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Adobe releases Free Photoshop CS6 beta with more content aware tools and 3D editing features

Adobe has released upcoming Photoshop CS6 Beta, preview of the company’s popular flagship digital imaging software, and bringing with it a range of new Content-Aware tools and 3D capabilities, which includes enhanced performance and the ability to change the position, color, material, shadow, and light source of a 3D image

The most obvious change is the color scheme: Photoshop now has a dark color scheme made up of various shades of gray. It’s a more trendy look — Photoshop Elements already has it — and Adobe says that it helps the tools retreat into the background so you can concentrate on your image. Various elements such as dialog boxes, sliders and other controls are now more consistent, too. The new Content-Aware Patch, for instance, can easily duplicate an area of an image elsewhere as a fill, while Content Aware Move lets you drag objects or people around in a photo — and Photoshop automatically repairs the background. With the right type of image, it works remarkably well.
The Beta also includes the CS6 Extended 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis tools, to give users a taste of what they can expect from the more expensive Photoshop CS6 Extended release. Adobe hasn’t confirmed pricing for either it or the regular CS6 at this stage.

Under the hood is Adobe’s Mercury Graphics Engine, which promises more speed in the Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop tools. Quick-search for layers, new type styles and custom strokes have also been included. Adobe has finally has an auto-save feature with CS6 a much desired feature for Photoshop users
.  Adobe says it has “62 percent more new features.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta is a free download from Adobe Labs for Windows and MAC OS X. The full version, is expected in the first half of 2012. Adobe has said that Photoshop CS6 will be included in the Adobe Creative Cloud package that can be availed for $50 a month subscription fee.

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