Many graphic designers had been wondering what’s new in the recently launched Photoshop CS6.  In this post we will see some cool features of this software.

New Effects

  • Field Blur
  • Iris Blur
  • Tilt T Shift
  • Broken Effects
  • Image Deblurring

Layer Search – Search for layers by layer type, name, effect, blending mode, color or by large range of attributes. Want to find all layers that have a pattern overlay layer style? Just search for effect and overlay. CS6’s improved searching should make traversing 1000+ layer documents a whole lot easier.

Create shapes – If you know the exact size you’d like your shape to be, select the corresponding shape tool and click anywhere on the canvas, then type in the dimensions you’re after.

Layer Styles on Groups – Layer styles can now be applied to groups in the same way they can be applied to bitmap, vector and type layers. There’s many reasons why this is an awesome feature, but my main use for it will probably be to apply more layer styles to objects — you can now have two or more drop shadows by nesting layers inside groups and applying layer styles to the groups. In my opinion, this is a far better technique than using Smart Objects for the same purpose, because this will allow documents to scale and maintain quality.

On canvas dimensions – Moving and transforming now shows a small box on the canvas with related values, as you perform the adjustment. Far easier than watching the info panel out of the corner of your eye while you work. There’s some options to control how this works under the Interface tab in Preferences.

Group Clipping Mask – Layers can now be clipped to groups, allowing for some pretty wild masking possibilities. Use in abundance and in combination with group layer styles to impress.

User interface brightness – Photoshop CS6 ships with four different interface brightness options. The default is dark grey with white icons, giving CS6 a vastly different look.

Pasting from Illustrator Fixed – Pasting vector shapes from Illustrator now always aligns to the pixel boundary.

Copy and Paste Shape Attributes – Right clicking on a vector layer in the layers panel presents these two new functions. Copying the Shape Attributes puts the fill (be it solid or gradient) and stroke into a clipboard so you can apply it quickly to one or more layers.

Paragraph and Character Styles – These behave like Paragraph Styles and Character Styles in InDesign and many other design apps, letting you store a text style and apply it quickly to text throughout your document. You can even edit the master styles and have all instances update. Very handy for larger, text filled documents.

Strokes on Paths – Just like it says on. Handy, because you can use the vector strokes in combination with the stroke layer style for stroke on stroke action. There’s also some associated options, including dashed stroke editing that’s similar to Illustrator.

These are some of the changes and new features of the new version for this software. What other features have you notice in this great program?



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