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FAQ: What are the JDI (Just Do It) features in the Photoshop CS6?

Jun 28, 2012 1:32 AM

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What are JDI features?  They're "Just Do It" features: small features that don't take a lot of time to implement or test and seem like an obvious improvement.

 

 

Here is a list of the JDI features in Photoshop CS6, by category:

 

Automation

  • Contact Sheet II has been restored as an Automate option
  • PDF Presentation and Layer Comps to PDF have been restored as Automate options

 

Brushes

  • Add ability to record brush strokes in actions with "Allow Tool Recording" option
  • Brightness/contrast slider for textures when painting
  • Brush projection for static tips
  • Brush tip cursor reflects brush pose and jitter for round and captured tips
  • HUD brush resize and hardness can now change opacity - [Control] + [Option] + click drag up/down with General>Preferences> "Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement" unchecked
  • Increase maximum brush size to 5000px
  • Change color dynamics to per stroke instead of per tip (user option for old behavior)

 

Channels

  • Enable Split Channels for documents with single layer (so you can split simple transparency)

 

Color Picker

  • allow clipboard paste into hex field with # in contents (i.e. #aabbcc), or 0x (i.e. 0xAABBCC)
  • allow shortcut hex values (i.e. #123)

 

Eyedropper

  • Add ignore adjustment layers options bar item for the eyedropper
  • New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below
  • Show the sample size popup for the various eyedropper tools (black point, white point, etc.)

 

File Formats

  • Allow for reading more bit depths in TIFF files
  • Give the user choices regarding how they want transparency treated in OpenEXR on file open and save
  • Read BIGTIFF format (TIFF files over 4 Gig)
  • Read common stereo image pair formats (JPS, MPO, PNS)

 

GPU

  • Increased GPU stability by prequalifying GPUs on the fly before use

 

Grammar

  • Grammar policed throughout app
  • Use consistent grammar style in the title of dialog windows (no commands such as "Choose a color:")

 

Image Resizing

  • Auto-select the best resample method based on the type of resize (bicubic-automatic)

 

Importing

  • (Macintosh only) Import images from devices provides ImageKit scanning and camera acquisition support

 

Layers

  • Add bicubic sharper & bicubic smoother options when free transforming layers (menu in options bar)
  • Add dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke
  • Allow 00 or Shift 00 to work when setting layer/fill opacity (previously no way to get 0%)
  • Allow changing color labels on multiple layers at once
  • Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers at once
  • Allow locking of multiple selected layers
  • CMD+J to duplicate selected layers and layer groups (in addition to layers)
  • Layer tooltips to include layer name (if defined)
  • New command to rasterize layer effect into layer, merging the selected layers into themselves (Rasterize Layer Style)
  • Opt+click on toggle arrows (groups and effects)in layer panel should close all targets
  • Reorder effects in the layers palette to match the Z-order style/blend mode (bottom most effects in terms of blending order, drop shadow is below the other effects)
  • Show blend if/Blending Effects badge on layer if they are not default values
  • Show correct opacity and blend mode values for hidden layers
  • Tab goes to next layer on inline layer rename, SHIFT + TAB goes to previous
  • When creating a shape layer, the layer name should not be like "Shape 1" but instead reflect the tool named such as "Rectangle 1"

 

Liquify

  • Add option to load last mesh
  • Increase maximum Liquify brush size to 15,000
  • Resize Liquify brush with shortcuts: bracket keys [ ] now match same increments in Photoshop
  • ctrl (win) / cmd (mac) switches to magnifying glass
  • alt + right click + drag to change brush size (win)
  • ctrl + alt + left click + drag  to change brush size (mac)

 

Masks

  • Enable Invert and Threshold adjustments for masks in 32-bit/channel

 

Plugins

  • Hold SHIFT during startup to disable Optional and 3rd party plugins

 

Presets

  • Add New Document presets for common devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad, etc.)
  • Add new Gradient Map presets for traditional print toning and split-toning
  • Sticky reorganization of tool presets (changes persist after relaunch)
  • New HDR Pro presets from RC Concepcion and Scott Kelby

 

Printing

  • Add "Edit" button for the description field in the print dialog
  • Allow print dialog and print preview window to be resized
  • Allow user to change the "preview well" background color in the print dialog
  • Allow user to manually position the printed area on the page
  • Hide color profiles that are inappropriate for currently selected printer when using "Photoshop Manages Color"
  • Reintroduce "Print selected area", allow user to modify selection in print dialog

 

Save

  • Add warning message that 16-bit images cannot display their file size in the Save as JPEG dialog

 

SDK

  • Add ability to access tool name associated with the tool preset name via scripting
  • Add the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK

 

Selections

  • Make the marquee, lasso, and mask panel feather values support decimal places like the feather dialog
  • Remember feather radius when showing dialog for selection from a path

 

Transform

  • Don't hide smart object icon when transforming a layer
  • Improve dragging of vector curves
  • Rotate 90 with even x odd pixel dimension to not land on a half pixel position
  • Preference to disable auto-rotate on open

 

Type

  • Add command to insert "lorem ipsum" for type
  • Added Gamma rendering parameter for better text rendering

 

UI

  • [Windows] New/open document to context click on a document tab (has always been on Mac, now Windows too)
  • Add "Don't show again" checkbox to Purge warnings
  • Remove the app bar and reduce the drag/app bar over 30%
 

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