Category Archives: CS6

Adobe subscriptions massively lower the barrier to entry

Yesterday, if you didn’t own Photoshop, the cost of getting started was $700.

Today it’s $20*.

Yesterday if you didn’t own the Master Collection, the cost was $2,600.

Today it’s $50–or if you own a CS3 or later app, just $30 (!).

Yesterday if you wanted to reach tablets via Adobe’s Digital Publishing Solution, the cost was $400 per publication.

Soon it’ll be free, for unlimited publications, once you subscribe to Creative Cloud.

This is a very big deal.

 


 

Adobe’s now willing to take a lot less money from you up front.  Why?  Because we think we’ll be able to extend Creative Suite apps to a lot of people who couldn’t afford them previously, and because we think you’ll keep coming back as our offerings get better & better.  That’s good for you & good for Adobe.

We don’t want to sell you something once and say goodbye; we want to earn your business again & again. And with what we have in development, we feel confident we will.

 

*Details:

  • You can subscribe to any CS app for $20/mo. with a one-year commitment, or you can get them all (plus tons of publishing services & storage) for $50/mo. (same commitment).
  • If you prefer to go month-to-month (no commitment), the prices are $30 & $75/mo., respectively.
  • And through August 31 existing Adobe customers can get in on full Creative Cloud membership for $30/mo (one-year commitment; applies to the first year).

 

Adobe Creative Cloud, nicely encapsulated

From Time’s Harry McCracken:

With Creative Cloud, your fifty bucks a month gets you everything in every version of Creative Suite, plus Lightroom (the cool photo management/editing program), Edge (HTML5 web editing) and Muse (code-free website building), plus Photoshop Touch and other apps for the iPad and Android. These are still conventional desktop applications, not browser-based services, but you’re entitled to download as many of them as you like at any time. […]

You’re always entitled to the newest version of all the programs, and Adobe says that it’s going to start rolling out features continuously rather than waiting for sweeping upgrades every couple of years.

That last little bit is key.  I’ll say more about it soon.

The iPad GUI PSD: Now ready for Retina, CS6

Hats off to the guys at Teehan+Lax for serving the design/Photoshop community with this great app creation resource. “It’s based on iOS 5.1,” they write, “and includes hundreds of Retina assets available natively on the platform.”

Because Photoshop CS6 is such a big step forward for interface designers, the new file requires use of the CS6 beta:

This time around we executed the file in Adobe’s latest release, Photoshop CS6 (currently still in beta). It’s a free download right now and, in my humble opinion, one of the best releases of Photoshop to date. Its perfect pixel snapping, grouped layer styles and a few other features enabled us to create the assets with more accuracy, yet remain remarkably editable. We highly recommend it, not just so you can use this file, but so that you support great software releases like this.

Check out the iPad GUI PSD (Retina Display) at Teehan+Lax.

New videos cover 3D in CS6

Photoshop team member Daniel Presedo has posted a series of short videos meant to make you productive quickly using Photoshop CS6’s totally revamped 3D tools.  Photoshop PM Zorana Gee writes:

I’m really excited about the overhaul of the 3D features in Photoshop CS6 beta (Extended). The main focus we have is with performance (both interactivity as well as performance) and usability. You’ll notice that we added some great additions like live, re-editable 3D type; easy extrude operations; a single tool (the Move Tool) to adjust the position of all the elements in your scene; and many other great additions. Designers wanting to integrate 3D objects into their composites or create simple 3D geometries from type, paths, etc. will find that 3D in Photoshop is really powerful and fun to use.

Please let us know if you have specific tutorials you’d like to see and myself as well as some folks from the team will be happy to start sharing them.

Configurator 3 is coming for CS6

I’m pleased to say that Adobe Configurator, the easy, drag-and-drop tool for creating panels for Photoshop and InDesign, is being revved for CS6 & is due to arrive when CS6 ships for real (i.e. not as a beta).  Among the new features in development:

  • Supports Photoshop CS5/5.1 and CS6
  • Supports InDesign CS5/5.5 and CS6
  • Supports the new dynamic color theme switching (dark backgrounds) in Photoshop CS6
  • Lets you migrate existing Configurator 2 panels to create both CS5- & CS6-compatible panels
  • Launches much more quickly than Configurator 2
  • Renews a focus on tutorials, offering easy leveraging of exiting HTML, video and audio content–great for developers, trainers and general users

The new version of Configurator is required for converting Configurator-made panels for CS4 and CS5 to run in CS6. If you need access to it now, please visit the Configurator forum & drop a note to Jonathan Ferman & team.

Demo: Lighting Effects in CS6

For years, at the start of every Photoshop cycle, some version of the following conversation repeated itself:
“People really love Lighting Effects, but we haven’t touched it in *years*.”
“Yeah, there’s so much cool stuff we could do there! This should really be a major investment.”
“Ah, but we can’t this time… Could we at least just make the dang preview window bigger?”
“Well, that code was written on punch cards during the Nixon Administration, and the effect should really just work on canvas (no preview window at all), so really we should rewrite everything, but…”

…and so on.
At last, though, the team has had time to deliver something that’s worth the wait. Check out the goodness in action:

Photoshop online seminars this week

  • On Thursday Photoshop diva Katrin Eismann will be talking photography, color management, and more. She’ll show off Smart Objects, Smart Filters, HDR creation using Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, and black & white conversion with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro. Sessions are at 12pm & 2pm Eastern. Register here.
  • On Friday Photoshop PM Zorana Gee will show new features in the Photoshop CS6 beta. She’ll give you an overview of the release as well as some tips and tricks on how to get started. The session is at 12pm Eastern. Register here.

A new color-picking panel for Photoshop

Check out the latest from Anastasiy Safari:

Did you know that computer-based color schemes do not correspond to fine art ones? Where you expect green to be a complement color to red, the computer gives you cyan. Why is that? Because computers usually use a HSV color model, while classic painters use a completely different color wheel. And it’s available now exclusively to Photoshop in the MagicPicker color wheel panel! Painters, photographers, designers and everyone else can know use their knowledge of classic arts. They can build their unique color schemes based on intuitive, real-world paint behavior.

MagicPicker 2.1 also brings a Photoshop CS6 beta support and a significant speed increase.

The full version costs $14.

Update: Here’s a screenshot:

Demo: Filter layers by name, type in Photoshop CS6

Sometimes the best things are the smallest. I’m so weirdly proud of the layer searching shortcuts in PS CS6.

  • You can hit Cmd-Opt-Shift-F to put focus on the Layers panel’s new search field. Start typing and Photoshop will start displaying only the layers whose names match.
  • Hitting the same command highlights the text in the field, letting you start typing again to filter with a new string.
  • Hitting Delete clears the field, making Layers display all layers again.
  • Hitting Return/Enter will put keyboard focus back onto PS proper (consistent with how other text fields work in the app). Esc does the same but also cancels whatever change you just made.

 

Note that clearing the field isn’t the same as toggling filtering on/off with the little red switch to the right. Why? Because toggling the switch is non-destructive: You can set up filtering criteria (e.g. show me all text & adjustment layers), then quickly enable/disable filtering; you don’t have to keep setting up the parameters.

A big deal, used by tons & tons of people? Maybe not. But to me it speaks volumes about quality and craftsmanship, and God help me, I live for this stuff.

Here Grant Friedman of PSDTUTS quickly demos the basics:

CS6 is the biggest Web/screen design upgrade in 12 years

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.]

Come download Photoshop CS6!

I’m delighted to announce that a preview release of Photoshop CS6 is available for download from Adobe Labs.  New awesomeness:

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.

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.

 

Here Russell Brown shows off his six favorite features (Camera Raw enhancements, wide-angle image correction, Blur Gallery, and more):

 

And here Julieanne Kost shows off her six favorite features, including type styles (!), vector layers with real stroke & fill (!!), video editing, and more:

 

There’s much more info to come, and I look forward to zeroing in on the Web & app design features especially. In the meantime, go grab yourself a copy, and check out the user forum to ask the team questions & share your feedback.