November 11, 2013

Photoshop CS6 update available

If you’re using Photoshop CS6, you can grab an update that squashes a handful of bugs. This is for folks using the perpetual license option; if you’re using Creative Cloud, you can of course upgrade to Photoshop CC.

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July 30, 2013

Adobe Configurator 4 for Photoshop, InDesign released

Streamlining complex apps isn’t easy, but it can pay off hugely.

That’s why we created Adobe Configurator, the tool for creating your own custom panels that can be shared & saved as workspaces in Photoshop and InDesign. This was my pet project for a long time, and I’m pleased to say that Configurator 4 is now available. It helps you easily roll your own panels for both CS6 and CC versions of PS/ID.

Configurator 4 is compatible with Photoshop CC and CS6, and InDesign CS6; supports new features and automatic conversion of existing panels. The latest release supports the new Adobe Exchange. To distribute and share panels you create in Configurator with other Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 users. The Configurator 4 release offers these new features:

  • Support for Creative Cloud: With this release, you can create panels for Photoshop CC, as well as for Photoshop CS6 and InDesign CS6.
  • Automatic Conversion: The automatic conversion feature has been extended, so that if you open a CS5.x panel for Photoshop, you can convert it to either the CS6 or CC version.
  • Open extensions from a panel: A new widget allows your user to open other Adobe Application Extensions from your panel. You must provide the ID of the extension to open.
  • New scripting functionality: The HTML widget now has enhanced scripting capabilities that allow you to open other extensions and call into the ExtendScript DOM of the host application.
  • Hi-DPI support: You can create panels that will run in high resolution on Apple Retina™ Displays.

Are you using Configurator or panels made with it? If so I’d love to see what you’ve created & to hear how you’d like these technologies to evolve.

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April 26, 2013

Content-Aware Move techniques from Russell Brown

Russell demonstrates options of the new CS6 technology:

[Via Gaetano Giordano]

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March 19, 2013

Photoshop CS6 by the numbers

The team celebrates reaching 5 million Facebook fans via this little 1-minute video. (The 601 cases of beer sounds about right, but I can’t believe they omitted a stat about all the Don Julio consumption.)

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March 05, 2013

5 Reasons to Use Layer Groups in Photoshop

Did you know you can put multiple strokes on a layer in CS6? Julieanne Kost provides a quick tour of the neat things you can do with layer groups these days.

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February 25, 2013

Camera Raw 7.4 Release Candidate now available

Camera Raw 7.4 and DNG Converter 7.4 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs. (Remember, release candidates are versions that we think should be ready for use, but which still need a bit more testing & are being offered as public previews.) This release includes bug fixes, new camera support, and new lens profiles.

New camera support:

  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1

Check out the Lightroom Journal for a list of lens profiles added & bugs squashed. [Via]

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February 22, 2013

New Russell Brown textures for Creative Cloud members

Photoshop CS6 subscribers can download a new panel for applying cool paper texture effects.

  • If you don’t yet have it, download the Adobe Exchange panel for Photoshop CS6 (note the Download button up top). Double click the package to install it.
  • Restart Photoshop & then open the panel by choosing Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.
  • Search for “paper.”

Here’s Russell’s video demonstrating how to use the package.

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February 11, 2013

Editing the Rock: Behind the scenes of a Super Bowl ad

Remember that Super Bowl ad I mentioned having been edited in Premiere Pro? Over on Studio Daily editor Adam Pertofsky talks about working with ProRes in CS6:

“I had tried it out on two other jobs and decided to just jump in and go for it,” he says. “When Final Cut X came out, I tried working with it for a while, but it just doesn’t do what I need it to do. After my engineering guys here suggested I try Premiere, I started to play with it and it seemed very familiar to me, right from the get-go.”

“It’s probably the most responsive of all the nonlinear editing software that I’ve used… The trimming tool alone made this particular job a breeze because I could instantly see where all my ins and outs were. I also love not having to render any more.”

The piece talks about other aspects of the shoot & edit, too—not just about software.

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January 30, 2013

Demo: Convert Photoshop artwork to CSS

Psdtuts has put together a brief tutorial & write-up of the CSS export features recently added to Photoshop CS6:

This is just a first step in making PS more conversant in modern Web graphics standards, so please let the team know what else you’d like to see. I’m excited about what’s cooking.

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January 18, 2013

Demo: Future Adobe video tech, with a side of Grumpy Cat

Showing off Adobe Anywhere & Premiere Pro, PMs Al Mooney & Michael Coleman showcase their witty banterousness & the future of collaborative editing:

And that shirt of Al’s. Man, that shirt… Wow. Can’t unsee. It has occasioned *way* too much internal discussion, with promises/threats to buy him the Mountain Men’s 10 Kittens Tee. (Review: “When I wear clothes with kittens, I require a much higher kitten-per-inch-of-shirt count than you’ve offered here. Can not recommend.”)

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January 16, 2013

Photoshop 13.0.4/13.1.2 updates fix “trial” problem

PM Jeff Tranberry writes,

Today we released Photoshop update version 13.0.4 (for Mac perpetual customers) and version 13.1.2 (for Creative Cloud members, Mac and Windows), resolving this licensing issue:

  • Trial screen displays when you open Photoshop CS6 – When you open a copy of Photoshop CS6 that you purchased, a notice displays that you can try this product for 30 days.

How to get the Update

  1. In Photoshop, choose Help > Updates.
  2. The Adobe Application Manager will launch. Select Adobe Photoshop CS6 and choose Update.

How to confirm that the Update worked

  1. In Photoshop, choose Help > About Photoshop (Win), or Photoshop > About Photoshop (Mac)
  2. For Mac perpetual customers, the version at the top should be Version: 13.0.4
  3. For Win/Mac Creative Cloud members, the version at the top should be Version: 13.1.2.
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January 14, 2013

Demo/Q&A this Friday: Photoshop for Web design

Noon Pacific time with Adobe evangelist Paul Trani:

Here’s a how-to on mastering Photoshop from a web design perspective. From creating layouts for desktop and mobile, using color, text and exporting images and color palettes when needed, join us to see the power of Photoshop for web designers. And with the new update to Photoshop CS6 for Creative Cloud, members even have the ability to export CSS!

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January 08, 2013

Demo: Conditional actions in Photoshop CS6

Years ago, Jeff Schewe promised to buy me dinner if I could get support for conditional actions (i.e. simple automation that can feature if/then-type support) into Photoshop. We snuck it into ImageReady, but it took until now (the recent CS6 update for Creative Cloud members) for Photoshop to get this welcome feature. Here’s a quick demo:

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December 20, 2012

CS6: Photoshop 13.0.3/13.1.1 Updates Now Available

Jeff Tranberry writes,

Today we released Photoshop update version 13.0.3 (for Mac Perpetual customers) and version 13.1.1 (for Creative Cloud Members, Mac and Windows), resolving the following bugs:

  • Certain PSD files fail to open when they have layer FX applied to layers
  • The application crashes when opening certain EPS files
  • On Retina machines, the application crashes when the Navigator panel is displayed in some workspaces

To get the update, from within Photoshop choose Help > Updates, causing the Adobe Application Manager to launch. Select Adobe Photoshop CS6 and choose Update.

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December 12, 2012

Photoshop CS6 Extended gains new 3D features

The CS6 update (13.1) posted yesterday gives Creative Cloud members new features in Photoshop Extended. The team writes,

  • Improved 3D effects: Save time and steps with improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects as well as reflection roughness and refraction. Also, get more control over illumination by using a 32-bit color picker to create amazing glow effects.
  • Image-based lighting enhancements: Get enhanced lighting when you illuminate your scenes using 32-bit HDR images as light sources or create other image-based lights (IBLs).
  • Enhanced details for textures: Improve the lighting of bumps and textures on 3D objects by automatically generating a normal map.

Here’s a 2-minute tour from PM Zorana Gee:

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December 11, 2012

Demo: New CSS export from Photoshop CS6

Photoshop PM Stephen Nielson shows you how you can quickly export CSS code for text and shape styling, and also import color swatches from HTML, CSS, and SVG files.

These features are available now (check Help->Updates from within Photoshop), exclusively to Creative Cloud members.

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Demo: New Photoshop CS6 features for Creative Cloud subscribers

Julieanne Kost shows off her favorites (cropping improvements, support for Liquify on Smart Objects, improved type styles, and more):

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November 30, 2012

Last day to switch from Final Cut, Avid, & save 40%

After an amazingly successful run, today’s the last day to get in on a great offer:

With Creative Cloud, you can download every Adobe post-production tool — including Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop, along with Adobe Prelude™ for logging, SpeedGrade™ for color grading, and Story Plus for scriptwriting — for just US$29.99 a month.

Use Production Premium promo code: SWITCH. Creative Cloud discount applied automatically. Hurry, offer ends November 30, 2012. See details.

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November 27, 2012

Sneak peek: New Photoshop features for Creative Cloud members

Remember to sign up for the event coming Dec. 11th:

[Via Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie]

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November 20, 2012

A new adjustment layer type in Photoshop CS6

Bryan O’Neil Hughes uses presets in the new Color Lookup adjustment layer to add automatic toning to photos and video, then customizes the adjustments with blend modes and opacity.

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November 16, 2012

Quick Photoshop CS6 tutorials: Blurring & sharpening

Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes discusses techniques to achieve opposite effects.

Simulating shallow depth of field [Note: this is a talk, not a tutorial]:

Flexible sharpening via Smart Objects:

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November 12, 2012

A Photoshop & Cloud event, coming Dec. 5

 At Create Now Live, you’ll:

  • Be one of the first to hear what’s next in Adobe® Creative Cloud™.
    • See what’s next in Adobe Photoshop®.
    • Explore ways to take your design skills from print to online and mobile.
    • Learn how teams can work better together with Creative Cloud.
  • Learn from creative innovators.
    • Iconic design agency Karlssonwilker talks about taking their unique design sensibility to the web.
    • Go behind the scenes of “A Liars Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” with Animation Director Justin Weyers.
    • Scott Kelby shows off hidden gems in Photoshop CS6.
Please RSVP on the site, where you can find a more detailed schedule.
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October 30, 2012

Windows 8, Photoshop CS6, and Lightroom

From PM Jeff Tranberry:

We’re happy to announce that Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4 and Elements 11 are compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.

The only issue customers might see is with document window transparency/flickering in Photoshop CS6 caused by video drivers. The drivers that ship with Windows 8 may not be the most recent available from the card vendors. See here to resolve this issue.

See the rest of Jeff’s post for a few additional details & links.

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October 28, 2012

“Cut&Slice me” helps Photoshop target Web, mobile

Cut&Slice me looks like an interesting free add-on to Photoshop CS6. According to the site:

  • Create overlapping slices exporting only what you need in the minimal time with the maximum detail: no more cut gradients.
  • Export easily your button states
  • One Design to rule all resolutions: For iPhone design for Retina, for Android design for xhdpi and then export to ldpi, mdpi and hdpi with only one click.

I haven’t yet gotten to try it out, so feel free to post feedback.

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October 26, 2012

Upcoming Photoshop CS6 system requirements changes

Photoshop PM Jeff Tranberry has posted a heads-up regarding Photoshop System Requirement Changes:

Back in September, the Photoshop team provided advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP.

In addition, all subsequent Photoshop feature updates specifically for Creative Cloud members will also require 512 MB of vRAM in order to use the 3D features found in Photoshop CS6 Extended.

See the whole post for more details.

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October 19, 2012

A new Photoshop panel for learning CS6 features

Check out the new Photoshop Features panel:

Created with Adobe Configurator 3, the Photoshop Features panel lets you easily explore, try out and learn the new and enhanced tools and features in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended. Arranged in a series of tabs, from the panel you can check out the new tools and features, access the timeline tools and capabilities for video and frames, go to video tutorial websites and if you have Photoshop Extended use all the major 3D tools and functions.

The panel is free and exclusively available on Adobe Exchange. To download it you will need the Adobe Exchange panel which currently works with 9 different CS6 applications.

NewImage

[Via Jonathan Ferman]


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October 14, 2012

How to tune Photoshop CS6 for peak performance

Photoshop performance expert Adam Jerugim has posted a detailed guide to optimizing Photoshop for peak performance. No single configuration is ideal for all types of work:

What type of Photoshop user are you?
[…] The photographer who regularly processes high-resolution images will greatly benefit from increasing the amount of system RAM available to Photoshop, whereas the designer who works with 3D models will obtain far better performance by installing a faster video card containing more video RAM. So, itemize the tasks that you regularly perform in Photoshop and then use the recommended setup details contained in this paper as the basis for optimizing your system.

Check out the guide for a discussion of how 64-bit, RAM, scratch disks, and more affect various operations. [Via]

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October 12, 2012

“Get your scanner to work with Photoshop CS6″

Over at Macworld, Jay J. Nelson has a useful summary of ways to get your scanner to work with Photoshop CS6. He describes various architectural changes that have complicated the process over the years, and he lists workarounds for problems like scanning not working on OS X 10.8. [Via Bryan O’Neil Hughes]

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October 02, 2012

New Dreamweaver features for Creative Cloud members; demo/Q&A Friday

Check it:

Dreamweaver CS6 just released a major update via our Creative Cloud. Learn about the enhanced HTML5 support for Forms and Semantic tags, integration with Edge Animate, and the ability to easily insert HTML audio and video into projects. Plus, meet our new DW Product Manager, Alejandro Gutierrez. Bring your Dreamweaver questions! Join us Friday (10/5 at 12 pm PT).

Here’s a taste of the new functionality in action:

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September 21, 2012

Creative Cloud adds publishing to iPad

We weren’t kidding when we said that as a Creative Cloud subscriber you’d get access to more & more benefits.

Adobe added Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition to the Creative Cloud today. Members can now create and deliver single-issue content for the iPad —such as brochures or personal design portfolios— without writing a single line of code.

This used to cost $400 per title published. Now you get unlimited publishing—along with InDesign and the rest of the Master Collection—for $49/mo. (or $29/mo. if you own a previous CS app). #progress

Check it out in action, and see more details here:

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September 17, 2012

Interpolate Extension for Photoshop CS6

Newly available via Adobe Labs:

Smoothly blend between colors in Photoshop CS6.

The Interpolate extension for Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 (currently for Mac only) provides two new filters based on smoothly blending between colors.

The first filter, “Interpolate,” fills the transparent areas of the current layer with a smooth mix of the colors in the opaque areas.

The second filter, “Match Edges,” changes the colors at the edges of the current layer to match those of the layer below it, and smoothly distributes this change through the layer.

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Extensis offers access to 5000+ Web fonts inside Photoshop

The Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop supports CS5-6:

Extensis announced today it has updated its Web Font Plug-in with support for Adobe Creative Suite 6, providing web designers access to more than 5,000 WebINK and Google Web Fonts directly within Adobe Photoshop. These fonts can be used free-of-charge to mock-up any website.

Check it out. [Via]

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September 15, 2012

Photoshop & Windows XP: End of the line

PM Tom Hogarty writes,

The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP. (Photoshop CS6 does not support Windows Vista.) In addition, all subsequent Photoshop feature updates specifically for Creative Cloud members will no longer support Windows XP.

As Tom notes, a number of new features in CS6 (those relying on modern graphics hardware, such as 3D and the new Lighting Effects engine) already weren’t supported on XP.

We encourage all customers who are currently using Windows XP to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available.

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September 10, 2012

New: Switch from Final Cut or Avid to Creative Cloud, save 40%

Here’s a ridiculously good deal: Switch from FCP or Avid to Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, and much more) for just $29.99/mo. for 12 months

Step up to Premiere Pro CS6, including more than 50 new features designed to make switching easier. Final Cut and Avid keyboard shortcuts, tight integration with After Effects and Photoshop, unmatched performance, and more help you conquer even your most demanding projects.

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September 06, 2012

Premiere Pro CS6 adds Retina support, more

“The first transport is away!” Check out Todd Kopriva’s post that details other improvements (new GPU support, bug fixes, and more).

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Atari uses Flash Pro to make… HTML5?

The job’s never been about Flash per se; it’s been about helping people express themselves & solve problems. Flash Professional (the authoring tool) is a great way for animators to create assets for multiple runtimes (HTML or Flash Player):

The project involved creating multitudes of animated assets to create touch-friendly games with rich content. Yes, you guessed it right, Flash Professional CS6 along with the Toolkit for CreateJS extension and some custom JSFL was used to carry out this mammoth task of preparing assets.

Here’s more info.

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September 02, 2012

Camera Raw 7.2, DNG Converter available on Labs

Alongside Lightroom 4.2, release candidate builds of Camera Raw (for CS6) & the DNG Converter (used to make images from newer cameras available with numerous DNG-reading apps, including older versions of Lightroom & Photoshop) are now available on Adobe Labs.

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InDesign’s new Content Conveyor tool

I had no idea about this sort of visual multi-clipboard. It’s very cool—the kind of thing we were trying to enable many years ago with the mini/floating mode of Bridge.

[Via]

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August 31, 2012

Photoshop CS6 13.0.1 available; update on Retina plans

The Photoshop team has updated CS6 to version 13.0.1, addressing a number of functional, crashing, and performance problems discovered in the app. To get the update, choose Help->Updates within Photoshop. For more details on what’s been changed, check out this post.

Updating Photoshop to offer native support of Mac Retina displays is a big task & remains a work in progress. Maria Yap provides some info:

To enable HiDPI display support in Photoshop requires the replacement of 2500 icons and cursors and other engineering work which will be complete and ready for customers this fall.

It’s important to distinguish bug fixes (like the 13.0.1 update) and compatibility changes (like the Retina update & regular Camera Raw releases*) from new feature releases (like yesterday’s Illustrator update). Maria notes:

We will continue to release security patches, bug fixes and support new hardware changes, like HiDPI display support, to all of our customers outside of our regular development cycles just as we have always done.

So, at risk of over-explaining: The arrival of the subscription-licensing option doesn’t take anything away from what’s always been available, and it doesn’t force you to subscribe just to get fixes & compatibility updates. Instead, it’s just a new option providing a benefit (periodic new features) that wasn’t available previously.

*Like Retina support, these updates provide the same features with new hardware.

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August 30, 2012

New Illustrator features now available to Cloud subscribers

“When we launched Creative Cloud,” said my boss Jeff Veen, “we said that one of biggest benefits was early access to Adobe innovation. As soon as our engineering teams can finalize new features, like the ones we’re seeing for Illustrator today, we will release special Creative Cloud editions of our desktop software, only available to Adobe Creative Cloud members.”

New features in this Adobe Illustrator release:

Package Files – a long-requested feature that allows designers to automatically collect all the files used in an Illustrator project, including linked graphics and fonts, into a single folder helping make handoffs and sharing of projects more efficient and error-free.

Unembed Images – a new capability that enables production artists to quickly unembed images that have been embedded into an Illustrator file by other designers or customers, eliminating much wasted time in day-to-day production work.

Links Panel Enhancements – a new feature enhancement that allows users to access and track information on any artwork placed in an Illustrator file much quicker. What used to require multiple clicks to ensure all placed graphics meet necessary requirements for output is now surfaced up front.”

Important: Files remain fully compatible between copies of Illustrator CS6, whether those copies are acquired through subscription (and thus able to take this update) or through traditional licensing.

For more info on what these updates mean, please check out my recent post (which includes lots of back-and-forth in the comments).

[Via]

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August 29, 2012

Video: Using Photoshop’s Lens Blur across an image sequence

Julieanne Kost shows how to apply a tilt-shift look to a series of images:

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

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August 22, 2012

Demo: The Adobe Exchange Panel for CS6

Did you know there’s an app store (optionally) inside Photoshop & co.? No, really!

The Adobe Exchange panel for CS6 is a new way to discover and install plug-ins, extensions and other content for Creative Suite products available from www.adobeexchange.com. In this video you’ll see where to access the panel and how to use it.

Here’s a quick tour:

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August 20, 2012

Illustrator HTML5 Canvas Exporter-In Updated for CS6

Developer Mike Swanson has rewritten his plug-in (used to turn Illustrator artwork into HTML-native Canvas code) to be 64-bit native & thus run inside Illustrator CS6.  Download it here, or for a refresher on what it does, check out the earlier introductory video.

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August 15, 2012

Coming soon to Illustrator: Package Files

Creative Cloud subscriptions carry a key advantage: Apps will get periodic feature enhancements (i.e. early access to functionality that would otherwise have had to wait until the next major product release).  Here’s a peek at what’s coming soon to Illustrator subscribers: 

I suppose someone will make a comment like “You are telling me that you are punishing customers who have purchased a license the way it has always worked.” No, actually: no one is getting punished. You now have a way to get early access to new features, but that’s up to you.

If you want to buy a license the traditional way, that’s perfectly fine, and you can wait until the next major version release (CS7) to get these & other improvements. If you subscribe, however, you get an additional advantage.

We should also differentiate these periodic feature enhancements (which are a subscriber benefit) from bug fixes & compatibility updates (which will go to all customers, same as always). We’ll work on being clearer on the latter (believe me, I share your frustration at the pace of info-sharing). The key point, though: nothing is being lost, and something cool is being gained. 

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August 13, 2012

“Why Built-in Video Editing is Such a Big Deal for Photographers in Photoshop CS6″

Scott Kelby shares his perspective, making the journey from skeptic to believer.

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August 08, 2012

A 3D Olympics logo done in Photoshop

Even though Photoshop Extended is not (and is not promoted as being) a 3D modeling app, Corey Barker of NAPP decided to see how close he could get to NBC’s animated Olympics logo. (Non time-delayed spoiler: Pretty close!)

[Via Zorana Gee]

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August 06, 2012

New painting presets & video for CS6

Digital painting pioneer John Derry makes & sells excellent Artists’ Brushes & Dry Media brushes for Photoshop, and you already can get some of them for free: go to the Tool Presets panel in Photoshop CS6 and load up “Airbrushes” and “Mixer Brush Pencil.”  (There, I just doubled the number of people who know about these hidden gems!)
 
Somehow brushing features always remain kind of obscure, but in a bid to change that John has just released the new Lynda.com title Photoshop CS6 New Features: Brushes.  Here’s a sample in which he covers the brush types (Angle, Fan, etc.) that Photoshop now enables.
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July 30, 2012

40% Creative Cloud discount ends in one month

If you own a CS3 or later Adobe app, you can subscribe to Creative Cloud & get all the CS6 apps, 20GB of storage, and more at a huge discount ($29.99/month instead of $49/month in the US)–but note that the offer ends August 31st.  Shake a leg!

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See Flash get good at making HTML5

Live demo/Q&A, Friday at noon Pacific: 

Senior Product Manager Tom Barclay will show you powerful new capabilities in Adobe Flash Professional CS6, including the Toolkit for CreateJS extension that lets you easily convert Flash content to HTML5. Join us and learn what’s new, as well as interacting with the pros from our team.

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July 25, 2012

Adobe CS apps & Mountain Lion: No known issues

From the CS6 FAQ:

Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.

As with any new release of an operating system, there may be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, please report them on our bug reporting form.

Video team member Todd Kopriva notes,

Mountain Lion (Mac OS v10.8) upgrade improves performance and stability with Premiere Pro. Be sure to check for drivers for third-party I/O hardware and such, which may not yet be available for your accessories.”

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July 24, 2012

Optimizing your system for Adobe video apps

How much RAM do you need? What’s the story on CUDA, OpenGL, and OpenCL?  What about Thunderbolt & Firewire? If you’re serious about video, film, and audio production work, check out this white paper, “Optimizing Hardware Systems for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS6, After Effects® CS6, SpeedGrade™ CS6, and Photoshop® Extended CS6.”

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July 19, 2012

New Photoshop panel for iOS developers

I’ve previously mentioned the iOS Photoshop Actions & Workflows that Marc Edwards has put together.  Now he’s augmented them with a Configurator-made panel. It “includes the most frequently used tools for interface and icon designers, spread out for quick access, plus buttons for turning pixel snapping on and off.”

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July 18, 2012

Quick Tip – Color Lookup Adjustment Layer in Photoshop CS6

Dang if Julieanne doesn’t keep teaching me interesting things:

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July 16, 2012

Adobe debuts new Exchange panel, site

Great news for anyone who likes to extend & streamline Adobe apps. Think of it as a mini app store, right within Photoshop & co. PM Jonathan Ferman writes:

The new Adobe Exchange is a Creative Suite extension marketplace. It is available as a panel within a variety of CS6 applications. The Adobe Exchange panel provides a new way to search, discover, and install plug-ins, extensions, and other content for Creative Suite products.

The site enables private sharing within organizations, as well as both free & paid distribution of content:

Anyone with an Adobe ID will be able to submit up to 10 free products to the new Adobe Exchange, free of charge. You can also share products privately. Due to the way Exchange products are packaged it’s a great way for individuals or organisations to share Creative Suite content and it will appear in the user’s My Stuff section of the panel and can automatically provide any new updates. The potential here is enormous. For example, sharing out an InDesign template, swatches and many other Creative Suite generated content, which you can package in minutes with Adobe Exchange Packager. This goes beyond file sharing, as it can install the content in the correct locations for use with Creative Suite 6 supported products.

Anyone looking to offer paid products via the new Adobe Exchange should sign up for the prerelease program. There are no subscription charges for offering paid products while we are in prerelease.

And Russell Brown is hyped:

This new Photoshop Exchange panel is GREAT!
You can search for cool Photoshop panels and install them directly from within Photoshop. I’ve posted two of my MUST SEE panels on this site.
All my panels are FREE!!!

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Tip: Cropping Two Images to the Same Size in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop’s venerable Crop tool got a major overhaul in CS6. In this 2-minute Quick Tip, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to quickly crop two images to the same size using the Front Image option as your source.

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July 13, 2012

Video: Photographic Toning Presets in Photoshop CS6

Julieanne shows a powerful but totally hidden photographic enhancement new to Photoshop CS6:

[Via]

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July 10, 2012

“Photoshop CS6: From The Inside”

Last month I mentioned the Photoshop User cover story from PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes in which the team talks about what they do, the thinking that went into CS6, and more. The story is now available in HTML form via Scott Kelby’s blog.

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July 05, 2012

CS6 Demo: Russell Brown deep-dives on Adaptive Wide Angle

The master demos some amazing lens-correction tech:

I had fun using the feature the other day, warping a little panorama I’d first stitched in Photoshop.

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July 04, 2012

Pixel Bender discontinued in PS, AE CS6

In CS6 the Photoshop & After Effects teams have decided to move away from enabling the Pixel Bender language for writing imaging filters.  The popular Oil Paint effect has been brought into Photoshop CS6, but the Pixel Bender Gallery plug-in will no longer be offered on Adobe Labs.

Pixel Bender is very cool technology, but it just didn’t get widespread adoption from developers, and it’s important to focus dev efforts. This step frees up Adobe’s graphics whizzes to help bring GPU-accelerated filters to everyone via CSS shaders, like this:

and this:

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July 03, 2012

New CSS & sprite-making tools

  • CSS3PS is a free Photoshop plug-in that promises to turn your Photoshop shape layers & styles into CSS. (See also previous: CSS Hat; generating CSS from Fireworks CS6). [Via Barkin Aygun]
  • SpriteRight is a $5 Mac app for combining multiple images into sprite sheets, then creating CSS that goes with them. [Via Fabrice Delaneau]

I used to be a kick-ass Web production guy, but that was when Bill Clinton was president, Michael Richards was employable, and DeBabelizer walked the land. Now I feel behind the times relative to production best practices, so as always if you have feedback about what’s useful & what’s not, I’m all ears.

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July 02, 2012

CS6 Hardware Recommendations now available

 Check it out: Adobe’s Adam Pratt writes,

We post CS6 System Requirements, but we all know those are the minimum requirements to run the software. Professional customers demand better hardware specifications to get the maximum performance out of their investment in CS6, and this new CS6 Hardware Recommendations document outlines recommended system configurations for different workflows for Mac, Windows, and notebook users.

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July 01, 2012

Tutorial: Color correcting video in Photoshop CS6

Ian Robinson takes you through the basics–good stuff to know if you’re getting your feet wet shooting video with a DSLR:

[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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June 27, 2012

What if Photoshop became a game?

I think it was Scott Kelby who used to jokingly refer to Photoshop as “a video game for grown-ups.” Truth can be stranger than fiction, though, and now you can “play” Photoshop to improve your skills, learn new features, and actually win prizes.

LevelUp for Photoshop encourages people to explore the app, using features they may not know in order to complete various missions.  The first mission starts with removing redeye, and they get progressively more elaborate from there.  By accumulating points you get entered into drawings to win Creative Cloud membership and Amazon.com gift certificates. You also earn points by sharing your progress on Facebook and Twitter, passing quizzes, and more.  The game runs until July 15th.

My colleague Bruce reports that his 13-year-old son Noel is addicted to the game & now passes challenges with a Team America-style cry of “Photoshop, [Heck] Yeah!” So, we’ve got that going for us. :-)

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June 26, 2012

Lightroom 4 arrives in Creative Cloud

I’m delighted to say that Lightroom 4 is now available via Creative Cloud subscription.

If you’re a member of Creative Cloud, log into your account to download, install and start using Lightroom 4 today. If you’re not yet a member to Creative Cloud, you can get Photoshop, Lightroom, and other apps for as little as $29.99/month; here’s more info

As Photoshop PM Jeff Tranberry writes,

Lightroom coming into Creative Cloud is a good example of why we think people will really love Creative Cloud — we can add new creative tools and members just get them at no additional cost – it’s as simple as that. We’ll be adding even more great stuff to Creative Cloud over time; Lightroom is just the beginning.

If you’re new to LR4 or CS6, check out the list of free learning resources that Jeff has pulled together.

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June 23, 2012

Video: Installing Multiple Languages of a CS6 Desktop App

Also: You can install a single license on both Mac & Windows.

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

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June 19, 2012

Demo/Q&A: Dreamweaver improves standards support, mobile dev

Friday at noon Pacific:

Join Dreamweaver PM Scott Fegette for an informative session where you can see the latest features of Dreamweaver CS6. There is more packed in the feature set this time around for mobile and standards based web design. There is advanced integration with jQuery Mobile and improved PhoneGap support.

Register here.

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June 15, 2012

CSS Hat converts Photoshop shapes & styles to CSS

The $20 panel “CSS Hat turns Photoshop layer styles to CSS3 with a click,” promises its Web site, and in my limited experience it works rather well. It doesn’t map type layers to CSS font tags, but it’s clever enough to express the corner radii of rounded rectangles to CSS values. In many ways it’s similar to the CSS conversion features in Fireworks CS6.

What do you think—useful, accurate?

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June 11, 2012

Photoshop CS6 & Retina display support

From the Photoshop Facebook page:

What do the iPhone 4, new iPad and new MacBook Pro have in common?  Awesome Retina displays. Photoshop CS6 appeared onstage at WWDC, showing how we’ll soon provide unparalleled fidelity, power and precision on this exciting new hardware. It’s not ready for prime time just yet, but the team is hard at work to bring what you saw on stage to the desktop in the future!

(Nice to see the prominent use of an eye.) I don’t have further details (date, info about other apps) to share at the moment.

[Update: The release is due this fall (i.e. within the next couple of months). It’s a big task.]

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June 07, 2012

Inside perspective on how PS CS6 came to be

  • Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes has written the cover story for this month’s Photoshop User magazine. In it he & many other members of the Photoshop team share their perspective on what went into this release (especially after having cleared the hurdles of 64-bit and Cocoa conversion), who exactly builds the app (engineering, QE, localization, user research, etc.), what the heck we PM-types actually do, and more.  The issue isn’t available in HTML form, but you can grab a free copy here and read it through your browser.
  • Photoshop QE manager Jackie Lincoln-Owyang shares some Reflections on the Photoshop CS6 Beta, sharing some interesting stats (312 cases of beer, 9 babies, 2 calls to the SF fire department—all independent, we’re told) and more.
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June 06, 2012

Photoshop CS6’s “‘Cool Little Secret Features’ That Nobody is Talking About”

Scott Kelby provides a tour of his favorite hidden gems (and dang if I didn’t learn a couple of things):

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June 05, 2012

Friday demo: Liquid layout in InDesign

I know I already pimped a similar demo the other day, but this one features live Q&A.

Interested in learning how to efficiently create multiple versions of a document? Want to learn how to convert your traditional INDD layout for digital output (EPUB or DPS)? You’ll learn all these things, and much, much more at this Ask a CS Pro! Ben Trissel, Lead Quality Engineer on the InDesign team, will show you some of his favorite tricks – big and small – in InDesign CS6!

Friday at noon Pacific.

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June 03, 2012

Tab through layers to rename them in CS6

All the juice is in the last 10 seconds:

As you might expect, Shift-Tab also works, letting you rename a layer, then rename the one above it.

On a related note, Illustrator CS6 now lets you rename layers inline in the Layers panel (i.e. you don’t have to look away to a little dialog box). The same change was the second biggest applause-getter in Photoshop 7, right behind the (then-new) Healing Brush. Details count.

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June 01, 2012

Messing with Photoshop users’ heads (literally)

Yes, sometimes we just want to see whether you’re paying attention. A Photoshop CS6 “JDI” feature was to show, at long last, a badge on layers that had “Blend If” properties assigned. Before the final artwork was available, the team put in a placeholder image—which, for reasons never explained to me, featured PM Jeff Tranberry’s head. Man did this freak out the beta testers. “There’s a dude’s face in my layers?!” Mission accomplished. :-)



[Previously: The toast/coffee easter egg.]

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May 29, 2012

“Photoshop Dimensions” magazine now available

Very cool: free*, and right from the Photoshop 3D team:

Photoshop Dimensions is the magazine of 3D in Adobe® Photoshop®. Whether you are new to 3D in Photoshop or an old hand, Photoshop Dimensions will show you new and exciting ways to add another dimension to your work. Photoshop Dimensions is written by leading authorities and experts who truly understand Photoshop’s powerful 3D features.

In this free issue of Photoshop Dimensions, we look at the many changes made to Photoshop’s 3D tools in CS 6 that will speed-up your workflow and expand your capabilities.

Grab it for iPad from the App Store. Amazon (Kindle), B&N (Nook) and PDF versions are also available; check out the site for links.

*Update: The first version is free, and the second costs $4.99.

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May 25, 2012

Creative Cloud subscriptions: Cross-language, cross-platform

Jeff Tranberry notes some differences between Creative Cloud membership & traditional Adobe software licenses:

Cross-Platform License: Access to both the Mac OS and Windows versions of the desktop applications and the ability to install them on your primary computer and one backup computer.

Multi-Language License: Access to any language version in which the CS6 and other desktop applications are available. Unlike owning the traditional licensed version of a Creative Suite product, Creative Cloud membership gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose whichever language works best for you in any given application.

Both of these are changes many of us have wanted to make for a long time, and I’m glad to see that they’ve arrived.

Accessing multi-language support is simple, but the UI isn’t obvious.  In the new Adobe Application Manager (AAM), install whatever apps you want in your primary language, then go into Preferences (upper left corner) and switch to a different language. App links that had said “Installed” will revert back to “Install,” though you may need to restart AAM for that to happen.  You can then install apps in the newly chosen language.

After installing multiple language versions Photoshop, you can go into its preferences, switch the UI language, and apply it via app restart.  (There’s just one copy of the app on disk, plus multiple language packs.)  It appears that not all apps support this switching capability, but at least reinstalling in a different language is fairly painless (and can be done as often as needed).

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May 24, 2012

Configurator arrives for CS6

After more than 125,000 downloads (!) of versions 1 & 2, Configurator 3.0–Adobe’s drag-and-drop tool for creating custom panels–is available for download from Adobe Labs.  Enhancements include:

  • Support for the new tools & commands in Photoshop CS6 & InDesign CS6
  • Color theme support for Photoshop CS6
  • Watermarking and panel personalization
  • Ability to target both CS5 and CS6
  • Custom panel icons
  • Improved welcome screen
  • Faster launch time
  • Improved text widget
  • Sample panels
  • DPS panels

 

What do you think?  Is your team creating and/or using panels made by Configurator?

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May 23, 2012

This is *not* your father’s Adobe installer

It used to be that Adobe’s installers were… well, to be charitable, not a source of pride.  A bunch of hardworking people have been listening, engaging with customers, and cranking away–and with Creative Cloud you can see the results. To grab any CS6 app,

    1. Download & install the App Manager (less than 1MB), then log in with your Adobe ID.
    2. Click the links for the apps you want to install.
    3. “There’s no step 3!”

Right–no typing/copying/pasting serials (and potentially losing them later), no running installer after installer. Here’s a two-minute demo (though honestly you can probably try it yourself just as fast):

I’m sorry that installers were such a sore point in the past. Hats off to the installer team for buckling down & hugely improving the user experience.

PS–Engineering manager Eric Wilde says, “Please ask people to reach out to us on the forums if they have trouble. There’s lots of engineering folk reading our forums daily.”

[Update: Note that the new mechanism lets you install apps in multiple languages & across platforms, too.]

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May 21, 2012

How to get Adobe Touch apps for free via Creative Cloud

Subscribing to Creative Cloud entitles you to free copies of the Adobe Touch apps. Here’s what you do:

  • Buy the touch apps via the App Store or Android Market.
  • Log into Creative Cloud from within each app.
  • Once you’ve logged into at least three touch apps, we’ll credit your account with a free month of service, offsetting the price you paid for the touch apps*.
  • Result: You get the touch apps for no cost beyond your Creative Cloud membership.

Is it a slightly strange approach? Maybe, but it works. (See terms & conditions if you want the fine print.) Please let us know if anything remains confusing.

* I suppose someone will point out that if one buys 5 touch apps and is paying $30/mo., a free month doesn’t cover the cost of the touch apps. It’s equally true, however, that if one buys 3 touch apps and is paying $50/mo., a free month covers nearly twice the cost of the touch apps.

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Adobe CS6 Film & Video Road Show

Adobe’s doing a series of free demo events around the US throughout June, as well as offering in-depth training (paid), all showcasing the new power in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Speed Grade, and the other CS6 video/audio apps:

  • June 5 – New York, NY
  • June 7 – Orlando, FL
  • June 11 – Washington, D.C.
  • June 14 – Atlanta, GA
  • June 19 – Dallas, TX
  • June 21 – Chicago, IL
  • June 26 – San Francisco, CA
  • June 30 – Los Angeles, CA
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May 17, 2012

Demo: Top 10 Time-Saving Enhancements to Layers in Photoshop CS6

Does anyone convey more useful info in less time than Julieanne Kost? This video just taught me things, and I work here, for crying out loud.

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May 16, 2012

Info about Creative Cloud subscriptions for groups

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about how customers can buy Creative Cloud memberships in bulk.  I could send you to a Web page and a PDF—but frankly I didn’t want to read through those any more than you probably do, so I asked around & distilled the highlights:

  • Right now Creative Cloud membership (let’s call it “CCM”) is sold on an individual basis directly from Adobe & a couple of partners like Amazon & Staples. It’s not sold through volume licensing or reseller channel partners (e.g. B&H).
  • There will be a way to buy CCM for groups of people, but it won’t be available until later this year.
  • Once it’s available, I expect it to include everything that’s currently in CCM, plus added features for managing users, storage, & more.
  • In the meantime, teams can buy what’s called “Creative Cloud Team Ready.” Team Ready includes the desktop apps that are part of CCM, as well as Adobe Expert Support, but it doesn’t include cloud features (such as Typekit access). It’s a term-license subscription, meaning that it ends at some point (by which time the CCM Team offering should be available).

 

Does that make sense? Please let us know you still have questions.

 

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May 15, 2012

The new video workflow in Photoshop CS6

RC Concepcion from NAPP gives a quick tour of new Scene layers & more:

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May 14, 2012

Creative Cloud vs. Piracy

Some perspective from The Next Web:

Adobe’s main competitor in this space isn’t competing products, interestingly enough; it’s Bit Torrent. Will $50/month convince the masses that are still pirating the software to go legit? My money’s on yes. A subscription works out to less than $2 a day. That’s less than the cost of a cheap sandwich. And with it you receive full, legal, supported access to all Adobe products with update requests that don’t make you sweat.

Adobe has been listening all along and taken a huge but necessary gamble; it has completely revamped its pricing system…For design and creative professionals it should be a no brainer.

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Demo: Selectively Blurring Images in Photoshop CS6

Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to soften select areas using the Tilt-Shift blur, uniformly blur your entire image and then sharpen a single focal point with Iris blur, or select multiple focal points and then let Field blur vary the blurriness between them.

[Via]

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May 11, 2012

Jeffrey Veen on Creative Cloud

Jeff developed Typekit, and before that Measure Map (which became the UI for Google Analytics). He’s now helping shape Creative Cloud, which launched today. I like this:

Everything stems from two core beliefs. First, the way in which all of us acquire and manage our software is changing. Waiting a couple of years for updates to our tools is no longer tenable for many users. Our relationship to our software is more like that of a service: continuous improvements through frequent iteration.

Second, it’s clear that devices like the iPad are not just for consuming content, but represent the next wave of tools for the creation of content as well. And these new capabilities need tools that have been completely reconsidered. Simple ports of desktop apps won’t do.

He goes on to explain how Creative Cloud integrates desktop apps, touch apps, and services (Web site building & hosting, tablet publishing, and more). And check out the comments section for some good Q&A with readers.

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May 09, 2012

CS6 launches on IMAX, June 6 in San Jose

Demos on a massive screen

The Creative Suite User Group of San Jose is partnering with Creative Suite Lovers and other Bay Area user groups to present the new features of CS6 in the amazing IMAX Theatre at San Jose Tech Museum… Our keynote speaker is the great Al Mooney, Adobe Product Manager for Professional Video Editing

Registration is $20 per person (as renting the theater isn’t cheap), but event organizer Sally Cox notes that they’re giving away two CS6 Master Collections (worth $2600 apiece) plus 20 3-month subscriptions to Creative Cloud (Master Collection & then some). Should be a fun event.

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Tips for Getting Started with Photoshop CS6

Jeff Tranberry has pulled together some useful pointers for people transitioning from the Photoshop CS6 public beta to the finished version of the app (which is now available for purchase & as a 30-day trial). He talks about:

  • Uninstalling the beta (i.e. make sure to use the actual uninstaller)
  • Installing & activating the app using an Adobe ID (and why is required)
  • Getting the latest camera support with Camera Raw 7.1
  • Finding good training resources on what’s new
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May 08, 2012

Mordy shows Illustrator CS6

Our old friend (and former Illustrator PM) Mordy Golding tours what’s new in CS6

An overview of everything that’s new in Illustrator CS6, including 64bit support, a new user interface and underlying framework, pattern creation, image trace, gradient on stroke, and more!

On the Real World Illustrator blog, Mordy talks about details of the new UI, what 64-bit means to you, and more.

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May 07, 2012

Camera Raw 7.1 adds HDR tonemapping to CS6

According to the Lightroom Journal,

Camera Raw 7.1 and DNG Converter 7.1 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs.  This release includes bug fixes, new camera support, and new lens profiles.  Camera Raw 7.1 Release Candidate includes new Defringe controls to help address chromatic aberration.  Defringe is available as part of the Lens Correction panel.  7.1 Release Candidate can also now read 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit HDR files.  Supported HDR formats are TIFF and DNG.

 
New camera support:
  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Pentax K-01
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony SLT-A57

 

Related/previous: Lightroom 4.1 adds HDR toning, improved defringing.

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Photoshop, Pirates, & The Force

Hmm… What would make for a good list of dark-to-light descriptions?

As he was working on Photoshop CS6’s new dark UI feature, engineer Joe Ault put in bread-based placeholders for the brightness values: Pumpernickel, Dark Rye, Whole Wheat, Sourdough–then solicited suggestions from the team.  Steve Guilhamet from QE explains.

The base ground rules were 4 names that reflected the tonal range of the 4 UI options, with consideration for cultural variance and localization (e.g. Pumpernickel in Scandinavia is not thought of as a dark bread). There was a food theme to start but it opened up a bit. We had beer, coffee, tequila, macaroons, rice, cakes, etc. There were moon phases, seasons, rocks.

Steve suggested clouds (Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus, Nimbus– “Because you can’t see ‘Cloud’ used enough these days”), pirate flags (Henry Every, Richard Worley, Stede Bonnet, and John Rackam), and more.  My favorite, though, is one he mocked up:

 

Eventually things died down & the UI ended up with just unnamed color swatches–the right move, I’m sure, but a bit less fun.  (Hard to say, though, what would happen if one held down modifier keys while clicking them in the Prefs dialog…)

 

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May 03, 2012

Configurator 3.0 demo tomorrow

If you think Adobe apps are too complex, and if you have any motivation to do something about it, Adobe Configurator might be up your alley.  It’s a “box of Legos” tool that lets you remix the UI of Photoshop and InDesign, creating & sharing your own panels without having to code.  The team will be doing a concise demo & Q&A tomorrow at 2pm GMT (7am Pacific–yes, it’ll be recorded & posted for later viewing) Here’s the recording.

  • What is Configurator and how you can use it?
  • What’s new in Configurator 3? From the key new features to the small but useful new features.
  • What is the new Adobe Exchange and how you can use it?
  • Question and Answer session with the product team; Duration: 45 minutes
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May 02, 2012

One more day to grab the Photoshop CS6 beta

On the off chance you’re not one of the million-plus people (!) who’ve already downloaded the Photoshop CS6 beta, you might want to grab it now: it’ll be available only until 5pm Pacific time tomorrow, May 3. You can also pre-order CS6 today.

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May 01, 2012

CS6 “Ask A Pro” live sessions, all this week

Hour-long demos and Q&A sessions are happening all week:

Adobe Creative Cloud for Designers
With Terry White
Tuesday at 5pm Pacific

Adobe Creative Cloud and the CS6 Web Tour
With Paul Trani
Wednesday at 10am & 5pm Pacific

What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CS6
With Julieanne Kost
Thursday at 10am & 5pm Pacific

Creative Cloud and CS6 Tour for Video Professionals
With Jason Levine
Thursday at 6pm Pacific and Friday at 10am Pacific

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April 30, 2012

The CS2->CS6 upgrade window remains open, but barely

Photoshop PM Jeff Tranberry addresses upgrade questions on the Photoshop team blog:

Question: Can I upgrade to CS6?

Yes. Owners of a CS5 or CS5.5 qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.

There is a special offer – good through the end of the year- which allows CS3 & CS4 owners an opportunity to upgrade to CS6.

Owners of CS2 have one last chance if they purchase CS5 from a reseller in the next 30 days (to receive a free upgrade to CS6).

 
Check out the rest of Jeff’s post for other useful Q&A.

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April 26, 2012

Photoshop CS6: What’s in it for photographers?

A. TONS.

I’m sure you already know about Camera Raw 7, and you’ve probably seen bits about selective blurring & adaptive wide-angle lens correction–but what about Skin-Aware Masking, smarter Auto Curves, 64-bit Bridge, an improved Print dialog, and more?  Check out this comprehensive overview from photographer & Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes.

On a related note, photographer & author Martin Evening has posted a great in-depth piece on DP Review covering extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7.  I love being able to get more of the benefits of HDR from a single frame, and without introducing garish haloes.

 

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Generating CSS from shapes in Fireworks

According to the Fireworks CS6 new features page, you can “Save time by cleanly extracting CSS elements and values (such as color, font, gradient, and corner radius) using the new CSS Properties panel.” Check it out:

 

Would you find this kind of support valuable in Photoshop? How would you rate it compared to, say, improved slicing or sprite generation?  (Speaking of the latter, here’s how Fireworks CS6 does CSS sprites, as well as jQuery mobile theme skinning.)

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April 25, 2012

Video: Six favorite features in Illustrator CS6

Terry White gives his tour:

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New 3D reflections, draggable shadows in Photoshop CS6

Check out this concise demo from PM Zorana Gee:

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April 24, 2012

Illustrator CS6 is now a 64-bit Cocoa app

You can now use all the RAM on your system–great if you’re working with big, complex files. Other highlights include:

Gaussian blur received special attention and has been specifically optimized in CS6. As a result, other effects with operations that depend on Gaussian blur have also been enhanced, so you’ll see performance improvements in both drop shadows and inner glows. […]

You’ll notice a nimble, lively touch when you work with multiple artboards and threaded text. Creative tools such as the Bristle Brush have been optimized for both speed and efficiency so you can work fluidly, even when you generate immensely complex designs composed of hundreds of overlapping transparent paths.

And it’s not just Adobe saying it. Here’s Jean-Claude Tremblay writing for CreativePro.com:

It feels as if Illustrator has been re-energized… Modifying these effects in Preview mode is almost in real time. This speed increase and better reliability might not be the sexiest features, but at the end of a day, I’ll be glad I can do more and faster.

The reworked UI also offers efficiency tweaks, including inline editing of layer names (yeah!) and keyboard navigation of font lists.

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Videos: The Photoshop CS6 playlist

The Photoshop team & friends (Russell Brown, Julieanne Kost, Terry White, and more) have posted some 30 videos covering CS6, many just a minute or two in length plus some deeper dives.  Check ‘em out on YouTube.

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April 23, 2012

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).

 

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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.

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April 18, 2012

Demo: Speed drawing with realistic pencils in Photoshop CS6

Groovy. I can’t wait to check out John Derry‘s complete set of CS6 painting & drawing vids, due soon. (For details on how the new erodible tips work, see previous.)

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April 16, 2012

Demo: Faster retouching via Content-Aware Move in CS6

Retoucher Glyn Dewis calls Photoshop CS6 a “game changer.” Here he compares lengthening a neck in CS5 to a new & much faster method enabled by CS6:

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April 14, 2012

*Real* airbrushes & pencils, in Photoshop?

What if your airbrush sprayed a real 3D cone of paint, so that tilting your stylus affected the shape you laid down? And what if pencils could actually wear down as you drew, producing interesting effects?

Oh, wait: in the CS6 beta, now they can. Deke McClelland shows how:

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April 13, 2012

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.

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April 11, 2012

Demo: Correcting GoPro video in Photoshop CS6

I’ve always loved seeing the clever & unexpected ways people combine Photoshop features. Using the CS6 public beta, Stéphane Baril corrects fisheye distortion in video from a GoPro camera using Photoshop’s new Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction feature. Check it out:

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April 06, 2012

Demo: Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction in CS6

As I’ve said before:

Artificial intelligence: Good.
Your intelligence: Better.
The two together: Best.

Building on the automated lens correction features we introduced in CS5, Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction makes it easy to specify constraint lines based on your real-world knowledge:

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April 03, 2012

Video: Creating stunning images in Lightroom 4

Julieanne Kost shows how to crop, remove lens distortion, correct perspective, make global and local color and tonal corrections in the Lightroom 4 Develop module. Note that Photoshop CS6 includes the same engine in Camera Raw 7, so these tips apply there as well.

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April 02, 2012

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.

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April 01, 2012

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.

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March 29, 2012

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:

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March 28, 2012

Sneak Peek: Illustrator CS6 vector pattern creation

I guess I can now reply to those asking: yes, the interface is (optionally) dark. :-)

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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.
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March 27, 2012

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:

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March 26, 2012

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:

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March 25, 2012

Demo: How to use type styles in CS6

The #1 feature requested by Web designers has been type styles–the ability to modify one style definition & update multiple text layers at once. Now the feature is ready to use in the Photoshop CS6 beta. Deke McClelland shows you how:

 

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March 22, 2012

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.]

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March 21, 2012

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.

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