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Photoshop

Adobe’s Photoshop is a computer software program for graphics editing. It has become the industry standard in its category. Available for both Macintosh and Windows computers, it was first released in 1990 and has remained one of Adobe’s strongest-selling and most iconic products through many updates.

Photoshop has acquired cultural significance because its photo editing tools provide users with an essentially unlimited capacity for digitally retouching photographs. It is often used, for example, to improve the appearance of people in public images, especially celebrities. It can also be used to doctor photographic evidence and thus commit deception and fraud.

Because it is the industry standard and because its cultural significance has made it familiar to the general public, Photoshop has been informally turned into a verb, as in “He doesn’t really look that good — he’s been photoshopped.”

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Jon Sobel is a Publisher and Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases.Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires.Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

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