During the development cycle for Photoshop 3.0, engineer Kevin Johnston came up with a clever Easter Egg called "Adobe Transient Witticisms". The purpose was really an inside bit of engineering humor. Supposedly, the quotes and other phrases were uttered by engineers at moments of extreme pressure and relieved the tension of the moment. Kevin captured these phrases and included them in the final shipping version of 3.0. The Adobe Transient Witticisms have been a Photoshop tradition ever since. To access them, one must first be able to get to the "alt splash screen" which on the Mac is accomplished by holding down the option key while selecting "About Photoshop" in the Apple menu. In Windows, hold down the Control/Alt keys as you select "About Photoshop" from the Help menu. . As you see the rolling credits, you must wait till the very end and option click in the area above the credits but below the image. Then, you'll see all the Adobe Transient Witticisms. Watch as they appear and youíll see some funny or weird messages appearing. . .the Adobe Transient Witticisms. On these web pages I've included only a sampling of the Adobe Transient Witticisms from four versions of Photoshop for the reader's enjoyment.
Jeff Schewe Feb 2000
*Adobe Transient Witticisms are only available in products by Adobe Systems, Inc.
3.0 Adobe Transient Witticisms
From the Home Office in Zanesville, Ohio
10. Forced marches through Shoreline dump at 6AM daily
for the entire QA staff
And the number one sign that the Engineering team has been
working too hard: