Photoshop Easter Eggs

Adobe’s creative apps have a long history of including little Easter Eggs to put a nerdy smile on users’ faces. InDesign had its friendly alien, silly stroke styles, and butterfly game; Illustrator had a pair of eyes the followed your cursor, moon phases, shopping days ’til Christmas, and other goodies.

And over the years, Photoshop has included many alternative versions of the About box, including the Big Electric Cat, Strange Cargo, and the legendary Adobe Space Monkey, which you could access by holding various modifier keys while choosing the About Photoshop menu command. In CC 2018, if you hold Command/Ctrl while choosing About Photoshop, you get the White Lion. Very purrrrty.

Photoshop White Lion Easter Egg

There are also a couple of fun food-related Easter eggs built into Photoshop CC.

To add a banana to your toolbar: choose Edit > Toolbar (or click the three dots on the toolbar). In the Customize Toolbar dialog box, hold the Shift key and click Done.

Photoshop toolbar banana

To hide the banana, go back to the Customize Toolbar dialog box, hold the Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Win) key and click Done.

To change the Color Theme icons in Interface preferences to coffee cups or toast, hold Command+Shift+Option (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+Alt (Win) and click any of the icons. Use the same shortcut to restore the default Color Theme icons.

Photoshop UI toast

Photoshop UI coffee

My only question is, with all these food-related pranks in Photoshop, how come no actual eggs? Too obvious?

Posted on: April 30, 2018

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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