Adobe Systems has released a beta version of Photoshop before a formal product release for the first time in seven years. Photoshop CS 6 is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. The commercial release will follow soon after.
You can buy Photoshop 6 as part of a Creative Cloud subscription for $50 per month, but the official price for the standalone software is not yet known. The final version of Photoshop 6 is expected to be available by the second quarter.
Photoshop 6 has a new interface design that has a dark theme. Two new features include Content Aware Patch options and the Content Aware move tool. There are also several new blur effects, a non-destructive crop tool, and a new Adaptive Wide Angle lens correction tool.
The Content-Aware Patch option allows users to select and duplicate a specific area of an image to fill in or patch a different an area of the same image. This means that it is similar to the Clone tool, but it is slightly more subtle. Content-Aware Move allows users to select and move objects to a new place in the image and Photoshop will automatically fill in the background behind the relocated object.
Vector layers in the new Photoshop allows users to apply dashed lines and gradient strokes. The layer names can be searched for as well.
Photoshop 6 has better auto corrections that are built into a database of corrections to similar images. Some of the new painting features include erodible brush tips, an Oil Paint filter, skin tone aware selection and masking.
Adobe Photoshop 6 has Background Save, Auto Recovery, and Present Migration and Sharing. The save and recovery feature is a way for Photoshop to back up and save work before crashing. The preset migration feature allows users to easily move their settings, workspaces, and tool presets to the new version.
Photoshop 6 utilizes Adobe’s Mercury Graphics Engine, which uses the graphics processor (GPU) instead of the computer processor (CPU) to speed up processor intensive functions. The Mercury Graphics system works with several graphics processors and it supports performance for tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Lighting Effects.
Photoshop CS6 and Bridge CS6 is compatible with multicore Intel processor Macs from 2006 and later running on OS X 10.6.8 or higher.