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Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five!

Celebrating 25 Years of Adobe Photoshop!

Hard to believe, but today Adobe Photoshop officially celebrates its 25th anniversary (or birthday, depending on how you look at it)… The first version of Photoshop shipped on February 19th, 1990, at a price of US$895.00. Adjusted for inflation, in today’s dollars that would cost almost $1,700! Now, of course, there are tens of millions of users of Photoshop who can pay less than $10 a month for the latest-and-greatest release of this iconic, industry-leading tool.

Photoshop 1.0 - Now 25 years and 14 major versions better

Indeed, the software has traveled a long way. When it first came out, Adobe predicted it would sell just 500 copies per month. Yet today, over 90 percent of creative professionals worldwide have Photoshop on their desktops. The original authors say they knew they had a groundbreaking technology on their hands, but never anticipated how much it would impact the images we see all around us. Adobe Fellow and Photoshop co-creator Thomas Knoll says, “Not in my wildest dreams did we think creatives would embrace the product in the numbers and ways they have. It’s inspiring to see the beautiful images our customers create, the careers Photoshop has launched and the new uses people all over the world find for Photoshop every day.”

The current CC 2014 version of Photoshop is actually release 15.0 – so there have been fourteen major upgrades of the tool since its initial release 2½ decades ago. Over that time, we’ve seen incredible innovations such as layers, vector shapes, Camera Raw, spot healing, Smart Objects, the Adjustment panel, Content-Aware Fill, Puppet Warp, video editing, Blur Gallery, Camera Shake Reduction, Perspective Warp, support for touch devices, 3D printing, and much more.

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And the future of Photoshop promises to continue the exciting trend, with cool new features like Defog-Dehaze being sneak-peeked to customers, plus ground­breaking capabilities such as “Photoshop Streaming” becoming available from a web browser – although Adobe is clear to say that Photoshop will never run completely in the Cloud.

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If you’re not yet running the most recent release of Photoshop, then you can easily get it (plus Lightroom, and all ongoing upgrades to both programs included) through Adobe’s popular new $9.99/month CC Photography Plan. If you’d like to try out the software first, then just download the free 30-day trial to get started.

So Happy 25th Birthday Photoshop – and many more! Dream On:

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  1. Bob Hunter

    Most DSLR cameras now shoot video as well. Many still photographers are starting to shoot video. Is there any thought of creating an extended version of the photographer’s package on CC to include video editing?

    • Great question Bob – and you may not have been aware of it, but recently Photoshop itself has added decent video editing in its featureset, for exactly that reason – because many photographers are also shooting video with their same DSLR!

      So in fact you do get this included automatically with Adobe’s $9.99 CC Photography Bundle.

      For more details and a demo, check out this excellent overview video entitled, “How to Edit Video in Photoshop CC”:

      If you want to try it out for yourself and see how easy it is to use, then just download the free CC 2014 trial (for up to 60 days) and get started today.

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