We’ve been very busy here at Adobe, redefining what connected mobile creativity means, both for our growing family of free mobile apps and in components for our partners that are leveraging Adobe technology via our Creative SDK. Today, I’d like to share what we’re doing to bring significant Photoshop functionality to more people in unique and powerful ways, and to extend your creative experience beyond the desktop.
Photoshop on the desktop has opened a world of unparalleled creative freedom, but as Scott Belsky, Adobe’s VP of Products, Community and Behance explained in a recent blog post of his own, bringing that kind of power to mobile presented us with some pretty daunting challenges.
One major challenge to creative freedom was, simply, access. While the phone may be your go-to for all of your daily snapshots, how do you get to those images on your tablet? And how do you access your projects or elements of your projects that reside on your desktop? This was among the first problems we set out to solve. Our new mobile apps can open files from Creative Cloud, so all of your mobile content and many of your desktop files are accessible to you on your mobile device, and the work you create while on your mobile device is accessible to you when you’re on your desktop. This means you can get to what you need, wherever you are.
Then there’s the editing challenge. We recognized that bringing core Photoshop technology to mobile would open many creative opportunities for our customers, but it had to be done right, which meant nailing the experience. To do that, we needed to distill very complex desktop workflows and features into a naturally intuitive touch environment. We’ve also sought to provide a solution that helps people achieve great results quickly. So we’ve recently focused on creating individual mobile apps that each perform core tasks, rather than provide all-in-one solutions that mirror the desktop versions of our applications.
There’s no doubt about it – the roles of phones and tablets are growing, and your photography needs are getting increasingly more complex. At Adobe, we’ve continued making updates to meet the changing needs of your workflow through our Creative Cloud Photography plan – giving you the magic of Photoshop and the imaging power of Lightroom across desktop, mobile devices and web, so you can bring out the best in your photographs from wherever you are. We’ve listened to your feedback – we heard you on the need for value and we delivered updates to desktop, web, and mobile products on both iOS and Android devices. We’ve created an easy way for you to view synced photos in web galleries, and just two weeks ago announced Slate, allowing you to turn your images into a beautiful visual story in minutes.
Today, we’re excited to release the latest update: the release of Lightroom CC 2015 and updates to all of our mobile apps. Here’s a brief description of some of our favorite new features, available today:
- HDR Merge: Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.
- Panorama Merge: Stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.
- Performance Improvements: Get more done, faster. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed up to 10 times faster, especially in the Develop module.
- Facial Recognition: Easily find and organize photos of family and friends with new Facial Recognition features in Lightroom CC.
- Advanced video slideshows: Combine still images, video and music with professional effects like pan and zoom.
- Improved web galleries: Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.
- Filter Brush: Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.
In 1987 people were rocking out to Walk Like an Egyptian, falling in love with The Princess Bride, and were just meeting the Tanner Family from Full House. It was in this pre-digital world—a world almost impossible for us to imagine now—that Thomas Knoll dreamed up and created Display, a pixel imaging program. Display was purchased by the then nascent software company Adobe, and in 1990—25 years ago—was released under a new, now famous name. “Photoshop” was born.
Today, the digital imaging revolution that Photoshop started is so pervasive that remembering a time before it existed takes some work. So it’s with great pleasure, on Photoshop’s 25th anniversary, that we look back to the simpler, pre-millennial world into which it was born, not to celebrate the past but to recognize what an awesome transformation our world has undergone in such a short amount of time. Hallmarks like today remind us of what is possible when human artistry and imagination unite with technology to make our dreams real before our eyes. In the case of Photoshop, making dreams visible is the product’s literal promise.
2015 will be a year of celebrating, not where Photoshop has been, but where Photoshop is going and the people that make it possible. Below is our “bucket list” for the year, events we invite you to join us in as we look ahead to the next 25 years of Photoshop, and the future that we will co-create together.
Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary Bucket List:
- Join Instagram (Duh)
To follow along with our anniversary celebration keep an eye on #Photoshop25 or check in with us here.
On behalf of the whole team, a hearty thank you to the creative community and to the world for supporting the evolution of Photoshop. Here’s to the next quarter century!
As part of my job, I have the unique privilege of seeing jaw-dropping and sometimes life-changing artwork cross my desk on a routine basis. Here at Adobe we’re constantly amazed by the creative talent of our customers, especially the young, up-and-comers – the next-gen artists. That’s why to celebrate Photoshop’s upcoming 25th anniversary, we’re officially launching a search for 25 of the most creative visual artists under the age of 25!
In the coming months, we’ll be scouring the globe, turning over every rock, to find artists that represent the future of Photoshop. But we need your help. We’re looking for the most innovative, forward-looking work out there that will show the world what the next generation of Photoshop artists is made of.
These 25 game changers will be from all parts of the world, and their art will represent their diverse cultures, life experiences, points of view and dreams…all brought to life with the help of Photoshop. In honor of our 25th year, each artist will be creating an original piece of art to celebrate the milestone. Over the course of the next year, each of the 25 will stage a two week takeover of our brand new Photoshop Instagram channel sharing their story and their art with the world.
Could this be you or someone you know? Tell us about your passion and you could be part of this prestigious list of young artists.
Here’s how to make sure we see your work:
- Create a Behance profile if you don’t already have one
- Go to Behance.net
- Enter your Adobe ID or get an Adobe ID
- Add a project to your profile
- Tag the project with “Ps25Under25” in the Project Tags section in “Step 3: Settings when uploading your project”
- Make sure you publish your project
What we’re looking for:
- Women and men under the age of 25
- Artists who use Photoshop somewhere in their creative process
- Visionaries with the ability to inspire the masses through their unique artistic perspective
- A proven ability to create visually stunning work
We’re monitoring projects that are tagged and will be in touch if we have any questions. Follow our Behance Collection to keep up with our progress. We can’t wait to see all of the cool work the Photoshop community is capable of.
My name is Julieanne Kost and I’m the Principal Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop at Adobe. Some of you may know me from the tips and tutorials that I’ve created or perhaps a few of you know me because of my photography and digital illustrations. If we’ve never met, well, hi.
I travel about 250 days a year, and, for better or worse, I’m required to fly to get to almost all of the places I visit. As a result, I spend a great deal of time on airplanes in those tiny, cramped seats with little to do but try to work or read.
Shooting photographs allows me to stay sane during those long flights, because what most people don’t know is that I have a bit of a handicap when it comes to flying; I am scared to death of it. I’ve always been afraid of flying, but during one particular 20-minute bout of turbulence in the middle of the Andes years ago, I found myself white-knuckled, fingers embedded in the hard plastic arm-rests. It was in that instant that the camera became a comforting buffer between the reality of that moment and my own thoughts.