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Nowadays it’s impossible to find a professional website and even physical prints that is not digitally processed by Photoshop. In fact, almost every product or design today, including Hongkiat.com, has gotten help from Photoshop. More than 20 years on, it is still defining the universe of digital imaging, with no signs of slowing down.


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Yet we know so few about who is behind it – key developers, whose names sit in

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front of the Photoshop splash screen we stare at every single time we launch the software. And now, driven by curiosity and gratefulness, it is my obligation to unfold the stories of 10 unsung heroes who forged and polished the Photoshop we rely on to make a good living. It’s time we celebrate them.



#1. Thomas Knoll

Photoshop, a mega software that shaped the world of digital imaging today, started from one person, Thomas Knoll. Knoll started Photoshop as a hobby to create code that displays grayscale image, and the initial success led him to create more image editing codes, which eventually became primal features of the now legendary Photoshop.


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His humility is legendary too. When he was inducted by NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), he responded with ‘Why would you want to induct me? I didn’t do anything special. Writing Photoshop was just something we did for fun back then.’ It is this attitude that culminates the selfless spirit of the Photoshop team, thus shaping a product built on awesome teamwork.


Thomas is still active in the Photoshop team until now, which is a rare path for most co-founders. He led the team until CS4, and his most recent work (at the time of this writing) is the Adobe Camera Raw plugin that processes raw image formats from digital cameras. His passion for Photoshop and digital imaging is unmatchable to this day.


#2. John Knoll

Although the name doesn’t appear in most versions of Photoshop’s splash screen except 1.0.7 and 2.0.1, John Knoll is another co-founder of the Photoshop. In fact he was the one who persuaded Thomas Knoll to turn his personal program into a commercial image editing software.


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At the time, John Knoll was surprised at how similar Thomas’s program was to image processing software that charges $300/hour for basic photo retouching. He saw a future in affordable image editing software, and started to push Thomas to develop more features in spite of him still trying to finish his PHD study.


While working with Industrial Light and Magic, the company which develops visual effects for George Lucas’ motion picture company, John also created some image-processing routines, which later evolved into filters (lens flare!).


#3. Russell Preston Brown

No complex product can soar without the escort of the passionate evangelist, and for Photoshop, it’s Russell Preston Brown. Same with the Knoll brothers, Russell is one of the pioneers of Photoshop. On the Photoshop 1.0.7 splash screen only 4 names were listed at the time: Thomas Knoll, John Knoll, Steve Guttman, Russell Brown.


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As Adobe’s Senior Creative Director, Russell Brown is the most devoted user of Photoshop, and he even evangelized the software with his mastery of design and Photoshop skills. He has been restlessly showcasing Photoshop’s potential in grand events like the Mac Summit, and offering his own tips and tutorials in his website. If you have ever seen his showcase, you could probably sense his passion (and a bit of insanity!) for Photoshop.


#4. Seetharaman Narayanan

Although he could probably retire and enjoy his life on certain tropical island, Seetharaman Narayanan chose to continue his work in Adobe. His name appears after the No.1 Thomas Knoll in the splash screen, so I’m sure you stared at his name a lot, particularly when your Photoshop is launching slowly.


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And he truly deserves the honor, as Seetharaman Narayanan is the man that dedicated his best to make the Windows version of Photoshop possible, then made it multi-threadable. Now the Lead Adobe Photoshop Engineer, he also ported Adobe Lightroom to Windows. He doesn’t claim all the spotlight though but the benefit of having long names is that it is simply too unique to be ignored.


#5. Russell Williams

Russell Williams joined the Photoshop team right after its 4.0, and he was surprised with how small the team behind Photoshop was. But he soon realized that they were brilliant and exceptionally good at their work. They had a clear direction, making Russell believe that the product will eventually ship which is after all the thing every developer wants.


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In Russell’s regular days, he sits with other principal scientists such as Seetharaman Narayanan and do the most important thing in his career: decide what’s next for Photoshop. That said, for now Russell Williams is looking forward to image forensics, where the traits of intentional image modification by criminals could be detected more clearly through images.


#6. Jeff Chien

If you have used the Healing Brush to remove the wrinkles and blemishes of your photo, you need to thank Jeff Chien. He’s the principal scientist in Adobe that help achieved the Healing Brush effect, which could fool your perceptive eyes with its blending nature. The effect is in fact rather complex when it comes to implementation. Nonetheless, he didn’t even know what RGB was back then!


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Jeff Chien’s background is motivating for young computer scientists in developing countries. He was raised in a country without GameBoys and other fancy home entertainment equipment. But he did have access to a mainframe computer which everyone shared for very limited periods of time. Even in this limiting environment, he spent a lot of time learning, developing a solid background in math, which in the end helped score him a job in both Apple and Adobe.


#7. Maria Yap

Maria Yap trained as a professional, and started her photography and design study before the birth of Photoshop, thus she truly appreciates the amount of hectic work that is saved through the aid of Photoshop. After several years of cruel industrial training (aka freelancing), Maria finally joined the Adobe team offering her expertise.


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She now leads a team of product managers and evangelists to develop innovative applications for design, such as Adobe Revel. Maria volunteers herself as a judge for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, and part of the reason could be the immense inspiration that radiate from the event. It is apparent that her life is all about Photoshop, design and family.


#8. Sarah Kong

Ever heard of the name, ImageReady? Well, you must be as old as me then. Back then we designed our graphics in Photoshop, then optimize it for the Web in ImageReady! And the switch button within the software is the work of Sarah Kong, an engineering manager who also worked on some helpful automation plugins like picture package and Web photo gallery.


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Sarah thinks of Photoshop as an awesome product, made possible with exceptional teamwork. She also foresees a strong future of Photoshop in this social media driven world, with community features such as lens profile sharing for lens correction features.


#9. Bryan O’Neil Hughes

One requires courage and determination (and bit of luck!) to succeed in life, and Bryan O’Neil Hughes lived up the quote by joining the Photoshop team in 1999. Making his debut as a Quality Engineer, Bryan contributed by doing his best to destroy Photoshop internally with intensive testing. Besides, if you have tasted the juiciness of Liquify feature before, that also came from Bryan.


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Bryan cares about users. During Photoshop’s 20th anniversary he did a survey with both Photoshop users and NAPP members to discover specific new features, or current user interface issues that were bugging them. Based on the data, they improved Photoshop CS5 and make it dominate the world of digital imaging again.


#10. John Nack

John Nack a.k.a Tiny Elvis, is the true composer of Photoshop. His role, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager, ensured that he oversees the development of many distinctive features such as Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Vanishing Point, and Smart Object which I use every day on my graphics and shapes.


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He is inducted by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals in 2008, which is one of the highest honors you could ever receive in the industry. Nonetheless, his humility still shines on top of his achievements, with his friendly and informative Adobe’s blog as solid proof of his down-to-earth nature. Clearly humility is the core culture for Photoshop team members.


Reflection

In my search for information, the most common word I caught in the interviews was ‘teamwork’. And what’s even more amusing is, most of the time the interviewee pushes the credit to someone else in the team! I believe it’s that humble nature and cooperative spirit that keeps both Photoshop and its innovation going for more than 20 years and probably a lot more in the future.


Also if you’re reading this article, there’s a great chance that you’re a Photoshop addict like me! What would you like to say to these Photoshop pioneers and engineers? For me, a simple thank you is probably not enough! Let us know your words then, and tell us how Photoshop transformed your life!



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You're too busy to go back to school. At least that's the excuse you give for not pursuing additional training in your field.

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It’s that time of the year again, where excitement builds in the hearts of lovers everywhere. Valentine’s Day is indeed a time for many to try their very best to make their better half feel special. The usual way is to get them gifts, which is nothing to complain about – who doesn’t like getting flowers or a new pair of earrings?


After a while though, things get stagnant, which is why perhaps you are reading this. Feel like designing something special for your partner? We have here a collection of 20 lovely Valentine’s Day Photoshop tutorials that y

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ou may find useful for creating unique Valentine’s Day cards, wallpapers, or even Valentine-themed decorations for dedications on your personal website. Good luck!



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Valentine’s Day – Photoshop Style. An awesome step-by-step Photoshop text effect tutorial you can use to add a romantic touch to your Valentine’s Day card design.



Heart in Envelope Icon PSD Tutorial. Use this tutorial to learn how to make a fantastic Valentine-themed envelope icon that has a heart encased in it. You can use the icon as part of a contact form or as an RSS feed icon for your personal website on Valentine’s Day.



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Valentine Photoshop Wallpaper with Jeans Heart. A simple tutorial on how to use Photoshop to make a jeans-inspired Valentine-themed wallpaper that has a broken heart with stitchings.



Quick Photoshop Tutorial: Dreamy Bokeh Effect. Add a touch of romance to your everyday photos with this quick Photoshop tutorial on the bokeh effect.



Amorous Wallpaper. You may find this tutorial handy for using Photoshop to create simple yet elegant Valentine’s Day wallpapers with romantic text.



Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Stitched Valentine Heart Effect. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a jeans-textured Valentine-themed design that even comes with stitching effects.



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Valentine’s Day eCard – Photoshop Graphic Design Tutorial 16. A short but useful tutorial on how to create a simple but lovely Valentine’s Day poster/card using Photoshop.



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lideshows and carousels are the best way to present images and this is usually achieved using jQuery. To have jQuery slider galleries or other image presentation on your web page you have to code or download a jQuery slider plug-in and integrate it. Those sliders give effective looks and are very attractive to users.


Here you can see 30 Different content slider plug-in for WordPress. Hope these plug-ins help you…Enjoy!!!



1. All in Banner ($18)

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2. CCSlider WP ($18)

CCSlider WP makes it easy to embed the CCSlider jQuery slideshow plug-in in your Word Press theme. CCSlider is an unique slideshow plug-in because of the fact that it supports 3d transitions! There are 14 stunning 3d transitions available, and also 16 stylish 2d transitions. You have the option for mentioning a 2d transition fallback for old browsers that don’t support HTML5 Canvas, which is used for producing the 3d transitions.


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3. Boutique Carousel ($8)

A ready to use jQuery slider/carousel to present your images in a unique, smooth and customizable way.Simply link to the JavaScript and CSS files and apply it to your HTML element like other jQuery plug-ins.


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4. Mark Sebastian (Free)

In this tutorial we are going to create a stunning full page gallery with scrollable thumbnails and a scrollable full screen preview. The idea is to have a thumbnails bar at the bottom of the page that scrolls automatically when the user moves the mouse. When a thumbnail is clicked, it moves to the center of the page and the full screen image is loaded in the background. Now the user can move up and down and the image will get scrolled automatically, giving him the opportunity to see all of the image.


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5. Matthewruddy (Free)

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6. Fancy Thumbnail Slider ($5)

Fancy Thumbnail Slider is a Full screen carousel slider with lot of features and settings. The slider fit automatically to the Browser size.

With just some small changes on the css file you can change the layout of your Slider.


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7. Jquery Slider ($20)

liJQuery Image Slider is carefully crafted slider/banner image rotator, full of features, easy to install and customize. Whenever you need a full featured slider image rotator or you need a simple ad banner, liJQuery Image slider will do the job with ease


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8. Ubill Board ($20)

uBillboard is a Premium Slider for Word Press. It is a jQuery based slider with a multitude of transitions and options for you to be able to customize it to your needs while not overwhelming you with options you never wanted or needed. Version 3 is a revolutionary release with most of the codebase rewritten from scratch.


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9. Blades Colors ($6)

BLADES jQuery is a flexible jQuery banner rotator that makes an impression. Easy to customize with several options including 5 unique transitions, BLADES jQuery is the type of banner that can easily headline your next project.


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10. DD slider Word Press Plug-in ($20)

DD Slider WP features EVERYTHING that the jQuery plug-in already offered PLUS a custom admin panel, with total management of slides.


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11. Book Shelf Slider ($12)

Multipurpose Bookshelf Slider Word press Plug-in is useful for displaying products such as books, magazines, DVD, cd and others. It’s a way to showcase products in an attractive manner.


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12. kreatura Media ($15)

This is a Word Press plug-in of the Layer Slider. You can create as many layers and sub layers as you want. You can use images or any other HTML elements, including Flash movies as layers. The script is very user-friendly, you can add global settings or local (per slide) settings to each layer or sub layer. You can change delay times, easing types, durations and much more with the WYSIWYG editor.


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13. Massive Pro Creation ($30)

Flip Book Word Press Plug-in is based on XML Flip Book / AS3 one of the three top selling items of all times on Active Den. It has been built from scratch. Almost everything you see on the page is easily customizable through the Word Press administration panel – easy installation, no coding skills required.


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14. Pixelentity ($20)

We’ve taken the solid technological foundation which underpinned the success of the Estro jQuery plug-in, and have pushed it even further. We have added a custom admin panel which will allow you to customize all aspects of your slider without having to touch a line of code. Drag and drop arranging of your slides, multiple slider insertion, skin selection, Ken Burns customization, you name it, we’ve included it.


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15. Phoenix Gallery ($18)

Word Press Media Gallery is the ultimate gallery for your Word Press site. It supports any kind of content from simple images to advanced inline content to videos. Because of this, it can be used not only as a gallery, but also as a slider, banner rotator, video gallery and more. This is the only gallery you will ever need.


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16. Theme Punch ($15)

A combination of Parallax Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations defines this slider. Customize unlimited sliders with our own Drag&Drop Slider Editor to your very needs. Give each slider a parallax caption to transport your message.


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17. Royal Slider ($20)

Royal Slider for Word Press is a cross-device jQuery content slider with touch-based navigation and responsive layout.


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18. Rama ($6)

Rama – The jQuery Slider Plug-in animates your image and text slides with transition effects of the wide library (21 transition and 10 object animation effects available). Easy installation, state-of-the-art transitions and text animations define the fresh line style.


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19. Product Viewer ($10)

This file is suitable for homepage banner, slideshow, product viewer, Gallery even though you can use as an intro. All animations are customizable so it suitable for any type of banners. You can use any number of layer on each slider. You can position and spacing each layer easily using data attributes. In download file, five default samples are available in separate html file.


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20. Presentation Cycle (Free)

Cycle is a script that supports image presentations to easily display multiple images. This script supports a lot of effects and the cycling of html elements. Presentation Cycle is a variation on the functionality of Cycle. Instead of generating a list of numbers that are clickable Presentation Cycle generates a progress bar that shows when the new slide will appear.


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21. Accordion ($4)

jAccordion is a flexible and lightweight jQuery (1.4.3+) plug-in full of features that let you customize it to suit your needs.


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22. Translucent ($8)

This is a jQuery Banner Rotator / Slideshow with translucent background set for caption. Supports Responsive and fluid layouts. Supports touch swipe navigation on iPad and Android tablets. 8 example variations included with source package, Around 55 plug-in settings included for deeper customization. The captions can be customized by both plug-in settings as well as CSS .


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23. Chop Slider ($15)

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24. Before-After ($8)

Before-After allows you to place two images on top of each other and use a drag gable slider to hide and reveal each image. This is especially useful for highlighting a Before/After makeover or Untouched/Photo shopped images side by side.


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25. Kenburner ($10)

Responsive Ken Burner Slider jQuery Plug-in is the premium way of using a slider in your website. A combination of Ken Burns Effect, state-of-the-art Slider, Text Animations and Responsive rebuilding defines this slider.


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26. Grid Slider ($17)

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27. Time Line Slider ($10)

Timeline Slider is the definitive plug-in to build your history timelines. Its main configuration can be easily customized due to its compact config parameters, directly from the html file. Also more configurations can be edited through the css style sheet file. It comes with 2 skins, Dark, Light, to make easy the integration on your web project. The powerful jQuery library makes this component cross-platform.


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28. CJ Shuffle ($4)

CJ Shuffle A jQuery Banner / Ad Rotator, is a nice departure from typical banner rotators. It will instantly grab a users attention with its shuffle effect and help engage your website’s visitors.


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29. Jaw Dropper Slider ($5)

Jaw dropper Slider is a jQuery image slider that comes with some really unusual transition effects.


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30. Stack Banner Slide Show ($5)

Use this sexy and stylish banner slideshow to spice up your website. Place images, inline HMTL content, media (video etc) vie pretty photo inside the slider. Some of the options include vertical or horizontal orientation, with or without rotation, and 4 different types of movement. Embed multiple instances in same page (example included in download package). All 9 demo examples included in the download package for easy setup.


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Hope you enjoyed watching this different sliders, tell us what you felt by dropping down your comment.




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