Adobe celebrates the 30 years of life of Photoshop, its digital image retouching program

Adobe celebrates the 30 years of life of Photoshop, its digital image retouching program


The digital image retouching program was created in 1987 by software engineer Thomas Knoll

Adobe Photoshop, the photographic retouching program used by millions of people around the world – from graphic designers, advertising professionals or just photographers –
This Wednesday is 30 years since its arrival on the market.

It all started in 1987, when American software engineer Thomas Knoll developed a program for a Macintosh Plus computer called Display for personal use, which allows you to display grayscale images on monochromatic monitors.

Thomas's brother,
John Knoll, was the company's special effects supervisor
Industrial Light & Magic and was interested in the image editing software that his brother had created.

The two brothers decided to work together in this program, to which they added new functions that allow processing digital image files. The Knoll brothers decided to change the name to ImagePro, but since it was registered they had to use another word that will become a synonym for digital retouching: Photoshop.

The first digital image was also in charge of John Knoll with a portrait of his
girlfriend on the beaches of Bora Bora, which became the iconic image used by the digital retouching program in its first version in 1987.

Realizing the chances of success of his program after James Cameron used it to recreate the underwater world of the film
The Abyss, the brothers decided to offer their product in Silicon Valley.


A portrait of the girlfriend of the creator of Photoshop in Bora Bora was the first digital image retouched by the Adobe program

A portrait of the girlfriend of the creator of Photoshop in Bora Bora was the first digital image retouched by the Adobe program

It was the Adobe company that in 1989 showed interest in this program and launched it on February 19, 1990, initially only for Macintosh. The program was not available for Windows until version 2.5, which was launched in November 1992.

The program sold three million copies at the end of the decade and its popularity even caused the introduction of the English verb
"to photoshop" in the dictionary.

Since then, Adobe Photoshop has not stopped introducing new functions, from the layers – introduced in 1994 – to support for 3D and video, which arrived in 2007.

It has also had to adapt to new technologies and, for this, Adobe Systems created the Photoshop Express application, available on iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets.

Its most recent application is Photoshop Camera for mobile phones, presented in November and that allows you to carry out functions of your Photoshop editing software directly from the mobile camera through Artificial Intelligence (AI). He also launched Photoshop for the first time for iPad tablets.

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