Adobe has released the first beta of Photoshop CS6 to the public, available for both PC and Mac. Photoshop can be considered one of the most versatile graphic software today, being employed heavily by photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and even forensic scientists. With CS5 introducing 3D capabilities, Photoshop found even 3D artists taking to it favorably. So we downloaded and installed the Windows version of Photoshop CS6 to see what new features it has to offer. Here are our initial observations.
As far as interface goes, the first significant observation we made was the change to the Photoshop icon. While CS5 sported a blue icon with “Ps” engraved in a lighter shade of blue. CS6 changes it up
The update to the Patch Tool is by far one of the most talked about feature in the new version of Photoshop. Ever since Adobe let loose a video (embedded at the end of the article) demonstrating their capability a few weeks ago, imaginations of photographers and designers across the world have been working overtime, just trying to fathom the innumerable ways in which to exploit these new tools.
Another tool to receive an impressive overhaul is the Blur Tool. For years, photographers have had to turn to third party plug-ins to generate the kind of blur that resembled the blur from a lens. Towards that end, Adobe has introduced three kinds of blur effects into Photoshop CS6 – Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift Blur. The Field Blur is an effect that adds global blur to the image. It differs from the existing blur filters in regards to the fact that it resembles the blurring one would get from an out of focus lens.