Adobe has dropped the beta moniker and officially launched Photoshop CS6, the latest version of its benchmark photo editing software.
Launching its Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended software, Adobe says it has delivered photographers and digital artists “groundbreaking innovations and unparalleled performance breakthroughs” to deliver increased efficiency.
One of the key highlights of Photoshop CS6 is the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, which takes advantage of the graphics processing unit in modern hardware to speed up imaging and editing tasks, and process large images faster. Adobe claims its Mercury Graphics Engine enables near instant results from editing tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects (see our video: Photoshop CS6 new features – and how they work).
Adobe has also built on Photoshop’s Content-Aware capabilities with its new Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move features (see Photoshop CS6: 20 things you need to know).
Other key Photoshop CS6 features include:
- New and Re-engineered Design Tools – Type styles enable consistent formatting; vector layers apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects; custom strokes and dashed lines are easily created; quick layers search and more.
- Intuitive Video Creation – The full range of familiar Photoshop tools and an intuitive set of new video tools to create and enhance any video clip.
- Blur Gallery – A simple new interface with on-image and in-context controls allows users to quickly create photographic blur effects including tilt-shift effects, blur everything with one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points.
Photoshop CS6 Extended includes all Photoshop CS6 features and:
- Mercury Graphics Engine for 3D – Increased power and speed via engine optimised for 3D imaging.
- New 3D Controls – UI improvements for more efficient 3D workflows.
- New 3D Effects – Reflections and “drag-able” shadows to enhance images.
Adobe also said that since Photoshop CS6 was released as a public beta on March 22 there have been nearly one million downloads of the Adobe software worldwide – surpassing any public beta in the company’s history (see the full Adobe Photoshop CS6 review over on our sister site, CreativeBloq).
Adobe’s estimated Photoshop CS6 price tag starts at £556 (ex. VAT) and £794 (ex. VAT) for Photoshop CS6 Extended.
Subscription pricing for Photoshop CS6 Extended is £14.29 (ex. VAT) per month for an annual contract and £22.23 (ex. VAT) for a month-to-month contract.
Photoshop CS6 was launched as part of Adobe’s new Creative Suite 6 line of software, which includes 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites – Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection.
You can find reviews of all these applications at CreativeBloq.