Adobe CS6 Announced and Available For Pre-order

Today, Adobe has announced its new CS6 software package for both Mac and Windows users, which includes new versions of Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects and more – Adobe has updated every piece of software found in the Creative Suite family. There is also a new color-grading application, SpeedGrade CS6, perfect for primary and secondary color correction of your SD, HD, 3D or RAW video footage. As expected, each program is extended with new tools and features, while at the same time offering 64-bit performance boost to make your workflow easier and quicker.

Adobe Photoshop CS6

What Does Photoshop CS6 Offer?

While there are many changes (for example, After Effects receives more than 90 new or expanded effects to choose from), most of our readers are likely to be interested in Photoshop CS6. Here is an extended list of what’s new and improved:

1) Content-Aware Patch

Patch images with greater control using Content-Aware Patch. Simply choose the patch area and Content-Aware technology will fill in the missing area.

2) Mercury Graphics Engine

See near-instant results when editing with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop. The Mercury Graphics Engine delivers unprecedented responsiveness for a fluid feel as you work.

3) Reengineered Design Tools

Create superior designs faster. Get consistent formatting with type styles, use vector layers to apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects, easily create custom strokes and dashed lines, quickly search layers, and more.

4) Crop Tool

Crop images faster and with greater precision using the nondestructive Crop tool. Manipulate your images on canvas, and take advantage of the Mercury Graphics Engine to see your adjustments happen live.

5) Background Save

Keep on working even while saving the largest of Photoshop files in the background – a performance improvement that can help your productivity soar.

6) Auto-Recovery

Let the auto-recovery option work behind the scenes to save your edits without interrupting your progress. A copy of your work is saved every 10 minutes and recovered in the event of an unexpected shutdown.

7) Intuitive Video Creation

Bring Photoshop editing power to your video footage. Easily enhance any clip using the full range of familiar Photoshop tools, and create entire videos using an intuitive set of video tools.

8) Preset Migration & Sharing

Easily migrate your presets, workspaces, preferences, and settings so you can experience Photoshop in the same way on all your computers, share your setup, and bring your customizations from past versions into Photoshop CS6.

9) Blur Gallery

Quickly create photographic blur effects using a simple interface with on-image controls. Create tilt-shift effects, blur everything and then sharpen one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points. The Mercury Graphics Engine delivers immediate results.

10) Improved Auto-Corrections

Quickly enhance your images with improved Auto Curves, Levels, and Brightness/Contrast controls. Intelligence from thousands of hand-retouched images is built-in to give you a better starting point for making adjustments

11) Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 7 Plug-In

Bring out the best in your JPEG and Raw files with improved processing and an enhanced control set; reveal every detail in the highlights of an image while still retaining rich detail in the shadows; and much more.

12) Adaptive Wide Angle

Easily straighten objects that appear curved in panoramas or photos shot with fisheye or wide-angle lenses. On-canvas tools use the physical characteristics of individual lenses to automatically correct curvatures, and the Mercury Graphics Engine gives you near-instant results.

13) Dozens of User-Inspired Improvements

Save time with more than 65 creativity and productivity enhancements that originated as suggestions from Photoshop users.

14) Modern Interface

Work with a fresh, elegant Photoshop interface featuring dark background options that make your images pop, and benefit from hundreds of design touches that create a smoother, more consistent editing experience.

15) Skin Tone-Aware Selections & Masking

Create better selections and masks with an option that isolates skin tones and faces in your photos, enabling you to adjust skin tones easily or, conversely, preserve them while you adjust the color of everything else.

16) Compatibility with Adobe Mobile Apps

Extend your creativity beyond Photoshop CS6 with Adobe Touch Apps and Photoshop companion apps (sold separately). Intuitive touchscreen features provide ease of use and precise control for a variety of creative tasks.

17) Flexible Render Modes for Shadows

Work more fluidly now that you can preview shadows in both GL and Adobe RayTrace render modes.

18) Type Styles

Save time and ensure a consistent look with type styles, which let you apply formatting to selected characters, lines, or paragraphs of text with a single click.

19) Vector Layers

Use vector layers to apply strokes and even add gradients to vector objects.

20) Sharper Vector Rendering

Get sharper rendering by clicking once to snap the edges of vector objects to pixels.

21) Custom Strokes & Dashed Lines

Easily create custom strokes and dashed lines.

22) Layer Search

Use layer search capabilities to quickly zero in on the layer you need.

23) Lighting Effects Gallery

Get better performance and results with the 64-bit Lighting Effects Gallery. The plug-in is powered by the Mercury Graphics Engine and offers on-canvas controls and previews that make it easier to visualize your lighting enhancements.

24) Scripted Patterns

Generate geometric pattern fills faster with Scripted Patterns.

25) Revolutionary Erodible Brushes

Draw more naturally and realistically using drawing tips that erode as you work. Endlessly wear down and sharpen a charcoal pencil or pastel to create different effects, and save favorite blunted tips as presets.

26) Oil Painting Filter

Quickly give your work the look of an oil painting with the Mercury Graphics Engine-accelerated Oil Painting filter. Control the style of your brush as well as the direction and shine of your lighting for a superior look.

27) Enhanced Airbrush Tips

Create realistic airbrush effects using fluid, lifelike controls and granular paint particles.

28) Painting Presets

Simplify painting with presets that offer a good starting point for creating realistic painting effects.

29) Brush Enhancements

Paint more naturally by manually changing the rotation of your paint brush with your mouse. Dynamically resize your brushes with shortcuts, and take advantage of the Mercury Graphics Engine to fluidly adjust opacity or hardness.

30) 10-Bit Deep Color Support

Get a more accurate representation of how your images will appear in film with 10-bit monitor support. See just the pixels you’ve captured, reduce or eliminate the need for dithering, and reduce contouring or banding.

31) OpenEXR Transparency Preferences

Choose whether you’d like to handle alpha channels in OpenEXR files as alpha channels or transparency.

32) Properties Panel

Save time with a context-sensitive Properties panel that lets you make quick updates to the properties of your masks, adjustments, and 3D content.

33) Adobe Bridge CS6

Organize and manage your media visually using Adobe Bridge CS6 software. This integrated application delivers fast performance with cross-platform 64-bit support.

34) Redesigned Adobe Mini Bridge

Access your images and documents more quickly and easily in Adobe Mini Bridge, redesigned as an elegant filmstrip.

35) Enhanced TIFF Support

Work with a larger range of TIFF files. Enhanced TIFF support allows for greater bit depths and larger file sizes.

36) Automatic Resampling

Get great results when resizing an image – the best resample method is automatically selected.

37) Filler Text

Save time with the ability to insert “lorem ipsum” filler text when working with type.

38) Increased Maximum Brush Sizes

Edit and paint with brush sizes all the way up to 5000 pixels.

Other Features

Content-Aware Family of Technologies

Retouch images with astonishing ease, control, and precision. Remove or move selected image objects, and Content-Aware technology magically fills, patches, extends, or recomposes your image with stunning results.

64-Bit Support

64-bit support speeds up imaging tasks and helps process very large images faster.

Tools for Intelligent Selections

Create precise selections and masks, enabling you to easily adjust or preserve skin tones; easily select intricate image elements, such as faces and hair; and more.

Puppet Warp

Precisely reposition any image element to create a more visually appealing photo. For example, easily straighten an awkwardly bent arm. Powered by the Mercury Graphics Engine, Puppet Warp lets you edit with fluid responsiveness.

Pre-order Links

You can pre-order Photoshop CS6 for $699.00 on B&H: Windows and Mac.

The newest, most feature packed (3D graphics, video and such) Photoshop Extended CS6 for Windows can be found on B&H for $999.00. Get the Mac version if you’re using Apple.

If you think you need the whole package Adobe has to offer, pre-order the CS6 master Collection for $2599.00 at B&H: Windows users; Mac users.


  1. 1) Matt
    April 23, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I’m stoked for this. All I really need is ACR 7, though!

  2. 2) David B
    April 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I pretty much use liquify and content aware as 90% of what I do in PS. most other things I can do inside Lightroom. Seems like these two features have been enhanced so I am interested. Especially content aware because it was not always perfect. Hopefully adobe would come up with more reasonable upgrade price like they did with lightroom.

  3. 3) BenCK
    April 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Will CS5 ACR be updated to read RAW files from the D4 and D800 or will CS6 be required to do that?

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 3.1) Romanas Naryškin
      April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I am quite sure CS5 will have an update available, Ben :)

  4. 4) 628748487
    April 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Yawn, boring. GIMP FTW!!!

  5. 5) Srini
    April 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Everything good except the £ price! :-)

  6. April 27, 2012 at 4:10 am

    PS6 is too far from me. Most of my work ( not very good though) is sufficed by Lightroom.
    Moreover, now that i have Lightroom 4 , i really don’t feel the need to buy CS6.

  7. 7) John McMurdo
    April 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Has anyone heard whether or not Adobe has included the CS6 feature that they were hyping two or three months ago that would allow you to recover photos that were out of focus? This would have been a clincher for me to consider upgrading.

  8. April 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I am mainly a landscape photographer and do absolutely no video work. Is there any advantage to getting the CS6 Extended version or just the basic CS6 upgrade?

    Also I am sure that the 3D will have no value for my work but just want to know if there are other upgrades in the Extended package that would be useful?

    thank you
    jack mitchell

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 8.1) Romanas Naryškin
      April 30, 2012 at 2:49 am

      No, Jack, there is no advantage in having more features you will never use :)

  9. 9) Barry
    May 7, 2012 at 5:46 am

    GIMP version 2.8.0 (for Windows and Linux ) is available for download. It is free and does what CS5 (and perhaps CS6) can do and you are not limited by some licencing arrangement as far as upgrades are concerned. More info and download from:

  10. 10) Sridhar
    November 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Nasim

    D0 you any recommendations for properly learning how to use photoshop?

    I am self tutored on CS4 and I believe I use maybe 10-15% of its capabilities. I have recently bought CS6 & want to do it right, this time around. Hence the question.

    I prefer a book to read from but am reasonably comfortable with video too.

    Most sites I have visited explain things functionally rather than from a usage or workflow perspective.

    If this mail is an imposition, please feel free to ignore it.

    THank you.

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 10.1) Romanas Naryškin
      November 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Sridhar, hello!

      Photoshop, while useful when working with photographs, is a piece of software for a much broader client with much broader needs. It’s not a program specifically designed for photographers, and, in fact, they were not the intended client at first. Lightroom, on the other hand, is.

      For this reason we prefer Lightroom tutorials on this website, as we focus on photography. That doesn’t mean, of course, we won’t provide Photoshop tutorials in the future. Just know that it’s not really necessary to know Photoshop 100%.


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