Here are our top ten features of Photoshop CS6 . For a detailed review of the full CS6 package read Creative Bloq's brilliant Adobe CS6 review. Also watch out for ImagineFX's full review in the print edition of issue 84, on sale in the UK 25 May.
Photoshop CS6 is currently in public beta, but we can't see it changing before its official release in 'quarter two this year'. Here we take a look at ten reasons why you should upgrade, along with details of Adobe's Creative Cloud, which puts all of the Master Collection's tools – including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and more – in your hands for a fantastic monthly price. But first, let's look at the features worth getting Photoshop CS6 for…
New 3D tools
Photoshop's new 3D functionality is a fun addition for digital artists of all levels. When you either create a 3D layer from a file (by importing a 3D object) or extrude a current layer, you are transported into 3D space – and you can rotate, texture and edit your objects. Great for text extrusions and simple 3D composites.
Layer panel search
It may be a slight addition, but the ability to search layers, filtering by kind, name, effect, mode, attribute or colour will be a massive help to anyone who works with complex, multi-layered digital paintings. Just imagine being able to search for any layers where you used Multiply blending mode. Now you can.
The Crop tool isn't glamorous, but it's a tool you use every day. And now it's MUCH better. The tool itself has changed in the way it crops – you now panning an image below a crop grid. There's also a number of new overlays including Golden Ratio, Golden Spiral, Diagonal, Triangle, Grid and Rule of Thirds. It's very smooth thanks to the Adobe Mercury Engine.
Content-Aware tools have been in Photoshop since CS5 – enabling you to replace missing areas of images (predominantly photos) with ease. The new Content-Aware Move takes things further – enabling you to move subjects in photos and (possibly) your digital artwork, with Photoshop intelligently replacing the background. It's the old 80/20 thing – Adobe will get you 80 per cent of the way there, you do the rest.
Better text tools
OK, so being a digital artist you may not use Photoshop's text tools all the time – but when you do, you probably wished for something a little more, right? Well now you have it. You can now edit text like in a page layout program – including the ability to assign character and paragraph styles. Basically, text is A LOT better in CS6.
Blur filters and controls
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