Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers

Auto color correction settings

The algorithms behind the Auto settings of image adjustment tools have been updated in CS6. In Curves and Levels a new (and now default) option, 'Enhance Brightness and Contrast' has been added. With this option selected, Photoshop will analyze the scene and make image-dependent adjustments.

A new default option (highlighted in red) makes image dependent composite RGB adjustments. With the Curves tool, the Auto option places points on the curve where adjustments have been made.

In addition, selecting this option for Curves actually places points on the curve so that users can quickly start fine-tuning the automated adjustment. An image-dependent Auto option has been added to the Brightness/Contrast tool as well.

Adaptive Wide Angle correction

Photoshop gets a new tool to cope with lens distortion in the form of an Adaptive Wide Angle filter. The tool's primary uses are for minimizing the effect of fisheye lenses and correcting distortion in panoramas.

This image was shot with a fisheye lens.
The Adaptive Wide Angle filter recognizes the lens used (1), based on image EXIF, and automatically sets its correction mode to the Fisheye option (2).
While the image still contains curved lines, the filter has reduced the distortion in the subject at the center of the image.

Type styles

In CS6 Adobe has given Photoshop users full featured paragraph and character style sheets that offer the typesetting capabilities of InDesign, the company's professional page layout software. You access the panels for both paragraph and character styles by going to Window>Paragraph Styles. After creating a new style you can double-click it to open the options window shown below.

One of the greatest benefits of using type styles comes when you need to change an attribute like font size or color, for example. No matter how many text layers your document contains, if they all share the same style, you can simply modify the style and the changes will automatically be applied to every text layer.

You can create and edit text attributes using individual styles that can be applied to any text layer with a single click. You can also modify attributes via the text layer itself and use those changes to 'redefine' or update the style sheet associated with the text.

Character styles allow you to specify parameters for individual characters instead of an entire paragraph. Any settings not explicitly defined in a character style follow those defined by the paragraph style. 

Printing UI

Photoshop's printing interface has undergone a redesign in CS6. The functionality is the same as the previous version but some of the options have been shifted around a bit. Controls are now displayed along the right side of the dialog window and organized into separate panels. You can expand a panel by clicking anywhere on its name, not just on the triangle icon next to it. The text is significantly larger and page margins are simulated in the print preview.

The new print settings window can be sized by dragging on the bottom right edge. You can also click the green expand icon in the upper left (on a Mac) to make the window expand to the full dimensions of the screen. Here the window is expanded to show all of the available panels.

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Comments

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Bernd M
By Bernd M (Mar 22, 2012)

What became of the new "Sharpening Tool" Adobe was working on? I was hoping it would be integrated in PS CS6.

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

was answerd a few times.

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Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Mar 22, 2012)

Where Henry. I searched the word "sharp" on each page and got nothing about it. Where do you see it "numerous times?"

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John Carson
By John Carson (Mar 22, 2012)

See here:

http://prodesigntools.com/photoshop-sneak-peek-image-deblurring-adobe-max.html

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Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Mar 22, 2012)

Thanks John. I didn't see it mentioned anywhere in the DPReview notes.

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

i have personally answerd the question a few times in this thread. it´s about deblurring.... not sharpening.

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Tape5
By Tape5 (Mar 22, 2012)

Nothing in life excites more than the news of an upgrade from Adobe.....

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alfamix
By alfamix (Mar 22, 2012)

Help ! Where is "image de-bluring' ???

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

it is not in CS6.. and was never promised to be.
it was a "future tech" demo.

not a sneak peak of a CS 6 feature.

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GregT
By GregT (Mar 27, 2012)

Interesting timing though don't you think? Maybe Adobe will get smart and sell it as a plug-in for users of any version of PS. Nah...that would make to much sense.

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Ithackermike
By Ithackermike (Mar 22, 2012)

Was there a mention of the release date. Or an educated guess based on past experience?

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

spring 2012.. as in the text.

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jabakus
By jabakus (Mar 22, 2012)

...are new features (D800 oriented) included:

- downsample to D700 size
- downsample to D4 size
- downsample to 5dIII size

...just kidding of course.. just a little tired of comparisons of the new cameras at the same resolution...

I hope Adobe will release the final (stable) version of ACR 6.7 for CS5 ...

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

...there is an old feature build in to get your 5dM3 pictures the same size as the D800 at a better quality! ;-) called "Image (re)Size..."

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

the new dark UI may looks nice on the screen.

but it is not good for photographer who PRINT their images.

a neutral grey background is imho still the best to judge an image and edit it.

i mean... i really like the LR interface from, a visual viewpoint, dark as it is.
but it leads to other color corrections then a grey background, because the human eye interprets the colors differently on different backgrounds.

sometimes when i switch from LR to photoshop i "notice" a slight colorshift.
but it is just perception.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Mar 22, 2012)

Lightroom 4 allows you to change the overall background now, making it lighter if you wish, or even darker.

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

i know.. maybe because i bothered them with a dozend emails over the years. :)

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Amadou Diallo
By Amadou Diallo (Mar 22, 2012)

Henry,
As I wrote in the article you can change both the Background Fill and Application frame independently. So you can set either or both to middle gray.

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

i know and i read that... i just say i doubt it´s usefullness for photographers.

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onemoremile
By onemoremile (Mar 23, 2012)

You can change the background to another color. Also, if you invoke soft-proofing, Photoshop will attempt to mimic the actual color of the paper on which you are printing, so that you can see how your print will look against that background.

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Lu64
By Lu64 (Apr 16, 2012)

Same profiles?

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Mar 22, 2012)

OIL PAINT FILTER! Om nom nom!!! WANT!!!

Brian

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

it´s in photoshop for quite a while when you install the free pixelbender plugin from adobe.

it´s nice for a while but becomes boring very fast.

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Mar 22, 2012)

Thanks - I didn't know that ...

... While I can imagine it becomes boring (like any other special effect), I do a lot of show posters for musical productions, and this kind of thing is a godsend!

Brian

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Pixelsurgeon
By Pixelsurgeon (Mar 24, 2012)

This is indeed a function of 'Pixelbender' behind the scenes. I think the AKVIS ART plugin works much better for a 'painterly' effect and is not all that expensive.

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Mar 25, 2012)

Can't quite figure out why, but "pixel bender" sounds just a wee tad dodgy!

Brian

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Mar 22, 2012)

The "Content-Aware Move tool" looks great - but is the AUTHOR aware that these "ducks" are actually GEESE? Canada Geese, to be precise! LOL!!!

Brian

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Amadou Diallo
By Amadou Diallo (Mar 22, 2012)

Nice catch, Brian. It's fixed now.

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Mar 24, 2012)

Hehe! Thanks, Amadou - after all, you don't want anyone to think that dpreview is ...

... QUACKING up! :-)

Brian

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mantra
By mantra (Mar 22, 2012)

i guess i would like the new acr (sadly i have to upgrade to cs6!)
and the ability to enlarge the curve adjustament layer (in cs5 or cs4 is very tiny)

does someone know if there is only the rule of third in the crop ?

PS hope cs6 will use as well the GPU and video memory , the minimum is 500MB of video card!

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

you can enlarge that layer in CS 5 too.

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mantra
By mantra (Mar 22, 2012)

how?
i mean the curve window size, i add a curve adjustament layer and the curve window is small,but i can't drag to make it more large

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

it is in the setting of the panel "expand view".

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onemoremile
By onemoremile (Mar 23, 2012)

There are actually six different overlays in the crop tool: rule of thirds, grid, diagonal, triangle, Golden Ratio and Golden Triangle.

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GregT
By GregT (Mar 27, 2012)

If you can afford Cs6 you can afford a decent gpu..:-)

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Mar 22, 2012)

Auto Save open documents is a decade too late, Adobe...

.

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

it´s here now.. so don´t whine.

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Bomple
By Bomple (Mar 22, 2012)

Ooooh, the oil-paint filter, I want the oil paint filter!

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

it´s in the free pixelbender plugin from adobe for quite a while.

it seems they just included it as standard filter into PS CS 6.

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Roman Stedronsky
By Roman Stedronsky (Mar 23, 2012)

Henry: I think it is irony...;-)

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h2k
By h2k (Mar 22, 2012)

The example for Iris Blur that you show is unrealistic - the model's shirt should remain in focus as well, not just her neck and face (because the shirt has the same distance to the camera as the face).

Yet i am sure there will be many unrealistic "romantic dreamy" blurs starting from today all over the place. Face clear, all the rest blurred. It makes me feel dizzy.

In the case of the photo you're using in the blur example, the tilt-shift blur would have been more useful (in this case, it would not have created the typical trendy tilt-shift effect, but would have been useful anyway because of the way subject and background had been arranged).

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MadsR
By MadsR (Mar 22, 2012)

OMG! You can't completely replace a big sensor and expensive wide aperture lens with a piece of sftware yet?! That is so bad...

TBH. Making correct iris blur needs advanced 3D information, your pictures do not have this, they are 2D representations, so you can never get the result you are looking for, this have to be done even before your sensor captures the image...

And, that is an example. You can actually get some quite impresive results with iris blur, if you manually mask the areas as they are in a 3D scene and apply increasing amounts of blur pr. mask...

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 22, 2012)

Not really that hard, simple focus peaking in PS would work, with various degree of softening based on how high is contrast.

Tho its not that hard to make this manualy.

// Faking fast lens, since 2000. //

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

@mescalamba... i would like to see an result of your manualy tries.

to really have a good fake bokeh/iris blur you need a depth map.
i am a 3d max user and i render out z-depth layers so i can use after effects for iris blur in videos. that works very good.

but if it would be that easy as you say, to fake it via focus peaking then alienskin or onone software would have made that already.
in the end they sell products for years that try to emulate a fast lens.

the problem is with focus peaking, you have a plane of focus but still no depth information for the object in the image.
a high contrast calculation can help... but will not work for every image.

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GregT
By GregT (Mar 27, 2012)

What you explain is called "knowing your craft" and as far as I know is not included in ANY version of CS6. :-)

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tony field
By tony field (Mar 22, 2012)

Humm, I like the interface. The only thing I immediately noted was that ACR no longer has a "fill light" - new controls to use :)

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MadsR
By MadsR (Mar 22, 2012)

As a user of LR4, the new controls are so much better IMHO. Where "fill light" was very rough on mid-tones, the new shadows control and black point is much easier to work with because they don't affect mid-tones in the same way. (black point, white point works like levels output control in PS, shadows work like "fill light" but only on the darker tones.

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MontyP
By MontyP (Mar 22, 2012)

TechRadar is reporting that the new deblur tool demonstrated at Adobe Max in October won’t be available in Photoshop CS6.

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DStudio
By DStudio (Mar 22, 2012)

Interesting ... !

Does that mean the demo was a little too contrived, or is there some other reason?

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MadsR
By MadsR (Mar 22, 2012)

Old story... Adobe have already admitted that their demonstration was fake and while the theory is still interesting, it is nowhere near usable yet.

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

it was not fake you telling nonsense MadsR.

adobe admitted that the BLUR in ONE of the example images was computer generated and not actual BLUR created by CAMERA movement during the exposure. that´s it.

so get yout stuff together and don´t tell bul*hit.

@Dstudio.
the reason is that it was alpha demo.
you see in the demo they had to invoke an external program to calculate it.
to get such features into photoshop it takes some time.

in the end everyone will complain if it is not production ready or only works on 50% of all images.
look at content aware fill. there are some m*r*ns who wil tell everyone that it will not work and that it is useless. yet i use it EVERY DAY and it works.
if you know how to use it of course and how to deal with it´s limitations!!

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Mar 22, 2012)

adobe did not fake anything.
it is quite common to use a gauss blur for blind deconvolution algorithms.

problem is the public will not understand it and think it is fake.
that is the problem with science... the public often has no clue.

"The fundamental task of image deblurring is to de-convolute the blurred/degraded image with
the PSF that exactly describes the distortion. Firstly, the original image is degraded using the
Degradation Model. It can be done by Gaussian Filter which is low-pass filter used to blur in image. This ringing effect should be removed before restoration using edge
trapping. After removing the ringing effect, blind Deconvolution algorithm is applied to the blurred
images. It is possible to renovate the original image without having specific knowledge of degradation
filter. Recent algorithms have afforded dramatic progress, yet
many aspects of the problem remain challenging and hard to understand."

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

image deblurring is not new.
i have visited a nice demo on siggraph 2006 that showed some (hand selected) images. the results where stunning.

but it did not work for all images and was far from being usefull for photographer. thought it is used now for astro photography and yields good results.

im sure we will see image deblurring in a future PS version.
maybe even in a 6.5 point update.
it will not work miracles... but it will work good for some images.

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Lofi
By Lofi (Mar 22, 2012)

Where's the deblur feature? That's the only reason for which I'd like to try the beta version.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 22, 2012)

In hell probably as it wont work much, unless you create perfectly gaussian type of blur. Only lens that can do that is 135mm f2.8 STF. :D

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

that is obviously wrong... read some siggraph withepapers about image deblurring / removing blur introduced by camera shake.

adobe does not code this to remove IRIS BLUR from an image. it´s about CAMAERA SHAKE / MOTION BLUR.

i think you don´t even know what he is speaking about?

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Rylee Isitt
By Rylee Isitt (Mar 22, 2012)

Adobe has its work cut out for them if they are going to convince me to update yet again. The "problem" is that CS5 is actually overkill for my needs. So many features... so little reason to use them. I only upgrade from CS3 to get 64 bit.

It's interesting that the features which cause the most "wow" (context-sensitive fill, etc) are the ones I have never touched, while on the other hand I'd really like to see improvements made to re-size (make it gamma aware and add advanced upsizing technologies), curves (make the dialog larger for better ease of use), and basically just further improvements to existing, commonly used tools.

Improve the pattern recognition for aligning layers prior to focus stacking, and I'll upgrade.

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snowboarder
By snowboarder (Mar 22, 2012)

If I only want Camera RAW update to the level of $150 Lightroom,
I need to purchase full CS6 upgrade for $350.
Why can't you simply release Camera RAW as a separate
software for $49 or so and allow me to keep my CS5 I'm
perfectly happy with?

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John MacLean Photography
By John MacLean Photography (Mar 22, 2012)

Or just get LR4!

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D Sharp
By D Sharp (Mar 22, 2012)

Where did you get the cs6 upgrade pricing from?

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Roman Stedronsky
By Roman Stedronsky (Mar 22, 2012)

I would buy ACR as separate program immediately!

I hate libraries so Lightroom is not good SW for me. I prefer freedom of editing pictures anywhere I choose and easiness of transfer settings from folder to folder, drive to drive, computer to computer...

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 22, 2012)

Get Capture One and use some decent enough (plugin compatibile) version of PS and forget about new version. As far as I know, everything since CS2 is more or less useless..

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Mar 22, 2012)

Or turn on 'write changes into xmp or meta automatically' in Lightroom and have all your adjustments in acr and other raw-reading software anywhere, anyway.

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Steve Bingham
By Steve Bingham (Mar 22, 2012)

PS CS6 seems to offer little in inovation. Editing video is nice, but I bet Director Pro does a better job. Moving content aware is a new -and probably little used, feature. I am sure I will need ACR 7 as new cameras are introduced but it is a real shame I can't buy it as a seperate plug in. As for new user interface and icons, this will simply slow me down. Not real happy. So many real improvements left out. Maybe this is a "rush to judgement". We shall see.

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Roman Stedronsky
By Roman Stedronsky (Mar 22, 2012)

Mescalamba: I know you commented snowboarder but let me add a different angle of view: I have already got Capture One 6 Pro. (I use Capture One since version 4.) Unfortunately it's output for my new Sony A77 is far behind Adobe Camera Raw output. In fact I would not hasitate to mark it as terrible. :-( And as I have seen right now ACR 7 beta is even better.

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David Strachan
By David Strachan (Mar 23, 2012)

I'm still on CS4. Can't beat Photoshop for dodging and burning layers.

But I don't like the library system type organisers, and store my downloads as dated folders. I like to see the small jpg images within the directory folder view. I haven't managed to make this happen in Bridge.

Has cs6 improved its folder views???

cheers Dave S ;)

But I love FastStone for it's organisational, renaming, simple basic editing. Has jpg's in the folder view.

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Vicariousgeorge
By Vicariousgeorge (Mar 22, 2012)

cool

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