10 of the most high-profile innovations Photoshop CS6 Beta

Practice of open beta, which in recent years is widely used by Microsoft, it seems, have decided to take note of other prominent software developers. March 23, Adobe introduced a public version of Photoshop CS6. The last six months on the web from time to time there official video presentation with a demonstration of the new features of the graphical editor, users now have the opportunity to assess all the new features and enhancements (and they, by the way, is 60% more than in the previous release). The best part in the beta is that to work with it does not require a serial number, just register for free on the website Adobe.

Because Photoshop CS6 Final expected before the end of June, we can assume that the current beta is sufficiently close as possible to the scheduled final. Still yet seen any improvement in detail does not make sense – something may change. Today, therefore, draw your attention to just the ten laquo; gromkihraquo, innovations that are implemented in the new version of Photoshop.

updated interface

Despite the fact that changes in one way or another are included in interfeysnbsp, each version of Photoshop, so serious updating the look of a graphic editor was not for all his more than twenty years. Designers worked hard: it was re-painted about 1800 icons and cursors 250.

Theme, which is the default, it is much darker than in previous versions, but it looks quite normal to hurt your eyes. Under Settings Interface (Edit rarr; Preferences), you can select one of four options for registration. The one who does not like laquo; temnayaraquo, color scheme, can return to the previous bright interface. Photoshop window you can also make lighter or darker by pressing F1 and F2, however, this will first have to edit the list of default hotkeys.

Because the program an opportunity to set in order, now you can independently control the appearance of the main elements of the interface and the background stage. For the background, you can choose one of the four standard design options or customize the user.

All UI elements in the program have also been changed: now using white text, and the names of the palettes are no longer written in capital letters.

In Photoshop CS6 are called laquo; enriching opportunities kursoryraquo; (rich cursors), which are close to the index itself shows various useful information. For example, if you select the field displays information about the size of the fragment.

Saving in the background

New Photoshop faster. Largely due to the fact that he has finally learned to save files in the background. Background saving is enabled by default, so no additional steps to activate this feature is unnecessary. Saving in the background can be estimated, for example, when working with large files. In the old version after you click Save had to wait for the program to be stored, and only then proceed. In SS6 saving no longer causes laquo; tormozovraquo;.

New Photoshop as an opportunity to set the interval at which the program performs automatic saving. The default is ten minutes, but you can reduce it to five minutes, or increase up to one hour. The relevant settings are in the Edit rarr; Preferences rarr; File Handling, there, by the way, there is a checkbox to disable the background save.

With automatic saving Photoshop saves a temporary file, which records the current state of the document. If the program suddenly locked in an emergency, then the next time, this temporary file is loaded with a mark Recovered in the title. Document created by autosave never overwrites a working version of the file. This temporary file is deleted whenever the user clicks on the Save and close the file without saving changes.

Tool Crop

Crop images – this is one of the most popular operations in Photoshop, so the Crop tool does not stop improving. In the last version of the graphic editor has been improved cropping frame (the one with a dashed line, constructed in accordance with the rule of thirds), and in Photoshop CS6 to cut loose tortured even more significant improvement.

First thing that catches your eye – now when choosing Crop in the toolbox on the perimeter of the image there is a crop frame. Had not happened absolutely nothing – frame appears only when you select pictures manually. Why a frame around? If you need to cut a small piece of the edge of the picture (and it happens quite often), then take the time to select all images are no longer needed, you only need a little change position markers.

Second noticeable improvement – now moves (or turns) does not frame selection, and image. Such behavior of the Crop tool in Photoshop has removed from Lightroom.

Assuming that innovation is not likely to appeal to all the developers have left the ability to switch to classic mode, where the selection is set the same as in previous versions.

Panel Crop tool settings in general has been completely redesigned, and it will have to learn all over again. For example, there are no more flag Perspective, by which it was possible to not only crop, but also to align the future. Crop this feature is so useful that the developers decided to put it in a separate instrument, so look Perspective Tool in the toolbox.

Panel settings, added a button for a quick turn of the selection (you can also use the keyboard shortcut X), it is possible the resolution and aspect ratio of the selection.

Instead of radio buttons Delete and Hide options panel in the new Photoshop flag will Delete Cropped Pixels.

The old switches, and a new flag serve one purpose – can decide whether to delete the clipped part of the image or just hide it. In the second case, you can always return to the original. In the old Photoshop, this feature was not enabled when the work was done with a blocked (background) layer. Now, if you clear Delete Cropped Pixels, the program will automatically convert to an editable layer and hides the cropped area, rather than to remove it.

Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move – better fill with the content

In Photoshop CS5 had an opportunity to Content-Aware Fill, which allows to remove the selected object in the image, using the fragments to fill the picture. The main convenience Content-Aware Fill – fully automatic operation, the user is only required to provide unnecessary object. However, this and the main drawback – the program can choose incorrectly fill pattern.

New Photoshop Content-Aware option has been added to the settings tool Patch.

This enables users to choose the area to be used for the fill. When using the Content-Aware Patch to do the same action more than when referring to Content-Aware Fill, but the results are better.

With Patch tool can not only choose the fill area, but also to determine whether the inserted fragment must be changed to match the new environment. Configuration is performed using the parameter Adaptation.

Another addition to the family of functions with the pouring of content – a new tool Content-Aware Move.

It works very simply: just select some area, select the Move tool and drag the image to another location. In this Photoshop will automatically attempt to process the resulting laquo; dyruraquo, so that the movement of the fragment was not noticeable.

Auto-tune basic picture settings

Means to adjust the brightness and contrast can be found almost anywhere, even in the simple editor or viewer of image files. However, in the Photoshop image-tune basic settings are still performed by hand.

In the new version the developers have decided to meet the laziest users and added to the configuration window Brightness / Contrast magic button Auto.

Same automatic algorithm to improve the brightness and contrast of the image by default when you click the button in the windows odnoimnnoy correction levels and curves. Automatic correction levels and curves can now be performed on one of the four algorithms (used to be three).

New filters for photographers

Probably of all development functions of Photoshop, as shown in the videos, most memorable demonstration of a new tool for high-definition images. But in Photoshop CS6 we probably have not yet seen. At least in the beta is nothing like that, but instead we are offered three new filter to blur the image. Find new filters Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift is simple – they are rendered in the top of the menu Filters rarr; Blur.

Main feature of these tools – the ability to customize the control points directly on the image, and not in the filter box (as in Lightroom).

Iris Blur filter simulates the effect of depth of field, which can usually be obtained with the use of expensive lenses. It can help you determine which part of the image should be clear by adjusting the shape of the fragment, as well as its size. This effect is often called laquo; soft fokusraquo; (soft focus).

With Field Blur can be quickly laquo; zamylitraquo, the image to the desired state. To work with this filter, simply click on the image and select the point the amount of blur in it. These points can be several, which makes it possible to obtain a gradient transition.

Third filter – Tilt-Shift – designed to simulate the images obtained using the shift-lens. The best effect can be achieved by using this filter applied to images taken with a bird’s eye view. With this filter image is divided into five parts by horizontal lines, the position of which can be changed. The area in the center defines a fragment that will not lubricated, the closer to the top and bottom of the image, the greater the blur. But the power of lubrication, Tilt-Shift enables you to adjust the value of distortion.

Filter Tilt-Shift is very popular in various applications for processing images for iOS, now you can create similar effects in Photoshop.

In some cases, in order to realize an idea, especially photographers use strong lens distortion. More often, however, they tend to compensate the distortion in the photograph, which are caused by the design of the camera. One of the novelties version CS6 is a tool for removing certain types of aberrations.

With Super Wide Angle lens camera, which has a viewing angle close to 180 degrees, there is an effect, called laquo; fish glazraquo.; In this case, all of the objects in the picture get a round shape, elongated in the radial direction. Previously, the standard means to eliminate this effect was extremely difficult. New filter Adaptive Wide Angle, which appeared in Photoshop CS6, makes this easy. The principle of this paper is to determine the vertical and horizontal rails. The user specifies the horizontal level, as well as the vertical line, and the program will automatically compensate for contour lines, aligning them with respect to the guide.

New filter takes into account the lens used for shooting, reading information from the metadata of photos.

videos for all and this panel Timeline

Still opportunities to work with the video were only available in version Photoshop Extended, which is more expensive than regular at # 36, 300. Now the extended editorial tools left to work with three-dimensional objects, and video processing function (probably as a mass) was added in version Standard.

In Photoshop CS6 used the same engine for video processing, as in Adobe Premiere, and all the operations of import and export video files made using the application Adobe Media Encoder, which is well known to users Premiere.

Spite of the fact that opportunities to work with video files in Photoshop there a while ago, only got CS6 editing interface element, without which it is impossible to imagine any serious tool for video processing. Photoshop is now in the timeline Timeline, which allows you to mix video clips, split video in parts, adding audio tracks, insert transition effects, images and captions.

Timeline panel opens automatically when you start a video in Photoshop. It is integrated with the palette Layers – each track is added to the Timeline, is displayed on the Layers palette as a separate layer. If the user decides to put multiple clips on Timeline to each other on the same track for them on the Layers palette is automatically created group Video Group.

hardware acceleration

In Photoshop CS6 uses engine Mercury Graphics, which carries the complex calculations from the CPU to the graphics card. Thanks to this, the performance of many operations require much less time than before. Mercury Graphics officially supports video cards with video memory of not less than 256 MB. The list of graphics cards, the work is guaranteed:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 8000, 9000, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500
  • NVIDIA Quadro 400, 600, 2000, 4000 (Mac amp; Win), CX, 5000, 6000
  • AMD / ATI Radeon 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000
  • AMD / ATI FirePro 3800, 4800, 5800, 7800, 8800, 9800, 3900, 4900, 5900, 7900
  • Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel HD Graphics 4000

For cards ATI X1000 and NVIDIA 7000 are basic support, but the work of the new engine they are not tested, and they are not officially supported.

To test how the new Photoshop uses hardware acceleration, enough to run one of the most resource-filters – Liquify. The interface of the new Photoshop has been redesigned, and now most of its tools use the video card. If hardware acceleration is not available, are automatically taken to the use of processing power. In this case, around the image appears black frame.

Hardware acceleration can also be assessed when working with new filters to blur the image using a filter Lighting Effects, regime transformation Warp Transform, preview the results of the Puppet Warp tool, etc.

Face Recognition

Seems that Photoshop’s selection tools have achieved perfection, but still in each new version, developers find than surprise us. SS6 In a new feature, which simplifies the selection of people in the photos.

‘ll find it in the Color Range. In the list of options select a new item Skin Tones. Select it, and Photoshop will try to locate the fragments in the photo where exposed skin, and select them. In a database program contains information on different colors of skin, so the tool works and if the photo is of different races. Additionally, you can use the checkbox Detect Faces, after installing Photoshop is trying to recognize faces, and thus make the selection more accurate.

filters layers

Some new features Photoshop SS6 will be interesting only to designers, other interested photographers, but this improvement is certainly useful to almost every user of the program.

If the working file multiple layers to find among them all the time is not easy. In a new feature CS6 search on layers using filters. You can use only one of the six available filters: type layer, the name used on it layer styles, attributes, blend modes and colors.

If you filter by name, to find the layer will be sufficient to start typing its name in the search by attributes – select whether the layer is blank, visible, locked, and so on.

While searching on the palette are only those layers that match the selected criteria. In this filtering can be quickly removed with one button, and then on the palette to display all layers.


Judging by the beta version presented to the public, users of Photoshop there is reason for optimism. Innovations turned versatile, so something useful in the new release will find themselves and photographers, designers, and developers of the three-dimensional graphics, and other professions that use Photoshop in their everyday work.

It remains to wait a few months before release, to objectively evaluate the stability and performance of Photoshop CS6.

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