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Adobe Photoshop 4.0

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Photoshop_4.0.sit (28.98 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
photoshop_4.0.img_.hqx (39.28 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
adobe_photoshopr.toast_.sit (372.21 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
ps4-plugin-sdk-img.sit (6.82 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
ps4_401.sea_.hqx (3.53 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Photoshop4_EN_FR_DE.iso_.sit (431.05 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Adobe_Photoshop4_Tutorial.iso_.sit (315.83 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Codenamed "Big Electric Cat" and released in November of 1996, the Photoshop version 4 series of Adobe's premier digital editing program marked the final transition from 68k to PPC-only Macintosh. This was to be the final version of Photoshop to also install & run on 68k Macintosh.

Notes about the downloads available from above:
Top DL: Installer disk images for Adobe Photoshop 4.0. Includes serial number (28.98 MB).
2nd DL: Install version from the floppy disk install set containing the contents of all 21 installation floppies in a Disk Copy 6.3 image file, in a ".hqx" wrapper (32.28 MB).
3rd DL: The full install CD image of Adobe Photoshop 4.0.1 uploaded by macjames; it's the final release of the version 4 series of Photoshop (an additional updater is not required). It's a Toast image compressed as StuffIt ".sit", expands OK with StuffIt Expander 5.5 or newer (372.21 MB).
MD5 checksum & filename: 7db104003d3416a943a7ad6d134fa2a8 *adobe_photoshopr.toast_.sit
4th DL: This is the version 4.0 Photoshop Plug-ins SDK that is included in the CD above. I've included it here for those who might want the plug-ins SDK only, without the need to DL the larger Toast image. It's a Disk Copy 6.3 image and compressed in StuffIt 5.5 ".sit" format (6.82 MB).
MD5 checksum & filename: 62361bdd69f2b4b333b10261308705d3 *ps4-plugin-sdk-img.sit
5th DL: The 4.0.1 Updater for those who only require updating from 4.0 to 4.0.1 (the final release update for the version 4 series of Photoshop).
6th DL: Multilanguage (Mac-only) ISO EN-FR-DE
7th DL: Photoshop 4 Tutorial CD-ROM for PC and Mac
Hybrid CD-ROM for PC and Mac with English, French and German tutorials, which should work with WIN31, 95 and NT as well as for the Classic Mac OS. For those using OS X, the videos should run with QT10.

Serial: PSW400R7114228-769

See screenshot 2 for version 4.0.1 CD contents.

Other Adobe Photoshop Versions: 0.63 (pre-Adobe) | 1.0.7 | 1.0.8 LE | 2.0.1 | 2.5.1 | 2.5.1 LE | 3.0 & 3.0.5 | 3.0.5 LE | 5.0 | 5.0 LE | 5.5 | 6.0 | 7.0 | 8.0 (CS1) | 9.0 (CS2) | 10.0 (CS3) | 11.0 (CS4)

Architecture: 68k PPC

Has optional 68k and PPC installers or as FAT (both 68k and PPC).

Minimum System Requirements:


supernova777's picture
by supernova777 - 2017, November 27 - 2:49am

special thanks to gary for posting the SDK for photoshop plugins..! we are lucky to have you working on the mac garden site! thanks for your effort!

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by Johnnya101 - 2016, July 19 - 12:02am

GREAT! A WORKING download of Photoshop with the WORKING key! (Used the first DL). Now Ive just got to update it all the way to 7.0...

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by SuperMew98 - 2015, March 24 - 7:06pm

Thanks, mrdav.

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by mrdav - 2015, March 23 - 10:47pm

4.0.1 updater now uploaded

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by SuperMew98 - 2015, March 23 - 6:41pm

Attempting to download the 4.0.1 update from gives an error.

It's labeled as "Download 4.0.1 Update" in the description.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, September 29 - 11:56am

Yes when you can find time please, mrdav. Full install sets of international & hybrid iso's should always be accommodated.

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by mrdav - 2014, September 29 - 9:35am

There used to be external links to a CD image with British, French and German installer and a hybrid iso image with British, French and German tutorial. Do you want them back? I have them.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, August 25 - 6:34am

BUG NOTE! [...] "Been there, done that!"

I have struck this bug before, too. I think one work around for this that I tried with good results was by using a Disk Copy 6.x read/write disk image < 2GB, as the scratch disk volume. This I would also have auto-mount at start-up.

It's not an issue if using this program on Basilisk II or SheepShaver tho' because of their own drive container limits. Most software volumes for these emulators tend to be less than 2 GB.

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by MasterDavidGoodmen - 2014, August 25 - 1:55am

Photoshop four allows you two scratch disks. The PowerMac version allows volumes (not files, volumes) larger than 2048MB. The Macintosh version will crash if a scratch file goes over 2048MB, which it can if the volume has enough free space. Using two scratch disks does not protect against this. “Been there, done that!

(I do not know why the smile face is there. Levity, I suppose!)

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by Gary - 2014, May 26 - 3:08pm

>guessing you might be after this.

Exactly so! The SDK is the only piece I want. Thanks for your work and excellent memory!


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by MikeTomTom - 2014, May 26 - 12:11am

@Gary: The archived CD image file is 100% OK. Something is not going right at your end.

I downloaded it to test. It expands OK for me under Windows using unar.exe & also on beige G3, Mac OS 9.1, using Stuffit Expander 5.5

The expanded CD image "Adobe Photoshop®.toast" mounts fine in SheepShaver on Windows as a GUI added disk image and on the beige G3 using both Toast 5.2 and Virtual CD/DVD Utility (available here at the garden).

I MD5 checksummed the archive & the extracted image on both Windows & beige Mac, they matched:

7db104003d3416a943a7ad6d134fa2a8 *adobe_photoshopr.toast_.sit
c65e3a8960453a22421e93a8bcae127b *Adobe Photoshop®.toast

If you can check what you have, against those MD5 sums, it might help in determining their validity at your end.

[Edit] I've also added the SDK (4th DL above) taken from the toast image, guessing you might be after this.

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by Gary - 2014, May 25 - 1:20pm

I've downloaded the toast.sit image twice now. Both times the download appears to work. Both times the SIT file expands. But when I try to mount the toast image, Toast reports that the image is in an unknown format.

I'm using Toast v5.2.3. Is my version wrong or is the archive file corrupted?


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by shifuimam - 2013, March 9 - 8:56pm

I added a second download. The .hqx is a single read-only disk image containing the contents of all 21 installation floppies. I've tried it on my 68k IIci and the installer worked fine on the components I selected (not enough disk space to do a full install), so it SHOULD work.

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by macman223 - 2012, November 29 - 12:38am

Could someone please fix the Full CD iso image link? It links to a completely different site.
I've been looking for this.

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by Dan Smith - 2012, November 13 - 7:47am

Here are the photoshop 4.01 updates

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by Centurion - 2012, October 2 - 11:39am

Umm, it seems the "Download full 4.0 CD (.iso, 435mb)" and "Download 4.0.1 Update" links are bad. skipping the ad redirects to a site about "The Internet vs Hollywood"

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by 24bit - 2011, July 1 - 4:36pm

For sake of completeness, I uploaded the tutorial disk.
The disk should work with WIN31, 95 and NT as well as for the Classic MacOS.
For those using OSX, the videos should run with QT10.

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by Protocol 7 - 2011, January 6 - 12:50am

Added the full application CD. There's also a tutorial disc but I don't have that.

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by Pazaz - 2010, September 13 - 9:22pm

This was my favorite one, CS Came in 2003, I think CS1 was Adobe Photoshop 8.0 or something like that. CS5 must be like Adobe Photoshop 13/14

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by turtlecroc - 2010, September 5 - 3:33am

Photoshop 4 is great. It was the biggest jump in functionality ever because it added layers. You can get by even today using PS4. Of course 5 added other things, e.g. realtime rotation and distortion, magnetic lasso, etc., but 4 was the quantum leap, and there's no reason on earth to use any version later than 5.5, even today. CS5..? make me puke.

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by Dragnerok X - 2010, February 18 - 6:21pm

Indeed I am. Photoshop 4 was the last major version to support 68k (given that it was released in 1996), and you can find proof of that by going to the "custom install" portion of the installer, where both 68k and PPC installs are listed.

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by TataMisia - 2010, February 18 - 11:59am

68k? Are you sure?