If you design apps, Web pages, or anything else for the screen, you need to check out this terrific overview of Photoshop CS6 improvements from UI design expert Marc Edwards. A few of my favorites:
- Real strokes (including dashes) on vectors, with a faster (Options Bar) way to edit them
- Type styles (both character & paragraph)
- Better font anti-aliasing
- Path snapping & anti-aliasing improvements (critical for exacting work)
- Layer search/filtering (e.g. show me just the type layers in this doc)
- Multiple strokes per layer (you can apply a new vector stroke + a traditional layer effect stroke, and by applying layer effects at the group level, you can effectively put multiple sets of layer effects on each layer)
…and that’s a truncated list. Check out Marc’s article for more.
We had so many of these improvements in mind for many years, but other work like the Cocoa & 64-bit transitions kept getting in the way. (Type styles & layer searching almost made the cut for CS5.) It’s not since Photoshop 6.0, which introduced shape layers & which was released back in 2000, that the team has made this much progress for Web/UI folks in one rev. We hope you like it.
[By the way, if you’re stuck on CS4 or earlier, you can also check out all the Web/screen enhancements we made in CS5, too.]