A look at Photoshop CS6

If you follow Photoshop development news, you may have noticed that over the past few weeks they’ve been releasing sneak peek videos on their YouTube account for Photoshop CS6.

The newest version of Photoshop, slated for release later this year, is going to include some really spectacular new features, including a slightly redesigned default interface.

Each video released has given us a look at a different new feature, presented by the project development team.

Considering that a majority of designers out there use Photoshop, we decided to take a closer look at the features they’ve discussed so far.


Sneak peek #1

Photographers will be impressed with the new Camera Raw feature in CS6, especially cell phone photographers. Camera Raw gives you a huge number of tools you can use for adjusting the look of your photos, including the ability to adjust highlights and shadows, sharpen images and bring out details, and much more.

What this means is that all those candid cell phone shots you took (or any inferior images, really) can be retouched to look significantly better, and more in line with photos taken from professional-level gear. While it’s not a miracle-worker, you might think it is after seeing what it can do. Check it out:


Sneak peek #2

The second sneak peek shows us some significant performance improvements. First of all, they’ve finally added background save. You can click save one file and work on another while the first saves in the background. This is particularly useful for those who work on very large files that can take more than a few seconds to save.

The other significant performance improvement was shown with the liquify filter. While older versions of Photoshop showed very apparent lag in both displaying the original image and in showing a preview of the applied effect. CS6 is instant with both. While they only showed it with the liquify effect, I’m betting this performance improvement is apparent with all of the filters and effects Photoshop offers.


Sneak peek #3

One really frustrating thing that has been lacking from previous versions of Photoshop is the inability to easily create dashed and dotted lines. CS6 makes it easy, by adding both as default settings for lines (including on a stroke layer style).

While this seems like a rather elementary change, it’s one that I’m sure will be greatly appreciated by a lot of designers!


Sneak peek #4

How many times have you had a client ask you to just move someone in a photo? They say it like it’s the easiest thing in the world, like all you have to do is point and click a couple times and it’s done. Content-Aware technology finally makes that perceived simplicity a reality.

The two demos shown in this video really show just how powerful this new technology is. Everything from repositioning elements within the frame to extending geometric shapes is shown.


Sneak peek #5

One of the most annoying bits of upgrading to any new technology is migrating all of your old user settings and presets to the new version. CS6 will include new tools to do that for you, saving you tons of time and manual work.

They’re also adding dozens of JDI (“just do it”) features from user requests. These include all sorts of long-awaited items, like more layer features and the return of PDF Presentation and Contact Sheet.


While Photoshop CS6 won’t be out for a few more months, it’s sure to be an exciting new release. You can subscribe to the official Photoshop YouTube channel for more updates. Today Photoshop Touch for iPad was also released, check it out

  • http://twitter.com/sbp_romania SBP Romania

    I’m looking forward to the new version of Photoshop, which will make everything even more intuitive as before. Thanks for all videos, some of them I’ve seen, but some are new to me.

  • http://www.oldworldcreative.com Evan Skuthorpe

    Looking good!

  • http://twitter.com/design_galaxie design_galaxie

    Looking nice, looking forward to CS6, thanks for sharing these sneak peaks

  • Matteo Pirelli

    All hail dotted lines! About time!

  • http://gameloo.info Gofree Sing

    It’s great to see more of Illy features in PS!

  • Allen Bayless

    I was just looking at Adobe’s Photoshop Touch for the iPad…an upgraded interface will be cool for the new Photoshop.

  • http://www.webdesigncreare.co.uk/ Rachael

    Some exciting changes here for photoshop I like the look of the new interface. I’m so glad there will be dotted and dashed lines available, You never can get quite the result you’re after without a lot of fiddling around with a brush especially if you need a dotted or dashed box, I usually end up going into illustrator and expanding the stroke path and placing it into illustrator, so this will save me a lot of time!

    The content aware feature looks like it’s been improved, I’ve found it to be quite clunky when I’ve tried to use it, with some unpredictable results that never produce something realistic, these seem a lot smoother – however no doubt adobe go through loads of pictures to find one that produces a jaw-dropping results before recording the new feature videos!

  • http://www.onitsolutions.co.uk Jon Celeste

    Love photshop thanks for the peeks.

  • Anonymous

    You as always are able to surprise.

  • Anonymous

    Will it have text/paragraph styles? Please!!!!!!

  • Hoby Van Hoose

    I agree. I still end up double-clicking on text and wondering for a second why I’m not dropped into text editing mode.

    • Javier

      At the moment yo can do doble click on the layer!

      • Mike Pascale

        Amen, Martin! The simplest things often get overlooked for the complex. I miss the one-stroke delete as well. But big thanks to whoever wrote this article for the info and video compilations!

  • http://www.qtronik.com Jean-Christophe

    Vraiment fou tout ces chengement et new feature. J’ai hate de mettre la main sur cette version !

  • http://seanboone.net Sean Boone

    Cannot wait for some of these features!!!

  • http://twitter.com/bobotron68 Bob Potter

    I will upgrade if they add the ability to save multiple versions of slices!

  • Anonymous

    xx ff

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196700114 Kelly Mulhall

    Ohh, did I see in one of those videos that she was selecting objects by just clicking on them? I hope so! I hate sifting through all my layers trying to find that ONE layer I need to select. Thats why I love illustrator so much. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196700114 Kelly Mulhall