Switching To Photoshop CS6? 27 New Features and Changes You Need to Know

Switching To Photoshop CS6? 27 New Features and Changes You Need to Know
Switching To Photoshop CS6? 27 New Features and Changes You Need to Know

Erodible tip
Erodible tip dulls the tip of your brush for realistic painting results

Erodible tip settings in the Brushes palette
The new erodible brush settings can be found in the Brush palette (Window > Brush).

Comparison of erodible tip settings
Comparison of the 5 erodible brush tips

Setting a keyboard shortcut for the Sharpen Erodible Tips command
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.

Airbrush settings in the Brushes palette
The airbrush settings

Live brush preview
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.

12. Using the improved Gradient fills

Whether you’re doing it via the Gradient tool, layer styles, or Gradient Fill layers, you will like the new scale option that lets you scale up to 1000% (up from 150%).

Gradient Fill window
Scale gradients up to 1000% (compared to 150% in CS5)

13. Using the new Text features

There’s so many features with the Type tool that Photoshop CS6 now has a new Type menu. One awesome feature designers love is the Lorem Ipsum text generator. For those who don’t know, Lorem Ipsum is placeholder/filler text you can use instead of typing in random text. The new Character Styles and Paragraph Styles palettes let you create your own typography presets.

Paste Lorem Ipsum
With the Text tool, draw a text box then go to Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum.

OpenType features in the Characters palette
OpenType features are now built into the Character palette. In CS5, these were hidden inside the flyout menu.

Charactder and Paragraph Styles palettes
Use the new Character Styles and Paragraph Styles palettes (Window > Character Styles/Paragraph Styles) to create text and paragraph presets.

Character Style Optionst
Character Style Options

Huge font previews
You can change the font preview size by going to the Type > Font Preview Size menu.

14. Making adjustments with the Adjustments and Properties palettes

In Photoshop CS5, you would change an adjustments settings in the Adjustments panel (Window > Adjustments). CS6 has a new panel for this called Properties (Window > Properties). Inside the Properties panel is a new Masks tab where you can adjust the layer mask.

Adjustments and Properties palettes

15. The New “Enhance Brightness and Contrast” Auto Adjustment

There’s a new auto button in the Brightness/Contrast, Levels, and Curves adjustments and it works differently. Originally, it would adjust the contrast for each channel (red, green, and blue). In Photoshop CS6, it enhances the brightness and contrast and for more stable color results. It’s also easier to make adjustments afterwards because you can modify the black and white points without having to go into each channel.

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