Adobe Photoshop CS6 New Features


CS6 has now the ability to edit videos with a user-friendly workspace. It provides standard layers just like editing a photo. Images, layer sets, adjustments, text, etc. can be put together on the timeline. Adding transitions such as Fade, Cross Fade, Fadewith Black, Fade With White and Fade With Color is just a click and drag away.


CS6 has a dark interface. There is now freedom to adjust the UI by pressing Shift+F1 to darken it and Shift+F2 to brighten. Another way to adjust it is by going to the Edit menu, clicking Preferences and then Interface.


The galleryof filters has been added: Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift Blur. The Iris Blur can be dragged around, reshaped and resized. The intensity of the blur can be adjusted using the left panel but controlling it on the photo itself is also possible. Another feature that is beyond the ability of a camera is focusing on two subjects which are away from each other. You can simply do this by adding another pin and adjusting it doing the same process.


Adobe Photoshop hasn’t touched the crop system in while but they added some feature on CS6. It’s not destructive unless you choose it to be. Non-destructive means, that it will not delete the data. You can always go back to the old crop tool if you prefer by clicking the Settings on the top panel and disabling it by checking Use ClassicMode. The advantage of this new feature is the ability to recompose and change the size of the image.


Adaptive Wide Angle is like Lens Correction but it does a better job. It doesn’t crop the photo unlike the latter but it also identifies the camera and lens used to take the photograph. To further straighten up the wide-angle lens curved image, drag a line to the bent part and it will automatically straighten it. When satisfied with editing, cropping is next by scaling the image.


Patch Tool is not efficient when the part to be corrected is along the edges. It will have some discoloration, black or white bit. Now the Patch Tool can be changed from Normal to Content-Aware which can be found on the top panel. Also adjust the Adaptation to Very Strict when dealing with edges. Do the old process: Choose the area to be corrected, drag it to spot with similar pattern/color and let Photoshop do its magic –this time, perfectly.


Usually, moving an object from one area to another is time consuming. The steps are selecting the area with a lasso tool, moving the object manually and the challenging part is filling up the hole where the selection was taken from. Multiple layers are added to do the work separately. CS6 has a brand-new Content-Aware Move Tool that just takes a very simple technique to move the desired object and filling the hole instantly with the background. Still using a lasso tool to select the object and then choosing Content-Aware Move Tool (can be found with the Patch Tool set), drag the selection into the new location. And viola, it’s like the object which was moved was originally there.


Be a modern Leonardo da Vinci by applying Oil Paint Filter. This is all digital so no need to go to the oil paint store and clean out your pocket. This is not messy compared to dealing with an actual paint and canvas.


Apologies to Lightroom fans but CS6 has Camera Raw Settings, too. It has the same features with Lightroom 4 and is more flexible. Now, only one powerful software can get all the work done.


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