Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers

Blur Tools

Photoshop CS6 can now make use of OpenCL technology to speed up certain aspects of Photoshop's graphics processing. The new accelerated graphics processing has allowed for a new set of Blur Tools filters. These customizable Field, Iris and Tilt-Shift blur effects offer incredibly fast and accurate previews compared to the older Lens Blur filter.

The Blur Tools filters may not have the same range of slider controls as the Lens Blur, but even so, they do provide a lot of flexible user control. For example, using the Tilt-Shift Blur and associated Distortion slider control, it is now possible to create Lens Baby style blur effects at the post-capture stage.

Roof top view of San Francisco at night.
Here I used the new Radial Blur filter effect to apply a radial blur, centered around the Macy's store building. In Photoshop CS6 one can easily and quickly adjust such blur effects in real time by dragging the radial blur handles and adjusting the Blur Tools and Blur Effects panels (see below).
This shows the settings that were used to create the radial blur effect shown in the above example. Compared to the lens Blur filter, these appear quite basic, but there is a lot you can do by playing around with the Light Bokeh and Light Range sliders, not to mention the on-image adjustments that can be made to alter the Iris Blur size, shape and blur transitions.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply these blur filters to smart object layers. One could conceivably use smart filters to apply Blur Tools filter effects as a smart object to a video clip layer and thereby achieve the miniaturisation effect that is so popular in time-lapse videos these days.

In the example below I replaced the Iris Blur with a Tilt-Shift blur effect using more or less the same panel settings as shown in the previous image.

With the Tilt-Shift blur you have the ability to adjust a Distortion slider, which allows you to control the circumferential/directional distortion of the blurred areas. The addition of a distortion control is what makes this particular filter stand out and can allow you to create realistic-looking blurred lens shots, similar in effect to when a camera lens is tilted on it's lens axis.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by dpreview.com or any affiliated companies.

Comments

Total comments: 98
Realpcgeeks
By Realpcgeeks (10 months ago)

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Rich Gibson
By Rich Gibson (Jul 29, 2012)

To be honest the image in the 'patch tool in content aware' section looks terrible.

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CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (Jul 26, 2012)

If I ever get in that situation I'll just wait for the other photographer to move.

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Gheorghiu Radu
By Gheorghiu Radu (Mar 18, 2013)

Best recommendation

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B R A N D
By B R A N D (Jul 14, 2012)

wow. Those blur tools are unreal and useful in my line of work. I'd like to see them ported over to Lightroom, but it's definitely worth it to open photoshop for that level of adjustment. Did they ever get around to adding the Unblur Features that they debuted at the preview event?

http://www.threadless.com/submission/439791/I_Shoot_People

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Steve Bingham
By Steve Bingham (Jul 10, 2012)

Adobe's greed may well push folks away from their excellent ACR! If the trend continues, many of us will drift away from ACR (no need for future upgrades of PS CS6). As a former ACR beta tester I am very disappointed. As a photographer I am very confused where PS CS6 is headed - and why! Thomas has more money than he can spend in 100 lifetimes - and good for him! But, meanwhile, Photoshop is taking a beating by many photography groups, forums, blogs, media, and many pros. Will the stock be next?

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jul 11, 2012)

This is a perfect opportunity for Apple to develop and introduce a real competitor for Photoshop. I hope it eventually happens.

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CarlosNunezUSA
By CarlosNunezUSA (Aug 7, 2012)

Apple has to work extra hard if they want to make something that can compete with Adobe Photoshop.

I have used Aperture before and I just find it too basic and under-developed. IMHO, for an Apple product the user interface really sucks. I think Lightroom is a better alternative.

One option I think would be for Apple to purchase Corel, Nik Software or a similar Company for the brain power in the image processing field (and patents like Control Points) and come up with a really usable interface that doesn't need a 600 pages book to learn.

In the meantime right now I think there is not much more than Photoshop for professional image work. If you have a better alternative let me know. I'm willing to explore options. BTW, GIMP doesn't count - it's free but it's also another user interface nightmare.

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jjlad
By jjlad (Jul 10, 2012)

What are they doing? They made Lightroom wonderful and affordable. I'm a photographer first and pixel diddler second so of course I got LR4 and absolutely love and praise it. I have CS5 and it is good. I've hardly scratched the surface and out comes CS6 ...at great ongoing expense.
I simply can't spend that kind of money monthy on something I only use to edit 2 or 3 % of my work. It seems like the Lightroom group got their development and marketing acts together while the CS team came up with a money extraction machine.
The price structure, cloud system and lack of support for older versions (sure I can buy a new camera AND new Photoshop to edit the photos) tells me they are setting themselves up for a big fall. Some of the inexensive low cost programs are going to suddently become practical through performance improvements and a groundswell of rejection and adoption of those programs will leave the CS team asking themselves "why did we choose to bite the hand that feeds us"

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jul 11, 2012)

They made Lightroom more affordable because Apple made Aperture dirt cheap. That's the only reason why.

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probert500
By probert500 (Jan 6, 2013)

I'm not sure I understand. It seems you don't need it so why the fuss.
Adobe does offer DNG converter for free, though I do wish you could update camera raw separately.

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Ikari120378
By Ikari120378 (Jul 10, 2012)

"...a must-have feature for any landscape/architectural photographer...", I think for architectural photographer in the sense of technical geometry correctness may benefit from it, but for a landscape photo art, where any geometry correction would destroy the art itself, and would consider the lens as garbage since it cannot produce image "correctly".

I do graphic designs, and sometimes photography. With newer CSes, I benefit a lot more in designs or manipulations, than photography. CSes are less for photographers, IMO.

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Ubilam
By Ubilam (Jul 10, 2012)

New features can be good in PShop, but I'm more old school and the older versions still work here for general photo editing. I wish camera makers would make their cameras capture stuff like I see it via the controls for once so we needn't have to edit our photos so much afterwards. Capturing a good photo of a moment in time should not require post-processing in this day of high technology. All the stupid new gizmo options on digi-cameras are useless if they don't capture the moment well by the user and PP work is required.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jul 9, 2012)

I got a survey from Adobe and after the questions about paying a monthy fee instead of purchasing, they asked how often do you upgrade? I thought it was interesting that one of the options for answering was "every other version" which seems to be about right.

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Dan Honemann
By Dan Honemann (Jul 9, 2012)

It really does come down to the price, unfortunately. I love PS, but $50 upgrades seem a more reasonable cost for these features.

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Jul 9, 2012)

As far back as I remember you always had the ability to name/rename a layer. This was possible in CS5, but some idiots, managed to take away this option, or hid it so it is hard to find. Why is it so common lately for programs to take away perfectly useful and important features (or change where they are) in subsequent newer "improved" versions ?

Put it BACK!

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jul 9, 2012)

What are you talking about, it works the same as it does in your desktop. You click the layer name, it highlights, you rename it...

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Jul 10, 2012)

Hey Graybalanced,

Thanks for the information. I was looking for it to work the same way as it used to in CS5 etc, where it was a menu option after right clicking. So I never tried a left mouse click. With Windows Explorer you right click and choose Rename.

I guess I would claim that it was there but hidden from anyone who expected it to work the way it used to.

In any case I'm delighted that you rescued me from ignorance.

Dan

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Jul 8, 2012)

The content aware demo is not good. You see that the same rocks and water are duplicated. And the bigger rock is floating in the air. There was something supporting it behind the blue man.

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sparky52t
By sparky52t (Jul 9, 2012)

It's important to realize that Photoshop is a product aimed at a wide audience of photographers/graphic designers. I'm a designer who values any tool that will help me quickly adapt an image for a particular use. As an example, let's say I have a great photo of a couple but it's cropped too tightly and I need more background. The content aware tool is a great way to quickly and easily add the additional image area I need.
I agree for a fine art photographer and sometimes a designer too, there are more elegant ways to retouch a photo. On a deadline however it's a time saver.

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PeroMKD
By PeroMKD (Jul 8, 2012)

Yep. Before "CS" era of adobe, they called their products simply Photoshop 5, Photoshop 6, Photoshop 7...
By simply rebranding the products, they have been selling the same thing in last 20 years

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Anirban Banerjee
By Anirban Banerjee (Jul 8, 2012)

Agree with CameraLabTester. What's in CS6 for photographers? I don't like LR and I'll stick with CS3 forever.

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Chuckmet
By Chuckmet (Jul 11, 2012)

Agree, I'm still using CS3 does everything I need and more. Too many people are caught up with always having to have the latest version whether they need it or not.

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probert500
By probert500 (Jan 6, 2013)

A few things are the ability to take advantage of 64 bit architecture for better memory se (only 4gb max in cs3) , many useful compositing/masking features (quick selection - yes!), many useful camera raw features etc..

Once you start using the new features you can't remember not having them - I agree it's an expensive habit.

But cs3 was a while ago and certainly you're getting your money's worth.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jul 8, 2012)

Adobe Photoshop is slowly running out of gimmicks to catch consumer cash.

The decline began in the Adobe Photoshop 7.0 era

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AshMills
By AshMills (Jul 8, 2012)

PS7?

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PeroMKD
By PeroMKD (Jul 8, 2012)

Nothing new that cannot be done in PS7 or PS6 or even in PS5.
If you know what you are doing.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jul 8, 2012)

So what was the huge change between PS4 and PS5 that made all future iterations redundant, Pero?

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PeroMKD
By PeroMKD (Jul 8, 2012)

Photoshop 4.0 (not the CS4) introduced excellent typography options, also the the introduction of CMYK color profiles who were easy applicable so the color correction became easy it should be etc.. Today, I'm using CS5 and my workflow is mostly the same since PS5. Your creativity is not in conjunction with the version of PS you use. It is your imagination that creates beautiful photos, designs..

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Kelvin L
By Kelvin L (Jul 8, 2012)

I would love to see ACR incorporate film negative linear gamma 'raw' scans into its algorithms. Currently I'm fudging about using ColorPerfect plugin via VueScan, and the neg scans are messing with the Lightroom digital file workflow. It would be great to incorporate this into ACR :)

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36hike
By 36hike (Jul 7, 2012)

Adobe Photoshop is the most bloated piece of software on the market... photographic or otherwise. If they'd spend half the energy on streamlining the product they already have, vs. continually releasing a stream of releases with minor tweaks, they might have a much larger audience.

Yeah, I get it about those who have already invested years in learning the hidden secrets of the megalith. Frankly, I'd rather spend the time photographing.

When are people going to say enough with the frosting. Please bake a new cake?

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Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Jul 8, 2012)

I don't get it. Do you not like the software because it's bloated, or because you can't use it properly?

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sean000
By sean000 (Jul 8, 2012)

Lightroom was the new cake: A complete tool for photographers to manage, develop, share, and print photos. Photoshop can do a lot more, but for basic photography you don't need it.

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Robert J. Gonzalez
By Robert J. Gonzalez (Jul 8, 2012)

But they wouldn't have all the money.

It cost 699. Now they think people are stupid enough to subscribe to it for $50 a month for the cloud version.

That's 600 a year every year.

2 years 1200
3 years 1800

No wonder people keep pirating software.

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AshMills
By AshMills (Jul 8, 2012)

Really? More bloated than Acrobat?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jul 9, 2012)

How are they not streamlining the program when they've rewritten so many functions for multicore and GPU, and rewritten so many features to be easier and simpler? The crop tool is simpler. The lens corrections are far superior to the old "perspective crop." The Print dialog is much better than it used to be. Sometimes it seems like people are just complaining and not really paying attention.

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Chuckmet
By Chuckmet (Jul 11, 2012)

If you want the streamlined version get Photoshop Elements at 1/7 the cost

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Jul 7, 2012)

The content aware with all the tool is impressive

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Michael Uschold
By Michael Uschold (Jul 7, 2012)

Before the spot healing brush strokes applied at the end, there is obvious grass in the rock where the head was - not very impressive at all. The final version is not bad, I acknowledge.

On a separate point, pity about the dark tree top, likely a result of a graduated ND filter.

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Steve Bingham
By Steve Bingham (Jul 7, 2012)

This is a joke, right? (content aware) I had PS CS6 for 25 days. Sent it back and re-installed PS CS5. Too many bugs. Maybe the revised PS CS6 will have these corrected. For whatever reason Adobe has always in the past (anyway) always comes up with the .1 or .2 version that fixes many bugs.

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Gear Style Quarterly
By Gear Style Quarterly (Jul 7, 2012)

Not much difference. I've been correcting spherical distortion for years using a negative value spherize filter in PS6. I do like that you can selectively adjust distortion in CS6 ! Show us something more dramatic ?

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jul 7, 2012)

Lanscape photographer with fish-eye .. um yea. Straightening what lines? Mountains? Trees? Rivers? Yea everything in nature tends to be "straight as line". :D

For urban landscape photographer (where fish-eyes are somewhat normal), yes. But for nature landscape photographer, not really.. and its not something that PTlens cant do..

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Jul 7, 2012)

Concerning HDR editing in 32 bits you don't need CS6 : if you have CS5 and LR4.1 you can do the same : choose the 3,5,7 photos you want to combine and then choose "Merge to HDR" once this is done in PS, choose save as a 32 bits file; when you are back to LR4.1, you will be able to tweak that 32bits HDR with process 2012 just as if you were using CS6 and ACR 7.1 ; indeed, you have ACR 7.1 in LR4.1.

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (Jul 7, 2012)

The wide angle filter needs a Ken-Rockwell style before-and-after mouse-over. To my untrained eyes all I see is a slight straightening of lines.

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aris14
By aris14 (Jul 7, 2012)

Seriously now, can someone claim that we 've seen miracles in Ps after the version CS2? Anyone with the CS2 plus the plugins that a serious user needs is almost ahead of the CS6. Pls add LR too..

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JJMacks
By JJMacks (Jul 7, 2012)

CS2 has some serious bugs in scripting and CS3/CS4 added plug-in support to scripting. CS2 is not without its own problems. As for miracles there in God's domain no man will ever be able to create a universe. CS2, CS4,CS5 and CS6 have more bugs then CS3.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Jul 7, 2012)

Seriously, now, can someone tell me why Photoshop is necessary for photographers at all? It's designed for graphics folks. I haven't found a need for it for processing photos for a decade. LR does what I need for 999 out of 1000 shots, and the other .1% can be dealt with by PS Elements no problem.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jul 7, 2012)

I concur with ljfinger entirely. CS is not a tool for photographers. I don't even see the need for Elements, what with a tool as powerful as Lightroom (or its super smart alternative, the DxO Optics Pro).

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MAC
By MAC (Jul 8, 2012)

I stopped at 4
I would start a new version for photographers if I were Adobe
make it easy to mask, use framing actions, etc

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sean000
By sean000 (Jul 8, 2012)

You've obviously never used one of the newer version. Content-Aware fill, newer versions of Camera RAW, the photomerge/stitching/HDR tools, and more are all light years ahead of CS2. I upgraded from CS2 to CS4 and it was worth it for better ACR alone. Then I upgraded to CS5.5 and was wowed by how much better it did many things I regularly use Photoshop to do. You should download the demo.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Jul 8, 2012)

"I don't even see the need for Elements, what with a tool as powerful as Lightroom (or its super smart alternative, the DxO Optics Pro)."

I pretty much just use Elements for compositing and the occasional clone/heal nightmare that LR can't handle. Can't do that in Lightroom. Still, like I said, 1 in 1000, if that.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jul 9, 2012)

If you look at the new feature list on Wikipedia, the "miracle features" list actually accelerated after CS2.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_version_history

If you don't need the features that were added after CS2, all that means is that your needs are simple, and Photoshop was never the program you should have been using in the first place. You were overpaying because you were over-speccing your tool, like buying an expensive wrench that is supposed to be for racing teams, not homeowners.

Furthermore, if you tried to pay for enough plug-ins to match what CS6 does, you would have paid more in plug-ins than for the retail price of CS6.

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probert500
By probert500 (Jan 6, 2013)

I'm always fascinated by the logic that revolves around "if I don't need it no-one should need it". It usually followed up by "If you do need it then something's wrong with you." I assure you that Photoshop offers so many features that photographers need.
One use - in my case -is that frequently have to photograph dark rooms with movies and videos playing. This requires masking layering and compositing. New features like quick selection etc helps take the sting out.

Others have different needs - Photoshop does it and does it well.

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Melvinphoto
By Melvinphoto (Jul 7, 2012)

Does the standard license which is 831 euro's for CS6 include the usage/installing on two or three computers (of the same owner?) I own a laptop and desktop and cannot find if I can use CS 6 on both.

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aris14
By aris14 (Jul 7, 2012)

I think that there is no policy of any sw company taht denies to use its sw in both your own desktops and laptop....

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h2k
By h2k (Jul 7, 2012)

Yes, i think 2 u can use. And if you do it via Creative Cloud, i believe one copy can be Win and the other can be Mac. Or so i think.

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Khizer
By Khizer (Jul 7, 2012)

Need some advice. I am planning on buying either the Canon 5D Mark iii r Nikon D800 very soon - not because I am a pro but really because I don't want to upgrade for a few years. Can someone tell me if software choice is dependent on the hardware, or are application like Adobe Photoshop CS6 suitable for workflow of either of these cameras? Thanks

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Jul 7, 2012)

The software works identically regardless of camera choice.

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mikeoregon
By mikeoregon (Jul 7, 2012)

D800 image files will be big so you might want to add memory to your computer to process them, and they will fill up hard drive space more quickly.

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Khizer
By Khizer (Jul 8, 2012)

Thank you, both. This is helpful.

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Tenstorms
By Tenstorms (Jul 7, 2012)

Is the unscharp fix in it? http://edudemic.com/2011/10/adobe-photoshop-unblur/

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Ian Eisenberg
By Ian Eisenberg (Jul 8, 2012)

That is a technology demo. It won't be available for a while.
Also it was revealed later that the images they used were artificially blurred, so it wasn't exactly real anyway.

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gsum
By gsum (Jul 7, 2012)

I'm unfortunately an occasional user of CS4. Could anyone tell me whether they have fixed the following problems in CS6:
1. Have Adobe finally managed to implement the RH mouse control to, for example, enable the setting of a clone point without having to simultaneously dab the alt key whilst pressing the LH mouse control?
2. Does the overlaying of images for stitching or stacking now work properly?
3. Does PS6 manage to stitch more than two images correctly and in less than half an hour on an i5 machine?
4. Do the stitch projections now work.
5. Have they provided a NX2 style selection pen to replace the almost completely useless lasso tool?
I'll carry on using PTGUI, NX2 and Corel until these problems are fixed.
BTW I'm not trolling. I'm genuinely disgusted that Adobe can ask 650GBP (or 250GBP for an upgrade) for such half-baked software.

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Stefan Stuart Fletcher
By Stefan Stuart Fletcher (Jul 7, 2012)

1. There are some RH mouse options, but the alt/opt key is still required for the clone source
2. Yes
3. N/a
4. Yes
5. No

These answers are my experience and yes, I agree that PS is overpriced.

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mantra
By mantra (Jul 7, 2012)

look great
but what should i do ?
save -2 and +2 16 tiff file with camera raw
after?
should i load these 2 files in camera raw????
i did not understand how can i perform an hdr inside acr 7.1

thanks

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fbenitezbello
By fbenitezbello (Jul 7, 2012)

Hi Mantra,

you can't create HDR files within ACR.
you have to first merge the files with different exposure into a 32bitHDR file using another program.. for example: photoshop / Photomatix etc..
the update only allows ACR to recognize HDR files and give you more control over the file.

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mantra
By mantra (Jul 7, 2012)

thanks !
in short the new acr can read photomatix (for example) hdr file,right?

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bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Jul 7, 2012)

Must be me but CS5 and 6 may give you fancy tools you might want, but they're not things you actually need.

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probert500
By probert500 (Jan 6, 2013)

Yes they are.

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camera4me
By camera4me (Jul 7, 2012)

CS6, most buggiest PS ever!

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JJMacks
By JJMacks (Jul 7, 2012)

Bill Gates states CS7 will fix that and give you great new innovative features sign up now and preorder CS7 it will be the greatest Photoshop evey .... till CS8

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fuego6
By fuego6 (Jul 7, 2012)

Yeah.. and Apple has a 10MP front facing camera available in an iphone already.. but it won't be released for 5 more years because they need to first release the iphones with a 5MP, 6MP, 7MP, and 8MP camera..

Companies are in the game to make money.... if you don't like to pay, then use freeware/shareware...

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jul 8, 2012)

Not sure what Bill Gates or Apple have to do with Adobe...?

Competition drives quality and features, and Photoshop has become so much the de facto standard that few people choose any alternatives. They do exist, but mostly end up playing catch-up, or switch to producing Photoshop plugins instead...

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Sten E
By Sten E (Jul 7, 2012)

Looks great!

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ddolde
By ddolde (Jul 7, 2012)

Well I just ordered the upgrade a couple days ago . Skipped CS5 altogether. It was time.

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Smartypants
By Smartypants (Jul 7, 2012)

A great tool for photographers that have the skills to use it.
I spent 20 years in a darkroom and the last 10 years using PS.
Lightroom is part of my workflow and PS is used when needed to finish.

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JJMacks
By JJMacks (Jul 7, 2012)

CS6 will become usable when its many bugs are exterminated as is its not a program I will use.

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sparky52t
By sparky52t (Jul 9, 2012)

I'm not picking on you or anyone else, but all the comments I hear about bugs makes me think that either you're trying to run a new piece of software on an aging machine or you're having problems with the software that you can't figure out. It's not a simple program to learn and after 10+ years I'm still running into challenges. I have a two step process when I run into problems. 1. I'll take advantage of Adobe's Help search and 2. If I'm really stuck, I'll post a question on Adobes web-based Forum - http://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop
Just like here at DPReview, there's a whole community of Photoshop people willing to help you.

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digitall
By digitall (Jul 7, 2012)

Have you any idea how bad this patch tool example is? You've ended up with two identical rippled areas in the water where the tripod legs were eliminated. What is needed here is a more 'content aware' photographer/editor!

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Jul 7, 2012)

+ 1! Not bothering to clone out the repetitions etc is just hopeless. 15 minutes work for anyone who half-knows how to use PS (and I base my opinion on using CS3!.

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Jul 7, 2012)

Too much edition makes the photo a photocrop made by Photoshop. Do we need a good camera and lens?

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shmn
By shmn (Jul 7, 2012)

Yawn.

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bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Jul 7, 2012)

I think he has a point. This is supposedly for photographers and our job is to get as much right in-camera and then use PS for fine tuning

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jul 7, 2012)

Always a great product especially with academic pricing.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Jul 7, 2012)

A preposterous comment. What proportion of users has access to "academic pricing"?
How about "Always a great product especially if you're a merchant banker"?

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jul 7, 2012)

That would be millions of students, teachers, and lecturers.

Academic pricing is particularly valuable for students, allowing them access to great tools like this which they perhaps could not otherwise afford.

Some of those students will become the next generation of photographers.

You need to consider the larger picture, SeeRoy.

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idbar
By idbar (Jul 6, 2012)

Looks like the content aware fill mode ended up putting a patch of grass on the rock on the best case (very strict), but the "minor" spot healing cleaned it up? I think that's worth mention!

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JosephScha
By JosephScha (Jul 6, 2012)

OK, I have to say: the artificial radial blur and tilt shift blur are things I truly dislike. When blur has nothing to do with focus it just makes me annoyed, and detracts from the image in my opinion. These "features" are not a draw, to me.

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sagebrushfire
By sagebrushfire (Jul 7, 2012)

Well I guess that just plays off of your aesthetic sense. For something with a traditional photographic look it doesn't fit but for a more fantastical photo-manipulation it could work very well.

Photography is one of many different art forms that derive from the capture of still imagery.

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curlyone
By curlyone (Jul 6, 2012)

I was using photoshop 3 about 20 years ago,

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jul 6, 2012)

Probably a typo

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 6, 2012)

Fixed.

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Art Guertin
By Art Guertin (Jul 7, 2012)

Mr, Evening,
Thank you for taking the time to point out these PS CS6 photography tools. I am also appreciative of your Lr4 and PS CS6 books. They have been quite helpful to me.

Thank you

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babart
By babart (Jul 8, 2012)

Ditto what Art said. I'm a illustrator and photographer both and can't understand the flack that Photoshop is getting in this thread. I use it constantly in both endeavors, and it works well. Lightroom may be just fine, but I've used Photoshop beginning with version 7.0 and have few complaints.

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Robert Holloway
By Robert Holloway (Jul 8, 2012)

I purchased 3 and 4

Use Lightroom for photos
and CS4 for web design

Just can't be bothered to keep upgrading for minor tweaks

Rob

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ozgoldman
By ozgoldman (Jul 8, 2012)

The price of this software has always kept me away. I prefer to use PP as little as possible and so bought Corel Paint Shop Pro X3 for $30.
Does heaps more than I need. So more than happy with that thanks.
To use CS I think one would need to be a very serious PP user.

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Ultima Gaina
By Ultima Gaina (Jul 10, 2012)

Out of all these heavily marketed (by Scott Kelby & Co) new features in CS6 only the new ACR 7.1 makes sense.

But all these ACR 7.1 improvements are available at a better price in LR4.1 No need to upgrade you PS.

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calson
By calson (Feb 8, 2013)

Problems arise when a company has a monopoly and needs to raise revenue by forcing people to buy upgrades. Get a new digital camera and you have to purchase the latest version of Photoshop. My first version of Photoshop was 3 and that was because Adobe bought out the software company whose product I was using and killed the software. They did that with the company that produced the product that became Lightroom, Adobe did it with Pagemaker, and they did it with Macromedia which produced Freehand and Flash. Adobe has through the years bought up its competition until now there are no competitors for Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, etc. and Apple is not really a competitor when they only produce software versions that will run only on Apple computers.

This is reflected in the price of the Adobe software and their low level of customer service.

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