2. How Did We Get Here?

The year 2001 was the year I used Photoshop for the first time. I was just one of some 20-odd teens sitting in Mrs. Borges’ electronic design class in a rural Connecticut high school. I’m fairly confident my maiden Photoshop voyage was designing a CD cover for my self-titled album, Rapmasta D. Let’s just leave it at that.

What is worth recalling is how vividly I remember the Photoshop 6 startup screen. The image was a goldish collage of a starfish, a floating eye, and some leaves. Chances are you have fond memories of the splash screen, toolbar, or application icon for the version you learned on too (see Figure 2.1). Although most of us can’t recall the first version of most software we’ve used, there’s something about ...

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