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Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta up for download, features new UI

by Alistair Lowe on 22 March 2012, 09:51

Tags: Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE)

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Two years on since the last major revision of Photoshop and adobe has finely released a beta of its upcoming Photoshop CS6 product and with it brings 65 new features, based on user feedback.

Among the changes, the most striking are the introduction of a new black UI, real-time enhancements of certain effects for live-preview, content-aware moving of objects, new Camera Raw plug-in algorithms, extended video editing features, auto recovery and individual layer search.

Without further adieu, here's the full list of new features:

Brushes HUD brush resize and hardness can now change opacity
Increase brush size to 5000px
Change color dynamics to per stroke instead of per tip (user option for old behavior)
Brightness/contrast slider for textures when painting
Brush projection for static tips
Brush cursor reflects brush dynamics for round and captured tips

Show the sample size popup for the various eyedropper tools (black point, white point, etc.)

Add ignore adjustment layers options bar item for the eyedropper
New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below
File formats Read common stereo image pair formats (JPS, PNS) Allow for more bit depths in TIFF files
Read BIGTIFF format
Give the user choices regarding how they want transparency treated in OpenEXR on file open
Grammar Policed throughout app
Use consistent grammar style in the title of dialog windows (no commands such as "Choose a color:")
Layers Add a contextual menu item that deletes a layer effect not just disables it
Add dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke
Allow 00 or Shift 00 to work when setting layer/fill opacity (previously no way to get 0%)
Add bicubic sharper & bicubic smoother options when free transforming layers
Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers at once
Allow locking of multiple layers
CMD+J to duplicate layers and layer group
Allow changing color labels to multiple layers at once
Layer tooltips to include layer name (if defined)
Opt+click on toggle arrows (groups and effects) in layer panel should close all targets
Show blend if/Blending Effects badge on layer
Show correct opacity and blend mode values for hidden layers
Tab goes to next layer on inline layer rename, SHIFT + TAB goes to previous
New command to raster layer effect into layer, merging the selected layers into themselves
Reorder effects in the layers palette to match the Z-­­order style/blend mode (bottom most effects in termsof blending order, drop shadow is below the other effects
Liquify Resize Liquify brush with shortcuts
Increase maximum Liquify brush size Add option to load last mesh
Presets Add new document presets for common devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad, etc.)
Add new Gradient Map presets for toning and split-­­toning
Sticky reorganization of tool presets (changes persist after re-launch) Add Contact Sheet II as an Automation option
SDK Add the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK

Add ability to access tool name associated with the tool preset name via scripting Selections

Make the marquee, lasso, and mask panel feather values support decimal places like the feather dialog
Remember feather radius when showing dialog for selection from a path
Transform Improve dragging of vector curves
Don't hide smart object icon when transforming a layer
Rotate 90 with even x odd pixel dimension to be smooth
Undo or disable auto -­­rotate on open
UI Remove the app bar and reduce the drag/app bar over 30%
[Windows] New/open document to context click on a document tab (has always been on Mac, now Windows too)
Add "Don't show again" checkbox to Purge warnings
Miscellaneous Enable Split Channels for documents with layers
Select Hex field by default and allow clipboard pastes with # in contents (i.e. #fffffff)
Increased GPU stability by prequalifying GPUs on the fly before use
Auto-­­select the best resample method based on the type of resize
Enable Invert and Threshold adjustments for masks in 32 -­­bit
Hold SHIFT during startup to disable 3rd party plugins
Add warning message that 16 -­­bit images cannot display their file size in the Save as JPEG dialog

Add command to insert "lorem ipsum" for type

It seems as though Adobe hasn't just been sat twiddling its thumbs these past years and has done a good job in further refining the Photoshop experience, readers can download the beta here.


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Nice, I had an earlier beta which didn't have the new “camera shake” removal tool…….I am hoping (and presuming) this one will have it :)
We have asked for more, and giveth they have!
how long does the beta last for before it expires? is there any other limitations such as not being able to save stuff?
The wide angle filtering looks nice, but the sea is totally messed up at the end - would have been nice to see if he could correct that too.

Otherwise, some nice additions, but CS2 is still good for me!