In 1987 individuals were shaking out to Walk Like an Egyptian, falling head over heels in love for The Princess Bride, and were simply meeting the Tanner Family from Full House. It was in this predigital world—a world just about outlandish for us to envision now—that Thomas Knoll concocted and made Display, a pixel imaging project. Presentation was acquired by the then incipient programming organization Adobe, and in 1990—25 years prior was discharged under another, now renowned name. “Photoshop” was born.
Photoshop was founded by two brothers , Thomas and John Knoll. Thomas was a PhD student at the University of Michigan, who made a program that could show grayscale images on a black and white display. It caught the eye of John, who was working at George Lucas’s visual effects company Industrial Lights and Magic, and encouraged his brother to build it out into a full application.
“I think all of us were born with an artistic streak, and it gets beaten out of us,”. “But now technology has now allowed more people than ever before to be artistic.
“And content begets content. The more content that’s getting produced, the more comes out.”
2015 will be a year of celebrating, not where Photoshop has been, but where Photoshop is going and the people that make it possible.