Photoshop CS6 – Retina version

If you have a new Retina screen Mac Book Pro (13inch or 15inch), and are a member of the Adobe Creative Cloud or have Photoshop CS6 stand alone then you can take advantage of this update to Photoshop CS6 & Photoshop CS6 Extended, and fully maximise your editing potential with this Retina enabled version of Photoshop CS6.

The differences are incredible, here is Photoshop CS6 before the Retina update

now the Retina enabled version

You are able to see the incredible difference between the two versions, just by looking at the icons. Over 2,500 icons have been completely re-created for this version of Photoshop, it looks beautiful.

If we look at a 100% view of the same image

in the Retina enabled version you can see that more pixels can be displayed at 100% then with the non retina version

You can quickly to zoom to 100% using the key stroke combination CMD+1, there is also a 200% available on the View menu.

If for some reason and possibly for a particular job you need to work in Photoshop CS6 at the original non Retina resolution, you can do. If you right clicking on the Photoshop CS6 application and choosing the “Get Info” option, available in the dialog box is the Low Resolution check box.

If you check this box, and close Photoshop CS6 (if it’s already open) and re-open, Photoshop CS6 will will open in the original low resolution version.


13 Responses to Photoshop CS6 – Retina version

  1. I love the new retina! I’m using it on my pictures with photoshop c6 and the difference is incredible. My pics are looking a lot better I wonder what other features they’ll add on the next one

  2. Theo Nguyen says:

    I love this update and have been waiting for it since first announcement.
    But now I can’t update because my Adobe Application Manager doesn’t show any new update. It keeps saying “applications are all up-to-date”.
    Can you help me please ?
    I’m running 10.8.2 OS and CS6.

  3. Annie says:

    I have the Retina display and parts of Illustrator CS6 are very clear and lovely, but the fonts within my document as well as, weirdly, the tool icons are shown in very low resolution (however, fonts in menu/dock items within Illustrator are fine, again, just not what I typed). I’m not sure if it is an anti-alias problem or something else. It’s driving me nuts. Any idea how to improve the resolution?

  4. Drew says:

    Same problem as Annie. Fonts that I have specifically told not to use antialiasing are still antialiased on the edges of the pixels themselves when zoomed. In other words, the way the image looks in photoshop, zoomed to 200% on my screen is NOT the way it would appear zoomed to 200% in another application which does no smoothing. I’d say mspaint as an example, but we’re talking about OSX. The same thing happens to the pixel grid that appears if you zoom /way/ in to the image. At the first zoom level where the grid appears, the lines of the grid itself are aliased.. WHY?? How can I turn this off and have the grid be a single retina pixel wide? or at the very least, make pixels behave in a nearest-neighbor fashion and not have antialiased edges? I need to see the image EXACTLY as it will appear in other applications.. not some OpenGL rendered view of what it /might/ look close to. This is ridiculous.

  5. Drew says:

    After much adieu, I’ve solved my issue. Sally, pay attention:

    The wonkiness with text I was seeing looking at a 200% zoom (or even a 100% zoom) turned out to not be related to Photoshop at all.. but instead the way Apple handles high DPI rendering in the OS. It could be that Adobe is doing something wrong by letting the Apple processing persist on the Retina canvas they’re creating, but regardless – the way I fixed it was to use the Retina Full resolution hack. A little utility called SetResX is quite useful on the Retina Macbook Pro, and lets you set the resolution to the full 2880×1800 supported by the monitor instead of allowing Apple’s normal scaling to occur, thus distorting our Photoshop image. This makes all the UI elements of OSX and Photoshop microscopic, but it’s currently the only way to prevent Apple’s upscaling then downscaling of the image you’re working on in Photoshop. It will make the canvas extremely clear and bring sanity back to what you’re trying to work on. Enjoy 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Does there exist any solution for the whole CS4 package? I just bought a Mac Book Pro with Retina Display and am very disappointed by the resolution. As I bought it just for using the CS package!

    Thanks for your comments!

    • rcurtis says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Retina display for Photoshop is an update in Photoshop CS6 as well as Photoshop CC. You are able to upgrade to CS6 or can use the promotion from CS4 to move to the Creative Cloud and obtain Photoshop CC.