Adobe After Effects CC & Photoshop CC Receive Sci-Tech Academy Award

The awards honor technology that has contributed significant value to filmmaking.

We’re proud to provide industry-leading creative tools that celebrate the infinite imagination in Hollywood, and today, we’re excited to share that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized Adobe for breaking new ground in the science of filmmaking.

The Academy announced they will bestow two Scientific and Engineering Awards to Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Photoshop CC for their influence on the advancement of the motion picture industry.

Adobe After Effects’ efficiency and artist-focused design has made it the preeminent motion graphics tool in film production, allowing motion designers to create complex animated elements for title design, screen graphics, and fictional user interfaces. Adobe’s Dave Simons, Daniel Wilk, James Acquavella, Michael Natkin, and David Cotter will be awarded the Sci-Tech Award for the design and development of After Effects.

Photoshop’s efficient, extensible architecture, innovative virtual-memory design, and powerful layering system introduced a new level of user interactivity, which led to its adoption as the preferred artistic tool for digital painting and image manipulation. Founders of Photoshop John Knoll and Thomas Knoll will be honored for the original architecture, design, and development, as well as Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of the tool.

Creative tools are only useful if they can faithfully execute a creator’s vision. From 1993’s Jurassic Park, Avatar, The Bourne Identity, Coco to Bladerunner 2049, and countless others, Photoshop and After Effects have brought to life fantastic new worlds, heart-pumping adventures, and characters that only existed in a dream.

We’d like to thank all the filmmakers who have trusted Adobe products to bring your stories to the big screen. We’d also like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone involved in the development of After Effects and Photoshop since the earliest days. And we’d sure like to thank the Academy.

We can’t wait to share a toast at the Scientific and Technical Awards on February 9th.