25 Years of Photoshop

Mar 2015

2 mins read

Millions of people worldwide use Photoshop to create extraordinarily stunning imagery. Whether it’s being used for some minor cosmetic retouching, or to manipulate a picture to achieve the impossible, Photoshop has the capacity to transform visual cultures and alter how viewers perceive the world. Since its inception in 1990, Photoshop has developed substantially and has gone from being used to a hand-full of industry professionals to being accessible and utilized by almost everyone worldwide.

So what exactly is Photoshop and what is it used for? In short, it’s an image editing software established and manufactured by Adobe Systems Inc. The programme permits users to manipulate, crop, resize, and correct colour digital photos, among many other features. The software is particularly popular amongst professional photographers and graphic designers.

In addition to it being used by photographers and designers, Photoshop is also used across various industries; from fashion designer to medical professionals and animators to astronomers, there are virtually no limits as to what can be achieved from the software in any field. It has also managed to generate somewhat of a cult following, who establish online communities for humour sites and blogs and host competitions to create the most outrageous and amusing photo manipulations.

Outside of digital photography, it’s striking to observe people utilize Photoshop to transform imagery or create artwork from scratch, beyond the confines of the imagination. Photoshop’s versatility and intuitive interface has changed the face of photography and digital imagery and revolutionised it beyond what was initially conceived. Technology and computer hardware are evolving at an extraordinary rate and Adobe are keeping pace with these changes and updating their software regularly, making it thrilling to see what the next 25 years will bring.

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Photo Manipulation created in Photoshop



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Digital painting created in Photoshop


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