People … this is
huge Huge HUGE. Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta version has arrived. And it has a ton of new features and even bug fixes. Let’s get down to business and emphasize the most important features in this upcoming release.
Layer Manipulation: Filtering, Searching and much more
OMG! This feature will boost my productivity like no other feature. Being able to search through my hundreds layers and also to filter them by a number of criteria will help me easily identify a particular layer and manipulate my files.
This one is huge. Being able to create custom strokes similar to Illustrator is an impressive new feature. I remember all the work I had to put into strokes without this feature. Fill patterns and a lot of actions were needed in order to achieve something similar to Photoshop CS6 Stroke feature.
I can honestly say that I quite hated Bridge. It was that one application that for little functionality was making my PC running like a lawn mower. Now, it seems that Adobe has added a mini version within Photoshop that has some nice features and helps you rapidly find your graphic resources.
Together with a couple of new options, Iris Blur will be one of the main important new features for photographers. With several clips you can obtain awesome results. An example is the main image for this article.
New, Sexy, Dark Interface
Probably the most important change in the entire Photoshop life is this layout upgrade, towards a darker theme. Apart from the fact that now you can focus on your work without distractions, the new interface features a new set of crispy icons and a better interaction with the panels.
Automatically Save Recovery Information
It seems like Adobe heard me, so no more wasted time on work only to have a crash ruin your day. Now you can easily set a default time frame to backup automatically your work in progress.
Content Aware Patch
You know those pictures from holidays and trips, when in the background you have a person that somehow ruins the shot? Well, you can forget about the person, with Content Aware Patch you can easily move elements in a composition and the background filling is done by Photoshop. No more cloning.
3D & Improved Timeline
It is obvious that Photoshop is now considered not only the best solution for photo editing and web design, but also a good destination for 3D enthusiasts and animators. Now, the 3D and Timeline features are no longer entry components in Photoshop, but solid components that help finalize some of the most diverse tasks. And yes, by improved timeline I want to say working with video files.
… and Speed
The feeling with this new release is that Photoshop is snappy now. I know I’m talking about Photoshop, the only application that uses more RAM than Firefox. But the fact is that even though this is a beta release, it feels good working with it. And you can grab it for test from here: Adobe Photoshop CS6