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Adobe Photoshop: Happy 20th Birthday!

Adobe Photoshop: Happy 20th Birthday!

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It is difficult to imagine the contemporary photographic landscape without Photoshop

By Jack Howard

February 17, 2010

20 years ago, Adobe Photoshop launched. This was before the visual internet, high-speed broadband, iPhones, photo sharing sites, Facebook and more. Digital photography was in its infancy, and photo magazines were thick with ad pages from brick and mortar stores such as Adorama Camera.


Twenty years on, so much has changed, but so much has remained the same. Adobe Photoshop (and its spin-offs Lightroom, and Elements) is still the leader in the field of digital image editing. Computer workstations have, for so many, replaced wet darkrooms as the primary locale for image adjustments, tweaks, and processing.  It's been a great first twenty years, and we can't wait to see what Photoshop and the digital photography landscape looks like in another twenty years!

Here's a quick look back at some cool history and other fun links about this amazing program for photographers:


  • Our friends at NAPP have a Photoshop Quiz to see just how deep your knowledge  of the various versions goes. (I scored in the "You know your Photoshop, but not in a creepy way" band. I can't remember if it was v4 or v5.5 where this subcommand was added!) And of course you know, NAPP members get free shipping from Adorama!






  Congrats to our friends at Adobe on reaching this remarkable program milestone, and best of luck for continued success!


Shortly after celebrating its 20th Birthday, Adobe unveiled Photoshop CS5. Check out our Learning Center coverage of the newest version of this great program!


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