Dec 12, 2006

Photoshop reinvented

Source: Computer Arts

Photoshop celebrates another birthday soon and will then be old enough to drive a car, but how are today’s creative mavericks getting to grips behind the controls of Adobe’s pole-position front runner?

The dawn of the digital age at the start of the 90s bore witness to many of the crucial developments that were to challenge and change the nature of technology and how we, not just as designers but as humans too, would interact with it.

Within the first year of the new decade, 1990, we were to see the introduction of barcode readers, the photo CD player, the Oxford English Dictionary arriving on CD-ROM for the first time and the birth of the web at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, although it would be the following year before the first website would actually go live. The first digital soundtrack was created for the movie Dick Tracy while elsewhere we were at the cinema watching Pretty Woman, Total Recall and GoodFellas. In 1990 we saw the death of two-inch videotape and the typewriter, as IBM was to sell its Selectric division. Oh yes, and in February 1990 the digital age came of age when Photoshop 0.1 shipped for the very first time following ten months of development by a new company: Adobe.

Brothers John and Thomas Knoll could have had no idea what impact their father’s enthusiasm for photography and the early beginnings of the personal computer were to have on their future and their subsequent invention of the digital image-manipulation software application. Photoshop (originally PhotoShop, with a capital S) would go through many revisions and redesigns during the next 17 years, but the underlying fundamentals of the application would remain pretty much unchanged. Bob Gordon, the author of The Complete Guide to Digital Graphic Design, software tutor and trainer to both education and industry and an early adopter of Photoshop, agrees. “What is so incredible about Photoshop,” he muses, “is the fact that its core features were brilliant from day one. Virtually all of the upgrades have been for extra bells and whistles and greater productivity.”
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