Today let’s have a look at Photoshop CS6 Beta which is available for free download from Adobe. The version is called ‘Superstition’ and it is the first significant update to Photoshop since CS5 ( in the Suite CS5.5 Adobe delivered the same Photoshop as in CS5).
Who is Photoshop CS6 for?
Having thoroughly tested the new Photoshop CS6 Beta, it seems to me that this version is addressing namely people who are working with digital photos and videos; also the 3D features have been significantly improved.
In other words, if you are not using Photoshop to edit your images, needing content aware patching and selective blurring, there is no real need to upgrade your CS5.
If however you are a photo freak and if you are shooting short videos, then Photoshop CS6 is a smashing program, allowing you to go beyond what photography can do (such as multiple shallow depth of field areas on a single image).
What is new on Photoshop CS6?
This is what’s new on Photoshop CS6:
- UI redesign (all new icons and optional dark UI) OK, they copied (sorry, got inspired by (big companies don’t copy, huh)) Apple’s Aperture; you can switch back to the old colors in the Beta version.
- Auto and background saves. (… no comment).
- Content-aware Patch and Move tools (Smashing stuff for Photo freaks!).
- Blur Gallery (smashing as well as you go beyond photography!).
- Color Range: skin tone and face detection (OK but not smashing).
- Adobe Camera RAW 7 (this really brings out the detail of RAW formats).
- Enhanced crop tool (at last they understood what we want)!
- New properties panel (so what?).
- Enhanced video support (good stuff, namely if you don’t have a real video editor).
- Oil Paint filter (I don’t like this McDonald’s stuff).
- Adaptive Wide Angle filter (Brilliant stuff)!
- Paragraph and Character Styles (Great stuff – but only if you need to edit text with Photoshop).
- Updated Printing UI (no substantial change – just for the look …).
Photoshop CS6 must see videos
There are two videos I recommend to get an impression of the good stuff contained in Photoshop CS6:
Photoshop CS6 and Windows 8
I have installed Photoshop CS6 on my Windows 8 installation and it works great! I am just still frustrated by the 64 bit version which is still slower than the 32 bit edition. Also my OnOne tools don’t fit into and work on the 64bit version.
Having said that, the new CS6 Photoshop (32 bit) is much faster than the previous version.
Here above an exaggerated tilt-shift blur on a picture taken this week at a basketball game (Panathinaikos vs Macabi which we won :-)); the feature helps to blur faces from excited fans allowing the publication of the image.
Photoshop CS6 verdict
Yes, I like Photoshop CS6 simply because I love photography. Any tool helping to make the best use of a RAW or a JPEG file is welcome for as long as it helps to improve my photographic shortcomings. But CS6 goes further: it allows to apply filters to create effects which cannot be achieved just with photography without destroying pure photography. I am namely thinking of the blur filters.
Photoshop CS6 is better than most cameras out there and that’s another big advantage namely for people who don’t invest in high quality cams or who use just mobile phones to shoot pics and videos. The big question remains: is it worth while to invest into the upgrade? Put it that way: if you go for quality photo editing, Photoshop is THE tool and CS6 is a great step ahead of CS5. Together with Lightroom 4 and the latest OnOne Plugins you are well equipped to get the best out of your pics with an efficient workflow.
In as much as I am concerned, I guess I will not open my CS5.5 anymore.