Photoshop CS6 Beta is Out
Coming this spring or summer, Adobe will be updating its industry-standard image and video editing suite Photoshop. It’s been two years since CS5 came out and so many are anxiously awaiting CS6. The beta for Adobe Photoshop CS6 was released yesterday so you can download it for free right now.
Rather than repeat what a thousand blogs have covered on “what’s new”, I’ll direct you to The Verge which has done a nice round up of the features (the photo above is from their review).
If you want a totally free in-depth video walkthrough of each new feature, head on over to Lynda.com’s free course on Photoshop CS6 Beta taught by Deke McClelland. Lynda.com rarely offers free content so take advantage of this. I recommend Lynda.com generally.
The course includes 27 video segments, each 4 to 10 minutes in duration. Total duration is about 2.5 hours so you better start watching right now.
- The secrets of the dark interface
- Saving with Background Save and Auto Save
- Cropping with the altogether revamped Crop tool
- Using the consolidated Properties panel
- Exploring the searchable Layers panel
- Modifying multiple layers at a time
- Exploring the wide world of layer enhancements
- Using Content-Aware Move and Extend
- Using Content-Aware Patch
- Making powerful automatic color adjustments
- Exploring the brave new world of Camera Raw 7
- Using the new three-part Blur Gallery
- Working with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
- Correcting wide-angle panoramas
- Exploring text and style enhancements
- Filling and stroking shape layers
- Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes
- Working with the Scripted Patterns feature
- Using erodible brush tips and airbrushes
- Working with the enhanced Liquify filter
- Exploring the new Oil Paint filter
- Selecting skin tones and faces
- Using the new Lighting Effects filter
- Editing videos in the Timeline panel
- Making editable 3D type
- Exploring 3D shadows and reflections
- Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
Of Interest to Me
For me, I think the following new features are of greatest interest:
- Overall improved look and feel (dark theme like Photoshop Elements)
- Full Lightroom 4 compatibility due to full support for Adobe Camera Raw 7
- More “Content-Aware” magical powers
- Basic video editing
- Background and auto-saving
- Tilt-shift and blur effects
Let me know what you think. The standard version will retail for US$699 and you can upgrade from CS5 for US$199.