, yeah, that’s beautiful. (beeping) (upbeat electronic music) Hey guys, how are you all doing? Really that’s just great. I’m doing pretty great today too because we have a fun little project that has been given to us today. We need to make a couple little
things inside of PhotoShop. But as part of an experiment, we need to make these projects
inside of PhotoShop .63 Beta. We’re talking software from 1988. Running on this Macintosh
TV with a 68K processor and eight megabytes of RAM. Oh boy, this is going to be good. Here we go. System 7.1. The software is from 1992. The operating system. And PhotoShop is from 1988. There we go. Eight megs of memory. So as you can see if
have System 7 configured with some color and an extended Apple menu and stuff like that. If you wanna see some more
Macintosh TV shenanigans, do check out the other
episodes I have for you. But for today, let’s have
some fun in PhotoShop. The icon was actually a PhotoShop. Let’s go to the about. Here we go, PhotoShop .63 from 1988. Thomas Knoll. All right, let’s do some stuff. So it’s been a while since I’ve used this, but I did make a demo video of this many years ago and if
I remember correctly, you have one level of
undo and just one layer. We take that stuff for granted nowadays with our virtual unlimited layers and our history step
backs and all that stuff. But yeah, this was it back then. We can experiment with
making a new document. We can just do like five,
12, by five, 12 here. Now here is something cool I accidentally bumped into a while ago. When you set certain color
settings inside of PhotoShop, that doesn’t always render
solely inside the view port here. Like I set it to a monochrome document. But now the whole Macintosh
interface is monochrome. I guess it was just faster
to compute that way. Oh, that’s a zoom in tool. Okay, now we know that. Now I’m at 200%. I don’t know how to undo that. Okay, zoom out, oh, command minus. That’s pretty common nowadays. Select foreground color. Well that’s a lot of black. Let’s brighten this up to, there we go. There’s our colors. Oh this must be out of a 16-bit value. Oh, yeah, I was thinking it was 8-bit. But yeah, 65535. 16-bit. I can like paint. I can like do that. Oh man, yeah, if you go too fast, you’re gonna get a lot of
polygonal results there. Okay, let’s undo that. But as you can also see
there’s some dithering there with our limited color palette. And I’m guessing, yeah, we’re in RGB. Because yeah, like I see, I think you double click it. Yeah, that’s right. Okay, so if we wanna
make the brush bigger, we can change the shape. We can change the pressure. A lot of controls. I mean, we’re talking a 1988 program. I mean, this is, this is pretty cool. And it does support color capabilities. So now we can do like some
airbrush strokes there. Look at that. All right, so let’s not
save our masterpiece. Let’s say we need to
edit an existing picture. I’m sure I have some pictures on here. Maybe even some screenshots from when I was experimenting with the, the TV features on this computer. Because it does double as
a TV which is pretty cool. And if you take a screenshot
while you’re in TV mode, you actually screenshot
whatever the TV is displaying. Which is pretty cool. And I think I have some pictures of that. They’re not really labeled. And thumbnail previews
weren’t really a thing so, let’s just take a wild guess. Oh, problem parsing the PICT. Okay, well, that was a problem. Let’s do open as. I just did an open. Let’s do an open as. And choose, oh my gosh, well they’re a PICT file I think. Let’s try opening them up as RAW. Oh, rows and columns. Oh. All right well. It’s probably gonna open
up like a piece of shit. Oh yeah, that’s beautiful. (laughing) It’s abstract art guys. That’s all it is. We could take the smudge
tool and probably, oh yeah, we’re actually
smudging that pretty well. Hang on, let’s crank that up a bit. You following me camera guy? Want me to full screen this? Zoom in a bit? Let’s just pretend we’re
editing like a star field. Like this is like a star field here. And, oh yeah, we’re just. Actually that smudge is pretty fast. That’s pretty decent performance considering the circumstances. Actually, that’s actually
kind of entertaining. Move over Kid Pix
Studio, this is the shit. Full screen PhotoShop there man. Yeah, I don’t, I think
we lost some color there. Let’s go to RGB color mode. See if we can get anything out of this. It’s probably still
gonna be black and white. Yeah see, now you definitely see the, that dithering kick in it looks like. So if I go back to, I’m gonna go back to monochrome. I wanna see something here. Discard color information. That’s really interesting. I never really paid attention to that. When we’re in monochrome mode, the shades look smoother. There is significantly less dithering. All right, well let’s close that. Let’s, let’s maybe use
something we can actually edit. So let’s do open as. I believe I have some photos
on here from a Chicago trip. From the premiere. Those were the photos I was
using the premiere demo. Yep, ghosts of cloud gate. Oh no, that’s not right. So let’s open it up as a PICT file. PICT file. Honestly if I couldn’t
hear the hard drive, like I wouldn’t even know it’s
doing something right now. But I know it is. I trust it. There we go. Something’s coming in. It’s painting. And there we go. Look at that. And that actually redraws pretty well. While I’m scrolling around. That actually redraws pretty decently. So let’s zoom out here,
see what we’re looking at. Could not use the smudging tool because it does not work
with index colored images. Well that’s, that makes sense I guess, even though it doesn’t. Let’s switch to RGB mode. The watch spins around. Here we go. And now, let’s smudge the Chicago skyline. Oh yeah. As you can see down here, we’re
working with a two megabit document right now,
which is pretty intense. There we go, that was
our one level of undo. Let’s do some, let’s do
some cool adjustments. Let’s see, hue and saturation. Okay this part is interesting because remember when I was talking about the color calculation earlier? Well it turns out that when I make an adjustment here you’ll
see that the whole Macintosh interface is adjusting with it. And I guess it was just
faster to compute it that way. But if you hit preview, just the canvas, just the view port will
receive the adjustments. Not the whole Macintosh interface. You can even see the Apple menu up there as being affected by the color adjustment, which is kind of cool actually. Let’s say we make it more
green, and then I hit preview. If we give it a moment, it will just recalculate
inside the PhotoShop document. And there it goes. You can see it quickly overtaking the city with a green toxic haze. Everybody is gonna die now. That’s not good. Say we could do that. Or we can hit cancel. And let it go back. There we go. Let’s zoom this out a little bit. Command, minus button. Filter, Blur, Despeckle, Find Edges, Gaussian Blur, Calculate,
Blend Modes even. Look at that. Let’s do, let’s see how long it takes to calculate a Gaussian Blur on here. Let’s do a radius of 24. That’s a good sign (laughing). I’m probably gonna melt the
68K inside this poor thing. Oh shit hang on. There it goes. I was trying to abort it by like doing escape or command period but no it actually did it. It actually applied a
Gaussian Blur to our photo. Let’s zoom in there and enjoy the details. Look at that. Yes of course it’s dithering but, you know, that’s what we had back them. I think I zoomed in really far now. It’s a very blurry day
in downtown Chicago. Let’s undo that. And there it goes. So, you know, we don’t really
have any like titling tools inside of here as one might imagine. We’re talking really old software. So we’re gonna have to
draw our title on here. Let’s see what we got
going on with the brush. There we go. There we go, that’s performance. That’ll work. Let’s change the color. Let’s see, we’re going against blue. So, maybe a bit of like an orange. An orange. For contrast sake. C L, we’re making like a little postcard. I’m really like John Maddening
the screen right now. There’s supposed to be a
space there by the way. That’s, that’s a space (laughing). And then some squiggly. Let’s do pink for the heart. And there we go. That’s our little Cloud Gate postcard. Look at that. Oh. Not too shabby, right? Let’s save this out so
we don’t lose our work. Save it as a PhotoShop document. We did have a lot of
different formats here. PixilPaint, QDV, RAW,
MacPaint, CompuServe, JIF. When we wanna send this
to our friends and enemies we can save it as a, as a
PICT file or a TIF I guess. Let’s just save it as a PICT file. Put that on the desktop. Greetings from Cloud Gate. That’s a lot of resolution. We don’t really need 20 bits, 24 bits per pixel. The watch spins around and around. Time keeps on slipping,
slipping, slipping, into the future. I won’t pass up on a decent Steve Miller joke opportunity ever. Here’s what the PhotoShop document icon is by the way. It’s a little film canister with a piece of film sticking out. So yeah, that’s the old icon. So here’s our Cloud Gate postcard. We have two megabits on disk. PhotoShop document. Oh another discovery I just made is that you can actually
perform certain edits while in full screen
mode, which is pretty fun. So like if I do Command-H, I can summon my hue and
saturation adjustments while looking at the
picture in full screen mode, which is pretty cool. Command-M, arbitrary map. I’m guessing that’s something
kind of like curves. Let’s see, I know, let’s see
I think Command-L is levels. If I had to guess. Adjust levels, yep. So we can adjust some brightness and the, shadows and highlights. Ah, I’m not sure familiar with how this particular interface works. Oh yeah, as you can see it’s
adjusting the whole interface. See, it’s adjusting the whole
interface until I hit preview. Oh man, I didn’t even notice that. When you move the window around the affect goes away temporarily. Probably because, probably
because it can’t redraw any motion while the effect is applied. Yeah. That’s what we had to work with. Let’s see if there’s any
other goodies on here. Documents. Pictures. Pictures, pictures, pictures. I’ve no idea what some of
these pictures even are. I’m just gonna randomly guess, because I seriously have no clue. Oh it’s of a PowerBook. How fitting. Well that looks cool. Let’s give it a nice black and white look. Now we could just change the, like the color mode. Or we can be daring and apply a filter. Which, no we can’t actually. For some reason the
filters are blurred out. Oh, because it’s index that’s right. Hang on, let’s set it to RGB. Let’s say we wanna give it a vintage look but we don’t wanna go
full black and white. We maybe just wanna wash it out a bit. So, let’s go to hue and saturation. Bring the saturation way down. Give it some time to calculate. There it goes. And now we can be like, hmm, it’s missing a little something. Maybe like a little, like a sepia. So we can say adjust, let’s go to the hue and saturation again. And we’ll colorize it. And we’ll give it a little bit of a, maybe like a little bit of a tan look. See how that comes out. It probably will look like shit, but. We’ll see. And there it goes. So now it has a bit of
a very kind of brownish, vintagy, sepia look. Beautiful, maw, that’s a masterpiece. And I think that will make
the client very happy. Especially considering we’re doing this on .63 beta PhotoShop. Let’s throw that on the desktop. Bon appa-tit. Well shit. The disk is full. Oops. But we’ll save it with a lot less color. And there we go, mission accomplished. That worked just fine. Let’s quit that. And there we have our
beautiful masterpieces. In fact I put so much work into these, I should really put
them where they belong. There we go. Well that was a lot of fun. Thanks for joining with me. And let me know if you
have any other suggestions for old software you want me to try out. The Macintosh TV and the Macintosh IIci are my new Petri dishes for
experimenting with software on the 68K architecture. Thanks for tagging along. Catch the crazy and pass it on. (upbeat electronic music)


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  • Reply NyxTheShield OFFICIAL January 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    That moment when the Smudge tool is faster on a 68000k processor than on my 7th gen i7……

  • Reply Jacob H January 5, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    How did you open a jpeg on such an old Photoshop version?

  • Reply MrVitalic85 January 5, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    cool !!!!!

  • Reply Sarah Jaeckel January 5, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    OMG memories coming back… 1 undo, only the background, floating selection… that was it. First Photoshop I installed was 1.01 or 1.03 if I remember right… running on a Quadra 950… we did professional graphic design with that back in the very early 90ies

  • Reply [sic] January 8, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Look at what could be done with such relatively limited resources back then! Modern programs are sloppy and embarrassing. Insane computing power has made us lazy and stupid.

  • Reply Adam Khan January 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

    4:17 ENHANCE!!! ENHANCE!!! idk why that came to mind but it was funny in my head.

  • Reply Jesus Diaz January 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I really enjoyed this video

  • Reply Blender Rookie January 9, 2019 at 1:44 am

    The first image editor I had ever used was for windows 3.1. It was called iPhoto Plus. It was a little more advanced and the hardware in the early 90s was a bit more powerful. But I do remember those long waits while simple tasks lumbered along with a single core CPU running 66Mhz on a 400MB hdd with 12MB ram.

  • Reply Henry Prasista Kurniawan January 9, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Thomas Knoll is a God.

  • Reply New Game January 9, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Could you consider the Macintosh TV the first smart TV ever made

  • Reply Hans Meier January 9, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Considering the 68030 @ 32MHz is quite a workhose similar to a low tier 486 the performance isn't too overwhelming. Never the less this probably was a considerable milestone when it came to features I assume. Potentially the RAM is also considerably dragging down the performance.

  • Reply ocudagledam January 9, 2019 at 11:32 am

    It would be cool to try a (semi) serious photo editing project in that (maybe get someone who works with Photoshop professionally or as a hobby) and have a bit of a commentary along the way: how familiar it feels, what's badly missing, how all that affects the process, for what is impressive that it's there, how satisfied they are with the end result… 🙂

  • Reply John F30 January 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    This is insanely impressive

  • Reply Víctor Z. January 9, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    [-1] for calling it 'JIF'.

  • Reply TheTomimt January 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I hadn't realized that PhotoShop was in development in the '80s. I've always thought is as more of '90s software. It also was surprising to see so many familiar features in there.

  • Reply Vulcanitu January 10, 2019 at 12:47 am

    bon appeTIT

  • Reply Jerreau Driessen January 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    are you…diddering kids?

  • Reply Marcus Tutorials January 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    9:31 The Photoshop Icon looks like a Trash Folder 😀

  • Reply God The Almighty January 10, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    WOW Mac was soo far behind an Amiga with Dpaint

  • Reply Jack Kraken January 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Very cool. I'm really interested when the clone stamp was added. Its one of the most powerful tools I can think of.

  • Reply Der Italiener January 11, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Basically Windows 🎨^^

  • Reply 3DSage January 11, 2019 at 5:05 am

    They used Photoshop 1.0 on Terminator 2 to fix some rendering flaws. Frame by frame.

  • Reply Ken Kawakami January 11, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Excellent intro sequence. That was enough to get me to subscribe.

  • Reply GamerStreak January 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    hold on one sec.. why does this voice sound sooo familiar.. i heard it before.. HELP b4re it drives me insane?

  • Reply Lemonatic January 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    jpg in 1988..? thought jpeg was done in 1992

  • Reply aye126 January 12, 2019 at 3:20 am


  • Reply Wavebreakin January 12, 2019 at 6:23 am

    bone-appa-tit well, shit.

  • Reply mtkl23 January 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I used to use that windows editing program that came with windows 98 when I was young, it was similar to this, but so cool at the time 😀

  • Reply NoxNk Off. January 12, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Bem mais rápido do que o meu computador kkkkkkkkk

  • Reply KamenkoTV January 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    this photoshop 0.63 beta looks like gimp

  • Reply xtroandrei January 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I started with 2.5 version in 1994. (Russia)

  • Reply Guat Agel January 13, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Amazing. Thank you!

  • Reply Daniel Hew January 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Very interesting to watch old versions of software. old versions are sometimes better than new versions.

  • Reply Der Thort January 13, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Can you use the latest hardware with oldest windows and app?

  • Reply WW3 SOVIET January 14, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    A E S T H E T I C

  • Reply Vincent lodato January 15, 2019 at 1:06 am

    can this run iMessage?

  • Reply Argeny Sandoval January 15, 2019 at 3:37 am

    that PC runs faster than mine!

  • Reply Vedant Art Studio January 15, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Made his master piece! Lets save it.

    Stop Right There!!

    Well Shit! The disk is full..


  • Reply Sameer Kongath January 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    ഇത് കാണുമ്പോഴാണ് technology എത്ര വളര്‍ന്നു എന്ന് മനസ്സിലാവുന്നത്

  • Reply _tekunekku January 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    "Bone up the tit"

  • Reply Aleks D January 19, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for the review. Just in time!

  • Reply Mallu boy January 20, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Cool its legendary

  • Reply GrDirect January 21, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Nice program to start my photoshop beggining lessons

  • Reply Prince Westerburg January 21, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    8Mb of RAM in 1988?!? Jeeez, that must have been insanely expensive!!!
    If memory serves*, you'd get 1Mb maybe 2Mb in a PC costing £2,500 back then.
    *pun intended

  • Reply Radu Oliver January 22, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I remember playing for the first time with photoshop cs3 and thinking smudge was such an advanced feature =))) i was 10 yro back then

  • Reply Naota Akatsuki January 22, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    This is actually super cool and advanced for a 1988 consumer grade computer that wasn't even an SGI (Silicon Graphics). Though obviously SGIs were still a lot faster than this.

  • Reply Joe Kin January 23, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    This is more entertaining than it has the right to be

  • Reply JohnCow January 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm


    Lire la suite

  • Reply WindowsMaster January 23, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Jesus CHRIST I had no idea Photoshop was that old

  • Reply Danny Di Giacomo January 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Probably written in 68k assembly.

  • Reply Mr. 2 minutes January 24, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Painting with it Looks like a pain for me.

  • Reply wobedraggled January 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Meanwhile I'm on my Amiga w/ Dpaint…

  • Reply luxx_interior January 24, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Macs even sucked back then.

  • Reply ItsKapow January 25, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Imagine making thumbnails for your channel with this version LOL. Next challenge perhaps?

  • Reply Firo January 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    this is cool when this program already realese in 1988

  • Reply TasyX January 26, 2019 at 8:33 am

    this video is pure a e s t h e t i c s

  • Reply RichieLarpa January 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Good, I am early to see normal comments, because when this video reaches 1 million, we will have a gang of fucktards sharing outdated memes and begging for likes!
    Oh god, how I hate YouTube nowadays…

  • Reply MysteryPancake January 26, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    at least this version isn't billed monthly

  • Reply Helgen X January 26, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Where's the ram gone?

  • Reply Jagielski Gaming January 27, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Now try opening 0.63 photoshop files in the most recent photoshop.

  • Reply Johnny Sins MLBB January 27, 2019 at 2:01 pm


  • Reply Win Tutorials January 27, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    100K subs!!!!

  • Reply Angelo Ralph January 28, 2019 at 12:39 am

    wow, 8mb? thats not bad- ooooh megabytes, ok

  • Reply Santiago January 28, 2019 at 4:53 am

    It's like a cinema4d now a days

  • Reply Sajmafor January 29, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Congrats on 100k subscribers!

  • Reply DiverFictionB salman January 30, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Adobe will strike you for cracking their shit

  • Reply TortueGenial1000 January 30, 2019 at 9:28 am

    8 mb ram? fucking rich people!

  • Reply ANIRUDH .L January 30, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    but why didn't you screen record the whole thing ,kidding

  • Reply Tony Quigley January 30, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Dude, cut your hair short to hide those curls, you look like a jewish pediphone

  • Reply Billy Dunn January 31, 2019 at 12:30 am

    i liked the vid, up untill you said Jif

  • Reply Zachary Joshua Jao January 31, 2019 at 5:32 am

    The legend says the costumer is still waiting for that image

  • Reply Monish Meher February 1, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Can't believe I watched the whole video

  • Reply Andrea Davis February 1, 2019 at 9:56 am

    You're so brave… for using something this old….

  • Reply Shubham Kore February 1, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Please try old 3d maya

  • Reply Myrte Khadr February 2, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    How is this faster then my fucking Toshiba

  • Reply punkfruit February 2, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    liked and subbed cause you pronounce GIF correctly!

  • Reply CitizenZ February 2, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    DayZ .63 btw

  • Reply V3 February 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    5:00 = Stranger Things monster :

  • Reply Jax Nean February 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    And the rest is history

  • Reply MattieCooper February 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    ROFL! I feel so fortunate to be alive with today's Photoshop…..but what will 2088's Photoshop look like? MIND BLOWN!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

  • Reply davidevgen February 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    for 1988 thats pretty good lol. imagine trying to use this to digitized your film pictures and making changes lol

  • Reply Apanatchanka February 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    omg kidpix

  • Reply Tensai February 5, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Watching Old PhotoShop, I need a life 😂😂😂

  • Reply Purple Haze February 5, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Bone apetit

  • Reply Krid Kelso February 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I'm still on PS7. No need to upgrade,

  • Reply Zart February 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Like z-zoinks!
    Scooby got waves 🌊.

  • Reply Really ProsniaK February 6, 2019 at 3:59 pm


  • Reply garot22 February 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I stay in CC version 🙂

  • Reply Adam B February 8, 2019 at 8:33 am

    omg photoshop it is that old like me -_- now my life is one big photoshop 😛

  • Reply epiphan mushahwar February 8, 2019 at 8:53 am

    this moment describes my life perfectly 12:32

  • Reply RiC Communications February 8, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    LOL Some of the tools are still the same. Pixels for example ha, ha, ha!!!!!

  • Reply Lars _Thirtyfour February 9, 2019 at 7:44 am

    OMG pls do a portrait edit. Colours, skin, high pass, liquify, etc. It would be hilarious!

  • Reply Entity_Neon February 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    What happens if you connect a drawing tablet and try to make art

  • Reply Redwaversz February 10, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Test drive first Ms Paint?

  • Reply SMILE February 10, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    A nice way to travel back to a time where I wasn't even thinking being born! HAHAHAHA!!

  • Reply ojok simon stephen February 19, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I love the auothors of photoshop back then

  • Reply knoptop July 28, 2019 at 2:53 am

    ..and in 2019 we’re still dealing with those pop-up menus.

  • Reply Kenneth D. Aston Jr. July 29, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the memories lol

  • Reply Sagar Wadhwani July 30, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Craziest intro ever seen.

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