I know Photoshop feels like a very mature product, but 30 years? It can’t be 30 years already, right? (this getting old thing…well…it’s not for the young).

How lucky are we that for the past 30 years this program has existed — it touches most every visual part of our lives; if you see a Web page, a billboard, a video, a movie, a TV show, an ad, even an email, at some point it probably was touched in some way by Photoshop. It’s that much a part of our lives.

I came a little late to the Photoshop game – when I first saw it, it was already on version 2.0, and shortly after I started really using it, it was already at version 2.5 and it was already a mind-blowing program back then. I think one of the most amazing things — one of the things that makes Photoshop such a special program to this day, is that its a program without walls. You never say, “Photoshop can’t do this.” Instead, you say, “I wonder how you do this in Photoshop” because even though you might not know how to do a particular thing you want to do…you know Photoshop can do it. The limit isn’t the program — you don’t hit its limits — and that is truly something.

To get a feel for that Photoshop magic, take a look back with me at this video Adobe’s own Terry White did a while back where he’s showing the first version of Photoshop (Photoshop 1.0). It’s amazing to see the features that were in that first version that are still a mainstay of our workflows today, but it’s also awesome to see how far we’ve come since then. Check it out below.

Last week, in honor of Photoshop’s 30th anniversary, Terry also did a live Webcast showing his Top 30 favorite Photoshop features of all time. It’s so good! You’ll learn some cool things along the way, including features you might not even know where there. I’ve embedded that video below:

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy 30th Birthday!” :)

Here’s wishing you a kick-butt week!

-Scott

P.S. My Prague travel photography workshop I announced here on Friday sold out Friday. If you want to get on the early notice list for my upcoming workshops, head over to ScottKelbyWorkshops.com and sign up there. That way, you’ll get a heads-up before I announce my next workshop to the public (and it’s a pretty incredible one, so you’ll know to know early).

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.

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