Before Photoshop there was… Quantel Paintbox?


Photoshop is the mainstay of everyone’s digital art toolkit but before Adobe’s app dominated everything there was Quantel Paintbox. You may not have heard of it, but Paintbox had some very famous fans back in the 1980s, and now its coming back, kind of.

Artists such as Keith Haring, Larry Rivers and Jennifer Bartlett all experimented with Quantel Paintbox in the 1980s. Before David Hockeny found iPad art was a satisfying way to sketch anywhere, he was splashing pixels around in Quantel’s experimental digital painting tech – not an app as such, Paintbox was a chunky standalone computer.

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