Adobe's Photoshop software was 20 yesterday, and the original creative team behind the product were reunited for the first time in 18 years to discuss their early work and its legacy.
The origins of Photoshop began in 1987, when Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. The simple program showed greyscale images on a black and white monitor.
Knoll then worked with his brother John to add features which ultimately made it possible to process digital image files. The program caught the attention of Adobe, which licensed the software in 1988, naming it Photoshop, and shipping the first version in 1990.
"For 20 years Photoshop has played many different roles. It has given creative people the power to deliver amazing images that impact every part of our visual culture, and challenged the eye with its ability to transform photographs," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive of Adobe.
"It is no exaggeration to say that, thanks to millions of creative customers, Photoshop has changed the way the world looks at itself."
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals marked the occasion with a special Photoshop 20th Anniversary celebration for over 1,000 attendees at the Palace of the Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.
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