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Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Another Look? More Sneak Peeks [VIDEO]

Last month Adobe quietly revealed a first look at Photoshop CS6, which was received with hundreds of thousands of views…  And now we have second and third looks, new sneak peeks which focus on performance gains and vector improvements (with dashed and dotted lines).

Adobe Photoshop CS6 - Icon Sneak Peek

As images grow larger and larger in resolution and file size, even simple actions such as saving your files can slow down productivity – which has been a point of interest in Photoshop CS5. In this preview, a smooth and oft-requested Background Save capability is introduced allowing you to fully continue working while all file saving takes place in the background, regardless of size or compression.

Large images also slow down functions like Liquify… In the video, a 100MB photograph lags when loading and editing in Photoshop CS5. Now this new Photoshop (CS6 we presume) uses the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to greater effect to bring real-time loading and editing responsiveness. See how much faster and crisper the Liquify filter works, enabling effectively unlimited brush sizes:

It’s not mentioned in the video, but word has it from Adobe that in addition to background save, the new version of Photoshop would also include crash recovery…  And if it has crash recovery, we can maybe take it a step further and hope that it also has auto-save – as all three are related functionally. These would be some long-requested features coming to reality.

Here below is the most recent of the 3 sneak peeks thus far, this one just out…  Photoshop can now also do dashed and dotted lines – easily creating them with one click, specifically addressing a longtime feature request from many designers and illustrators.  Per Photoshop Product Manager John Nack, note the presence of controls for “real” stroke & fill (not dependent on the modal layer style dialog) on the options bar:

[UPDATE (Feb. 14th) – New sneak demo unveiled on Content-Aware Move and Extend Tools! Includes a fifth preview video on how to easily migrate Photoshop presets and settings between versions or systems.]

[UPDATE (March 19th)Three more PS previews unveiled – for 3D, video editing, and creating the Bokeh Effect.]

If you missed the first Photoshop CS6 sneak peek, it’s definitely worth two minutes of your full-screen time if you haven’t seen it yet – introducing the new user interface, rich cursor support, plus advancements in the Camera Raw processing engine that will power Photoshop CS6:

Check out what it does to this simple cellphone shot of the Eiffel Tower using just a few (new) sliders, restoring it more accurately to how it looked to the photographer’s eye at the time of capture…

Roll over the image with your mouse (or tap) for the before and after results:

Photoshop CS6 / ACR 7 Before & After Images

What else do we know about Photoshop CS6? Well, there’s the chance we’ll see the much-discussed Photoshop Image Deblur tool that Adobe showcased at the annual MAX show last fall – and then later published more before-and-after images for demonstration. But from the sounds of what Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes said afterwards, it could be too “early stage” to make the CS6 release.

So all in all, some cool and welcome enhancements to the Photoshop product but nothing too earth-shattering quite yet – we think Adobe could be saving the “big gun” new features (a la CS5’s Content-Aware Fill and Puppet Warp) for closer to the actual CS6 launch date.

See 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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  1. Donna Betty

    Oh what beautiful software!

  2. Dl Betty

    I have a question for many millions of Americans such as myself, why is there only a lower price on an item for students, and teachers? The disabled citizens could really use such an incentive program as well as seniors. Housebound on oxygen I am not able to get out to attend courses any longer, so I study and learn at home, which gives me no ability to purchase a student or teacher discounted item. Thank You.

  3. nocturnal YL

    I don’t use Photoshop much myself, but every time I look at those demon­strations, I am astonished. It looks like it’s going to be great this time too. Certain CS5 functions were resource-demanding for notebook computers, so I hope to see this improved.

    And from the looks of it, previous rumor (search “AppleInsider” “CS6” “survey” online) that Illustrator is going to feature a “dark” skin will stand true, and possibly suite-wide. I hope native 64-bit support is also suite-wide.

    Oh, and I’d like to ask where did you get that icon. It’s not like Adobe Labs has released a beta version or Photoshop is made available under the prerelease program… Anyway, the icon itself is pretty much what I have expected to see: in the same style as the mobile apps.

    • Hey YL, great to see you again! And thanks for your comments. The new Ps icon actually comes from one of the Photoshop CS6 sneak videos above – it appears onscreen for just the briefest of moments when switching applications during the demo, but it’s just enough time for a screengrab.

      Thanks again for stopping back and stay tuned for more soon!

  4. What about fixing the interface between lion os x and photoshop? I have the CS5 master collection with full intention of upgrading to cs6 but, I just recently encountered a problem where photoshop doesn’t load because of a program error. Which error you might ask? I don’t know, it doesn’t tell me. IS there going to be improved relation between CS6 and MAC OS X Lion?

  5. Totally amazing improvements so far. CS6 is definitely a major upgrade in terms of enhancements and performance. There are some more sneak peeks released. I happened to blog about it too.