Official Sneak Peeks: Adobe Photoshop CS6 New Features

Adobe released three preview videos to date on its official channel, showcasing a few features of forthcoming version of Photoshop (CS6) due out in the spring. The videos cover the creating dashed and dotted lines features, Liquify and Background Save features, and the new Camera Raw capabilities.

A video titled “Sneak Peek #1”, Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes gave some tutorials on how to use Camera Raw 7 from CS6. He was adopting a photo with low resolution that was taken by cell phone camera. Hughes then started to collaborate with Camera Raw, increased highlight and shadow, then did photo sharpening. He also introduced new tool where Photoshop users never enjoy it before. The result? The photo looks more attractive. As to the darker user- interface, which has been used by other photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom, Hughes had a word that it enables better experience and makes users be more focus on photos than the user-interface.

In the second preview below, Zorana Gee, Adobe Photoshop Product Manager introduced background save and the most powerful liquify tool ever. As images grow larger and larger in resolution and size with the development of technology, even small actions such as saving files can slow down your productivity. The oft-requested background save capability can fully allow you to do other work while all file saving takes place in the background, though apparently you can’t work on the file itself as it saves.

To some extent, large images also slow down functions like Liquify. In the video, a 100MB photograph lags when loading and editing in Photoshop CS5. Now this new Photoshop CS6 (presuming they call it) uses the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU, which speeds the Liquify tool) to greater effect to bring real-time loading and editing responsiveness. See how much faster and crisper the Liquify filter works, enabling effectively unlimited brush sizes:

The latest features – creating dashed and dotted lines – was revealed by Adobe Photoshop Product Manager, Zorana Gee, gave a hint at it makes the Photoshop CS6. With the added capabilities, Photoshop can now do dashed and dotted lines easily with one click, specifically addressing a longtime feature request from many designers and illustrators.

Adobe always keeps getting derailed on the features, they just addressed that all the features have been in the team’s sights for a long time. No word yet if these features will be part of the forthcoming next version of Photoshop, which is expected to debut the first half of 2012.

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