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Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek #5

Feb 22, 2012 9:36 PM

Tags: #cs6 #photoshop_cs6 #sneak-peek

 

 

Look at the Layers Panel - I wonder what the new tools represent:

 

layer-panel.jpg

 

While hard to read check out the "JDI" List:

 

jdi.jpg

 

A readable "JDI" List:

 

  • Contact Sheet II has been restored as an Automate option
  • PDF Presentation has been restored as an Automate option.
  • HUD brush resize and hardness can now change opacity (CTRL-OPTION up/down)
  • Increase brush size to 5000px
  • User option per tip for color dynamics
  • Brush tip cursor reflects brush pose and jitter for round and captured tips
  • Brightness/Contrast slider for textures when painting
  • Brush projection for static tips
  • Add ability to record brush strokes in actions with "Allow Tool Recording" option
  • Enable Split Channels for documents with layers
  • Select Hex field by default and allow clip-board past with # in contents (i.e. #ffffff)
  • She the sample size for pop-ups for the various eyedropper tools (block point, white point, etc.)
  • Add ignore adjustment layers options bar item for the eyedropper
  • New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below
  • Read common stereo image pair formats (JPS, PNS)
  • Allow for more bit depths in TIFF files
  • Read BIGTIFF format
  • Give the user the choices regarding how they want transparency treated in Open
  • EXR on file open
  • Increased GPU stability by prequalifying GPUs on the fly before use
  • Grammar policed throughout app
  • Use consistent grammar style in the title of dialog windows (no commands such as "Choose a color:")
  • Auto select the best re-sample method based on type of resize
  • Import images from devices provides Image
  • Kit scanning and camera acquisition support
  • Add a contextual menu item that deletes a layer effect not just disables it
  • Add dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke
  • Allow 00 or Shift 00 to work when setting layer/fill opacity when free transforming layers
  • Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers at once
  • Allow locking of multiple layers
  • CMD+J to duplicate selected layers and layer groups (in addition to layers)
  • Allow changing color labels to multiple layers at once
  • Layer tootips to include layer name (If defined)
  • Opt-click to toggle arrows (groups and effects) in layers panel should close all targets
  • Show blend if/blending effect badge on layer
  • 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 names such as "Rectangle 1"
  • New command to raster layer effects into layer, merging the selected layers into themselves
  • 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)
  • Resize Liquify brush with shortcuts
  • Increase maximum Liquify brush size
  • Add options to load last mesh
  • Enable Invert and Threshold adjustments for mask in 32-bit
  • Hold SHIFT during startup to disable 3rd party plugins
  • Add new Gradient Map presets for toning and split toning
  • Add new documents presets for common devices (e.g iPhone, iPad, etc.)
  • Sticky reorganization of tools presets (changes persist after relaunch)
  • Add "Edit" button for the description field in the print dialog
  • Hide color profiles that are inappropriate for currently selected printer when using "Photoshop Manages Color"
  • Allow user to change the "preview well" background color in print dialog
  • Allow print dialog and print preview to be resized
  • Allow users to manually position the printed area on the page
  • Reintroduce "Print selected area", allow user to modify selection in print dialog
  • Add warning message that 16 bit images cannot display their file size in the Save as JPEG dialog
  • Add ability to access tool name associated with tool preset name via scripting
  • Add the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK
  • 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
  • Don't hide smart object icon when transforming a layer
  • Rotate 90 with even x odd pixel dimension to be smooth (bjango.com)
  • Improved dragging of vector curves
  • Undo or disable auto-rotate on open
  • Add command to insert "lorem ipsum" for type
  • Remove the app bar and reduce the drag/app bar of 30% (Windows)
  • New/Open document to context click on a document tab (has always been on MAC, now on Windows too)
  • Add "Don't show again" checkbox to purge warnings

 

Thoughts?

 
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  • Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 22, 2012 11:04 PM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    Look at the Layers Panel - I wonder what the new tools represent:

     

    Filter buttons. If you look closely, there is an on/off switch most right which in my world translates to filters on/off. Alternatively, I'm sure those buttons can be used with a modifier key to quickly add specific layer types to the stack.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:12 PM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    Well, I think

    • Contact Sheet II has been restored as an Automate option
    • PDF Presentation has been restored as an Automate option.

    should appeal to a lot of people – at least there seemed to be a lot of complaints when those were removed. 

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:11 AM   in reply to c.pfaffenbichler

    Contact Sheet is a welcome return. So many features can be adapted. I made this a few years ago by sizing up 40 images, and turning off titles, and ‘Flatten Layers’ when making the contact sheet. It was then fairly simple to FT each layer to give some overlap, and use Layer masks for creative affect.

     

    http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1054/1422046869_b6077e65ba_z.jpg?zz=1 

    It was eventually incorperated into a poster for the organisation running the event.

     

    Some interesting JDIs  (thanks so much for the typed list!).

     

    The Eye dropper changes appeal to me, and Ctrl J now working on Groups is very welcome.  Lots more there, but what worries me is that there are apparently twice as many new JDIs in CS6 as there were in CS5, which makes me think I must be missing a lot of the CS5 JDIs.  is there a list somewhere?

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:30 AM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    Lynda Spangler wrote:

     

     

    Look at the Layers Panel - I wonder what the new tools represent:

     

    layer-panel.jpg

     

     

    The right most icon looks like a cell phone, and third from right look like handles on a selection.  Free transforming selections is something I a lost of us do frequently, and faster access to it would be nice.  So many changes to the layers palette is a pretty big deal though, any more thoughts?

     
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:35 AM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    I missed that on original browsing:

    New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below

     

    Hurray for that!

    Painting below Adjustment Layers should be much more convenient this way.

     
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:22 AM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    The icons at the right if the Search field looks like simple layer search filters, i.e. search for all adjustment layers, text layers, etc.

     
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:41 AM   in reply to Lynda Spangler
    • Show blend if/blending effect badge on layer

     

    Hooray for that too. I always have to add a "(blend if)" to the layer name at present to flag up that I've used this feature. I always wondered why there was no icon/badge. A small thing, but useful.

     

    M

     
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:49 PM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    While the big  marketing bullet point features for a new version of PS are nice, these JDI improvements are what get me actually excited about upgrading, since they are something I would use every hour of every day. A lot of neat little changes and fixes in that list especially for the layers panel.

     
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  • JJMack
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:44 PM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    Add ability to record brush strokes in actions with "Allow Tool Recording" option

    Might be interesting

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 24, 2012 6:18 AM   in reply to Lynda Spangler

    Lynda Spangler wrote:

     

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

     

    Lots of little things that will make using Photoshop more pleasant, minute to minute.  The little things are going to make lasting impressions!

     

    It's good to hear that Adobe considers tidying up important.  This may seem intangible, but averting the impression of a "mad developent dash" to get all the Gee Whiz features in at the expense of actually polishing things or even finishing things, is going to increase peoples' perceptions that it's a professional product!

     

    -Noel

     
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