The new features in Photoshop CS6

After two years of waiting for a major update, Photoshop CS6 is finally here and boasts over 60% new features! So what’s new in this version? Let’s take a look our favorite updates!

  • Content-Aware Patch: Like we first saw with content-aware-fill in CS5, content aware patch in CS6 lets you select a patch area and it will fill in the missing area with much greater control than before.
  • The New Mercury Graphics Engine: If you’ve been using Photoshop or any of the other feature-rich Creative Suite programs, you’ll know one of the major drawbacks has always been the extremely slow processing and wait time when running certain complex functions. Well, the Mercury Graphics Engine solves these issues by tapping into your computers processor to improve speed. This includes when running key tools such as Puppet Warp, Liquify, and Crop. We immediately saw the responsiveness when we run the two programs side-by-side and were very much impressed.
  • 3D controls: Something only found in the Extended version, the new 3D controls are more intuitive and let you quickly create cages for 3D extrusions, easily transform scenes and correct lights.
  • New design tools: Not only are most of the design tools re-engineered, but you have a new nondestructive cropping tool. It lets you use vector layers to apply strokes or make custom ones, add gradients to vector objects, and quickly search layers.

What else is new? See the fill list of features below!  Also be sure to try out the beta that’s now posted here on Adobe labs.

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