Monthly Archives: March 2012

Photoshop CS6 Beta Now Available On Adobe Labs

Adobe Systems Inc. today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging application. Photoshop CS6 Beta is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

 New Features in Photoshop CS6 Beta

Photoshop CS6 beta demonstrates Adobe’s focus on performance enhancements, imaging magic and creativity tools that offer customers a new experience in digital imaging. Key features include new additions to the Content-Aware tools: Content-Aware Patch allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or “patch” another, and Content-Aware Move lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image.

Adobe Photoshop’s new Blur Gallery feature is an intuitive, on-image, selective softening tool for generating shallow depth-of-field and tilt-shift effects.

Photoshop CS6 also sees the introduction of new Crop and Perspective Crop tools. Users of Adobe Lightroom will likely recognise some of the behaviour, but don’t be fooled because the tools in Photoshop are a lot more powerful.

Other headline features and enhancements include: a customisable UI colour scheme, the long awaited and much requested Auto Recovery, Adaptive Wide Angle, much improved Print dialog, plus improved 3D and Painting tools.

Adobe Camera Raw 7  includes the much improved adjustment tools associated with process version 2012, which was first introduced in Adobe Lightroom 4 earlier this month.

The Photoshop CS6 beta is available immediately as a free download in English and Japanese. At installation, users will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time login and online product activation. For information on how to install Photoshop CS6 beta, visit Customers can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum. Users can also connect with the Photoshop team via the community-powered site; on Facebook; YouTube; blog; or via Twitter.

Adobe Lightroom 4 Video Tutorials

George Jardine has released a new series of video tutorials for Adobe Lightroom 4. This series is a complete rewrite of George’s original Lightroom 3 Library tutorials.

The tutorials are a ground up guide for any serious photographer—professional or passionate amateur. As you progress through the tutorials George will take you deeper into nearly every Lightroom Library feature, gently leading you to a solid and complete understanding of the entire professional workflow.

The new video titles and timing are as follows:

  1. The Library Structure Overview   –  14:45
  2. The Lightroom Catalog Overview   –  7:43
  3. The Lightroom User Interface   –  21:32
  4. The Pro Workflow Overview   –  37:02
  5. The Lightroom Import Dialog   –  17:31
  6. The Library Module – Part 1   –  27:51
  7. The Library Module – Part 2   –  42:21
  8. The Keywording Panels   –  19:31
  9. The Metadata Panel   –  27:52
  10. File Renaming   –  22:06
  11. Editing Methods in Lightroom 4   –  34:19
  12. The Lightroom Filter Bar   –  14:36
  13. Collections & Virtual Copies   –   24:38
  14. The Export Dialog & Publish Services   –  35:46
  15. The Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow   –  17:09
  16. Photo Library Backup Strategies   –  22:00

The complete series is available form George’s website and at $24.99 is great value.

Adobe Release Photoshop Lightroom 4.0

It’s just under 2 months since Adobe released a public beta of Lightroom 4.0. In general the feedback has been very positive and many users are keen to get their hands on the final release version. Well, now’s their chance because Adobe has just released the GM version.

With previous versions Adobe tended to hold a few headline features back for the final version, but with Lightroom 4.0 this isn’t the case. Sure, we’ve got a new logo and a few mini features have been added, and in response to user feedback a few of the features first shown in the public beta have been tweaked a little. So, what has changed?

New since the public beta is Reverse Geocoding. When the feature is activated (Catalog Settings>Metadata) Lightroom will automatically fill the ITPC fields for Country, State/Province, City and Sub location using information gathered from Google Maps.       

Also, new to the Library and Develop modules is an improved Auto Tone adjustment button. Yes, I know, we had one in all previous versions, but it was disabled in Lightroom 4 public beta. The new auto tone includes all of the PV2012 basic panel tone adjustments (exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks).

The big surprise isn’t features, it’s price. For the first time in Lightroom’s history Adobe will be changing the price. The full version Lightroom price will be lowered from $299 to $149 with upgrades and student/teacher editions listed at $79.

Lightroom 4.0 also has some additional camera support:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E

A comprehensive overview of the new features to be found in Lightroom 4.0 can be read in my feature review.