Photoshop CS6 Beta: The Best Features for Portrait Photographers

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Photoshop CS6 Beta: The Best Features for Portrait Photographers

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Photoshop CS6 is now available

MCP Actions has great news: we have tested all of our Photoshop actions in CS6 and most of them work perfectly. Once the final version is released, we will announce how to re-download any that were impacted negatively.  We also just redid every instructional PDF that we include with the CS versions when you download our Photoshop action sets. If you wish to see these improved instructions, just redownload your actions from the My Downloadable Files section of your account.

Now for the fun stuff – our favorite additions coming to Photoshop CS6:

1. Color range now has skin tones option and can detect faces – this will allow you to isolate the skin more easily This means better skin tones color correction and skin smoothing possibilities – all without impacting the rest of your image as much as in the past.


2. Iris Blur allows you to simulate realistic shallow depth of field in a few clicks. There are also a few other fun blur filters like tilt-shift. Watch below as an Adobe product manager shows how Iris Blur works.


3. Resizing just got easier – bicubic automatic picks the best method for your image.

4. The layers panel has a search and sorting features. If you run actions and want to locate a specific layer, you can search.  As shown here, I ran Fusion’s One Click Color and searched for “Underexposure.”  You can also sort by effects, attributes, modes, etc.  This is especially great for designers but ultra handy for professional and hobbyist photographer too.



5. Change the opacity of multiple layers at once without having to group them.


6.Redesigned crop tool. It works similarly to Lightroom’s crop tool. And it includes a special new crop called the Perspective Crop Tool. You’ll love it!


Here are 10 other exciting additions and changes to Photoshop CS6:

  1. There is more control with the patch tool, which is my favorite retouching tool – including a content aware option.
  2. Brush size is larger now – up to 5,000 pixels
  3. No more tiling, so filters  work in real time – for example no long waiting time for Liquify to work.
  4. Rich cursors – cursors tell you information such as width/height of a selection.
  5. Auto save! If Photoshop crashes you lose all your work. It is so frustrating. Photoshop CS6 now has auto save so you it remembers where you left off. You cannot beat that.
  6. Content aware move tool, which can move items and fill in or expand items.
  7. Copy multiple layers at once (command j)
  8. Masks and adjustments are in the same panel now, called properties. Also, you can resize the panel.
  9. Bridge is now in 64 Bit – this means faster and better performance. Mini Bridge can appear as a film strip.
  10. Darker user interface which looks more similar to Lightroom – but you can change it if you prefer lighter.

*** Disclaimer: Adobe Photoshop CS6 is still in Beta.  The features listed here may or may not actually appear in the final release of the program. 

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