I am digging PS6s new look and feel. However it still feels like an add on instead of a complete UI improvement. I started with the new blur tools which are really cool. However once you use the older filters you are back to the same small preview window, limited control and a break in the UI theme. The filter gallery is especially annoying. Jumping in and out of it with the current UI really provides a bad experience switching between the dark gray and back to the light gray background. This is very straining on the eye. especially for those that work in dim conditions.
Additionally, lack of color highlight on tool selections makes it harder to visbily track current selections in the UI. Its harder with the darker UI. Having a user specified color selection (yellow, blue...) would be an added welcome.
Overall I appreciate they effort but I would like to see CS6 move towards a comprehensive experience. Great job and I look forward to the next build.
So I'm assuming this public beta is more of a GM trial. Things are locked and you're just looking for show stopper bugs? Thats a shame. Was really looking forward for a more unified new CS experience.
I can understand the delicate balance between release updates and dev time. However since CS6 has such a deeper UI switch, I would have thought the extra effort to create a unified experience would have been on top of the list. That being said, I hope you guys get to tackle as much of it as possible. The new filters are welcome, but some of the older filters are in need of a more interactive control system along with a new UI that consistant with the one currently offered.
Edit: I just wanted to add that I feel CS6 has 2 sides to it. Not something I like to have in the software I use. Makes things feel like they are tacked on.
Please explain why the ui on recent adobe applications is taking a "backseat" to actual features:i.e first photoshop elements now photoshop.
Does adobe want people to actually see the interface without eyestrain?
One can hardly tell when something is highlighted in the new cs6 ui no matter what ui selection is choosen in the preferences.
Yazan, you might want to change your user name to something else than an email address, to avoid spam.
Jeep57, could you post actual examples of areas that you have a hard time to see highlighted. Without a clear example, the team can't do anything.
Jeep57. Yes. People have asked for the ability to change the darkness of the user interface to match their working environments. The interface should be more or less the same contrast as CS5 if you select the lightest option in Preferences>User Interface... - are you saying that you're having a hard time seeing UI selections with this option enabled?
In regards to UI selections, I think tool selection in CS5.5 was on the average range in terms of visual feedback. It was the greatest, but it was not the worst. In CS6 due to the darkened UI, the tool selection visual feedback is worst IMHO. Not when you look at it but glancing at UI elements is very different than looking. I know I can revert to the old UI color but I for one prefer the darker UI. However due to the change in color, the tool selection could use some color highlighting. If you take a look at other dark UI programs such as Luxology's modo you'll notice the feedback is much more clear. there are apps that use the same principal. The images I show are a crop of the Full UI. Looking at an almost 2k screen, tool selections get lost
Regarding my screen name. I would love to change it but Adobe ID isn't taking the changes. It keeps my email address even though I see my screen name has changed. I tried resolving the issue via chat but no luck. I'm suppose to hear from Adobe on the matter. I agree, I didn't want my email to be used as a screen name and I was not given that option on registration. It hapenned by default which isn't really good.
The surrounding environment affects how you perceive color. This includes the environment of your app's interface right up to the image you are working on.
If you adjust a photo with a bright UI and bright background (stage, canvas, whatever) and then plop that image into a dark website you'll be shocked at how different it will look.
Being able to adjust the color and brightness of the UI helps you to adjust an image in a similar environment to where it's headed.
And it looks cool, too.
"Being able to adjust the color and brightness of the UI helps you to adjust an image in a similar environment to where it's headed."
Maybe, but a totally monochromatic UI does nothing for productivity (including excessive eyestrain from complex, miniscule menus). Neither does changing stuff because it "looks cool". I'd prefer the option to preserve those little hints that are instantly recognizable from previous CS versions.
You can also try to uncheck the enable text drop shadows from preferences>interface to see if it helps for you.You can also change the text interface size, but that's not new, so I guess you already know it.
Its a fine line between aesthetics and functionality. I would like to be able to maintain a dark/light UI BUT what we really need to start:
1- A uniform UI experience. It needs to propogate to those old filter/tool UIs
2- Slight (preferably user defined) color indication on tool selections.
3-Minimize leaving the canvas. Going into little windows and gallery browsers is a distracting issue IMHO. This is 2012, we should be able to do it right there in the canvas just like After Effects can do it. It feels like PS is still using plugins to get the job done instead of native tools.
I expect when Adobe touts its horn on UI as a feature in an upgrade that they do so with the knowledge that this feature will be scrutinized. If it was a little switch hidden in the preferences then I can understand the current state of affair. I'm not critisizing the developers, as I know that they have schedules and deadlines to adhere by and I'm sure they are more than capable given the time. But someone needs to be making those decisions in the managmenet chain at some point and they need to understand the importance of UI experience.
+1 for this thread
It is a shame the liquify tool and Camera RAW panels were not updated to the new darker UI when they were redesigned for this release. I realise it is probably too late for changes on this scale to make this release but I hope the UI team will focus on updating the UI on these old Photoshop tools, as a priority and provide this as an update rather than make us wait for Photoshop CS7. I personally find it harsh on the eyes switching from the dark interface to the lighter one of these old tools.
@Yazan : Totally OK with you : we need a uniformed interface look (either dark or light grey) in all panels : Bridge, Camera Raw, Photoshop (all panels of it).
Without such a uniform color interface, I won't buy.
The no-thumbnails verison of the layers palette is so watered down that it's non-funtional in an effecient environment.
I can't even see colors on vector shapes any more???
I don' t know if it's the green shape, the red shape, or the orange shape.
And I just can't take the time to title every vector shape.
Yeah the jist of this discussion is that while new features are great, for people using this tool dain day out, being comfortable trumps the minimal upgrades. I stare at a computer screen all day long. I don't to add eye strain to my tool box. Will also skip till they get it right. Other may need the new features too much to do that. I currently don't. Its nice, but I'll wait for CS 6.5 or something.