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Photoshop CS6: 10 things you need to know

Photoshop CS6: 10 things you need to know

Photoshop CS6 is finally available as a public beta – and it’s packed with dozens of new features to enable you to do more than ever before. We’ve picked out 10 of the best for designers

Photoshop CS6 has been released as a public beta today to give designers a chance to integrate the new version into their creative workflows – and so Adobe can gauge user reaction to the changes, new features and enhancements that have been included in the upgrade.

Photoshop CS6 beta will be available as a free download from Adobe Labs until the program gets an official release sometime in the first half of 2012. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Commenting on the launch of Photoshop CS6 beta, Winston Hendrickson – vice president of products at Adobe’s Creative Media Solutions division said in a press release: “Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance.”

And to find out whether that’s true, just take a look at our round-up of the 10 biggest changes, features and enhancements:

1. Text style sheets

With Photoshop CS6 designers can now define text styles, both on a paragraph and character basis, in much the same way as in InDesign. Each style can store font, size, leading, justification, hyphenation and other information about the text structure.

Changing a style definition will change every instance of the style used in the current document, and a button on the Style panel allows styles to be change to match the current instance.

2. Better Lighting Effects


Photoshop CS6 lighting effects


The Lighting Effects filter has had a major overhaul and now shows a full-screen preview of the effect – which means using an Alpha Channel as a bump map is now more predictable than ever.

As well as being able to move the lights, focus, size and arrangement directly on the artwork, you can now adjust the intensity as well using the rotary dial in the centre of the light.

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