Mar 30, 2007

Photoshop CS3′s Tribute to Bruce Fraser

While you might not see it in the regular Photoshop CS3/CS3 Extended splash screen, the Photoshop engineers have paid tribute to Bruce Fraser and his contributions to Photoshop over the years.

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This is the special “ALT Splash Screen” for Photoshop CS3 showing the Red Pill splash screen. While it may look “normal”, hidden in the splash screen is an image of Bruce. The only way to see the image is to do a screen shot of the alt splash screen and apply a levels command to the image.

Take the screen shot image of the Red Pill splash screen and apply a Levels command where you move the Input Black Point all the way to the right as shown above.When you do that, an image of Bruce will appear…

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The image of Bruce was a portrait I did of him at my studio when the crew was in town for the Epson Print Academy here in Chicago last year. You can see the original shot in this PSN Story (scroll to the bottom of the page).

The Photoshop CS3 dedication is in the extended credits.

The Easter Egg was done by Photoshop Q&E engineer Jeff Tranberry. It’s a fitting tribute to Bruce who gave a lot to Photoshop and Bruce’s friends are grateful to the Photoshop engineers for doing this. Thanks guys…

10 Responses to “Photoshop CS3′s Tribute to Bruce Fraser”

  1. marcdaniels Says:

    I’m a big fan of Bruce Fraser. I actually enjoyed reading Camera Raw. Jumping through hoops to see his tribute feels odd to me. Simple things like showing honor and gratitude should be, well, simple. I’m glad some creative folks got their way but I wonder why the tribute isn’t easier to access. Nonetheless, I’m happy it’s there and I appreciate the efforts of those responsible. Thanks, Jeff, for posting this. I don’t think I would have seen it otherwise.

    ps I didn’t know Bruce, personally, so maybe those who knew him thought he would get a kick out this reveal. I’ll keep an open mind.

  2. Jeff Schewe Says:

    Knowing Bruce, I’m sure he would appreciate it…the “Easter Egg” part of the tribute is supposed to be obscure….that’s what makes it an Easter Egg. The Dedication line in the credits (there’s also a tribute to Bruce in Lightroom’s credits) is where the real heartfelt tribute is…

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  3. Dick Bos Says:

    Without discrediting anyone, if there’s one person that I learned a lot of about Photoshop, ACR and color it definitely must be Bruce Fraser. It gives me goosebumps to see his face in the splash screen! An absolutely wonderful credit.


    P.S. Nice shot Jeff!

  4. Greg Barnett Says:

    I had the opportunity to get to know Bruce over the years. I’m quite sure that he would get a kick out of his tribute being tucked away in an “Easter egg.” Although he advocated for simplicity in many things, he was also the master of complex pathways to a solution.

    It seems like there is hardly a day that goes by when I don’t think of him and how much we’ll miss his wealth of knowledge.

  5. Ammar Midani Says:

    Bruce books are treasures.

    I was touched by this.

    Thank oyu guys.

  6. pxlfxr Says:

    Bruce certainly deserves it.
    PS What is the references to COWBELLS in the witticisims??

  7. johnpaulcaponigro Says:


    The symbolism is perfect.
    Though his contribution is invisible to some, Bruce is a part of the very fiber of Photoshop.
    Thanks for doing this.
    I know it must have been you.
    It’s a beautiful gesture.
    I’m proud and mostly delighted to count both you and
    Bruce among my close friends.


  8. FredT Says:

    It’s a wonderful tribute to an incredible person, and with the best photo I ever saw of Bruce.

  9. OmkeOudeman Says:

    thanks for sharing this, Bruce will not be forgotten in many ways and this a very nice tribute.

    I tried it with a screenshot from your site but have you tried to do it the other way round using the white input and move to the left? who’s cat is that :-)

  10. Jeff Swayze Says:

    Great tribute to Bruce!

    Take a look at the screenshot by moving the red channel slider all the way to the left. You can find out more about the cats and their owner :)


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