Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only in raster graphics editing, but in digital art as a whole. The software’s name has thus become a generic trademark, leading to its usage as a verb (e.g. “to photoshop an image”, “photoshopping”, and “photoshop contest”) although Adobe discourages such use. Photoshop can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers and supports masks, alpha compositing and several color models including RGB, CMYK, CIELAB, spot color, and duotone. Photoshop uses its own PSD and PSB file formats to support these features. In addition to raster graphics, Photoshop has limited abilities to edit or render text and vector graphics (especially through clipping path for the latter), as well as 3D graphics and video. Its feature set can be expanded by plug-ins; programs developed and distributed independently of Photoshop that run inside it and offer new or enhanced features.
Photoshop’s naming scheme was initially based on version numbers. However, in October 2002 (following the introduction of Creative Suite branding), each new version of Photoshop was designated with “CS” plus a number; e.g., the eighth major version of Photoshop was Photoshop CS and the ninth was Photoshop CS2. Photoshop CS3 through CS6 were also distributed in two different editions: Standard and Extended. With the introduction of the Creative Cloud branding in June 2013 (and in turn, the change of the “CS” suffix to “CC”), Photoshop’s licensing scheme was changed to that of software as a service rental model. Historically, Photoshop was bundled with additional software such as Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Device Central and Adobe Camera RAW.
Alongside Photoshop, Adobe also develops and publishes Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Express, Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Sketch and Photoshop Mix. As of November 2019, Adobe has also released a full version of Photoshop for the iPad, and while initially limited, Adobe plans to bring more features to Photoshop for iPad. Collectively, they are branded as “The Adobe Photoshop Family”.
Powering the creative world
The world’s best imaging and graphic design software is at the core of just about every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. And now you can harness the power of Photoshop across desktop and iPad to create wherever inspiration strikes.
Our professional photography tools make it easy to do everyday edits or total image transformations across desktop and iPad. Crop, remove objects, retouch, and combine photos. Play with color and effects. And reimagine the art of photography.
Design is in our DNA
Posters, packaging, banners, websites — all your design projects start with Photoshop. Combine photos and text to create entirely new images. Work with unlimited layers and masks. And paint with brushes that you control with stylus or touch on your iPad.
Here. There. Everywhere
Start on your iPad and finish on your desktop — your work is automatically saved to the cloud and your PSDs are the same, no matter where you are.
See what new can do
It’s never been easier to use Photoshop. New features are rolling out regularly to simplify steps and save time — check out some of the latest updates.
Better, faster portrait selection
Create precise selections of people with just one click. Select Subject automatically detects the person in your portrait and refines the selection to include fine details like hair.
Adobe Fonts auto-activation
Say goodbye to missing fonts in your PSDs. Photoshop now automatically finds and adds all available fonts from Adobe Fonts to your libraries.
Easily change the orientation of any pattern in Pattern Overlays and Pattern Fill Layers.
Adobe Camera Raw improvements
Save time whether you’re adjusting one image or batch-processing hundreds. The updated Camera Raw workspace puts your tools right where you need them so you can edit more efficiently.
Object Selection tool
Create fast and precise selections by drawing a simple rectangle or lasso around an object. Then let Adobe Sensei do the rest.
Powerful meets portable
The creative power of Photoshop is now on your iPad. Open full-size PSDs, create sophisticated composites, retouch images, and control brushes with your finger or Apple Pencil. We’re just getting started, so stay tuned as we roll out exciting new features in the months ahead.