Photoshop 3.0

Photoshop is a powerful drawing and photo manipulation program released for both Mac and Windows.

It initially competed against Micrografx Picture Publisher when it was brought to the Windows platform from the Macintosh. Over the years, It competed with many other image editors such as Paint Shop Pro.

It was considered the number one leader in advanced image editing until Adobe moved to a so-called "cloud" based subscription model.


Release notes

Released on September 1994 for the Mac, and November 1994 for Windows, IRIX, and Solaris, Photoshop 3.0 was a significant step forward. It revised the user interface adding tabbed pallets, Layers, and functionality for custom filters.

The 3.0.4 and 3.0.5 versions were also significant improvements, so are separated out.

Wanted: Final 3.0.0 Wanted: Irix and Solaris versions.

Installation instructions

This is the first Windows 32-bit version, it is designed to run under both Windows 3.1 with Win32s and Windows NT.

Note: it is possible, but very unclear, that one of the betas may have been shipped as "3.00". From one source: "Adobe Photoshop 3.0 was released to the public November 1994. The initial shipment of 3.0 CDs - the beta expiration code was still in the binaries. Adobe within days released a simple patch making the MAC & Win versions 3.0.1. This update fixes a problem with an expiration time constraint in Photoshop 3.0, preventing the application from being used prior to January 1, 1994 or after December 31, 1994."

Product type
Application Graphics
Release date
Tue Nov 01 1994
Minimum CPU
User interface
Windows MacOS
Download count
23 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (3.0.X64) (beta) (3.5-1.44mb) 3.0 (3.0.X64) Prerelease English 6.27MB 0
Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (3.0.X73) (beta) (3.5-1.44mb) 3.0 (3.0.X73) Prerelease English 5.7MB 0
Adobe Photoshop 3.0 Deluxe for Windows (1994) (ISO) 3.0 Deluxe for Windows English 286.21MB 1
Adobe Photoshop 3.0 for Windows (1994) (3.5-1.44mb) 3.0 for Windows English 10.45MB 0
Adobe Photoshop 3.0.1 Deluxe for Mac (11-11-1994) (ISO) 3.0.1 Deluxe for Mac English - Multi 276.3MB 1


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