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23 Cool New Features in Adobe Photoshop CS6

This week Adobe announced a new version of Photoshop – CS6 which is now available for download as a free beta test for a limited time.

There’s been loads of posts this week with details of new features but here’s a quick video with 6 of them by Terry White.

Want to see more? Here’s another quick video by Russell Brown (from Adobe) with his 6 favourite Photoshop CS6 features:

Want a few more? Here’s Photo Gavin’s five favourite Photoshop CS6 features:

Want to see more? Here’s another 6 favourite features from Adobe’s Julieanne Kost.

OK – there probably wasn’t 23 features as there was some overlap between a few of them – but I hope you found these first looks at CS6 helpful!

Have you tested Photoshop CS6 yet? What features do you like? Add your 6 favourites below!

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  • http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/ Alexx

    Pretty cool! I’ll have to buy it when it’s out.

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • Janette

    Please note the beta download of Photoshop 6 does not work.

  • http://www.abowenphoto.com Andrew

    Worked fine for my Win7 x64 machine. I haven’t been able to run it through a lot yet, but overall seems like it comes up a bit faster, and the content-aware move is pretty slick. I had done something a couple of days before that took a couple of layers and masking to make work, and this just managed it all pretty easily and with less effort.

  • http://anotherphotographynoob.wordpress.com/5 Anotherphotographynoob

    I’m sucked with to much work to test it. Hopefully my workplace will spend a little on the upgrade!

  • Martha

    Does this expire?I couldn’t find anything saying so on the adobe website, and I don’t want to download it if it only lasts a few days–not much time in the near future…

  • Aperture Ray

    CS6 is faster at opening and especially saving (where it’s nearly instant) but the single most important (and unadvertised) feature is Autosave. I was an hr into a photo when cs6 crashed. Didnt save yet but when cs6 relaunched, it asked if i wanted to open unrecovered work. It did- including all layers and adjustments intact. From there, i was able to formally save the file. Incredible.

  • http://www.timelesscapturesphotography.com Carlee

    I’m very much looking forward to CS6. Autosave? Oh man that is such a simple, yet amazing idea for those rare (but horrible) times Photoshop quits unexpectedly. Thanks for the post!

  • Janette

    The message says “Installer failed to initialize”. Assistance required.I downloaded and ran Adobe Support Advisor but no problem was found.

  • Janette

    This is the message I get when trying to unzip/open the downloaded file:
    We ahve encountered the following issues:
    Installer failed to initialize. This could be due to a mssing file. Plese download Adonbe Support Advisor to detect the problem. This i did and it said there wasn’t any problem!!

    Assistance required please. With thanks.

  • Anthony

    It’s not really 23 new features, is it? The first 2 videos share 5 common features, 4 if you count the blurring styles as separate, the next adds a generous 2 to the list, same with the last video.

    This was a decent amount of information, but far from 23 new features. Closer to 12, with a bunch of recap.

  • Pam

    Beta is working fine for me. Love the content aware features. I also can’t find any mention of how long the beta install works.

  • http://zenfolio.com/imagination Glenn Hightree

    How do I load the camera raw 7.0 settings? I went to the tab shown in the video but the camera raw settings are not there

  • http://www.yourcameraworld.com Janet

    Adobe is ever growing with plenty of options. Photoshop CS6 features are really cool. Thank you for presenting these useful first looks.

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk Paul

    Interesting introduction to cs6, I’ll have to start saving up! Still on cs2 but do have LR3 :)

  • http://www.premiumdigitalbackdrops.com Gavin

    Would love to give it a try but my computer keeps freezing when i download it. i just stick with me old photohop cs3 does the job lol

  • Lynn Letteris

    Thanks for the compilation of the CS6 features…made me an upgrader.

  • http://petawilliamsphotography.com Peta Williams Photography | Family Photography Brisbane

    Seems like a lot of people are having trouble running this program. What are the minimum specs to be able to run this CS6 properly…

  • http://petawilliamsphotography.com Peta Williams Photography | Family Photography Brisbane

    Found the requirements, the requirements are

    The minimum required PC specs are:

    Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 processor
    we recommend at least 3 GB or more if you want to work comfortably.
    1 GB Disk space : again larger space is very needed while working on large size PSD’s.
    Graphics Card supporting OpenGL 2.0 with 512 MB vRAM
    Windows XP SP3 and above

  • DJ Culver

    I downloaded CS6 the other day. I noticed that it was especially greedy when it came to resource memory. I had 16GB installed prior to loading it. I used the 3D feature as a test and it was quite slow for my standards. Rendering took an average file about 4 minutes to complete. I installed another 16 (for a total of 32gb) on board DDR3 ram. CS6 loves it! my render times went down to less than 1 minute to a decent preview and 2 minutes for full render. The content aware fill and move are great features. If you have never used any of the photoshop CS series, this may not be the best for your first encounter. For those who have used previous versions, this is worth every penny they may charge. That amount has yet to be determined. Also, the download is good for 60 days from when I loaded it. I expect that this will be the anticipated release date.

  • Dwdd

    We use to spend 20, 000K plus a year hiring photographers to take company pictures of employees and for marketing purposes. Adobe (and digital cameras) have saved us thousands of dollars since CS5 because we no longer hire photographers.

    For example, when we need individual company photographs of employees, we have a simple routine to follow. We find an image online that suits our posing needs. We print it and frame it in a small desktop frame. Then we set a cheap DSLR with a kit lens about 10 feet in front of the desk on a tripod the same level as in the picture. We leave the lens at 50mm.

    Then we leave the lights on in the room, set the camera to full auto, set the timer to 10 seconds, and throughout the day, employees come in and hit the shutter button, sit at the desk, and assume the pose in the frame on the desk.

    We don’t need fancy lights, art directors, or anything else because all of the changes we need can be done in Photoshop. Who does the Photoshop work? My 13 year old daughter does it. I pay her 50 bucks and it take her about 20 minutes. She loves it! She’s been making iphone videos and pictures of herself and friends since she was in 6th grade, and she’s pretty good. If we need something in print, we just send the entire PSD my daughter processed to an ad or marketing agency and they do the rest. We have completely cut out the cost of photography.

    So, we save thousands a year on pictures where we use to have to hire photographers and their crews. It’s like “photographers” are so 1990s these days. For us, hiring photographers would be like hiring someone to deliver mail instead of using email.

    Thanks Adobe!

  • http://www.artyst-tyrant.com Victor

    Wow, I’m glad I stuck around for the last video. The paragraph and character styles might be the least covered AWESOME new feature in PS CS6. As a website designer, having to ALT+DRAG bodies of copy to avoid resetting specific type styles was a pain. This will be a huge time saver.

    Also love the new content aware patch. Can’t wait to see what Indesign and Illustrator CS6 have in store.

    Thanks for the collection of videos.

  • Þorsteinn Úlfar Björnsson

    Seems to me that the most awsome feature is in Adobe Camera Raw 7. See the video no. 3. The completely rewamped clarity feature seems to be great. And the feature I use most, recovery, is gone but is build into another feature.

    For nature photographers the new ACR 7 is excellent. Its a pity one can’t use it with PS 5. I wonder if Adobe has ever seriously considered relesing ACR as a stand alone program.

  • Giselle

    The new CS6 photoshop had a whole lot of new features that were confusing me a lot too. I went through some demo videos but they only scraped the surface of the applications of these features. Fortunately Adobe made the video of their roadshow that I was unable to attend. http://www.adobecs6vod.com?sdid=KABYU if you have an hour to spare, go through it and you’ll find a lot more detailed help with the features that have been hard to get used to.

  • http://www.johnlewisdesign.com John Lewis

    Want a quick article? Link to YouTube videos. Want to annoy people? Link to another one! Want to write something useful? Nah didn’t think so. Come on mate, write something for gawd sake!! I came here for words, not embeds! :)

    Thanks anyway, I’ll skip the vids. I’m off to find some words.

    LOL

  • http://cottonwood.co Rob Wallace

    The content aware move tool is amazing.

    I don’t get camera raw, impossible for me to figure out how to open.

  • http://www.agriya.com/services/design-graphics/web-design John Walt

    These videos are fantastic. they teach lot about photshopcs6. Create your web designs using photoshop and convert the PSD files to XML and Css codes.

  • http://photoshopcs6serialnumber.com/ james

    this is one of the best tutorials i have ever seen. it convinced me to buy the software, and explained everything perfectly, while holding my? interest for the full 12 minutes. truly great marketing by adobe

  • dulal

Some older comments

  • james

    August 9, 2013 06:40 pm

    this is one of the best tutorials i have ever seen. it convinced me to buy the software, and explained everything perfectly, while holding my? interest for the full 12 minutes. truly great marketing by adobe

  • John Walt

    April 23, 2013 07:58 pm

    These videos are fantastic. they teach lot about photshopcs6. Create your web designs using photoshop and convert the PSD files to XML and Css codes.

  • Rob Wallace

    November 4, 2012 01:24 am

    The content aware move tool is amazing.

    I don't get camera raw, impossible for me to figure out how to open.

  • John Lewis

    October 5, 2012 09:54 am

    Want a quick article? Link to YouTube videos. Want to annoy people? Link to another one! Want to write something useful? Nah didn't think so. Come on mate, write something for gawd sake!! I came here for words, not embeds! :)

    Thanks anyway, I'll skip the vids. I'm off to find some words.

    LOL

  • Giselle

    September 27, 2012 06:45 pm

    The new CS6 photoshop had a whole lot of new features that were confusing me a lot too. I went through some demo videos but they only scraped the surface of the applications of these features. Fortunately Adobe made the video of their roadshow that I was unable to attend. http://www.adobecs6vod.com?sdid=KABYU if you have an hour to spare, go through it and you’ll find a lot more detailed help with the features that have been hard to get used to.

  • Þorsteinn Úlfar Björnsson

    May 23, 2012 09:05 pm

    Seems to me that the most awsome feature is in Adobe Camera Raw 7. See the video no. 3. The completely rewamped clarity feature seems to be great. And the feature I use most, recovery, is gone but is build into another feature.

    For nature photographers the new ACR 7 is excellent. Its a pity one can't use it with PS 5. I wonder if Adobe has ever seriously considered relesing ACR as a stand alone program.

  • Victor

    May 13, 2012 01:04 pm

    Wow, I'm glad I stuck around for the last video. The paragraph and character styles might be the least covered AWESOME new feature in PS CS6. As a website designer, having to ALT+DRAG bodies of copy to avoid resetting specific type styles was a pain. This will be a huge time saver.

    Also love the new content aware patch. Can't wait to see what Indesign and Illustrator CS6 have in store.

    Thanks for the collection of videos.

  • Dwdd

    May 13, 2012 08:35 am

    We use to spend 20, 000K plus a year hiring photographers to take company pictures of employees and for marketing purposes. Adobe (and digital cameras) have saved us thousands of dollars since CS5 because we no longer hire photographers.

    For example, when we need individual company photographs of employees, we have a simple routine to follow. We find an image online that suits our posing needs. We print it and frame it in a small desktop frame. Then we set a cheap DSLR with a kit lens about 10 feet in front of the desk on a tripod the same level as in the picture. We leave the lens at 50mm.

    Then we leave the lights on in the room, set the camera to full auto, set the timer to 10 seconds, and throughout the day, employees come in and hit the shutter button, sit at the desk, and assume the pose in the frame on the desk.

    We don't need fancy lights, art directors, or anything else because all of the changes we need can be done in Photoshop. Who does the Photoshop work? My 13 year old daughter does it. I pay her 50 bucks and it take her about 20 minutes. She loves it! She's been making iphone videos and pictures of herself and friends since she was in 6th grade, and she's pretty good. If we need something in print, we just send the entire PSD my daughter processed to an ad or marketing agency and they do the rest. We have completely cut out the cost of photography.

    So, we save thousands a year on pictures where we use to have to hire photographers and their crews. It's like "photographers" are so 1990s these days. For us, hiring photographers would be like hiring someone to deliver mail instead of using email.

    Thanks Adobe!

  • DJ Culver

    April 20, 2012 09:28 pm

    I downloaded CS6 the other day. I noticed that it was especially greedy when it came to resource memory. I had 16GB installed prior to loading it. I used the 3D feature as a test and it was quite slow for my standards. Rendering took an average file about 4 minutes to complete. I installed another 16 (for a total of 32gb) on board DDR3 ram. CS6 loves it! my render times went down to less than 1 minute to a decent preview and 2 minutes for full render. The content aware fill and move are great features. If you have never used any of the photoshop CS series, this may not be the best for your first encounter. For those who have used previous versions, this is worth every penny they may charge. That amount has yet to be determined. Also, the download is good for 60 days from when I loaded it. I expect that this will be the anticipated release date.

  • Peta Williams Photography | Family Photography Brisbane

    April 8, 2012 03:45 pm

    Found the requirements, the requirements are

    The minimum required PC specs are:

    Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 processor
    we recommend at least 3 GB or more if you want to work comfortably.
    1 GB Disk space : again larger space is very needed while working on large size PSD’s.
    Graphics Card supporting OpenGL 2.0 with 512 MB vRAM
    Windows XP SP3 and above

  • Peta Williams Photography | Family Photography Brisbane

    April 8, 2012 07:55 am

    Seems like a lot of people are having trouble running this program. What are the minimum specs to be able to run this CS6 properly...

  • Lynn Letteris

    April 6, 2012 01:19 am

    Thanks for the compilation of the CS6 features...made me an upgrader.

  • Gavin

    April 4, 2012 05:05 pm

    Would love to give it a try but my computer keeps freezing when i download it. i just stick with me old photohop cs3 does the job lol

  • Paul

    April 2, 2012 06:28 pm

    Interesting introduction to cs6, I'll have to start saving up! Still on cs2 but do have LR3 :)

  • Janet

    March 30, 2012 03:16 pm

    Adobe is ever growing with plenty of options. Photoshop CS6 features are really cool. Thank you for presenting these useful first looks.

  • Glenn Hightree

    March 30, 2012 10:22 am

    How do I load the camera raw 7.0 settings? I went to the tab shown in the video but the camera raw settings are not there

  • Pam

    March 30, 2012 07:31 am

    Beta is working fine for me. Love the content aware features. I also can't find any mention of how long the beta install works.

  • Anthony

    March 30, 2012 06:26 am

    It's not really 23 new features, is it? The first 2 videos share 5 common features, 4 if you count the blurring styles as separate, the next adds a generous 2 to the list, same with the last video.

    This was a decent amount of information, but far from 23 new features. Closer to 12, with a bunch of recap.

  • Janette

    March 28, 2012 01:57 pm

    This is the message I get when trying to unzip/open the downloaded file:
    We ahve encountered the following issues:
    Installer failed to initialize. This could be due to a mssing file. Plese download Adonbe Support Advisor to detect the problem. This i did and it said there wasn't any problem!!

    Assistance required please. With thanks.

  • Janette

    March 28, 2012 12:13 pm

    The message says "Installer failed to initialize". Assistance required.I downloaded and ran Adobe Support Advisor but no problem was found.

  • Carlee

    March 28, 2012 10:04 am

    I'm very much looking forward to CS6. Autosave? Oh man that is such a simple, yet amazing idea for those rare (but horrible) times Photoshop quits unexpectedly. Thanks for the post!

  • Aperture Ray

    March 28, 2012 01:29 am

    CS6 is faster at opening and especially saving (where it's nearly instant) but the single most important (and unadvertised) feature is Autosave. I was an hr into a photo when cs6 crashed. Didnt save yet but when cs6 relaunched, it asked if i wanted to open unrecovered work. It did- including all layers and adjustments intact. From there, i was able to formally save the file. Incredible.

  • Martha

    March 27, 2012 11:25 pm

    Does this expire?I couldn't find anything saying so on the adobe website, and I don't want to download it if it only lasts a few days--not much time in the near future...

  • Anotherphotographynoob

    March 27, 2012 07:50 am

    I'm sucked with to much work to test it. Hopefully my workplace will spend a little on the upgrade!

  • Andrew

    March 26, 2012 11:48 pm

    Worked fine for my Win7 x64 machine. I haven't been able to run it through a lot yet, but overall seems like it comes up a bit faster, and the content-aware move is pretty slick. I had done something a couple of days before that took a couple of layers and masking to make work, and this just managed it all pretty easily and with less effort.

  • Janette

    March 26, 2012 04:08 pm

    Please note the beta download of Photoshop 6 does not work.

  • Alexx

    March 26, 2012 03:23 pm

    Pretty cool! I'll have to buy it when it's out.

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

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