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Computer History Museum details the lasting legacy of Adobe Photoshop

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Brothers Thomas and John Knoll aren t the best-known people in Silicon Valley.

They created Photoshop in 1988 and sold the program to Adobe Systems in 1989.Their story is told in one of the new exhibits at the Computer History Museum, a museum in Mountain View dedicated to the preservation of artifacts of the computer age.

The exhibition s goal is to show how software engineers, programmers, and other innovators have changed the world with software.

It s a $7 million exhibit designed for ages 10 and up.The Photoshop display is one of the first things you see in a section dubbed Perception and Reality, which tells the history of photo editing and of digital music.Kirsten Tashev, vice president of Collections & Exhibitions at the museum, gave VentureBeat and other press a behind-the-scenes tour of the 6,000-square-foot exhibit.

There s a computer where you can take a selfie and patch in an artificial background, and even add former President Barack Obama into the image.

It shows just what you can do with the image processing software.Dag Spicer, senior creator at the museum, said the first version of the software was called Display, before it became Photoshop.

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