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Happy 25th Anniversary Photoshop!

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.

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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:

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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!





25 Under 25: The Search is on for 25 of the Most Creative Visual Artists Under 25

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
    • 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.

Life, Work, and Photography…from the Window Seat

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.

Newark to Omaha, 2006

Newark to Omaha, 2006


3.2 Million Minutes and Counting: The Photoshop Playbook Index

As the Photoshop team heads in to 2015, we’ve got a lot to celebrate, but not without first reflecting on 2014. This past year we released fifty episodes of the Photoshop Playbook, our video tutorial series answering some of the most frequently asked questions on our social channels and in the forums.

This series was one of the highlights of my year. I loved showing you new ways of doing things in Photoshop, helping you to work faster or better than you were already. Some of you even learned completely new skills, and it was fun to show you new techniques to “add to your Playbook.”

In total, the fifty episodes of the Photoshop Playbook were viewed over 1.3 million times, with about 3.2 million minutes watched. If you string all of those minutes together, that adds up to six years time spent watching the Photoshop Playbook. Wow!

In case you missed some of the episodes, embedded below you’ll find five of the most popular videos in the series, followed by the full index of all fifty episodes of the Photoshop Playbook. Bookmark this page and come back to it to brush up on the basics and to learn entirely new skills.

Thanks to Julieanne Kost for guest hosting a few of the episodes and thanks again to you for watching. We hope you always keep learning.

Photoshop Playbook: Making Fine Hair Selections

Photoshop Playbook: Selective Focus


Sharing Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop

Just two months ago, we introduced the Libraries panel to Photoshop CC 2014. Libraries help you Store your favorite things, Use them over and over, and as of today, you can now Share your Libraries with your team.


Libraries can save all types of content—that specific color, the client’s logo or watermark, or your favorite style of text. Just grab any content from your design and drag it into the panel. Libraries can store one or more layers or groups, in addition to Smart Objects. Libraries can also extract colors, text styles, and even layer effects like drop shadows by simply clicking on one of the buttons in the Libraries panel.

You can create as many Libraries as you want: one for each project, type of project, or even just your favorites.

Once you store something in Libraries, you can access it anywhere. Everything is automatically (and securely) synced to Creative Cloud.

How to Store All Types of Content in Creative Cloud Libraries