This text guide helps you find most major new features in Photoshop CS. For a comprehensive video walkthrough, see this Ask A Pro session with Senior Product Manager Zorana Gee.
Retouching and transforming
Content-Aware Move tool
The Content-Aware Move tool lets you quickly recompose images without complex layering or slow, precise selections. Extend mode convincingly expands or contracts objects such as hair, trees, or buildings. Move mode lets you place objects in completely different locations (most effectively when the background remains similar).
- In the toolbar, hold down the Spot Healing Brush, and select the Content-Aware Move tool.
- In the options bar, choose Mode > Extend or Move. Adaptation options control how closely the new area reflects existing image patterns.
- In the image, circle the object you want to extend or move, and drag it to a new location.
Tip: To best extend architectural objects, use photos shot on a parallel plane, rather than at an angle.
Content-Aware Patch tool
The updated Patch tool includes a Content-Aware option that seamlessly replaces unwanted image elements by synthesizing nearby content. The natural-looking results are similar to Content-Aware Fill, but the Patch tool lets you select the area from which the fill is drawn.
- In the toolbar, hold down the Spot Healing Brush, and select the Patch tool.
- In the options bar, choose Patch > Content-Aware. Adaptation options control how closely the patch reflects existing image patterns.
- In the image, circle the area you want to replace, and drag over the area you want to generate a fill from.
Redesigned Crop tools
The redesigned Crop tool provides an interactive preview so you can better visualize results. A streamlined set of toolbar options includes a helpful Straighten tool, and aspect ratio controls you can adjust while a crop is active in the image window. (To maintain the current aspect ratio or resolution, right-click the image to access additional options.)
- To crop an image, click the Crop tool in the toolbar. Then either adjust default crop borders in the image window, or drag in the window to start with specific borders.
Note: If you deselect Delete Cropped Pixels to apply a nondestructive crop, you can later click the image to see areas outside current crop borders.
- To correct image perspective, hold down the Crop tool and select the Perspective Crop tool.
Paragraph and Character styles
In the Window > Paragraph Styles panel, create, store, and reapply the characteristics of groups of highlighted sentences. In the Window > Character Styles panel, specify the look of selected letters, words, or phrases.
Double-click existing styles to edit them and update all associated text in the current document. From the panel menus, save and load styles to apply them to other documents. Or drag styles from one document to another.
Type styles are hierarchical: Manual overrides replace any applied character styles, which in turn replace applied paragraph styles. This hiearchical approach lets you combine the efficiency of styles with the flexibility to customize your designs.
Tip: To create a style without first selecting text, click the Create New Style icon [ICON] at the bottom of the Paragraph or Character Styles panel. To edit a style without applying it to text, select an image layer, such as the Background.
The Line and Shape tools now create fully vector-based objects. Apply strokes and fills using the options bar. Stroke objects with dashed lines and other designs. Fill objects with preset or user-defined gradients, colors, and patterns.
To later revise stroke and fill settings, simply select the object layer, and then select the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool.
Tip: To reduce anti-aliased edges, ensuring that vector objects look as sharp as possible, select Align Edges in the options bar.
Intuitive path editing
By default, dragging with the Direct Selection tool adjusts multiple related segments, letting you quickly transform path shapes. To edit only segments between selected anchor points, reflecting previous Photoshop versions, select Constrain Path Dragging in the options bar.
Choose Window > Timeline to access the redesigned, clip-based Timeline panel, including transitions and effects that give finished videos professional polish. Easily change clip duration and speed, and apply motion effects to text, still images, and Smart Objects.
Video Groups combine multiple video clips and content such as text, images, and shapes on a single Timeline track. Separate audio tracks allow for easy editing and adjusting.
The redesigned video engine also supports a wider range of import formats. When you're ready to output final video, choose File > Export > Render To Video. Photoshop provides helpful presets and options for the DPX, H.264, and QuickTime formats.
Note: In Windows, you must install QuickTime separately.
Correcting wide-angle lenses
Choose Filter > Adaptive Wide Angle to quickly straighten lines that appear curved in panoramas or photos shot with fisheye and wide-angle lenses. The filter uses the physical characteristics of individual lenses to automatically correct images.
Fine-tune the adjustments with these options in the Adaptive Wide Angle dialog box:
- In the upper left of the dialog box, choose the Constraint or Polygon Constraint tool. Then drag across key objects you want to straighten or align vertically or horizontally. (If necessary, right-click constraint lines in the image, and choose an orientation from the pop-up menu.)
- In the upper right of the dialog box, choose the lens type and focal length, and adjust Scale andCrop Factor to compensate for any blank image areas the filter introduces. (To save and load customized settings for use with future images, click the menu icon.)
Tip: To see a visual representation of the transformations applied to the image, select Show Mesh at the bottom of the dialog box.
Photographic blur gallery
Choose Filter > Field Blur, Iris Blur, or Tilt-Shift to quickly create three distinct photographic blur effects with intuitive on-image controls.
Use Iris Blur to add one or more focus points to your photo. Then move the on-image controls to alter the size and shape of the focus points, the amount of blur in the rest of the image, and the transition between sharp and blurred areas.
For a different look, build a gradient blur effect using the Field Blur option, placing multiple pins with different blur amounts. Or align blur along one or more planes with the Tilt-Shift option.
With the blur adjustments complete, style the overall effect with Bokeh brightness and color controls.
Tip: Combine multiple blur types to produce creative results.
Camera Raw 7
Simplified Basic controls in the Develop tab improve highlight and shadow rendering. New local corrections are available for white balance, highlights, shadows, noise reduction, and moiré.
The new Basic sliders and new local adjustments options appear when you process new images or convert previously-processed images to Process Version 2012 (PV2012). To convert an image, click the exclamation-point icon in the lower-right corner of the image preview area.
Selecting and adjusting colors
Skin-tone selection and face-detection
Choose Select > Color Range. Then, from the top pop-up menu in the Color Range dialog box, choose Skin Tones to easily isolate those tones. To reduce the resulting selection to faces in the image, select Detect Faces.
Or, start off by selecting only faces: Choose Sampled Colors from the top pop-up menu, and then select Localized Color Clusters and Detect Faces. This approach lets you use the eyedropper samplers to refine the selection.
Note: To create a selection that preserves skin tones while you adjust the color of everything else, select Invert below the eyedropper samplers.
Improved Auto corrections
Perfectly enhance your images in a single step with improved Auto options for theLevels, Curves, and Brightness/Contrast adjustments.
Painting and patterns
Oil Paint filter
Choose Filter > Oil Paint to easily create the look of a classic painting.
Erodible and airbrush tips
Choose Window > Brush Presets to quickly access new erodible and airbrush tips, or Window > Brush to customize them.
Erodible pencils and pastels wear down naturally with use. Customize a variety of Brush Tip Shape options: Softness controls the rate of wear, Shape provides settings from flat to round, and Sharpen Tip returns to original crispness. As you paint, watch the amount of wear with the Live Brush Tip Preview to the upper left of the image.
Airbrush tips replicate spray cans with a 3D conical spray. Customize Brush Tip Shape options like Granularity,Spatter, Hardness, and Distortion controls. With a stylus, alter the spread of sprayed strokes by changing pen pressure.
Brush Pose holds stylus tilt, rotation, and pressure
Choose Window > Brush, and select Brush Pose to paint with a specified tilt, rotation, and pressure. Use a stylus to change the stroke relative to the default pose, or select Overrideoptions to maintain a static pose.
Brush Projection applies stylus tilt and rotation to tip shapes
Choose Window > Brush, and select Shape Dynamicsfrom the list at left. At the bottom of the options at right, select Brush Projection. As you paint with a stylus, changes to tilt and rotation alter the tip shape.
Color Dynamics remain consistent for each stroke by default
Color Dynamics settings automatically vary color as you paint. In previous versions of Photoshop, dynamics settings changed color for each distinct tip stamp in a stroke. In Photoshop CS6, however, dynamic changes occur once at the beginning of each stroke. This lets you vary color between strokes, rather than within each individual stroke.
To revert to the behavior of previous versions, choose Window > Brush, and select Color Dynamics from the list at left. At the top of the options at right, select Apply Per Tip.
Select Edit > Fill, choose Pattern from the Use menu, and then select Scripted Patterns to choose from several geometric options. Build sophisticated designs by combining these scripts with Custom Pattern presets and blending modes.
Workflow and workspace
Fresh new look
Work with a fresh, elegant interface with design enhancements like the following:
- Select from four different brightness levels: Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Photoshop> Preferences (Mac OS). In the Interface section, select a Color Theme swatch.
Note: To quickly decrease interface brightness, press Shift + F1. To increase brightness, press Shift + F2.
- On-image displays keep you informed as you use your favorite tools, showing dimensions for selections, angles for transformations, and more. To adjust the placement of these values, in the Interface preferences, choose an option from the Show Transformation Values menu.
- A new Mini Bridge gallery offers easier access to images and documents. Choose Window >Extensions > Mini Bridge.
- To maximize screen space, functions formerly in the application bar have moved elsewhere. To switch between Standard and Full Screen display modes, click the button at the bottom of the toolbar.
Speed from Mercury Graphics Engine
Experience blazing-fast interactions with processing intensive commands likeLiquify, Warp, Puppet Warp, and Crop.
At the top of the Layers panel, new filtering options help you find key layers in complex documents quickly. Display subsets of layers based on name, kind, effect, mode, attribute, or color label.
Preset migration and sharing
Choose Edit > Presets > Migrate to easily move presets, workspaces, preferences, and settings from Photoshop CS3 and later to Photoshop CS6. Choose Edit > Presets > Export/Import Presets to share a custom setup across all computers in a workgroup.
Background saving lets you keep working after you choose Save commands, instead of waiting for saving to complete.
Note: If you regularly save extremely large files and want the most consistent performance from Photoshop, disable Save In Background in the File Handling preferences.
Auto-recover from crashes
Auto-recovery stores crash-recovery information at an interval you specify (the default is 10 minutes). If you experience a crash, Photoshop automatically recovers your work when you next start the application.
To customize the time intervals between auto-recovery storage, choose Edit > Preferences > File Handling(Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling (Mac OS). Select Save In Background, and then select an interval from the Automatically Save Recovery Information menu.