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The new crop tool shows you a preview of your background if you extend the crop area beyond your image boundaries.There are several views that you can use instead of the Rule of Thirds. To cycle through them quickly, just press O on your keyboard.
The new crop viewsAlso note that Photoshop by default will crop your images non-destructively so that you can expand your crop at a later time. If you want to disable this feature, checkmark the “Delete Cropped Pixels” in the option bar. Switch to the Perspective Crop tool to fix the perspective of photos. Think of it as the old Crop tool with the Perspective option checked but better. This tool only works when you have no text/shape layers.
The Perspective Crop tool
8. Eyedropper tool enhancementsThe new sample modes for the Eyedropper tool lets you ignore adjustment layers and sample from the current layer and below. Also changed is the sample size option – it doesn’t affect the Magic Wand tool anymore.
The new sampling modes
9. Using the Patch Tool on Content-Aware modeThe Patch tool isn’t new but what is is a new Content-Aware mode for the Patch tool. Content-Aware fill worked great for removing objects and selecting areas to copy the background from. With the Patch tool on Content-Aware mode, you can specify where Photoshop should sample the background from so that you get better object removals.
You can change the patch mode in the options bar
Not getting the results you like? Try changing the adaptation setting.
The Content-Aware Patch tool can get results closer to perfect
10. Using the new Content-Aware Move tool to move and extend objectsThe Content-Aware Move tool lets you move objects easily using content-aware technology. It works wonderfully when moving objects with a simple background but not perfectly for more complicated scenes like the one below.
The Content-Aware Move tool
Photoshop did most of the work but more clone/heal work needs to be done for this image.
Not getting good results? Try adjusting the Adaptation level.Change the mode from Move to Extend and now you can extend objects. To use, simply create a selection then drag to extend the object.
11. Using the updated Brush toolDigital painters will love the new Brush tool. Photoshop CS6 introduces two new brush features: erodible tip and airbrush tip. Erodible brush settings let you draw lines with a tip that erodes like a crayon (from thin to thick lines). This lets you create paintings that look more realistic. Airbrush tips should be used with a pen tablet instead of a mouse and it lets you use your pen just like an airbrush – press harder to create a thinner line or lighter for a thicker line with more splatter. It can also detect the angle of your pen to control the direction of the spray - you'll need a tablet with tilt-sensitivity for this feature to work (ex. Wacom Intuos5). The brush tool itself has been improved with a max brush size of 5000 px (compared to 2500 px) and rich cursor support. The rich cursor support lets you change your brush size and hardness dynamically simply by dragging your mouse (Alt+Right drag or Ctrl+Opt+Drag on Mac).
The max brush size has been increased from 2500 to 5000 pixels.
Erodible tip dulls the tip of your brush for realistic painting results
The new erodible brush settings can be found in the Brush palette (Window > Brush).
Comparison of the 5 erodible brush tips
If you use Erodible brushes, you should set a hotkey to sharpen the tip. You can access this window by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. The tool is located at the very bottom of the Tools list.
The airbrush settings
Hold down the Alt/Option key then right-drag anywhere in your document to bring up the live brush settings. You can also hold the Ctrl + Option key and left-drag on a Mac. Drag horizontally to adjust the brush size and vertically to adjust the hardness.