Adobe Photoshop Turns 25

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Adobe’s iconic imaging software, Photoshop, turns 25 years old, the company announces.

The popular program dates back to 1987, when software engineer Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. It was a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor. But after collaborating with his brother, John, the pair began to add features that made it possible to process digital image files. Its popularity grew and in 1989, the pair started licensing the software, renamed it Photoshop and shipped the first version in 1990.

Today, Photoshop has tens of millions of users in industries ranging from photography to mobile app creation to moviemaking and graphic design.

To celebrate its 25th birthday, Adobe will showcase 25 of the most creative visual artists under 25 who use Photoshop. To be considered, artists should upload their projects to using the tag “Ps25Under25.” In the coming months, those selected will “take over” Photoshop’s Instagram handle (@Photoshop) for two weeks and present their work on the site.

Fredy Santiago, a 24-year-old, California-based Mexican-American artist and illustrator was the first person chosen to display his work.


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