Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers

The release of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta gives both new and current users the chance to explore the latest additions to the company's venerable image editing application. In what has now become the norm for Adobe, full version updates of Photoshop are preceded by a public beta period. This is intended not only to generate excitement about new features but to glean user feedback before the final shipping release. The beta software is available for download free of charge at Adobe Labs.

Its name aside, Photoshop caters to a wide range of professionals, from designers and illustrators to forensic scientists and 3D animators. In this article we're going to introduce the CS6 features most relevant to Adobe's photography-based user community.

So what can you look forward to in this new version? For starters, the entire user interface has received a makeover, with a new color scheme and redesigned icons. Content-Aware technology has been applied to both the Patch tool a brand new Move tool. A collection of photographic blur filters is introduced and video editing support has not only been expanded, but will be made available in both the Standard and Extended shipping versions of Photoshop CS6.

Many other enhancements that you'll find, like larger brush sizes and faster filter performance have been made possible by increased reliance on the video card's GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). As such, Adobe suggests a video card with a minimum of 512MB VRAM. Mac users should also note that CS6 does not support 32-bit machines. You can read a full description of the system requirements at the end of this article.

Once a final version of CS6 is launched, we will be publishing in-depth tutorials which demonstrate specific tools and techniques. Right now though, our aim is simply to highlight the changes that directly impact a photography-based workflow so that you can easily identify key features and start exploring the public beta on your own.

We'll take a look at the following new features and changes:

UI redesign

As you'd expect, CS6 offers a number of new tools and functionality. Yet, the most immediate change for any previous Photoshop user is undoubtedly going to be the UI (user interface) redesign. For the first time in 22 years, the team at Adobe has given Photoshop a complete makeover. Along with the more obvious changes you'll see below, roughly 1800 icons and 250 cursors have been redesigned.

Photoshop CS6 launches with the Application frame enabled and an interface design that features light text on a dark background.

By default, CS6 offers a much darker background palette to surround your image than previous versions. A number of icons have been redesigned and Panel names are now displayed in sentence case rather than all caps. In the screenshot above, look carefully along the bottom left (highlighted in red) and you'll notice two tabs; one for Mini Bridge and the video Timeline. Clicking on either will extend the tab up into a filmstrip-style panel that runs horizontally beneath the image area.

You do have a number of options for changing the UI color scheme by going to Preferences>Interface. The most crucial of these, in my opinion, is the ability to set the Background fill and Application frame colors independently. In each of the examples below I have set the Background fill to medium gray while changing the interface color among four available presets. Note that you can also choose a custom color for each.

Black interface with medium gray Background fill. Dark interface with medium gray Background fill.
Medium gray interface with medium gray Background fill. Light gray interface with medium gray Background fill.

With CS6 you can also display 'rich cursors' that show contextual information such as dimensions, angle of rotation or other adjustment parameters right alongside the cursor, as shown in the example below.

The rich cursor information is context sensitive. When using one of the marquee tools you can view the dimensions of the marquee you're drawing as well as the XY coordinates of its location. You can also specify where this information is displayed in relation to the cursor. In the example shown here, I've set it to display along the bottom right edge.

Auto and background saves

Arguably one of the most important additions in CS6 is Photoshop's ability to automatically save your open document(s) at user specified intervals. In addition, you can have Photoshop perform all of its Save operations in the background. When editing large files this allows you to continue working after hitting 'save' instead of waiting for a progress bar to complete.

You control the behavior of the Auto save in Preferences>File Handling. A pop-up menu (shown above) allows you to determine the interval at which Photoshop saves your work to a recovery file. In the checkbox above this one you can also have Photoshop perform all of its Save operations in the background.

As you work, Photoshop creates a temporary recovery file on your hard drive that updates periodically to reflect the current state of your document. Should Photoshop crash with your document in an unsaved state it will, upon relaunch, open a document with '-Recovered' appended to its name that contains the most recent auto-saved version. It's important to note that the recovery file is a separate document from your working file - it doesn't over-write the last point you intentionally saved. The recovery file is deleted whenever you invoke a Save or Revert command or close a document without saving.

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Comments

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malabraxis
By malabraxis (2 hours ago)

Can you believe I'm still using CS2? (gasp; shock; horror).

But with almost a thousand extra plug-ins, brushes and whatnot downloaded from all over, it still going quite well for me. In other words, use what works best for you, just don't use something new for the sake that's it's new. I tried CS6 and yes, it's wonderful to use, but I still wonder what REAL difference it makes to my business sales.

Or am I missing the point?

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JJMacks
By JJMacks (Sep 19, 2012)

After 5 month Adobe release an CS6 update according to Adobe this fixes 76 major core issues in Photoshop.

Ask yourself why did Adobe release CS6 with over 76 major issues in the first place?

Long time Photoshop user are still having problems after the CS6 update. Some have reported the update introduced additional bugs.

Will Adobe ever release a reliable version of again?

Adobe has not been able to fix the last three releases of Photoshop. Adobe just seems to be adding new features and bugs. Features like content aware distortion.

The sad part is there is no good alliterative to Photoshop so Adobe can get away supplying their customers with bug infested software.

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gleneagles49
By gleneagles49 (Jul 22, 2012)

Some interesting comments from other users !
For me 90% of my time is spent in ACR and the other 10% in PS.
Very rarely can I take a photograph that does not require some tweak in ACR and it's a pity Adobe don't sell a Basic Photoshop program for a nominal fee with additional blocks that could be added depending on your requirements.
It does seem silly to charge this much for a software when most people will only use a small part of it.
Those people running a Business may well need the full version but private individuals often need only a small part of it.

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tonigirl
By tonigirl (Jun 3, 2012)

I just bought an iMac and have installed a trial version of Illustrator CS6 and when I try to use the revolve tool, it gives a message that there is not enough RAM. It did the same with CS 5.5. I already contacted Apple through customer service and looked up information on their site; my processor should support this application and or/operation. Is this an Illustrator problem? Is it the same with CS4 and earlier? This iMac is 64 bit. Thanks.

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (May 9, 2012)

I should also mention that the program often hangs on startup and even killing the task and attempting to restart fails. When that happens you have to reboot. If you search google and adobe forums you'll see this is a pretty common problem.

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (May 9, 2012)

Jim,

What plugins don't work? I'm using portraiture, Nik, Topaz and perfect portrait though onone software either didn't work or I need to reinstall it. For the other plugins, all I did was copy the folders over from my CS5 installation.

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (May 9, 2012)

the content-aware move, extend and patch are utter crap. They plain don't work on 21MP Canon 5D MK II files though they seem to work great on web sized images.

And they've wrecked the patch tool. Even in normal mode it doesn't work properly. I have to resort to CS5 when I want to use the patch tool.

I hope they get this fixed before the actual release because it's almost useless as is

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Benlb
By Benlb (May 6, 2012)

@ Jim in AZ

Before you decide wait and see how the full version is. A lot of the time they don't allow full compatibility and integration in trial versions. The full version may have what you need.

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Jim in AZ
By Jim in AZ (Apr 27, 2012)

I tried it but won't be buying it. Problem: It accepts not a single of my favorite plugins.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Apr 23, 2012)

More crazy talk about Photoshop. I thought in 1970 I was hearing too much blather from folks in college yapping about their Nikons, Hasselblads and Leicas. Photoshop is a great tool in the hands of an artist/technician. Yes, I would love to upgrade.

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Kampbyll Photography
By Kampbyll Photography (Apr 5, 2012)

PS is ok , but my view point is very simple , PS to me is an excuse not to buy better equipment , i personally would rather have the best equipment than there is no need to waste my time in PS , i have no need to go to Photo Shop , my pictures look great like they are , and those who waste time there should just upgrade there camera , better yet take better pictures!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Apr 6, 2012)

What raw extraction software do you use, or are you shooting film?

I find not quite believable that you don't have adjust things like say vibrance or curves--okay you could use GIMP for curves.

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john Clinch
By john Clinch (Apr 11, 2012)

Words fail me. Say i want to print 2 pictures on the same page. Or how about if I want to add some text

Or how about if I want to shoot B&W

You really have no idea

Do you think Ansel Adams was using contact prints or did he use a dark room to print things the way he liked them

Upgrading your camera makes no differene to any of the things done in photoshop

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CSImagery
By CSImagery (Apr 12, 2012)

I want to see proof that you take fine pictures without photo editing software, post them to your gallerie!

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

I love your comment, because it shows, that you don't know what to do with Photoshop. When you have to clean-up or reapply paint or simply move some equipment out of the way, you won't do that with your camera and lense. And there is practically all the time some clean-up to do, except if you take pictures for the National Geographic. :-)

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Darren Brade
By Darren Brade (Apr 18, 2012)

yes, exactly what I used to say before my photoshop course. now I know how to use photoshop my pictures have gone to another level.

www.darrenbrade.com

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RomanJohnston
By RomanJohnston (Apr 22, 2012)

Kampbyll Photography, that’s the silliest reply I have seen in years. I am with CSImagery.....please show us your perfection to back up your words. Hummmm I wonder why Photoshop is the industry standard for photographers all over the planet? It must be because all those professionals don’t know what they are all doing. Educate us.....show us your mastery.
I Double Dog dare ya!

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Steffen1601
By Steffen1601 (Apr 25, 2012)

I agree with all replies above. I am not a Pro-photographer, but I saw so many demonstrations, videos and tutorials that you can shoot superb pictures using an entry level DSLR. Upgrading your equipment doesn't make you shoot great photos. It's experience, talent, a bit of luck and Photoshop that make you create great photos.

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (May 9, 2012)

Idiotic

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jeans
By jeans (Jul 14, 2012)

No lens is perfect and no sensor can capture the scene as *you* see it, thus...

There are also so-called purists that reject the use of software for the sake of authenticity - this is a topic worthy of another discussion and IMO this approach is too simplistic as these "purists" don't realize what's going on onside the camera anyway. If you're one of them, this discussion is pointless as this is similar to religion.

If you're not one of thew "purists", I hope you do some local image adjustments. Of course, there's other software besides PS - but none of it combines the power, convenience and output quality of PS.

If you don't use *any* image editing software and not one of the "purists", then you're missing about half the image creation possibilities. As simple as that.

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illuminosity
By illuminosity (Oct 8, 2012)

Kampbyll Photography... I know this comment was made 6 months ago, but I have to say... You are an idiot and clearly don't understand the first thing about the choices you need to make to bring your work alive.

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Kampbyll Photography
By Kampbyll Photography (Feb 18, 2013)

i know quiet a few pro photographers across the world , that never touch PS or use any editing whats so ever , because they dont need to , there picture are great enough , i know a lot about PS6 , all i was saying is you can make a great picture without using any editing programs , so what im gathering is you people really think that you have to edit to make a great picture , thats is where you are mistaken , some of the best pictures in the world have never seen an editing program , and yes the glass you use can make a huge diff between a good picture and a great one , im sorry if you think your a photographer and cant get a good picture without PS6 , i can understand a little clean up work , but to change the whole view of the picture is just down right stupid , im not going to sit here and say my pictures are the best but they are good for not editing , and you cant say using software makes you feel like you have any talent , my business is pretty well known in the town i live in

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Quantum3
By Quantum3 (Apr 3, 2012)

You can read what I wrote in the Adobe Forums here: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4290725#4290725 The title of the post says it all.

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pabloban
By pabloban (Mar 29, 2012)

The only feature I was interested in was the anti-shake or de-blurring function. I saw a presentation of that engine from Adobe a while ago and I was really looking forward to it. However it was only empty hopes. They put all that necessary crap into CS6, yet they still don't let me un-shake my blurry photos. Empty teasing leads to frustration which leads to more people ignoring such company.... Whatta way to go, Adobe!... Heh... Just a luck that where I'm from, it is normal NOT to buy software, but download it from the net instead :> Else, as a paying customer, I would feel really screwed over by these digital snobs :>

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David Julian
By David Julian (Apr 2, 2012)

Pabloban, I have an easy fix that will save your blurry images:

Stop whining while you shoot.
The rest of us will advance our craft by using photography tools as intended, and paid-for state of the art software like CS6.

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

Un-shake? Sounds to me like a video function. I cannot imagine that you can unblur images... Well in fact you can ... to some extent by sharpening.

Best thing to do is not to tremble while taking pictures... :-)

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Kampbyll Photography
By Kampbyll Photography (Feb 18, 2013)

get a tripod , that will cut the shake out , not just any tripod you need a good tripod , and some cameras have a function to hold open the mirror , if your camera does , if you use it , it can sharpen your pictures a lot , if you are just looking into software fix , you can try topaz , best of luck

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DuncanDovovan
By DuncanDovovan (Mar 27, 2012)

Do you know Babylon? A nice little translator? It started off as a free software, then you needed a license. And today the upgrades are so INSANELY expensive, that I stopped using it. Adobe must be careful that they do not force the market into alternatives. Aperture/their own Lightroom/OnOne... There are excellent alternatives out there for people who used to buy PS, but do not use it to its full extent. The hundreds of $$$ for this CS5-CS6 upgrade is not worth the money for that group if you ask me, but they kind of force you into this upgrade, through their policy to only allow upgrades at a "reduced" price from the previous version. It does not feel comfortable to me. I think CS5 is the last version I will use and I will start looking for alternatives, like plugins for Aperture/Lightroom from Nick Software/OneOne.

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Steffen1601
By Steffen1601 (Apr 25, 2012)

I agree in some extend. PS is getting more and more expensive and more and more powerful and complicated and I think a lot of users don't even scratch the surface of what this software can really do, but I tried several alternatives (Aperture, Lightroom, some lesser known applications) and I always come back to PS because there was always something missing in the alternatives that I got used to in PS. For example HDR. Lightroom doesn't have built-in HDR processing. Sure you can get an extension, but that didn't work for me as good as the built in HDR in PS worked. I guess it all depends to what extend you use post production software.

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pasekov1941
By pasekov1941 (Mar 27, 2012)

ЭТА ВЕРСИЯ БЕСПЛАТНА ? ЕСЛИ БЕСПЛАТНА ,ТО НА КАКОЙ СРОК ? ПОДСКАЖИТЕ .............

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warpfoo
By warpfoo (Apr 26, 2012)

Свободный бета, скорее всего тайм-аут и прекратить работу раз CS6 поступает в производство.
(Google перевод ...)

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Martin ChroustMasin
By Martin ChroustMasin (Mar 26, 2012)

I was hopping that the newly proposed workflow for working with out of focus photos would be part of CS6, but I see they did not included in this version. I wonder why, since they already have it working. I saw demonstration on it and it was awesome result.

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Ubilam
By Ubilam (Mar 30, 2012)

I'm getting double-vision OOF (out of focus) or something. Why post it twice, Martin? Better focus? ;-)

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philfennessy
By philfennessy (Apr 1, 2012)

"The ability to refocus out of focus images"- theres an interesting marketing pitch. In order to do that you would need the exact construction of the lens - not just which type lens it was but the exact lens used to take the image , the exact distance to the subject to a fraction of a millimetre and the exact place the lens was actually focused and the computing power of a small country and a great deal of time. I would settle for the mac version of CS6 to put the colour variations feature back in which has just been a blank in the menu since it went 64bit.

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

@philfennessy: You will need a very overall sharp image AND a depth map! Then you can do out of focus images...

I think the technology refered here is the multiple lens adapter, taking the same picture at different focus areas. The disadvantage of that is that you will need multiple chips (one for each lens) or a very high res chip.

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Martin ChroustMasin
By Martin ChroustMasin (Mar 26, 2012)

I was hopping that the newly proposed workflow for working with out of focus photos would be part of CS6, but I see they did not included in this version. I wonder why, since they already have it working. I saw demonstration on it and it was awesome result.

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1972 snr
By 1972 snr (Mar 26, 2012)

I feel messed over. I wish these folks give the market a shot at learning what is out there now. These school won't be able to manage with the upkeep of charge so fast.

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aris14
By aris14 (Mar 26, 2012)

Apart some serious workflow features and ACR there was no reason for someone to buy any PS after PS2 if he had the appropriate plugins at the time, like Topaz, Nik, Imagenomic and such...

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

There are a lot of reasons to buy upgrades... since PhotoShop 2!

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Mar 26, 2012)

Given the fact that this is a beta version, is it really necessary for Adobe to hit me with an invitation to licence the program or continue a "trial" every 30 seconds or so? This was irritating enough for me to stop using CS6.

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Sergeg
By Sergeg (Mar 25, 2012)

In it's 22 year existence Adobe have been very snobish in what they would change in the PS UI. It was considered too plebian obviously to have dedicated buttons along the main top toolbar or attributes bars buttons like; Print, Copy, Paste, Undo and Redo etc.
I am a great believer and user of KBD shortcuts, but in 2012 we still have to go to Image/Rotate Canvas!
how about giving
* RMC transparency control for dupe layers
in the wrokspace
* RMC for XYZ rotation of layers using trackball icon
* RMC for replacing image in any layer or selection
* RMC for interactive drag shadow control on text layers (available for years in Photoimpact)
* Update the Lens Flare and Lighting filters!
* Apply button for stacking multiple filter effects from the filter browser
* Simplyfy Layer Style Palette
* 3d extrude and xyz rotate for shapes (Serif have had it for years)
* A dedicated Collage tool ala Picasa

Is that expecting too much from the "Market Leader" O.K. let the brickbats start flying.

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FodoR
By FodoR (Mar 25, 2012)

Hopefully, one day when I upgrade, and get a better computer, I will also upgrade my Photoshop...
I didn't notice many reasons to upgrade to CS4 or CS5, but now upgrading to CS6 is really important.

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Miquel Estrada Ferrer
By Miquel Estrada Ferrer (Mar 25, 2012)

Sera cuestión de probarlo ,gracias por toda la información.

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gnob
By gnob (Mar 25, 2012)

atlas adobe added an auto save feature in photoshop.this will be a very helpful feature for recovering if the app quit unexpectedly.

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SimSalaBim
By SimSalaBim (Apr 25, 2012)

great autosave while working on a 1gb file so your computer will be constantly stuck! just make a save or "save as" part of your workflow! not a real feature worth the money though!

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 24, 2012)

Thanks for this very informative summary of CS6.

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Hugowolf
By Hugowolf (Mar 24, 2012)

Wow, a docking toolbar, after only 24 years of asking.

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N13L5
By N13L5 (Mar 24, 2012)

hope they changed more than cosmetics, specifically, making you not dig down in the menus for constantly used functions that can be done instantly in other software.

The long Abandoned Picture Publisher software may not have been better, but it sure was always speedier.

I only go into Photoshop for major operations, cause for most things, its too cumbersome and slow to load.

But then, I generally feel Adobe UI's are backwards and counter-intuitive, with the exception of Go-Life, which interface they ended up axing for the horrible Dreamweaver interface they bought from Macromedia.

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (Mar 24, 2012)

Can you copy/paste an object by right clicking (like in E-V-E-R-Y other software) yet? (is someone actually using the right click options that PS has? "select layers/similar layers")
Can you copy a transparent image from another app and paste it to PS and it is still transparent?

I have been using PS since version PS5 and these things are still there, arent they? Or maybe im just stupid and never learned to use it.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 25, 2012)

Most people don't need right-click in Photoshop to copy and paste, because copy and paste is usually not the best way to do it. Usually it's better to make the selection and float the layer, since it takes less memory for the same result and is more flexible anyway, since you can now use the selection as a layer.

As far as copying transparent images from another app, much of that happens outside Photoshop. If the other app copies the data to the system clipboard in a transparent format, and the system clipboard can preserve that transparent format, Photoshop should take it in that way. But many other apps may handle this incorrectly.

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Ubilam
By Ubilam (Mar 24, 2012)

The GUI finally looks nice in CS6, but I dread the bloat of upgrading to it. Don't need or want video editing in PS because other dedicated programs are better. Tired of having to upgrade the computer because of Adobe's PS bloatware version to version.

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nellydesign
By nellydesign (Mar 23, 2012)

Can you snap object centerpoints to guides yet? Been wanting that feature for ages.

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TheFlyingman
By TheFlyingman (Mar 23, 2012)

I guess it is start to upgrade from CS3 now. Hope they release the whole CS6 packages soon (at least as long as I am going to be student :-)).

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Juliusv
By Juliusv (Mar 23, 2012)

Hi, does CS6 support Nvidia SLI? (2 video cards)

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mantra
By mantra (Mar 23, 2012)

Hi

i would not be wrong
but about the blur gallery , i remember a thirdy plugins that does the same job with a similar technology

Am i wrong?
i don't remember the third part plugin

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onemoremile
By onemoremile (Mar 23, 2012)

Are you thinking of FocalPoint from OnOne software?

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mantra
By mantra (Mar 23, 2012)

yes
i can try it
do you use it?

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onemoremile
By onemoremile (Mar 23, 2012)

I do. It is pretty easy to use and creates realistic out of focus areas. I have not figured out how to be very precise in determining what is in focus and what is out of focus. Maybe I just have not worked enough with their "masking bug." I have not tried the CS6 blur filter yet, it appears that it might be a little easier to control than the OnOne version.

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mantra
By mantra (Mar 24, 2012)

thanks onemoremile

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Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Mar 26, 2012)

Check out their video tutorials on Youtube. Very informative, teaches you how to use mutliple focus bugs and the paintbrush etc

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wil13jak
By wil13jak (Mar 22, 2012)

there are indeed many many programs out there for all levels of photographers. As some photogs were simply satisfied to take their film to a local mall lab for developing and printing (and indeed I'm not saying this was bad or wrong) some of us loved to spend hours in a darkroom experimenting to our hearts content. The same holds true for Photoshop vs Elements etc. There is no set of rules as to what you use. If it serves your needs it's good!!!! :)))

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DattaGroover
By DattaGroover (May 1, 2012)

Amen to that. It's part of the sport. Some people like only one or two parts. I like most of it (and I used to play with a lot of stuff in my darkroom). I upgraded from CS5 to 5.5 (entire Master Suite) and have been delighted. I just upgrade my 5D to a MKIII and I love that dimension as well.

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plantdoc
By plantdoc (Mar 22, 2012)

I recently upgraded to CS5 from CS3 when Adobe announced no upgrades unless you had the previous version. I was waiting for CS6, but under this policy I would be ineligible. What's the upgrade policy now? I don't think I'll being paying another $200 this soon. I would rather wait for the CS7.

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JerryRGS
By JerryRGS (Mar 24, 2012)

Adobe had such a huge backlass they will allow upgrades to CS6 from CS4 and earlier versions.

But starting now you have to upgrade every time to be able to upgrade at upgrade prices.

If you do not upgrade to CS6, when CS7 comes out you will have to pay full price to get it.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (Mar 22, 2012)

That blur tool example above is teerriibblle! So fake looking... I'm sure some add'l feather might be needed?

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openskyline
By openskyline (Mar 22, 2012)

I have stopped using Adobe Photoshop for sometimes, LR is all I need.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Mar 22, 2012)

Which means you are only using ACR....

Pretty stupid for a photographer not knowing what can be achieved with masks and channels. Could make your images look 1000% better.

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tom trinko
By tom trinko (Mar 22, 2012)

No need to be rude! Sheese to each his own. I heavily process most of my "good" pictures and I really like what Photoshop can do but I know that some very good photographers can generate better pics than I do by just using LR.

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openskyline
By openskyline (Mar 22, 2012)

@ Just a Photographer: the software doesn't make you stupid, but I can see there is one example by reading your comment :) :)

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Mar 23, 2012)

Just a photographer .... More like just a wrongly opinionated fool!
Each to their own, but only idiots criticise others because they do things in a different way to themselves!

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JojieRT
By JojieRT (Mar 25, 2012)

what kind of a crappy photographer are you that you can improve your photos with photoshop 1000%?

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nightshadow1
By nightshadow1 (Mar 27, 2012)

To: Just a photographer... Where have you been? You can use layers (plug-in is called "Perfect Layers" from OnOne) in LR.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 22, 2012)

Well, this is great news for Scott Kelby and Martin Evening. What I would like to see is a filter that takes wildly overprocessed HDR shots that look sort of like a painting but not really and turns them back into something that resembles a photograph. But to each his own. I'd also like a gauss blur for my deconvolution algorithms (discussed below) but first I have to find out what that means. Seriously, if this has something as useful as content-aware fill, then I'm interested.

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

You will never be able to take back over processed files to a normal level. There is too much information that has been destroyed.

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (Mar 22, 2012)

i'm not seeing a whole lot that's compelling. The content aware fill that dpreview demonstrated looks flawed. I see the outline of the original selection. The selective focus example looks horrible. I'm sure it works better than the dpreview demo. Dpreview ought to hire some professional artists and photographers to do their reviews.

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Fellowpedestrian
By Fellowpedestrian (Mar 24, 2012)

Oh, Come On! You think you better... I don't wanna be rude but, please, go jump out the window!

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JojieRT
By JojieRT (Mar 25, 2012)

jump out the window? really? that's kinda over the top isn't it?

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Lng0004
By Lng0004 (Mar 26, 2012)

I agree. The samples shown are kinda.. horrible. You can do a better job with the clone-stamp. And the blur is bad. Needs a whole lot more feathering... unless that's was intentional...

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

Wasn't there a note saying that in most cases you need to rework the fills! You jast need to figure out what will be more expensive.

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treepop
By treepop (Mar 22, 2012)

Seriously!? I just bought CS5....didn't CS5 just come out? I feel like Adobe has taken the same model as Capcom. This is like Super Photoshop 5 Arcade Edition....I wish they would just support the product that is already out.

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laminam
By laminam (Mar 22, 2012)

If by "just came out", you mean, "came out 2 years ago", then yes.

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DuncanDovovan
By DuncanDovovan (Mar 27, 2012)

Do you know Babylon? A nice little translator? It started off as a free software, then you needed a license. And today the upgrades are so INSANELY expensive, that I stopped using it. Adobe must be careful that they do not force the market into alternatives. Aperture/their own Lightroom/OnOne... There are excellent alternatives out there. The hundreds of $$$ for this CS5-CS6 upgrade is not worth the money if you ask me, but they kind of force you into this upgrade, through their policy to only allow upgrades at a "reduced" price from the previous version.

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Mar 22, 2012)

Will the new ACR / Lightroom have a pattern noise suppression tool?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 25, 2012)

I think I read that the new "moire" parameter in the gradient and adjustment brush may be used for pattern suppression.

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World Peace
By World Peace (Mar 22, 2012)

How much is this upgrade?

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Mar 22, 2012)

"Once the beta period is over, the Adobe Photoshop CS6 price will be $699 (£440 ) or $199 (£125) for upgraders. CS6 Extended will retail for around $999 (£631), or $399 (£252) for upgraders." ...
according to Techradar.com

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Mar 22, 2012)

http://www.digikam.org/ 0$
http://www.gimp.org/ 0$
Linux http://distrowatch.com/

I don't see a reason why hobbyist should pay for image manipulation tools. ;)
Professionals are other story.

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MIKE GG
By MIKE GG (Mar 23, 2012)

yeah ok this is about PS not 0$ tools, go make your own thread buddy.

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Mar 23, 2012)

You're on it

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ppage
By ppage (Mar 24, 2012)

"I don't see a reason why hobbyist should pay for image manipulation tools. ;)
Professionals are other story."

I don't see a reason why I should pay for a car, I only drive it on weekends. ;)

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Mar 24, 2012)

Commuting :)
Public transportation.
Bicycling (keeps you healthy)
Renting car for weekends and saving the repair costs.
or
Buy a ferrari and drive it on weekends.

and as I said I don't see the reason for commercial software when there are good free alternatives. But hey this isn't communist china :D this a capitalist global market with greedy banking system. So if you like you can buy and there's nothing wrong with it. I just don't get the point :P

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Mar 24, 2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALZZx1xmAzg

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JojieRT
By JojieRT (Mar 25, 2012)

@ppage, you should spend your money in becoming a better analogist, haha. or stop pretending you can come up with one.

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Staxxx
By Staxxx (Apr 11, 2012)

Could someone tell me, if I have CS5 Extended can I upgrade only the Photoshop to the CS6 version thus paying GBP 125 instead of GBP 252. I do not need the upgraded version of the rest of the suite. Thanks.

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

@Kirppu: What are you doing for your living? And would you ask Canon or Nikon to offer their cameras for free!

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Bodhi Dharma Zen
By Bodhi Dharma Zen (Mar 22, 2012)

is it fully functional? can you save your work without watermarks? will only expire when the final product launches?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 22, 2012)

yes and yes and yes

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Mar 22, 2012)

If it's okay to ask, how would the beta "know" it has expired & lock down, unless each time it launches it checks online for status & won't launch until it is successful in doing so & the status gives it the go-ahead?

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hallwal
By hallwal (Mar 22, 2012)

It will also check your system date. I'm sure they have a "maximum life" and a "latest date" already encoded in the beta, which would take over even without internet access.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 23, 2012)

beta runs for 60 days.

it tries to connect but my test system is disconnected from the net. so you don´t need a internet connection once it is installed and activated.

adobe wrote it will release the final before the beta expires.

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JC999
By JC999 (Mar 22, 2012)

Any changes to Bridge? Such as increased speed?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 25, 2012)

Bridge is 64-bit now. Should help with large numbers of images.

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jtwz8975
By jtwz8975 (Mar 22, 2012)

I can see that oil paint filter being a lot of fun. I'll use it for making comic books as it looks more cartoon like than oil paint like; IMO.

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compositor20
By compositor20 (Mar 22, 2012)

Does quantitative imaging analysis means it will benchmark an image for noise and color saturation like DXOMark?

Could someone please see if it opens olympus OM-D raw files since Im not able to download it now. Thanks

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Mar 22, 2012)

thats why they sent me the postcard last week promting me to buy CS 5.5 so they can charge me me agian few months later for cs6.

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Jack A. Zucker
By Jack A. Zucker (Mar 22, 2012)

Anyone notice you can see the outline of the original selection in the content aware patch example with the ducks???

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jtwz8975
By jtwz8975 (Mar 22, 2012)

Glad I just bought CS5 a week ago! Will I have to pay again for CS6 or will they feel sorry for me and give me a free upgrade once the beta is over, (as is the policy with Proshow Producer from Photodex?)

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

Ask Adobe. After announcement done, upgrades are normally for free.

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zwobot
By zwobot (Mar 22, 2012)

The new contentaware patch tool is very useful for areas which needed masking to be properly filled in earlier versions of PS.

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