Adobe unveils Photoshop CS6 beta

Photoshop CS6: 20 things you need to know

Photoshop CS6: 20 things you need to know


Adobe has officially unveiled its Photoshop CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of its Photoshop CS software.

The Photoshop CS6 beta is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team.

Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows platforms. The final Photoshop CS6 release date is expected in the first half of 2012.

New Features in Photoshop CS6 Beta

Key features of CS6 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. Content-Aware Move lets users select and move an object to a new place in the image.

A new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, enables near-instant results from popular photo editing tools including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects; and Photoshop CS6 also introduces a new modern interface featuring dark UI options.

New and re-engineered design tools make creating designs faster and more efficient. Vector layers allow users to apply dashed lines and gradient strokes, searchable layers help quickly zero in on any layer you need, and new type styles let designers quickly 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.

Photoshop CS6 Price and Availability

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.

For information on how to install Photoshop CS6 beta visit Customers can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum.

Users can also connect with the Photoshop team via the community-powered site; on Facebook; YouTube; or via Twitter.