Photoshop CS6 JDIs

In this latest release, Adobe has continued its focus on JDI (Just Do It) enhancements. Based on user feedback and requests, these are relatively small, but productivity-enhancing changes that Photoshop's engineer's are allowed to take time out of the normal development cycle to implement. Users of the public beta will come across more than 50 such enhancements, so we've provided a JDI list organized by category.

 Category JDI Notes
Brushes Option for HUD brush vertical movement to adjust opacity instead of hardness Enable this change in Preferences
  Maximum brush size increased to 5000px  
  Change color dynamics to per stroke instead of per tip User can revert to old behavior
  Brightness/contrast slider for textures when painting  
  Brush projection for static tips  
  Brush cursor reflects brush dynamics for round and captured tips  
Eyedropper Show the sample size popup for the various eyedropper tools  
  Option to ignore adjustment layers for the eyedropper tool New menu item in the Options bar pulldown
  New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below New menu item in the Options bar pulldown
File Formats Read common stereo image pair formats (JPS, PNS)  
  Allow for more bit depths in TIFF files  
  Read BIGTIFF format  
  Give the user choices regarding how they want transparency treated in OpenEXR on file open  
Grammar Standardized grammar throughout app  
  Use consistent grammar style in the title of dialog windows No commands such as 'Choose a color:'
Layers Added a contextual menu item that deletes a layer effect instead of just disabling it  
  Added dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke  
  Keyboard shortcut of 00 to set layer opacity to 0% Use Shift+00 to set fill opacity to 0%
  Added bicubic sharper & bicubic smoother options when free transforming layers  
  Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers simultaneously  
  Allow locking of multiple layers  
  Allow Cmd+J to duplicate layers and layer group  
  Allow changing of color labels for multiple layers simultaneously  
  Layer tooltips to include layer name Works only if a name is defined
  Opt+click on toggle arrows (groups and effects) in layer panel to close all targets  
  Show blend if/Blending Effects badge on layer  
  Show correct opacity and blend mode values for hidden layers  
  Tab goes to next layer on inline layer rename, Shift+Tab goes to previous  
  New command to raster layer effect into layer, merging the selected layers into themselves  

Reorder effects in the layers palette to match the Z-­­order style/blend mode

Liquify Resize Liquify brush with shortcuts  
  Increased maximum Liquify brush size and added option to load last mesh  
Presets Added new document presets for common devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad, etc.)  
  Added new Gradient Map presets for toning and split-toning  
  Sticky reorganization of tool presets Changes maintained after re-launch
  Added Contact Sheet II as an Automation option  
SDK Added the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK  
  Added the ability to access the tool name associated with the tool preset name via scripting  
Selections Marquee, lasso, and mask panel feather values support decimal places Matches the feather dialog
  Remember feather radius when showing dialog for selection from a path  
Transform Improved dragging of vector curves  
  Don't hide smart object icon when transforming a layer  
  Undo or disable auto-­­rotate on open  
UI Removed the app bar and reduced the size of the drag/app bar by more than 30%  
  Windows: New/open document options added to context click on a document tab Previously a Mac-only feature
  Added 'Don't show again' checkbox to Purge warnings  
Miscellaneous Enabled Split Channels for documents with layers  
  Select Hex field by default and allow clipboard pastes with '#' in contents Cannow use #fffffff for example
  Increased GPU stability by prequalifying GPUs on the fly before use  
  Auto-­­select the best resample method based on the type of resize  
  Enabled Invert and Threshold adjustments for masks in 32 -­­bit  
  Holding Shift during startup disables 3rd party plugins  
  Added warning message that 16 ­­bit images cannot display their file size in the Save as JPEG dialog  

There's clearly a lot to explore in the Photoshop CS6 beta, even if you just look at the photography-related features. This is a beta process, however, so if you find a new tool that makes your jaw drop, wish Adobe had done things differently or have discovered a bug, make your voice heard on the CS6 beta feedback forum.  It's your chance to help shape the final CS6 release.

System requirements

The minimum system requirements for Photoshop have changed, particularly for Mac users. Photoshop CS6 does not support 32-bit Macs. You must be running a 64-bit Intel processor and OS 10.6 or higher (read this Apple support document to determine whether your Mac has a 64-bit processor). On the Windows side, minimum requirements are Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

Photoshop CS6 uses its Monaco Engine to leverage the video card's GPU for many more tasks than in previous versions. Therefore the suggested minimum amount of memory for video cards is 512MB of VRAM.