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Feature preview: Everything you need to know about Photoshop CS6

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Magazine previews, by Julie Bassett

Find out everything that you need to know about Photoshop CS6

Being Advanced Photoshop magazine, we can’t help but get a little overexcited about a new instalment to the Creative Suite. So we couldn’t wait to get our hands on CS6, and it appears Adobe was just as keen to let everyone else have a play too! The Beta was made publicly available a month before the official launch and plenty of sneak peeks were revealed even before that. It’s an interesting move from Adobe, which has usually remained much more tight-lipped over Creative Suite releases.

Chances are, therefore, that you have seen the Photoshop CS6 interface, had a play and maybe even made a few discoveries for yourself. There has been a 62 per cent increase in features, with many inspired by user feedback. Over these 13 pages we will be taking an in-depth look at the new key tools and features in the program, as well as looking at how to use them to the best of their abilities.

The interface

The most noticeable differences to Photoshop CS6 are on the outside, which is again a departure from previous releases where cosmetic differences have been minimal. There are now four interface colour options, with black replacing grey as the standard (though it’s easy to revert back). This offers more aesthetic choice, but it’s practical too – certain artworks lend themselves better to being worked on in black. If you have previously used Lightroom, then this redesigned user interface will feel more familiar than it will to those coming straight from Photoshop CS5 or earlier.

Some of the palettes have been streamlined as well. The Mini Bridge palette is no longer in the main dock, but is a strip across the bottom of the page. The Layers palette has a new Filter option, so you can search for layers in large documents easily. The new Properties palette stores all your masks and adjustment layers in an image so that you can easily alter them all from one place.

The best way to find out how the new interface works is simply to try if for yourself, and as you read through this feature you will discover lots of hidden secrets that definitely make Photoshop CS6 worth the upgrade.

Read more in issue 96 of Advanced Photoshop magazine, on sale now.

Feature preview: Everything you need to know about Photoshop CS6