Adobe Photoshop CS6: ace in the hole

Intrigue, which is heated by Adobe to release the next version of Photoshop (as, indeed, and other products of Creative Suite 6), has finally ended. In late April, released the final version of Photoshop CS6, and last week was available and a brand new service Creative Cloud, through which you can access the graphical editor and the other Creative Suite 6 subscription.

Practice sharing programs, such as antivirus software and some other software that has become familiar to many, but the company Adobe turned to her for the first time. Now who wants to take advantage of Photoshop, Premiere and other programs to work with graphics and video can not pay thousands of dollars for a standard license. Instead, you can buy a subscription for a couple of months. True, when you buy a year works very well off, but even if you buy a monthly basis, still get cheaper. Judge: standard license Master Collection is # 36, 2599, and a two-year subscription to Creative Cloud, which includes the same Master Collection, and even 20 GB of space on a server to store files – # 36, 1200. Even if you pay by the month, not every year, it is still two years turns # 36, 1800. On the other hand, buying a standard license no one stops to use the programs, and three and five years, and a number of subscription does not pass. However, pricing Adobe clearly states that the company wants to attract a new software distribution model more users.

But back to Photoshop. This year, even before the official release of the new version of the Internet has been flooded with her reviews. The reason is simple – a couple of months before the start of sales of Photoshop CS6, Adobe has posted a free download beta. This is a very good practice, and can only wish that it became a tradition. The benefits of such a move was huge, both for users who were able to assess in advance the beneficial changes, and for the developers themselves, who could identify all the critical errors with million-man army of curious.

Way, we, too, were among the testers, and wrote about the ten most laquo; gromkihraquo; innovations Photoshop CS6 Beta, considered in the review:

  • updated interface;
  • saving in the background;
  • improvement tool Crop;
  • Tools Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move;
  • automatic adjustment of brightness and contrast;
  • new filters for photographers Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift and Adaptive Wide Angle;
  • use of filtering panel Layers;
  • work with Liquify with hardware acceleration;
  • timeline Timeline for video;
  • face detection.

Now that the new version has the final status, it’s time to explore it more deeply and talk about the innovations that are not included in the previous review.

A few words about how to configure the interface

As noted, many users still in the beta testing, the most noticeable change Photoshop CS6 has an updated interface. Theme used by default, darker than previous releases. However, by using shortcut keys Shift + F1 and Shift + F2 you can easily switch between the four variants of the original. These combinations are more fortunate than the F1 and F2, offered by developers during the beta test, because I do not require the user to edit the list of default hotkeys.

New Photoshop can change not only the theme as a whole, but individually – background of the workspace. The fastest way to do it – click on the right mouse button and choose one of the options. From here you can go to the palette and choose to use it for the background color.

Panel Properties

Adjustment layers are used by photographers and designers so often that in Photoshop CS4 has been added to the palette Adjustments, enabling you to quickly select the right tool and configure it. Before this panel adjustment layers are added through the Layers palette or the Layer menu and adjust the individual dialog boxes. In Adjustments palette was probably the only one drawback – when you add a new adjustment layer and shows its settings, and to use it to add another adjustment layer, it was necessary to select a normal layer in the palette Layers. Well, in this Photoshop CS6 nuisance no more.

Settings adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast in Photoshop CS5

Settings adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast in Photoshop CS6

The new version

Adjustments palette is intended solely to create new adjustment layers, and all their parameters transferred to the new palette Properties. With this approach, create new layers settings can be in unlimited quantities without making unnecessary movements.

When creating a new layer palette Properties settings automatically appears on the right side of the workspace. Dimensions palette regulated – it can increase or decrease both horizontally and vertically. For example, if we are working with curves or levels, the palette is convenient to make wider, and if you want to just change the position of the slider – it can be to narrow.

The new palette can work not only with adjustment layers, but also with their masks, switching between settings, layers and masks made using neat buttons.

New Adjustment Layer Color Lookup

Appearance palette Properties – not the only improvement that deals with adjustment layers. For fifteen layers of settings that existed in Photoshop CS5, was added to the sixteenth – Color Lookup. Its purpose – to quickly change the color of the image file using LUT. These files are mainly used to transfer information about the colors from one application to another in the production of films.

In Photoshop as this adjustment layer allows you to quickly get a picture with a certain mood. For example, with the colors of autumn, made light of the moon and so on. In Photoshop there are more than three dozen options for changing the colors in the image, but you can also use your own files LUT. Compatible with ICM, ICC and CUBE.

improvements Eyedropper

Perhaps some readers will remember that in Photoshop CS5 was expanded configuration tool Eyedropper, which is useful for selecting a color, if you want the shade, already present in the image. In CS6 its settings have been made yet another important improvement. Eyedropper before could only use colors from all the layers or the active layer, but now you can choose:

  • color with the current layer and the layer that is under it;
  • from all walks without changes being made adjustment layers;
  • with the current layer and the layer that is under it, without changes being made adjustment layers.

simultaneous manipulation of several layers

Bring to mind the tools that are already available in the arsenal of the program – it is no less difficult than coming up with new tools for editing graphics. For example, when working with multi-file always was asking one useful function – edit multiple layers simultaneously. It may be useful, for example, if the designer’s layout, there are two or three layers to which you want to quickly apply the same effect. If you try to put yourself in the programming, the question of how to implement such a function and will not be as easy. Add the interface box with this option? Integrate new command in the context menu? Make about a new button in the interface? All these issues of Adobe developers have to decide for every little thing. Moreover, any changes in the program to do so then no one doubted laquo; interfeyseraquo intuitive, the new version.

To implement this task in Photoshop CS6 added layer to apply effects to a group of layers. This is a very convenient and useful innovation. Previously, to add a layer effect on multiple layers at once, you had to set it up for the first layer, then copy it to the clipboard command Copy Layer Style, take aim at the desired layers in the palette, hold down CTRL, select them, and then execute the Paste Layer Style. Now the procedure is easier and clearer – layers are pre-assembled into a group, and then the effect of the layer is assigned to a group. In this case, all sectors included in this group are automatically assigned to the added layer effect. And if some of the layers in the group, used to be its own layer effects, they will not disappear, just a new overall effect is added on top of old.

Another example of fast work with multiple layers in a new Photoshop – a wonderful opportunity to use filters for layers, which we wrote at length in the previous survey. Recall, the new Photoshop provides the ability to display the palette only the layers you need, using filters by type, blend modes, effects of the presence of the layer by name, attributes, and color labels.

And as soon as the panel is separated into layers, with them you can perform a number of operations that were previously available only to a selected layer. For example, you can now change the blending mode for any number of selected layers or layer close to edit (in Photoshop CS5 you can batch change the opacity of a layer.) That is, if a project with twenty layers is ten, for which you want to change the blending mode to Overlay to Normal, now it can be done in three mouse clicks, first select a filter Mode and Overlay, and then select all the layers and change the blending mode.

And a little more about the layers. In order not to get lost in a lot of layers, it is necessary to give them meaningful names. The new Photoshop to do it much easier, because to rename multiple layers is not necessary to refer to the mouse. Once you write a new layer name, press Tab, and then you can immediately start to type the name of the second layer and so on.

Improvements in layers with styles

Also, layer styles that can now be applied to the group, to the work of the most popular features have been made, and some other changes. First, attentive users may notice that the list of effects was to shuffle – Drop Shadow is no longer at the top, as before, and moved to the bottom of the list, and change the order of the other layer styles.


layer styles in Photoshop CS5 Style List of layers in Photoshop CS6

Unlike previous versions, the new Photoshop shows the effects in the order in which they are applied to the image. Drop Shadow is applied first, and so it appears at the very bottom, and Bevel amp; Emboss – last, so his place at the top. In other words, now when you look at the list of layer styles can immediately understand whether this effect to add new effects to existing ones. Innovation, of course, important, but it’s a pity that you can not change the order of effects.

Another innovation, which deals with the styles of layers – their screening. Perhaps many Photoshop users will be confused and surprised exclaim: laquo; Did not it used? Raquo; Unbelievable, but true: in Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions on the menu Layer rarr; Rasterize you find the command Layer Style.

After screening layer styles are no longer available for editing, but for such a layer can re-apply the same effects, which may be useful, for example, if you want it repeated efforts.

New filters and organization

First thing that catches your eye when you open the Filters menu in Adobe Photoshop CS6, – is the absence of some usual filter group (Artistic, Brush Strokes, Sketch, Texture). In fact, the filters have not disappeared, just all the effects of the work that takes place through the window Filter Gallery, were removed from the menu Filters.

To apply one of the effects listed in the menu, just open the Filter Gallery- and you will find it there. Innovation is quite logical, since the selection of the above mentioned categories of filters Filter Gallery will open in any case. However, for those who are unhappy with this change the interface, provided the team to return to the old menu to the Filters. To do this, open the Edit rarr; Preferences rarr; Plug-ins and check the box in front of Show All Filter Gallery Groups and Names.

In Adobe Photoshop CS6 five new filters, most of which are designed for photographers. This Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift to blur the image, and Adaptive Wide Angle, designed to correct distortions in the use of Super Wide Angle lens camera. More information about these filters, we wrote in a review of beta version, so we will not repeat it.

If rank the most popular effects, which may be obtained by means of a photo editor, convert photos into the picture certainly be in the top five. There are even programs specifically designed for this purpose, and in Photoshop to get drawn images can be many different ways. In Photoshop CS6 there is another method that can certainly claim the first place in the simplicity.

New filter is called – Oil Paint. To work with it using hardware acceleration, so the older video cards filter will not work – you can not even start it.

But thanks

Capitalizing GPU settings change the filter refreshes the preview window will be in real time. The user has the ability to control the size and direction of the strokes, as well as to make the image look like a coinage. In general, the settings are rather clear, and they can simulate a variety of oil painting.

new filter Lighting Effects

Lightning Effects filter

Long needed laquo; cosmetic remonteraquo.; When the monitor size was small and did not have the hardware power to ensure that no particular need to work with high-resolution graphics, the control a virtual light was acceptable. However, as the interface is graphical editor heard breadth aim at the tiny window was quite uncomfortable. So that in Photoshop CS6 this tool completely altered, it seems quite logical.

The configuration management light is directly on the canvas, and all parameters of the operation on a separate palette. Usability of the new interface visible to the naked eye – he was not only visible, but also convenient when working with Photoshop CS6 on Tablet PCs.

First, you can now easily set the parameter of intensity with a round knob in the center of the source. Second, a very successful was the idea to expand the setting. In a separate panel with a list of all added lights can be quickly and accurately select one or more lighting.

Addition, a visual representation of light sources has become more logical and convenient. For example, when working with Infinity Light appears three-dimensional layout of the guide, which can be rotated in three dimensions as a trackball, selecting the optimum position. Directional light source is shown as two ovals, which define the extreme limits of attenuation of light. You can change the boundaries of the ovals and form using the control markers. All light sources was previously in a small preview window in the form of simple points, but now they can be seen directly on the canvas, and, for each type of source has its own icon.

When working with the effects of light on the instrument panel graphics editor you can now find the button to quickly return to some of the settings, in particular the form illuminator, as well as its original location on the canvas.

Work with the new Lightning Effects are taking advantage of power video card, so if the video card does not support hardware acceleration, the run box to work with the filter impossible.

Improved tools for working with text

Commands for working with text in Photoshop CS6 made into a separate menu that is called in the same way as a tool to add labels, – Type.

It is possible to find some brand new teams (the others were transferred from other menus). Via the Extrude to 3D can be turned into plain text in three-and continue to modify it using the tools for working with three-dimensional graphics (only in the version Extended). Font Preview Size submenu allows you to change the size of the list preview font face. The default is medium size, but if you want to consider the characteristics of the font in the details, you can change it on a large or even very large.

Web designers should definitely pay attention to the new team Paste Lorem Ipsum, which allows you to quickly insert a piece of text in the frame for the label. This command can be used, for example, when designing sites.