I was lucky enough to get early access to the new Photoshop CS6 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been using CS4 for the past couple of years and CS6 is just a million and a half times better. You know you’re a total dork when you’re sitting in the virtual press conference (virtual press conferences are the best because you can attend in your pj’s) and you’re clapping after they announce all the new improvements. Kennedy was looking at my like I was crazy. Yes, the second best thing about virtual press conferences is that your baby can attend too.
There are a lot of new changes and features in CS6, but I’m just going to touch upon a few of my favorites:
- The first thing that you’ll notice when you use CS6 is the new interface. When I saw this initially I wasn’t super excited about it. I wasn’t into the new darker grey interface. You can change it back to the old, lighter grey if you’d like. But, after playing around with it, I actually really like it. It does help make the image pop, which makes editing a bit easier.
- One of the features I was looking most forward to is “Mini Bridge”. Mini Bridge is a file browsing tool directly in Photoshop. No more toggling back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge. It may not seem like a big deal, but I spend a lot of time going back and forth.
- Another new feature is the content aware patch. With content aware patch, you have more control over what will fill that area. Previous versions of Photoshop kind of just guessed what would go there. But, with the new version content aware you can select an object you want to remove from the photo and Photoshop can intellegently fill in a space in your image based upon what surrounds it. I could have used this a couple of months ago for an engagement session I did. We shot at an old abandoned pool with lots of graffiti. And with lots of graffiti comes lots of bad words. I spent a long time trying to get all those dirty words out of the images. This tool would have made it much easier. For instance, if I wanted to edit this cow head out (I think it’s a cow head) this is how it would turn out just using the normal patch tool:
With the new content aware patch tool I get a much better result:
It blends in much more seamlessly. It’s not perfect all the time, but it’s a huge imporvement from the old patch tool.
There is also the content aware move tool that will let you move objects and fill in the empty space with pixels based upon the rest of the image. Works pretty good!
- Improved crop tool – What I love about the new crop tool is that I am able to choose the ratio in which I want to crop. When I crop my images I almost always like to keep the original ratio (4×6). That is much easier to do in CS6 than it was in previous versions.
It’s also much easier to straighten your images with this new crop tool. Before I had to use the ruler tool and make additional steps. Now it’s all combined into the crop tool. Easy peasy.
- Tilt Shift – There are 3 new types of lens blurs available. My favorite is the “Tilt-Shift” blur. It simulates a tilt shift lens. I’m not sure that I’ll use it that much, but it’s a cool option to have and I think it could pass for being done with a real tilt-shift lens.
- Another new feature that I haven’t had time to play with yet, but am very excited about is the edition of video editing. You can apply a lot of the still image adjustments to video clips including exposure adjustments and cropping! And you can add music tracks as well. It looks promising!