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Where is the "Adjust Variations" option in Photoshop CS6?

Apr 18, 2012 2:46 PM

Hi all,

 

I often use the Image>Adjust Variations option in Photoshop but do not see the option in Photoshop CS6. I know we are still only in the BETA stage but I am still curious. I hope it is not going to be dropped. I like to use it for quick fixes on small portions of the image every now and again:)

 

Thank you in advance for your help,

 

Christine

 
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:21 PM   in reply to Talyianna

    It's here on the windows 32 bit version of cs6. (Image>Adjustments>Variations)

    What operating system?

     

    Also there's a cs6 forum:

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/photoshopcs6?view=discussions

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:33 PM   in reply to Talyianna

    As the previous post indicates, the Image > Adjustment > Variations menu item and function has been dropped in all 64-bit versions of Photoshop from day one, ever since Photoshop CS4 Windows and CS5 Macintosh (there was no 64-bit version of CS4 for the Mac).

     

    For the time being, at least, there's no Macintosh 32-bit version of the CS6 beta, so the Variations will not be available to you in CS6 beta if you're on a Mac. 

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 8:24 PM   in reply to Talyianna

    Actually as far as i know on windows, cs4 and cs5 64 bit had the variations plugin, just was not in the 64 bit cs5 versions of photoshop on macs.

     
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    Apr 19, 2012 1:52 AM   in reply to R_Kelly

    The plug-in was there for CS5 Mac, but you needed to launch Photoshop in 32-bit mode in order for the menu item to appear and the Variations function to be available.  Photoshop is a single binary on the Mac, not two different versions as in Windows.

     

    If I was wrong about Windows, I stand corrected.  But for the Mac, there has never been a 64-bit version [of the Adjustment Variations].

     
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    Jun 9, 2012 3:54 PM   in reply to Talyianna

    Christine,

    I just found this out too.  This is a feature I used in Photoshop ALL THE TIME.  We also lose (of note) Lighting Effects and Pattern Maker.  We need to complain.  This is unacceptable.

     

    http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/plug-ins-photoshop-cs5.html#main_P lug_ins_supported_in_32__and_64_bit_Windows__and_only_32_bit_Mac_OS

     
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    Jun 9, 2012 5:20 PM   in reply to gadgetpundit.com

    gadgetpundit.com wrote:

     

    Christine,

    I just found this out too.  This is a feature I used in Photoshop ALL THE TIME.  We also lose (of note) Lighting Effects and Pattern Maker.  We need to complain.  This is unacceptable.

     

    http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/plug-ins-photoshop-cs5.html#main_P lug_ins_supported_in_32__and_64_bit_Windows__and_only_32_bit_Mac_OS

    Updated link for CS6

     

    http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/plug-ins-photoshop-cs61.html

     

    Plug-ins no longer supported in Photoshop CS6

     

    • Contact Sheet II (now included as part of the default install)
    • Variations
    • Picture Package (ContactSheetII)
    • ExtractPlus
    • PatternMaker
    • PhotomergeUI
    • Web Photo Gallery (WebContactSheetII) plus presets
    • Script for Layer Comps to Web Photo Gallery
    • Texture presets for Texturizer
     
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:39 AM   in reply to gadgetpundit.com

    Lighting effects is my favorite and most-used filter and it won't even install on either of my computers because my video card isn't recent enough. This is so bad that I'm regretting buying CS6 since I have to use CS5 instead. Plus I use variations, and teach many classes of beginning photoshop in which students say THE MOST USEFUL TECHNIQUE THEY LEARN WHEN THEY FIRST LEARN PHOTOSHOP IS VARIATIONS.

     
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:06 AM   in reply to tracymarks

    Regarding using Photoshop into the future - get used to it requiring more and more GPU capability.  Do yourself a favor and buy a modern video card.  You don't have to get an expensive one.  A hundred bucks buys a fairly future-proof card with 1 GB VRAM.

     

    Funny thing about the entire discussion above about Variations...  Have you actually TRIED Image - Adjust - Variations in Photoshop CS6?  It's still there for me, in the 64 bit version (I'm running Windows 7 x64).  Have I just shifted in from an alternate reality?

     

     

    Variations1.jpg

     

    Variations2.jpg

     

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jan 12, 2013 5:20 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    It IS NOT available for a Mac.  Please, please Adobe issue an update or plugin to return Variations  and lighting effects to CS6 for MAC.  I won't recommend it, despite other improvements, because these are great functions and they ARE MISSING!

     
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    Jan 13, 2013 6:29 AM   in reply to Talyianna

    Two weeks ago I switched from Windows7 to Mac OS-X. I eagerly installed Adobe CS6. Can you imagine my disappointed when I found out the Variations command is NOT available under OS-X? So switching from Windows7 to OS-X made me loose an important feature in Photoshop.

    ADOBE replies that the Adjustment is only available as a 32bit plugin. But is it really so hard to make a 64bit plugin of the Variations? I can't imagine. Very, very disappointing...

     
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    Aug 26, 2013 7:51 AM   in reply to Talyianna

    This is late in the Discussion.  BUT no one actually pointed out the reality of the VARIATIONS option in PS.

     

    THe very same functionality can be achieved using several different methods.

     

    Curves - Levels - Hue/Saturation all will do the same thing.  PS has always been a tool that can accomplish the same end result using different approaches from the beginning - this is nothing new.

     

    That being said - Variations - was merely another method that PS used - except that it was a visual approach rather than a technical approach.  I admit that I found myself using it much more in recent years than most other methods for color corretion and adjustment - while inthe same breath chastising PS for including way too many Items that catered to Begining Users - Intermediate and Advanced Users alike.  While towing with it titles such as PS LE / Elements and Express to primarily cater to beginning users with way too much overlap.

     

    I'll miss the feature (Variations) but I can accomplish the same results using other options and features in PS - and it's good that they are cleaning house somewhat while trasnitioning to he 64-bit mode.  Many other things I'd wished they'd get rid of those and streamline the primary title for professionals.

     
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    Sep 29, 2013 2:43 PM   in reply to Jp Cooper

    I agree that Variations needs to be brought back.  I use Variations all the time in my artwork.  A lot of times I'll render part of a drawing on a seperate layer and decide that it needs to be a little bit warmer, a little less yellow or a little lighter.  Despite what others have said, Hue/Saturation, Brightness and Contrast and Curves and Levels do not achieve the same results and are no substitute for the subtlty you can get with Variatioins.

     
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