Adobe unveils Photoshop CS6 beta

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Adobe unveils Photoshop CS6 beta

Adobe unveils Photoshop CS6 beta with redesigned UI and 65 new features, download it for free today

By Dana Wollman. Via Engadget

It’s been two years since Adobe unveiled a new version of Photoshop, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the company’s engineers have been toiling away behind the scenes on a major update. The outfit’s clearly ready to start showing off the fruits of its labor, though, as it just unveiled the beta version of CS6. All told, the outfit’s added 65 user-feedback-inspired features, including a new crop tool, expanded video editing options, auto recovery and the ability to search for specific layers. Fans of the dotted lines in Illustrator now get the same vector tools in Photoshop. Additionally, every slider for the Camera Raw 7.0 plug-in (exposure, contrast, etc.) has a freshly tweaked algorithm. And for anyone who’s ever looked on helplessly as Photoshop locked itself up during a long file save, projects can now save in the background while you work on other things.

Adobe’s also made some refinements to existing features. The liquify tool, for instance, now has a larger maximum brush size, and works in real time so you can see the effect in real time. Adobe’s also added two features to complement Content-Aware Fill, which was first introduced with CS5. These include one for moving objects to different part of the image, and one for patching up a spot with content taken from another part of the picture.

With change comes some potential readjusting, though. In addition to adding more functionality, Adobe’s overhauled the UI so that it has a dark background by default (this is customizable, to an extent) with a generally cleaner smattering of icons and menus. Even the setup process has been overhauled: now, users must sign in with an Adobe ID before installing the software. Though there are contingencies for people without an internet connection, the idea is that people will enjoy more efficient support if they don’t have to fumble around for a long-lost serial number.

There’s one thing that hasn’t changed and that’s pricing. When this goes on sale it’ll cost $699 as a standalone product, and $999 for the extended version. For now, though, you can download the free beta (it’s only available as an English- and Japanese-language program for now). If you only have two minutes, we’ve also got the full PR after the break, along with an official list of new features and tweaks.

Billy Steele contributed to this report.

New Features

Brushes
– HUD brush resize and hardness can now change opacity
– Increase brush size to 5000px
– Change color dynamics to per stroke instead of per tip (user option for 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 (black point, white point,
etc.)
– Add ignore adjustment layers options bar item for the eyedropper
– New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below

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
– Policed throughout app
– Use consistent grammar style in the title of dialog windows (no commands such as “Choose a color:”)

Layers
– Add a contextual menu item that deletes a layer effect not just disables it
– Add dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke
– Allow 00 or Shift 00 to work when setting layer/fill opacity (previously no way to get 0%)
– Add bicubic sharper & bicubic smoother options when free transforming layers
– Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers at once
– Allow locking of multiple layers
– CMD+J to duplicate layers and layer group
– Allow changing color labels to multiple layers at once
– Layer tooltips to include layer name (if defined)
– Opt+click on toggle arrows (groups and effects) in layer panel should 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 (bottom most effects in termsof blending order, drop shadow is below the other effects

Liquify
– Resize Liquify brush with shortcuts
– Increase maximum Liquify brush size Add option to load last mesh

Presets
– Add new document presets for common devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad, etc.)
– Add new Gradient Map presets for toning and split-­­toning
– Sticky reorganization of tool presets (changes persist after re-launch) Add Contact Sheet II as an Automation option

SDK
– Add the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK
– Add ability to access tool name associated with the tool preset name via scripting
Selections
– Make the marquee, lasso, and mask panel feather values support decimal places like the feather dialog
– Remember feather radius when showing dialog for selection from a path

Transform
– Improve dragging of vector curves
– Don’t hide smart object icon when transforming a layer
– Rotate 90 with even x odd pixel dimension to be smooth (bjango.com)
– Undo or disable auto -­­rotate on open

UI
– Remove the app bar and reduce the drag/app bar over 30%
– [Windows] New/open document to context click on a document tab (has always been on Mac, now Windows too)
– Add “Don’t show again” checkbox to Purge warnings

Miscellaneous
– Enable Split Channels for documents with layers
– Select Hex field by default and allow clipboard pastes with # in contents (i.e. #fffffff)
– Increased GPU stability by prequalifying GPUs on the fly before use
– Auto-­­select the best resample method based on the type of resize
– Enable Invert and Threshold adjustments for masks in 32 -­­bit
– Hold SHIFT during startup to disable 3rd party plugins
– Add warning message that 16 -­­bit images cannot display their file size in the Save as JPEG dialog
– Add command to insert “lorem ipsum” for type