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Photoshop CS6 Beta new features rundown

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General, by Mark White
March 23, 2012

Take a peek at our favourite features on the new Photoshop CS6 Beta and tell us what you think

Photoshop CS6 Beta

There have been a total of 65 improved features added from the feedback alone, gathered together in Adobe’s initial testing phase of Photoshop CS6 Beta.

They range from the minutest tweaks to tools and menus that have had major improvements, all changing how fluidly we use Photoshop.

We’ve listed below the features that have caught our eye in Photoshop CS6 Beta so far. Bear-in-mind these are only part of the Beta version, so fingers crossed that they’ll be kept in for the big announcement later this year.

Content-Aware tools – Two new tools have been added to the mix, the Content-Aware Move and Content-Aware Patch tools. Check out tutorial on using these on

Auto-save now in CS6 – There’s an auto save feature that can be turned on or off through the Preferences menu. A handy addition that saves work as you go.

Layers searching – The Layers palette has a filter option, so you can quickly find specific layers in your composition.

Photoshop CS6 Beta layers palette

Blur Filters – Three new Blur Filters include Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift, which re-create lens effects quickly and with much more control.

Lighting Effects menu – The Lighting Effects filter has been redesigned (thankfully!) now much larger and easier to use. The Mercury Graphics Engine applies changes in a blink of an eye, which is just outstanding.

Photoshop CS6 Beta Lighting Effects

Crop tool – The Crop tool works slightly differently in Photoshop CS6 Beta. When selected, a cropping boundary is placed around your image straightaway, allowing you to start from the edges and work your way in. There are compositional guides too, for creating better images.