Whether you’re a photography purist who believes images are best left untouched or an artist or designer who worships at the altar of Photoshop, there’s no denying the power and influence of the software. Yesterday marked the 25th birthday of what is arguably Adobe’s biggest success story, so here at Parrotprint headquarters we thought we’d take a little look at the software, its influence and how far the product that plays an important role in achieving print canvas perfection for many of our customers, has come.
Because we’re all spring chickens in the office, relatively speaking, it wasn’t until we started doing a little reading around that we found out that Photoshop hasn’t always been called Photoshop. In fact, its first incarnation – Display – didn’t mention photos at all. It’s next moniker, ImagePro, was already taken by another piece of software. It was only in late 1988 that the brothers behind the program settled on the name we’re all familiar with. Thomas and John Knoll successfully took this editing software to Adobe who released the first version in February 1990. There have been lots of versions and achievements since, many of which are plotted on Adobe’s own Photoshop timeline, which you can view here.
While this video of American talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel jokes how a world without Photoshop would be one where individuals would need to risk life and limb to physically ride a lion rather than simply inserting themselves in position using the software, there are always a good number of examples of times where Photoshopping hasn’t gone quite according to plan circulating the internet. It doesn’t take much searching to find a lol-worthy selection of ‘Photoshop fails’ and alongside the ability to give images a professional finish at home, these errors are something else we must surely also be thankful to Adobe for. Just for fun, here’s Buzzfeed’s roundup of the best Photoshop fails of 2014.
If you’re just getting started with Photoshop, you’ll find the video tutorials a godsend – they take you slowly through all the simple steps and you’ll soon find yourself with images you’ll want to transfer to canvas. Do you Photoshop your images to create perfect canvas prints?