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

Fill and stroke options You can set the the fill or stroke to transparent, a solid color, a gradient, or a pattern.

Dashed and dotted lines The three default stroke presets lets you create dashed and dotted lines quickly

Custom stroke options You can even create your own custom stroke by clicking on the “More Options” button.


26. Editing videos in the Timeline panel

Video editing inside Photoshop? It’s true and great news for those of you with video-capable DSLRs! Now you can import videos as Smart Objects and edit them using the Timeline panel. The panel works just like the one found in Adobe Premiere and you can animate objects and apply filters without buying a new software. The new video editing capabilities in Photoshop doesn’t replace Adobe Premiere (Adobe’s video editing software), but it comes close enough that you may never need it. You can arrange clips, apply transitions, and Photoshop effects. Note that Photoshop doesn’t save the videos into the PSD. Instead, it links to them – that means that if you’re sending the file to someone else, you’ll need to send them the video files too.

Video editing in Photoshop CS6 Tracks are linked to layers.

Working with layers and video In some ways, video editing in Photoshop is easier than Adobe Premiere.


27. Working with 3D Objects in Photoshop CS6

Working with 3D objects in CS6 is quite different. First of all the Repoussé tool has been replaced (more about this later). Additionally, the UI went through a major overhaul to resemble something more similar to other 3D software. 3D performance is significantly improved with the Mercury Graphics Engine – you can make 3D adjustments smoother than you can in CS5. You can even preview shadows and reflections without rendering the scene. Unlike Photoshop CS5 where you could only select and edit one mesh at a time, CS6 will let you edit multiple meshes at a time. This also means you can move multiple meshes at the same time and align them with the Move tool.

Photoshop CS6 3D interface Editing 3D Objects in Photoshop CS6


28. Creating Non-Destructive 3D Type

Back in Photoshop CS5, if you wanted to turn 2D text into 3D text, you’d use the Repoussé tool (3D > Repoussé > Edit in Repoussé) which was pretty easy to use. The downside to Repoussé is that it would rasterize your text, i.e., if you spelt something wrong, you can’t fix it without undoing everything. In Photoshop CS6, the Repoussé tool is gone and replaced with the Properties palette (the same Properties palette you use to edit adjustment layers).

Process for editing the properties of 3D objects The process for editing 3D objects in Photoshop

Properties panel that replaces the Repousse tool With the Text 3D Object selected, your Properties panel (Window > Properties) will display all the features you can find in Photoshop CS5’s Repoussé tool. To change your 3D text, just click on the Edit Source button in the Mesh tab.


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