Happy Birthday--Photoshop turns 25! Creatives Rejoice!


Light the candles, pin the high res tail on the digital donkey and start the celebration!

Today Photoshop turns 25!

It is not often we celebrate the anniversary of software, but Photoshop has become an institution. We see the beauty of Photoshop everywhere. Magazines, movies, the shelves at the grocery store, all filled with wonderfully retouched, filtered, and color-corrected images. We click from website, to website, or scroll down our newsfeed and see Photoshop used so masterfully, our eyes fill with tears of joy.

Of course, Photoshop has become available to the masses, and with that comes clipped out heads on the wrong bodies, low resolution pets wearing Santa hats and celebrities with thought bubbles filled with things they would never say. Even the worst Photoshop work has a certain beauty. It has the power to makes us laugh, cringe and share, all at the same time.

Photoshop has changed our world.


No image can be trusted. Everything is retouched. We compare our own bodies to those in advertisements, our fast food to the images on posters, and we line up to see celebrity photos that have not been touched by Photoshop. We can also do some really great things. We can enhance scientific images to get a better understanding of the world, preserve history by repairing old images, and create new worlds filled with color and imagination.

 5 Interesting Facts about Photoshop

  1. In 1987, PhD student Tom Knoll wrote a graphics application to display gray scale images on a monochrome display. He named it ‘Display,’ which is considered the father of Photoshop.
  2.  The first version of Photoshop (version 0.87) was sold as a bundle pack with the BarneyScan in 1988. A total of 200 copies were shipped with the scanners.
  3. In 1989, Adobe bought Photoshop and release version 1.0 a year later.
  4. Photoshop, or ‘to photoshop,’ was entered into the dictionary as a verb in 1992.
  5. In 1994, Time Magazine used Photoshop to make O.J. Simpson look darker for the cover photo
I still remember my first version of Photoshop (version 3). It came in a giant box, with an even larger price tag. It took forever to load floppy after floppy, but it was the first version with layers, so the wait was worth it. I fell in love with it then, and each update has been a dream come true. As a creative professional in a pr agency, I spend a lot of time working in Photoshop. Everyone has a vice, and Photoshop just might be mine. Happy birthday, old friend!

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