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Adobe have announced that the latest version of Photoshop, CS6 is now in beta and available for free download. Yes the interface has gone dark and yes it can edit video too.

Announced today, Adobe have posted a beta version of Photoshop CS6 online. The first thing that strikes you is that the interface has gone dark, but there are new features and a lot more under the hood.


We were very lucky to see a demo of the new Photoshop a few weeks ago and apart from the new interface colour (which can be reset to the old light grey) the main thing that struck us was how responsive the app was when dealing with large images. A large liquify brush showed the results instantly rather than having to wait for the effect to catch up with the cursor. This is because the new Photoshop uses the Mercury Graphics Engine or in other words it lets the GPU do the hard work.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

If you want to check out the new features yourself immediately you can go to Adobe Labs and follow the instructions for download and installation. No purchase is necessary, but you will need an Adobe ID login.

Adobe have produced this ten minute video entitled 'Russell Brown's 6 Favourite Photoshop CS6 beta Features' Well worth a watch as it shows some cool new stuff such as the new 'Adaptive Wide Angle'. We will discuss one of the features afterwards! (The poster frame isn't the best)


Photoshop editing video? Are they nuts? Surely if people want to edit video they should be using Premiere? The thinking behind video editing in Photoshop is that customers wish to use the video from their DSLRs as well as images without having to open up and navigate through another application. This makes sense but it does seem to be duplicating functionality with other Adobe apps and although Russell's enthusiam is great, it is a very basic and clunky timeline.


What would be very interesting to us here is if this timeline could be imported into Premiere for more editing or indeed could clips be roundtripped through Photoshop? We will have to wait to find out.

Whilst writing the article we found another top six features video, this time from Julieanne Kost. Although the demo looks very famiar (with different media) it does show more detail on the editing side.

When Photosop goes on sale (Officially it says in the first half of 2012) it will retail at $699 and $999 for the extended version. No news on the monthly rental costs. We will be giving it a spin later today.

BTW All 8 of the Photoshop sneak peak videos are available on this playlist.

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