Now that Photoshop CS6 & Photoshop CS6 Extended are available for purchase and as a free 30-day trial, here are some important tips to help you quickly dive in and explore all the new features packed in this release.
TIP #1: Uninstall the Photoshop CS6 beta
If you are one of the over one million people who enjoyed the Photoshop CS6 beta, we’ve got a tip for you as you move to the full version of Photoshop. You must uninstall the Photoshop CS6 beta prior to installing the final version of Photoshop CS6, a CS6 Suite, or apps utilizing the Creative Cloud.
IMPORTANT: Use the Photoshop CS6 uninstaller. Do *not* manually drag the Photoshop application folder to trash.
TIP #2: Install and Activate Photoshop CS6
During the install of Photoshop CS6, you will be asked to be online and use your Adobe ID to activate your software. ID’s are everywhere these days and I’m sure many already have log-ins for Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, iTunes, etc. which bring a level of security and personalization to an account.
Not only does this activate your software, but it also ensures the following:
- You won’t ever lose your serial # by automatically registering it to your Adobe ID accounts
- Protects you against mistakenly purchasing counterfeit software by verifying that your purchase is genuine Adobe software
You will only be asked to do this once, when you install your product. If you’re not online at the time of install, you will have 7 days to go online and complete this process.
If you need help creating your Adobe ID, please consult the following documents for assistance:
- Create an Adobe ID or log-in to an existing Adobe ID account
- Adobe account, password, and sign in FAQ
Another option, is a live chat with an agent who will answer any questions you may have about your Adobe ID or product activation:
TIP #3: Get the Latest Camera Support for Photoshop CS6 with Adobe Camera Raw 7.1
Download the Adobe Camera Raw 7.1 release candidate for the latest camera support in Photoshop CS6.
List of new cameras supported by Camera Raw 7.1 and the Adobe DNG Converter 7.1:
- Canon EOS 1D X
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III
- Canon EOS 60Da
- Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Fuji FinePix F505EXR
- Fuji FinePix F605EXR
- Fuji FinePix F770EXR
- Fuji FinePix F775EXR
- Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
- Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
- Nikon D4
- Nikon D800
- Nikon D800E
- Olympus OM-D E-M5
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
- Pentax K-01
- RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
- Samsung NX20
- Samsung NX210
- Samsung NX1000
- Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
- Sony SLT-A57
TIP #4: Review Learning Resources for Photoshop CS6
Most importantly, here are some great learning resources to help you start unleashing your creativity using all the great new tools in Photoshop CS6:
- Photoshop CS6: What’s in it for photographers?
- Photoshop CS6 tutorials on YouTube
- Training/learning resources by third-parties
- Ask a question/help using Photoshop CS6
- Photoshop CS6 FAQ
Hope these tips help you quickly get started using Photoshop CS6. Order Photoshop today and begin exploring what’s new!