Literally Reshaping the Photo World: Adobe Photoshop Turns 20 Years Old

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Have you ever “Photoshoped” an image? Chances are, if you are a photographer, work on websites, work with publications, like to retouch or edit photographs, then you have worked with Adobe Photoshop before.

In the past 20 years, Adobe Photoshop has literally reshaped the photo and graphics world as we know it. Just like the common nomenclature of “Googling” something online, the word “photoshop” has become a verb in our language that most of us understand as a specific computer function of editing an image. Up until today I did not know that Adobe strongly discourages the use of the term “photoshop” as a verb. Be that it may, photoshop, invented by Thomas Knoll, a University of Michigan PhD student encouraged to further develop the software by his brother John who worked for Industrial Light and Magic, has made its mark in history as one of the most popular image editing applications.

Adobe Photoshop has gone through the very first version 1.0 in 1990 to the most recent version Photoshop CS4. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Photoshop, Gizmodo has posted an excellent timeline demonstrating the photoshop application changes through the last 20 years as shown in the image below.

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With the introduction of image layers functionality in Photoshop version 3.0, it enabled artists to reach new heights and paving the way for future versions of Photoshop that allow artists to create some of the most astonishing images in the world. Newer versions of Photoshop have pushed the envelope even further enabling just about anyone with a computer and a copy of Photoshop to deceive, amaze and even please the most critical personality.

adobe-photoshop-cs4Visit the official Adobe Photoshop 20th anniversary web page here.

What new features and advancements do you expect in future versions of Adobe Photoshop? Do you use other Photoshop alternatives? If so, which image editing tools do you primarily use?

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