Photoshop is a popular tool today, loved by hobbyists and professionals like photographers and designers. This program offers a readily available, easy to use and flexible solution for all the needs of a perfect design. However, the tool doesn’t come out with such awesome features at once and has been evolved in several years of development. The program provides a wonderful example of the evolution of a simple idea into an impacting and useful tool.
The tale began with a PhD student in 1987, Thomas Knoll, who created a graphics application, Display in Macintosh Plus. With this tool, a monochrome display was made to demonstrate grayscale images. However, his brother John Knoll, who was a photo-enthusiast, saw the program and persuaded Tom to convert it into software for editing images. The task was finished within a period of six months by the duo and was named Photoshop, after considering a previous name, ImagePro, discarded due to non-availability.
In 1988, Adobe Systems Incorporated bought the distribution license for this tool from the American brothers. Its success was displeasured by the fear of non-availability of personal computers, capable of running the program. However, its sales began and added a boost to the demand for highly capable computers.