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February 19 marks 30 years since the release of Adobe Photoshop, a photo-editing software that’s since become synonymous with digital photo manipulation. The Onion looks back at key moments in the history of Photoshop on its 30-year anniversary.

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1988:

John Knoll comes up with idea for Photoshop after brother Tom introduces him to burgeoning medium of photography.


1989:

Adobe Inc. mistakenly purchases Photoshop from Knoll brothers after forgetting their free trial had ended.

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20 Minutes After Release, 1990:

Topless photo of Michelle Pfeiffer created.


1995:

Dover, DE resident Jerry Agatucci begins 25-year odyssey of holiday cards set in unlikely locations.

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1998:

Software adds intermediate magnifications between 10% and 700%.


2000:

Master classical forger Giuseppe Francisco de Palma throws hands up in disgust after losing another client.

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2003:

The Pirate Bay launches.


2009:

Contract dispute causes lasso tool to sit out Photoshop 7.0.


2015:

A bird with human arms and meatballs for eyes.


2019:

Last person who understood licensing tiers of Photoshop dies under mysterious circumstances.

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