Happy Birthday: Adobe Photoshop Turns 25

February 19th, 1990

Created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll, Photoshop Version 1.0 released February 19th, 1990. It quickly became the industry standard in raster graphics editing, allowing users to create and edit images interactively on a computer. At the time, digital photo retouching was not available to the average person. The going rate to hire those with high end systems for retouching was $250 - $300 per hour. Photoshop changed all that and not in a "they're taking our jobs" kind of way. It became the new medium for the art of photo manipulation. It's toolset allows alterations at the most basic level, with the ability to create incredible works of art that only can come from years of experience. It remains to this day the leader of the still image editing.

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25 Years of Photoshop Industry Milestones

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 1980's

1987

Thomas Knoll develops computer code to display grayscale images on monitors only able to display black and white

1988

John and Thomas Knoll pitch Adobe using “Jennifer in Paradise” image Adobe acquires initial rights to Photoshop

1989

August

The Abyss is released in theaters; first motion picture to use Photoshop.

 

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 1990's

February

Adobe Photoshop 1.0 released

British painter David Hockney attends Photoshop Invitational and now uses Photoshop to compose paintings

1991

May

Kodak launches first DSLR camera, the DCS 100

1992

November

Photoshop 2.5 released; adds Windows version

1994

February

New York Newsday cover features manipulated photo of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding ice skating together

1994

June

TIME Magazine prints darkened O.J. Simpson mug shot on cover

September

Photoshop 3.0 released; adds layers and features to help customers in medicine and science

 

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2000's

September

Photoshop 6.0 released; introduces support for vector shapes

November

Camera phone introduced by Sharp/J-Phone

December

World’s first working human organ is 3D printed

2001

September

“Helicopter Shark” (image of a great white shark leaping out of the water attacking military personnel on ladder attached to a helicopter) circulates the Internet

2002

March

Photoshop 7.0 released; includes Adobe Camera Raw

2003

October

Adobe Creative Suite released; features Shadows and Highlights as well as Lens Blur support

2004

March

Doctored image of John Kerry and Jane Fonda at a 1971 anti-war rally appears

2005

March

Altered image of slimmed-down Martha Stewart appears on cover of Newsweek upon her release from federal prison, creating the impression Stewart lost weight while serving sentence

April

Creative Suite 2 released; features Spot Healing Brush and Smart Objects

2007

February

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1 launched

April

Creative Suite 3 released with an updated UI

2008

July

The Daily Show runs “Photoshop of Horrors” segment

October

Creative Suite 4 released; introduces Adjustment panel

2009

March

Apple dubs the term “iPhoneography”

2010

April

Creative Suite 5 released; adds Content Aware Fill tool

December

Instagram launched

2012

January

Kodak files for bankruptcy

May

reative Suite 6 released; introduces Blur Gallery

2013

February

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop comes to Metropolitan Museum of Art

May

Adobe launches Creative Cloud

December

South Park’s “That's Lisa Berger?!” airs

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 2014

January 

Photoshop CC adds 3D printing support

February

Surgeons implant 3D printed pelvis

April

Representative Lois Capps introduces bill in Congress that would prompt the FTC to investigate impact of digitally retouched images on society

May

Selfie” added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

September

Francis Bitonti 3D prints shoes designed with Photoshop

Roger Federer asks fans to use Photoshop to show him where to visit in India


 

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