Photoshop to celebrate its 20th anniversary
Posted February 22nd, 2010 2 Comments
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Photoshop_logo.svg It’s not often that a technology product, even a successful one, enters the language as a verb. Some of us google, but nobody iPhones, Excels, or HDMIs.

But by remaining influential over a history that now spans 20 years, Photoshop software has achieved a place in the English language.

Over its two decades, it grew from a single black-and-white image-editing package to a multi-product franchise, a starring member of Adobe Systems’ Creative Suite line, and, of course, a verb.I have used Photoshop for as long as I can remember, atleast 16 years by now. It was love at first sight and it’s by far one of the most amazing tools on the market, EVER! I couldn’t do all the work I do if it wasn’t for Photoshop. ( That goes for my Wacom board too btw :P )

Photoshop got its start in 1987 when Thomas Knoll wrote software that could display grayscale images–those with a range of gray tones–on monitors that could show only black or white pixels. He and his brother, John Knoll, licensed the software to Barneyscan in 1988, then to Adobe in 1989. Adobe Photoshop 1.0 arrived in 1990, a Mac-only product initially, and in 1995, Adobe acquired the Photoshop software outright.

Pixel-level manipulation software turned out to be popular. Photoshop’s clone tool let people copy one part of an image to another. And even at this early stage, it enabled sophisticated tonal controls through levels and curves adjustments.

Photoshop acquired many more features over the years. By providing a nicer interface to raw mathematical image-processing algorithms, Photoshop let people sharpen edges and change colors. Layers enabled creation of composites that blended multiple photos, text, and other elements. Adjustment layers opened up the idea that changes could be revisited rather than baked into the pixel data. Camera lens problems could be corrected.

Adobe’s Photoshop franchise has been expanding gradually. At the lower end, where people rarely are willing to spend hundreds of dollars for software, the company has released a cheaper enthusiast version, Photoshop Elements. Adobe killed the free Photoshop Album Starter Edition version.

Another new direction for the software was the photography-specific Lightroom. This software is tailored for high-quality “raw” images that come directly from camera image sensors and handles cataloging, captions, titles, and other image management matters.

The company continues to work on the core Photoshop product, too. For example, it’s got refinements in the works to automate one of the most difficult processes, selecting complicated subjects to isolate them from backgrounds.

So, first of all let me give a big thanks to Thomas & John Knoll. I also want to thank Adobe and all the other people involved with the development & evolvement of Photoshop. I am looking forward to another 20 years with more exciting features and a lot of new fancy additions. Good luck!

Source: Cnet

Comments and Opinions2 Comments
  • On February 24, 2010 at 9:23 am
    SallyAnn wrote:

    That anniversary link is soooo cool. I’ve been using Photoshop for almost 5 years now (I think :P ). It’s the best program ever.

    Its only drawback is the pricing. Photoshop is too darn expensive. You hear me Adobe?

  • On February 24, 2010 at 9:36 am
    Trevor wrote:

    Oh la la la, one of my artsy geek friends once said to me -”If you don’t know Photoshop by now ~ you don’t know jack.”

    I never figured out what that meant ~ until about a year ago when I started playing around with PS. My life was never the same again from that point on ;)

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