Photoshop was originally created by two brothers, Thomas Knoll and John Knoll. The two brothers shared interests both in photography and computing, and had the use of their father’s darkroom while growing up.
|Photoshop was still yet to be conceived, but development effectively started in 1987. The project started as a thesis on the processing of digital images, and evolved first into a small set of graphical subroutines, and then into a program named Display. This grew into a better featured version named ImagePro in 1988, and finally Photoshop 1.0 in 1989. Adobe took interest in this final version, and the first ever version of Photoshop was released in 1990.
There is a fantastic article with even more details on the time leading up to Photoshop 1.0 .
After its massive success at the top end of the market, a consumer version was created to run alongside the professional package. These packages were sold for much less than their full counterparts, and were also bundled with other products like digital cameras and scanners. Photoshop 4.0 Limited Edition was the first of these packages.
By Photoshop 7.0, which was now the market leader of all graphics programs, Adobe stopped making LE versions, and began the Photoshop Elements product line. The professional package has since moved on to the ‘CS’ versions, and Photoshop Elements releases have continued.
Below is a brief version history for Photoshop that summarises the Photoshop release history:
Adobe produce many other products used for processing all kinds of computer graphics. They have very successfully covered all aspects of the digital imaging market, and have expanded into other areas too, such as video and audio production. A summary of some Adobe products is shown below:
Photoshop – Flagship product for professional digital imaging.
There are loads more products that I haven’t mentioned at all, but it is probably worth mentioning that Adobe do some interesting bundles too. One of their later offerings, Creative Suite, is described by them like this:
“Adobe Creative Suite 4 software is a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS4, InDesign CS4 and Acrobat 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue CS4, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos.”