Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta now available for download

Photoshop CS6 Beta is now available for download at Adobe labs. Some of the highlights in the new version:

  • Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.
  • Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.
  • New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.

The new Photoshop CS6 features are also presented in following YouTube videos:

Press release:

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. T1he final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

“We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”
“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

New Features in Photoshop CS6 Beta

Photoshop CS6 beta demonstrates Adobe’s focus on huge performance enhancements, imaging magic and creativity tools that offer customers a new experience in digital imaging. Key features include new additions to the Content-Aware tools: Content-Aware Patch allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or “patch” another, and Content-Aware Move lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image.

Customers will experience incredible performance, powered by the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine*, enabling near-instant results from popular editing tools including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects; and a refined, modern interface featuring dark UI options to make images pop. New and re-engineered design tools make creating designs faster and more efficient. Vector layers allow users to apply dashed lines and gradient strokes, searchable layers quickly zero in on any layer, and new type styles let designers swiftly apply type treatments to their designs.

In addition, the Photoshop CS6 beta offers all the features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, such as new 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis capabilities. These features will be included in the shipping version of Photoshop CS6 Extended when it becomes available.

Pricing and Availability

The Photoshop CS6 beta is available immediately as a free download in English and Japanese. At installation, users will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time login and online product activation. For information on how to install Photoshop CS6 beta, visit Customers can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum. Users can also connect with the Photoshop team via the community-powered site; on Facebook; YouTube; blog; or via Twitter.

*3D features and some GPU-enabled features are not supported on Windows XP.

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  • Flo

    that’s ridiculous. the world’s most advanced photo editing program is NOT able to open my nikon d4 RAW files.

    • Sky

      Told you – should have bought Canon.

    • Well thats not surprising, they don’t work together since Nikon still tries to give their photo editing software an edge, so Adobe has to purchase a camera, and then work backwards to make it work with ACR, Lightroom, etc.

      Never realized that Adobe released Beta’s. This is kinda cool.

      • Flo

        maybe, but why can i open my D4 RAW files with adobe lightroom 4 anyway?

    • theRBK

      if camera manufacturers fully co-operate with 3rd party software companies, it would be a much nicer world… until then try the release candidate for , where they have support for both Nikon’s and Canon’s new cameras…

      the finalized update will probably be coming out soon…

      • Flo

        thanks for the tip mate, but it won’t work in CS6, because it’s a step back from 7.0 to 6.7.
        it only works on cs5 which i don’t own 🙁

    • I didn’t want to read each post so at the risk of being redundant, I created a custom export in LR4 that exports my RAW file from a D4 out to a DNG then opens it in PS6 all with one (export) click. Good enough for a temporary work-around till the world catches up.

  • Mark

    Ugh the Adobe tax is coming…..

  • broxibear

    Does anyone know if Adobe are going update their Camera RAW plug-in for CS5 or are they going to force you to buy CS6 or Lightroom 4 to open RAW files from the newer cameras like the D4 ?

    • JLK

      There is already a release candidate for CS5 that adds D4 support.

      • JLK

        Heh, link is colored black so it isn’t obvious in the above post. Here’s the raw URL:

      • broxibear

        Thanks JLK,
        I did know about this, it expires on 05/31/2012…what I was wondering about was after this date will you need Lightroom 4 or CS6, or will they announce a final realease that works in Lightroom 3 and Cs5 ?
        In the past Adobe forced people to upgrade to the new software instead of making RAW plugins work on previous versions.

        • In my experience, the expiration dates of RC versions ALWAYS overlap the Final Release dates by at least a week or two.
          So, no worries. Just download the FR as soon as it comes out and be done with it.

  • Louis

    content aware is still rubbish…

  • Rob

    I just wish they would upgrade the current tools and filters to work in 16/32 bit files. We create a lot of hdri circular domes and use the polar coordinates tool to wrap and unwrap and paint out the tripod and smooth the contact points. BUT this only works in 8 bit so I’m forced to use Nuke instead.

  • sgts

    I pretty much just want to crop what i see on the screen and not mess around with the crop tool an moving around and so on – it really cant be that hard to implement – is it working on tablets yet ????????

    wake me up when it works on tablets.

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