The Path of Photoshop and Graphic Design
It was only 1856 when Gustave Le Gray unknowingly set the stage for the graphic design concept that would grow to become a billion dollar industry in less than 200 years. Gray took one picture of the sky and one of the sea and merged them together at the horizon. This may seem simple to the point of being ludicrous in today’s world, but in 1856 Gray was the first artist to imagine the possibilities of manipulated photography.
Today, graphic design is defined as the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, illustration, and photography. It’s visual communication in an artistic and powerful format, and it’s relied upon for everything from road signs to complex marketing campaigns.
Adobe Photoshop Version 1.0.7
With a 1989 copyright, made its name as the very first image processing software to ever impact photography. Though this early generation photoshopping was incredibly basic, with just filters and image adjustments, it was an enormous step forward compared to the limitations of darkrooms at the time. Each version of Adobe Photoshop became more advanced moving forward, adding elements like layer management. Soon, people around the country came to realize that Photoshop held the power to manipulate any type of graphic content, making the impossible completely possible. This really propelled the world of graphic design into existence.
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5
It’s been nearly 30 years since Photoshop came onto the scene, and this newest rebranded version of Photoshop is dramatically different from its original predecessor. Common photo editing tools like crop, lasso, and paintbrush sit alongside premium tools that experts are able to use to craft impressive graphic design pieces. Other photoshopping platforms do exist of course, like Picmonkey and PicsArt, but they are far simpler. Adobe Photoshop has been a mainstay for decades, and graphic designers trust it as a fully functional graphic-designing suite.