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8 Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peeks – New 3D, Video, Depth-of-Field Tools

It’s no secret that Adobe lately has been slipping out little sneak peeks of “a future version of Photoshop” – presumably Photoshop CS6, when it comes out

Future Innovation: Video & Photoshop...

Full Video Editing in Photoshop CS6?

What’s surprising is that over the past two months we’re now up to 8 (eight!) different videos released in total, to date.

The first 5 previews arrived in January and February, and now we’ve got 3 more so far in March…

This latest set shows off new capabilities for working with 3D and Video, as well as easily creating shallow depth of field in any image (a.k.a. the bokeh effect, the technique of aestheti­cally blurring the background).

Photoshop’s new “Blur Gallery” including the Iris Blur Filter can quickly add selective blur to any image without masks, layers, or depth maps – making it very easy to “pop out” a photograph’s subject with the appearance of shallow focus:

The 3D and Video features from the other two sneak preview demos would presumably be part of Photoshop CS6 Extended, as they fall into the higher-level categories defining the differences between the Standard vs. Extended versions of Photoshop.

So in this next demonstration, Adobe says they’ve completely overhauled and enhanced how 3D works in Photoshop, with focus on performance and usability… Check out how smooth and easy it is to manipulate and change the look of 3D objects:

And the final (8th) video was created entirely in a future version of Photoshop… Which means Photoshop will be able to do significant video editing, and naturally begs the question, how might this interact or overlap with Adobe’s dedicated production tools, Premiere Pro and After Effects?

Adobe answers this: Video is now being generated by photographers – everyone really… We see a lot of room between consumer offerings and Premiere Pro… The goal is to balance the power of Photoshop with an easy and approachable on-ramp to video editing

See the 5 earlier Photoshop Sneak Peeks, or when we estimate that CS6 will be shipping.

Check out the Photoshop Image Deblur demo from Adobe MAX in L.A. – plus more before-and-after photos deblurred by the technology.

Related:  Adobe Listens to Users, Big Changes to CS6 Upgrade Policy Postponed.

Also:  Download the free new Lightroom 4 trial, which is now 50% off its previous price.

Give your input before it ships – what would you like to see in CS6?  Please share your thoughts below or at Adobe’s official feature request “wishlist”
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