February 18, 2010: Adobe Photoshop, the most widely-used image editor in photography, art, design and publishing, celebrates its 20th birthday tomorrow.
The software evolved from a pixel imaging program called Display, which was developed in 1987 by Thomas Knoll to showcase greyscale images on a black-and-white monitor. Collaboration with his brother, John Knoll, led to the addition of features for processing digital image files. In 1988, Adobe licensed the software, renamed it Photoshop and began shipping the first version in 1990. Over its 20-year history, Photoshop has evolved significantly from a simple display program to a popular application that has over 10 million users worldwide.
With each version released, Adobe has introduced new functions and technological innovations to address users’ needs. The Photoshop team thrives off its rich beta tester program, with active and vocal users who have submitted requests and helped shape the development of features throughout the years. Adobe has maintained a strong connection with its customer base through blogs, user research, customer support, forums and feedback from Adobe ø¢â‚¬Ëœevangelists’ who travel the world to engage with Photoshop users.
In the United States, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) will be hosting a special Photoshop 20th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco at the Palace of the Fine Arts Theatre today. The event will feature Adobe’s senior vice president of Creative Solutions, John Loiacono, as well as vice president of Photoshop Product Management, Kevin Connor, Photoshop co-creator Thomas Knoll and Adobe creative director and Photoshop evangelist, Russell Brown. To be a part of this celebration and view the live Webcast, visit: www.photoshopuser.com/photoshop20th.