So Adobe released the official BETA of Photoshop CS6 a few days ago and so far it looks like CS6 has some major improvements. Not just from the new interface design, but also regarding speed and productivity. Here is a quick look of what Photoshop CS6 looks like and the cool new features it has:
Photoshop CS6 comes with a new dark user interface, less cluttered and more streamlined. It is more definitely more contemporary looking and should be well received (although some might reject it).
For those who prefer the old look,it can be switched back or even lightened in the preference settings.
Adobe Camera Raw 7.0:
A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor and is therefore ideal for editing the image. Photoshop CS6 has the Adobe Camera Raw 7.0 plug-in for editing the raw image files.
The Content-Aware feature was introduced in CS5 and is a really neat tool to remove object in easy steps out of an images. In CS6, the Content-Aaware Move has been introduced where you can select an object in a single-layer image and move it somewhere else in the picture. How cool is that.
Photoshop CS6 is adding some type styling similar to InDesign which will help with large texts blocks (although I believe if you have large text blocks you should be working in InDesign).
Blur Gallery. Tilt-shift is the new HDR. The tilt-shift effect–which emphasizes a small in-focus area and blurs the surrounding area to make objects and people look like miniatures–can be accomplished using previous versions of Photoshop, but CS6 makes it even easier with a Blur Gallery that includes Tilt-Shift, Iris, and Field Blur tools.
6. Adaptive Wide Angle. This lens correction filter gives you the ability to control the areas in your image that will be subject to adjustment. All you have to do is draw along a curved line of distortion and you can straighten it, making the image look as if it was taken with a different lens.
7. New crop tool. It’s non-destructive, making it easier to play around with cropping variations.
Of course there are many other new cool things, but these are the major changes. I cannot wait to discover more of Photoshop CS6