Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Sneak Peek
Adobe have released several sneak peeks of their upcoming release of Photoshop – and to me, this looks like the upgrade of the year.
The interface has been overhauled and sports a new darker appearance – looking much sleeker than the light grey of previous versions and more aligned with the color in Adobe’s Lightroom which has sported the darker interface for several years. Something Adobe defines as “a more immersive experience”. For those still wishing to work inside the older colors, like Bridge and Lightroom, the interface color is user controllable and there is an option to switch to the old scheme.
The video highlights the improvements in Adobe Camera Raw 7 – already supported by the latest release of Lightroom and its improved features including highlight recovery and shadows and you can bump clarity without the introduction of halos. Although CR7 isn’t available at the time of writing, it can be downloaded from Adobe Labs.
Within Photoshop itself, there is new ‘rich cursor support’ – a visual representation of of the brush tool including diameter, hardness and opacity.
One of the most important recent developments came in Photoshop CS4 with the introduction of content aware scaling. CS6 builds on this with its ability to loosely select objects and place them elsewhere. The old empty area is replaced by Photoshop and the new area in which the object has been placed is completed again by what Photoshops deems as appropriate. There is also an example of how the extend feature uses this awareness to extend areas within a photo.
Other improvements include:
- performance enhancements – realtime editing in liquify (no tiling!)
- dashed and dotted lines
- easy migration of user Photoshop settings
- shallow depth of field tool
- video editing
From these very short sneak peeks, it is obvious that version 6 is a major leap in terms of appearance and functionality and is a major upgrade compared to the 4 -> 5 upgrade.
UPDATE APR 8 2012
Adobe have, for the first time, introduced a grace period – a window that extends until May 6th – whereby upgrading existing versions of CS will guarantee a free upgrade to the equivalent version of CS6 when it is released. This will potentially lock down the price of an upgrade to a future version of software to the price of the current offering. For instance if you own CS4 Design Premium and upgrade today to CS5.5 Design Premium at $649, you will receive a free upgrade to CS6 Design Premium for free when it is released.
This may also be an indication of when Adobe expects to ship its new flagship products. Within 10 days of the CS release, customers who took advantage of the grace period will receive an email coupon with details on how to obtain the new release via digital download.
This will be great news for CS2 owners who would be excluded from upgrading to CS6 with Adobe’s 3 versions back upgrade policy who need to act now to qualify for any form of upgrade path to CS6. Check Adobe’s policy here to confirm the details for yourself.