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Photoshop helps bring Bloom County into 2015

  • Published on July 19, 2015
Photoshop helps bring Bloom County into 2015

The Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon Bloom County returned after a 25 year absence last week as it creator, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, posted a picture on Facebook of himself using Photoshop and working on creating a cartoon. The picture shows Breathed working using Photoshop on a large iMac screen, drawing using a separate pen and tablet. In the picture, the interface shows a mostly empty set of boxes for the cartoon strip, with Bloom County 2015 written across the top.

Accompanying the picture of him using Photoshop is the caption “A return after 25 years. Feels like going home.” Two days later, the first Bloom County 2015 cartoon appeared, also on Facebook, showing the lead character, Opus, awaking after a long nap and two additional strips appeared later in the week, marking the apparent regular return after this artists break from this particular medium.

At the peak of his daily publishing career, his Bloom County cartoon was seen in more than 1,200 daily newspapers when he published what had been thought to be his final cartoon in November of 2008. Yet in July 2015 he made an unexpected announcement on Facebook, and even opened a Twitter account which quickly garnered tens of thousands of followers.

For the past 25 years Berkeley Breathed has not been staring at a blank Photoshop screen, or paper for that matter. He’s been keeping busy with several children’s books, including Flawed Dogs: The Novel and also Mars needs Moms, which was also turned into a movie along with seven other children’s books. In a possible nod to his future as a children’s author, the final strip before his 25 year hiatus showed Opus the penguin, the lead character in the Bloom County series, sleeping in the bed from the Goodnight Moon children’s book

While Photoshop and a Wacom tablet may have replaced the pen and ink of 25 years ago, the drawings of today look remarkably similar to the original work. As we so often see in the Photoshop classes at American Graphics Institute, there is a wide variety of professionals that rely on Adobe’s tool for digital imaging. Designers, graphic artists, marketing professionals and even cartoonists use Photoshop to create their work digitally and then distribute it online.


About the author

 is a user experience designer, educator and author based in Boston. She has worked in the field of user experience design for more than 15 years.She has designed websites, ecommerce sites, apps, and embedded systems. Jennifer designs solutions for mobile, desktop, and iOT devices.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors.She has served as a Designer in Residence at Microsoft, assisting third-party app developers to improve their design solutions and create successful user experiences. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern UX Design, and worked closely with major tech companies to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including XD, Sketch, Balsamiq, Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Blend for Visual Studio. She also works extensively in the fields of presentation design and visual design.

Jennifer is also the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices. Jennifer holds the CPUX-F certification from the User Experience Qualification Board and assists others in attaining this designation in leading a UX certification course at American Graphics Institute. She is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design.