Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 preview
Adobe has announced the release of Photoshop CS6 beta, code-named Superstition, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of its digital imaging flagship.
Available as a free download from Adobe Labs, customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. The beta is available for the Mac OS and Windows platforms and the final release is expected in the first half of 2012.
According to Adobe, Photoshop CS6 beta focuses on ‘huge performance enhancements, imaging magic and creativity tools that offer customers a new experience in digital imaging’.
Key features include new additions to the Content-Aware tools: Content-Aware Patch allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or patch another, and Content-Aware Move lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image.
Customers with a system featuring a supported graphics card will experience incredible performance, powered by the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, claims the company, enabling near-instant results from editing tools including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects. There’s also a refined, modern interface featuring dark UI options to make images pop. New and re-engineered design tools enable design creation to be faster and more efficient. Vector layers allow users to apply dashed lines and gradient strokes, searchable layers quickly zero in on any layer, and new type styles let designers swiftly apply type treatments to their designs.
In addition, the Photoshop CS6 beta offers all the features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, such as new 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis capabilities. These features will be included in the shipping version of Photoshop CS6 Extended when it becomes available.
The Photoshop CS6 beta is available immediately as a free download in English and Japanese. At installation, users will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time login and online product activation.