Adobe has announced that the latest version of its ubiquitous photo-editing software, Photoshop CS6 will launch initially as a public beta, only releasing fully after an “adequate length of time”.
The beta version of the software will be free to use, even for new customers.
According to Adobe, CS6 will include 62% more features than its predecessor and contains over 65 user inspired enhancements known as “JDIs”, or “Just Do Its”.
An update to Camera Raw has also been made, which brings through controls from Lightroom 4 along with enhancing the engine to bring out highlights and shadows, almost akin to HDR photography.
Other improvements include white and black clipping points, clarity to improve ‘halo-ing’, moire controls for the adjustment brush and a graduated filter with twice as many controls.
Photoshop CS6 now features an Adobe Mercury Graphics for quick performance.
Within CS6 itself, several new features include a content-aware patch, new and re-engineered design tools, a new blur gallery, an all-new crop tool and intuitive video creation.
The Beta version being made available is Photoshop CS6 Extended, which contains all the features of CS6 while also adding 3D controls, new reflections and dragable shadows for 3D and faster Adobe Ray Trace rendering.
The ability to edit video has been included in CS6, which now works in the same way as still image editing, so all adjustments made to images can also be applied to video. A timeline feature is included for easier workflow.
Once the beta period is over, the Adobe Photoshop CS6 price will be $699 (£440 ) or $199 (£125) for upgraders. CS6 Extended will retail for around $999 (£631), or $399 (£252) for upgraders.
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