The Financial Times today is carrying an interview with Adobe employee 38 and Photoshop evangelist Russell Preston Brown.

The report looks at the history of Photoshop – which was developed by Thomas and John Knoll. Thomas was a programmer, while John was in charge of special effects for the first Star Wars film. Brown confirms: "Photoshop is here today because of that movie." Thomas developed software to add effects and painting tools to images at John's request.

Brown is Adobe's senior creative director special projects. He was interviewed while in London to present Photoshop CS demonstrations to packed houses at London's home-grown MacExpo 2003.

The interview, by Alan Cane, begins: "It is Russell Brown, all right, but not as his colleagues know him. Wearing a tuxedo and sporting a black wig, the senior creative director of Adobe, the software group, looks as if he has been processed with the group's own Photoshop system". Brown is, of course, in the role of famous British spy, James Bond, 007.

He told Macworld: "Learning should be 60 per cent learning and 40 per cent fun for the learning to get through." He told the FT: "Entertainment is the essence of presentation."

Brown – who combines the qualities of a situationist anarchic artist of high quality with the acumen of technical expertise and an original flair for teaching the tools he uses, ends the interview with some advice for Photoshop users: "Start all your projects in Photoshop with a sketch. Don't go near the computer until you've used paper and pencil. Don't let the vehicle determine your destination."

The report also analyzes the burgeoning digital imaging market and recent predictions that by 2008 digital camera sales will reach 19.4 million units per year.