A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, Adobe Photoshop had yet to be created. OK, I am being a bit dramatic, but Adobe is celebrating 25 years of Photoshop. Watch this video to truly appreciate how easy we have it in our digital age.
If I didn't experiment while I was in school, I would be like the thousands of other kids my age who take Photoshop for granted, or maybe don't realize where it gets its roots. While many of us can call ourselves retouchers or at least write "proficient in Adobe Creative Suite" down on our resumes, truly great graphic artists of print media were few and far between. We may think we understand how ad agencies back in the day worked because we've seen a couple episodes of Mad Men, but the truth is it's a real art form that required intelligence and skill.
Messy ink pens, rubber cement, and Rubylith makes the inner artist in me happy, but also gives me nightmares about trying to apply the same art to the tight deadlines of Fortune 500 companies. Could you imagine as a photographer spending so much time on a photoshoot, developing the film, carefully selecting negatives to expose, and for what? All to have the image returned because of a few little blemishes? Of course you can't, we have an attention span of a goldfish in today's age. Thank god for the the spot healing brush and batch exports, and thank god for Adobe.