Adobe Photoshop CS6 wasn’t released with some extreme fanfare nor did it come with some extreme upgrades over the previous version of the software. It only came with a few new tools and filters. Adobe focused on the speed, convenience and efficiency of the software. People who were really looking forward to the Deblur filter are going to be very disappointed. However, it was too soon to expect that feature anyway. As a matter of fact, all those people who were looking for some insane additions are bound to be disappointed. While the upgrades might seem a little low on the surface, there is much more to the Photoshop CS6 than meets the eye and in this post, we will find out just what. Let’s get started.
Adobe Photoshop CS6: All You Need to Know
Photoshop CS6: How much faster is it?
Photoshop CS6 utilizes your PC’s Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which gives huge speed increase in numerous territories. So the Liquify filter, beforehand a drowsy encounter, is sped up to give smooth, continuous spreading even the brushes are restricted to 15,000 pixels; the new Oil Paint includes a paint-like surface, with real time controls that work on the full-screen preview. Obviously, this relies upon you having a quick enough processor and GPU; despite the fact that CS6 will run on Windows XP/Mac OS X 10.6 with as little as 1Gb RAM, you must have an accelerated OpenGL graphics card in order to make the most of it.
Key new features
The main thing you notice about Photoshop CS6 is its new interface. You presently have the decision between four base tones, from close dark to pale dim – so Photoshop can look more like Lightroom in the event that you decide as such. Everything has been quietly changed, from the many updated symbols (the Pen and Lasso apparatuses now demonstrate their dynamic areas of interest all the more plainly) to a crisper, more reliable format.
Photoshop CS6: Head Up Display system
A new Head Up Display system (HUD) in Photoshop CS6 presents all of the critical information around the cursor itself. This feature of the Photoshop CS6 is sensitive around the context. As a result, it displays dimensions when dragging out a marquee, angles when rotating a selection, and so on. The HUD is also applicable to three Blur filters, each of which provides a different type of blur – Field, Iris and Tilt Shift. The strength and radius controls are located directly on the image. They aren’t on the side panel. With GPU acceleration, these filters also provide real time previews.
“Some love it and some hate it, some may not call it a ‘feature’, but I’m a huge fan of the new dark UI and more logical enhancements of panels and tools. I do a fair amount of my work at night and in darkened rooms and the charcoal UI has helped me immensely with not only reducing eye strain, but also allowing the interface to blend into the background far better than previous versions. It’s easier than ever for me to focus on the project at hand and let the UI simply fade away. Switching to other apps afterward can be a pretty jarring experience, but that just goes to show what a huge difference this makes. On a more functional level, applying layer styles and clipping masks to entire groups is a tremendous time saver when building things such as buttons. No more copying and pasting styles. The new type styles and crop tool are also fantastic additions in CS6 that I use daily.”
Mike Lane, Senior UX Designer
Photoshop CS6: Filters
There’s only one new instrument in Photoshop CS6, the Content-Aware Patch device, which takes the innovation presented in CS4 (Content-Aware Scaling) and CS5 (Content-Aware Fill) and extends it to a device that permits us to choose and move or expand objects in a scene, fixing their unique area pretty much flawlessly. By and by, the outcomes rely especially upon having the correct picture; it’s an extraordinary thought, yet doesn’t generally think of the products.
A significant new channel is Adaptive Wide Angle, which permits you to address camera contortion essentially by drawing over lines that ought to be straight. A tremendously useful asset, it permits even stitched panoramas with multiple perspectives to be corrected into a single landscape shot
“An excellent addition to Photoshop CS6 is the new scripted pattern fill feature. I love how genuinely randomly positioned elements can produce unexpected effects, especially with the subtle shifts in hue and saturation that come with it.”
Sam Hampton-Smith, Graphic Designer.
Photoshop CS6: Upgraded Camera Raw
Camera Raw has not seen the dark interface change that the remainder of the bundle has gotten, yet it has significant changes. With variant 7 (which is the thing that packs with CS6) Adobe has carried the very controls to Camera Raw that were at that point present in Lightroom 4. This is the third significant modification to the Camera Raw motor, and it’s awesome.
Adobe has totally re-composed the preparing motor, and the outcome is a Camera Raw that yields better in general outcomes. In certain pictures, the distinction over past adaptations can be emotional. Certain pictures that, with the old Camera Raw, had cut features, and found that they yielded no overexposure in form 7.
The Camera Raw sliders themselves are totally different at this point. Though, in past forms, numerous sliders utilized various scales – some with 0 in the center, and some with it on the left edge – presently all sliders are standardized. On each control, zero is in the center and hauling up or down either way provides the subsequent result. Gone are the Fill Light, Brightness and Recovery slider, and in their place are new Shadows and Whites sliders. You can in any case perform feature recuperation, utilizing the Highlights slider, yet the new blend of Shadows, Blacks, Whites, and Highlights give you apparatuses for assaulting four unique pieces of the tonal range.
It might take you a couple alterations to comprehend what conditions these sliders influence – simply watch the histogram to learn – and how they cooperate, however once you do, you should find that you have significantly more control than you did in past variants. You’ll be astonished at both the fine level of control that you have, and at how much unique reach you can pull out of a picture with the new motor.
Note that Clarity is somewhat more forceful than it used to be, as far as differentiation. A little lucidity change adds a perceptible differentiation knock.
The Selection Brush has likewise seen vital changes. Undeniably new parameters can be covered with it, including the ever so crucial white balance. For instance, in the event that you shoot flash light pictures in low light, you would now be able to brush distinctive white adjusts into the frontal area and foundation.
If you shoot pictures in the RAW format, the new Camera Raw, alone merits the cost of the overhaul.
Photoshop CS6: Lighting Effects Filter
The Lighting Effects filter has witnessed a significant upgrade, jettisoning the past little review for a full-screen, GPU-sped up preview window that shows changes progressively. It’s of specific advantage to Mac clients, for whom Lighting Effects vanished in Adobe Photoshop CS5 except if they were running the program in the glitchy 32-bit mode.
Photoshop CS6: Important Enhancements
If you are a designer, you will be really enamoured by the new Paragraph and Character Style boards in Photoshop CS6, which permit most loved blends to be set and changed freely – just as the way that Shapes layers are currently obvious vector objects, which implies you would now be able to apply strokes inside, outside and across paths. These strokes can also be filled with gradients now. You can also dot or dash them.
“Layer searching and paragraph/character styles were two features released in Photoshop CS6 that I’ve been frantically waiting for since starting in Photoshop. They are both a huge timesaver. Autosave and auto recovery are also extremely useful – especially for those ‘unexpected’ quits.”
Brian Hoff, graphic designer.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 will now not just save behind the scenes, permitting you to continue working while it’s saving, however it will also continue to auto-save a rendition every few moments so that, in case of an accident, you can restart your work from the exact point that you stopped. In the event that you still physically return to a saved record, however, it will consistently return to the one you intentionally decided to save, instead of the file that it had auto saved.
“The best thing for me, without a doubt, is the ability to save files in the background. Gone are the days when I have to stare at my screen while a 500 MB file is being saved, trying to will the progress bar to go faster so I can continue. Now I can work on 2-3 files without having to momentarily break up my workflow while I save another. Also, the new interface modes are great. Took a few days to get used to it, but the dark UI makes a ton of difference.”
Tom Muller, graphic designer and art director, helloMuller Ltd.
Photoshop CS6: Crop Tool
The Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6 has been adjusted to allow cropping to pan the image behind the crop window. It appears to be somewhat unintuitive from the start, that is until you rotate the crop and it starts making sense. Presently, the picture pivots behind the window, so you can perceive how it will look without extending your neck as you did in the earlier Photoshop versions.
The Select Color Range device currently has a choice to choose skin tones – and, inside it, a different alternative to choose faces. By and by, it functions admirably: it’s not awesome, and when utilized related to a cover on an Adjustment Layer it will require some manual tweaking, however it’s a major assistance.
Photoshop CS6: Extending Actions
Actions, which allow Photoshop users to automate redundant parts of their projects, have been expanded with the goal that they would now be able to store brush developments just as menu and choice decisions. This implies that interestingly it’s feasible to record a whole artwork activity, and have it played back with a solitary keystroke.
Photoshop CS6: Layer tweaking
Photoshop CS6 incorporates a ton of little improvements that will for the most part simplify the process of dealing with complex work of art. The Layers board currently has inherent separating, so you can choose to view layers set to Hard Light mode, or those containing text, or Smart Objects, or Adjustment Layers – or pretty much any boundary you can consider. It’s presently conceivable to change obscurity, light mode and shading coding on numerous layers, so on the off chance that you look for all the content layers in an archive you can transform them all to yellow for simple reference. The Mask and Adjustment boards have now been consolidated in another Properties board, which is resizable for simplicity of change.
It’s additionally now conceivable not exclusively to utilize Layer Groups as the premise of Clipping Masks, however to apply Layer Effects to a whole Group – beforehand, they could be applied distinctly to singular layers. What’s more, the Eyedropper instrument has now been changed with the goal that it can test hidden layers as though interceding Adjustment Layers weren’t there, which makes fixing and modifying a much simpler process.
“Cmd+J formerly only duplicated single layers; now you can use it to duplicate groups, vectors… anything in the Layers palette. I’m a heavy keyboard user in Photoshop CS6 because it helps me use the app much faster than I can with a mouse, and this shortcut is one of my most used go-tos.”
Dan Mall, founder and director at SuperFriendly.
Photoshop CS6: Beyond Image Editing
People who have picked up the regular version of Photoshop CS6 will be thrilled to discover that the video editing capacity has successfully come from the Extended version. This implies that everybody would now be able to use Photoshop CS6 for video editing: you can use all of the standard array of filters and distortions that can be applied to the video. What’s more, you can add animated layers on the top as well.
You’ll actually have to purchase the Extended version in the event that you need to utilize the 3D Layer instruments, which have had a significant update in this delivery. New HUD controls permit you to expel, spin and wind 3D articles directly in the center of the art project. You can also add inflations and bevels.
Altering the light course is just a matter of clicking on a shadow while pressing shift and then dragging to where it’s wanted. There are a lot more 3D upgrades, including text and Bezier traces on expelled shapes that can be altered after expulsion has been applied, and the capacity to characterize a Ground Plane inside the Vanishing Point channel, and afterward use it as the reason for snapping 3D items and finding shadows.
Photoshop CS6: Creative Cloud update
Presently accessible as a component of a Creative Cloud membership, Photoshop tips the scales at around 670MB. Whenever you’ve pursued Adobe’s new assistance, you just download an installer application, which monitors the applications you have on your framework. Also, this isn’t programming ‘in the cloud’; Adobe Photoshop CS6 is as yet introduced on your framework, and you don’t need to remain associated with the web to utilize the application. This implies that the underlying download can take a reasonable cycle of time, so you will be better off being mindful of this before you start the download process.
While Photoshop CS6 arrived at the time that Creative Cloud had just started becoming popular, yet the choice to store your documents in the cloud, rapidly intuitive pictures into the program, make shading samples from your pics, and add the ASE pattern records to Photoshop was exciting from the start. There’s not a gigantic measure of joining with Photoshop presently, however with the choice to carry out steady updates by means of the Creative Cloud administration, the software can keep updating itself with time.
How much does Photoshop CS6 cost?
The Photoshop CS6 Standard Edition Costs $699 to own while the Extended Edition costs $999.
Photoshop CS6: Conclusion
“The key items I like about Photoshop CS6 aren’t the fancy content aware tools, lovely as they are, but the deeper infrastructure changes. The standout is the background save and file auto-recovery, which have secured my work on more than one occasion. It is reassuring to see files save by themselves when you quit, which easily justifies the upgrade.”
Mike Griggs, 3D, vfx and digital expert,
A large portion of the new additions to Photoshop CS6 are not “regular” devices. At the point when you need it, Content Aware Move, or Wide Angle Lens Correction are genuine lifelines, however these aren’t the sorts of actions that you make each day. That settles on the decision to redesign somewhat aggravatingly. Lamentably, something you do each day – deal with your picture altering work process – sees no assistance or lift from Bridge CS6.
In the event that you depend on film editing for your business, you most likely as of now have an editing work process, so Photoshop’s video highlights could possibly be something you need. Assuming you’re disappointed with your present editing arrangement, Photoshop CS6 may be a decent other option, particularly if your editing needs are straightforward, and need the kind of changes that Photoshop dominates at.
Retouchers who depend a ton on the Liquify feature, will discover the supported exhibition to merit the overhaul cost, while website specialists will discover the new kind highlights to be an incredible comfort.
In case you’re a RAW photo shooter, the most recent Camera Raw feature is fantastic. The improved transformation motor and better controls merit the redesign for the genuine shooter. Additionally, on the off chance that you have another camera, you might not have any decision to redesign, as the RAW converter for your camera may just be accessible in the most recent Camera Raw. The Photoshop CS6 is a solid update in the Photoshop family. It has some awesome innovation which can prove really useful.