Or "That picture was obviously Photoshopped."
It's the 20th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop's arrival, and very early in those two decades it became the tool for pro image editing.
Originally developed by Thomas Knoll and his brother John Knoll (who is even better known for his work as a visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic - think Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, and multiple Star Wars and Star Trek titles), Photoshop quickly became the software of choice for those who needed to prepare photographs and some other types of image for publication or printing.
As early as 1991, Photoshop was in everyday use at the publishing company where I worked. Even though it shipped (as I recall) on a couple of floppy disks, its feature set made it stand out.
What made Photoshop special? Please read on.
Over the years, features were progressively added to Photoshop, making it more and more flexible and useful. Significant changes included the arrival of layers, multiple undos, editable text, the healing brush, and support for RAW files.
Today, Photoshop is more widely used than ever. To mark the anniversary, Adobe pulled together messages of congratulation from users in a variety of fields.
Dennis Publishing art editor Russell Clarke said "Dennis Publishing is proud to have used Adobe Photoshop for well over a decade. Across all our titles be they print, Web, or eMags the applications of Photoshop are so diverse and its ability to transform ideas into popular brands so powerful, it has become the only real option for any publisher or modern designer."
Orange County Choppers senior designer Jason Pohl said "The power of Adobe Photoshop allows our creative process to be natural and responsive, which in turn, makes our design process more streamlined."
Adventure photographer Tyler Stableford said "Photoshop has opened an entirely new plane of creativity in my photography career. And equally importantly, it has fuelled my enthusiasm as a digital artist. Thanks, Photoshop, and happy 20th!"
There are probably some people around who don't like Photoshop, and many more (especially amateurs) who can't afford it. But Photoshop is part of a select group of applications (Lotus 1-2-3 was another) that significantly changed the way people use computers.