Apr 3, 2006

Happy Birthday to us!

Ok, I’ll admit that I wasn’t paying real close attention-April 1st, 2006 came and went before I realized that it marked a milestone of sorts for Our one year birthday.

PhotoshopNews started on a dare by John Nack, product manager for Adobe Photoshop. Read the John Nack interview on PSN.

Well John, you were right-the Photoshop Community COULD use a news site devoted to all things Photoshop.

We even covered the announcement of Photoshop CS2 Live From New York

Bruce Chizen at the Ideas Conference on April 4th, 2005.

Snapshot by Greg Gorman
From left to right, Rebecca, Seth, and Jeff blogging live in New York.

Not to toot our own horn (but if we don’t who will?) PhotoshopNews has had a bit of an impact in the community.

Our all time most popular story was my Visit to Adobe and the photos of the Photoshop engineering and marketing teams. To date, 599,695 unique visitors have wandered down the halls of 10 West, 345 Park Ave. in San Jose. I’m happy to report that the security guard who told me not to do any photography has not lost his job due to my story.

My story about the new Epson UltraChrome K3 inks and printers has been viewed a lot as well as the Interview with Greg Gorman about the New Epson Printers. Mac Holbert’s Black & White Chronicles has also been widely read.

A story that PSN broke about Thomas Knoll’s allegation regarding Nikon encrypting the white balance data on their then new D2x cameras, Nikon encrypts D2X white balance metadata, lead to quite a stir in the industry and eventually resulted in Nikon creating a special mini-SDK that allowed Camera Raw to decrypt the white balance data.

Thomas Knoll by Jeff Schewe

John Knoll by Jeff Schewe

PSN has also become the go to place for dwelling on Photoshop history with my profile on Thomas and John Knoll, The Photoshop Splash Screens and The Photoshop Tool Bars.

Photoshop .87 Splash Screen
(Barneyscan XP)

One special series is particularly entertaining, The Photoshop Widows Club. Originally started by Ruth Knoll, wife of Photoshop coauthor Thomas Knoll, the series follows the rather humurious beginnings of Photoshop and Camera Raw and will continue with another installment shortly.

Thomas and the “Consultants”.

There’s also a Widows Story by Becky Schewe about my humble beginnings with Photoshop.

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My first “Photoshop Job”. It was garbage…

In addition to those stories, a recent article about The Shadowland/Lightroom Development Story gave an insider look at the origins and development of Adobe Lightroom.

My favorite story was my Antarctica Trip Report and the images from the Antarctic Expedition.

The most timely reporting of any story was the unexpected marriage of Martin Evening to Camilla Pascucci as reported on PhotoshopNews on the day it happened from PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. See: A Wedding Story

Apparently, Camilla’s Mum and the rest of her friends in England found out about the wedding from PSN.

The wedding story was followed by the Pixel Mafia dinner that night.

One of the more fun reporting jobs was the PixelGenius Meeting Report

We also reported on the surgery that Bruce Fraser had (and completely recovered from) in Bruce Fraser-On the Road to Recovery

But the saddest story of all was the passing of our good friend, Mike Skurski.

Mike Skurski
November 9th, 1962–October 27th, 2005

So, it’s been an interesting year here at PhotoshopNews…over 1,342,414 unique visitors have visited PhotoshopNews in the time we’ve been live. There have been over 5,356,800 visits in that time and over 9,708,531 pages have been viewed.

Thank goodness we don’t have to pay for bandwidth by the gigabyte!
Special thanks to Sam Swett / The Swett Group for keeping us up and running!

Also special thanks to Andrei Michael Herasimchuk / Involution Studios for the PhotoshopNews Site Design. is a news blog dedicated to
news and information about all things Photoshop.

Editor in Chief:
Jeff Schewe

Managing Editor:
Rebecca Ellis

Contributing Editors:
Martin Evening
Bruce Fraser
Seth Resnick
Andrew Rodney
Mike Skurski

Russell Brown
Katrin Eismann
Mac Holbert
Ian Lyons
Michael Reichmann
George Reis
Jack Reznicki is owned and published by Pixel Genius, LLC.

Note: PhotoshopNews is not affiliated with Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

8 Responses to “Happy Birthday to us!”

  1. Markus Reinke Says:

    Congratulations!!!! I’m looking forward visiting your site on a daily basis.
    All the best from Berlin, Germany

  2. Peter Martin Says:

    This site is an invaluable resource not only for photoshop but for the photo industry in general – keep up the excellent work and very interesting articles.

  3. Shawn T Moore Says:

    Congratulations to PhotoshopNews! With my morning coffee PhotoshopNews is a part of my daily ritual.
    Continued success.
    Shawn Moore
    Washington DC

  4. Matthew Fuller Says:

    Ditto to what Shawn Moore said.
    From Wimberley Texas…

  5. Stephen Starkman Says:

    Congratulations Jeff and to everyone else at PSN!! PSN is a great resource for the digital photography community.

    And talk about going to the ends of the earth to post PSN…I’ve seen you with my own eyes do so in Ushuia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world!


  6. Omke Oudeman Says:

    Long may you and your PSN friends live!
    My bunch of links has been replaced by just one:, it covers them all.
    keep up the good work!

  7. John Nack Says:

    Great stuff, Jeff, and many happy returns! The great example of PSNews inspired me in turn to get into blogging, and I’m grateful for that. The best is yet to come.


  8. Greg Barnett Says:

    Thanks for doing this Jeff, I’m looking forward to another year of cool stuff from PSN. And congratulations to you and the rest of the PG guys on the release of PKC 2.

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