Photoshop CS6, 6 New Useful
By Neil Blevins
Created On: Oct 14th 2012
Just upgraded to Pshop CS6 and figured I'd write a little on the
experience. You know how it is, the "What's new in Software X" guide
always has these huge features, none of which are useful at all, and
then they say at the bottom: "And many small updates", and that's where
you'll find all the useful stuff you've been waiting for forever. So
after looking at the big features for Adobe Photoshop CS6, I wasn't
really impressed with it, but after looking into the small updates,
found a lot of useful stuff there. So figured I'd pass on what I found
in case it help you too.
Note, I am upgrading from CS3 to CS6, so a few of these things may in
fact be features added in CS4 or 5, but they're new to me in CS6.
Second Note, these are not all of the new features in CS6, these are
just the ones I think I'll find useful. So while CS6 has for example
some new paint brushes, I gave them a shot and don't think they'll be
very useful to me, and so I won't go into them.
Thanks to Ben Beech for some of these tips.
1) Save File In The Background
This is the one big feature that I have found useful, the
background save. When you save, you can now immediately
continue working while the image is saved in the background. Definitely
speeds up workflow. But be careful, if you save twice before the first
save is finished, you'll get an error.
2) Layer Filters
The layers palette is of course where you see all your photoshop layers
in a document. But now you can filter these layers, so if you have a
really large file with hundreds of layers, but you only want to edit
say the text layers, you can filter by text, and now instead of hunting
through all your layers (many of which may be nested in groups), you'll
only see the text layers...
Other useful things to do with layer filters:
3) Clipping Mask Can Be Applied
To A Group
- Find all layers that use a specific layer mode like show only
layers set to multiply
- Show all layers that use a specific color
- Show only adjustment layers
- Show all layers that are currently invisible
Say you have a shape, and you want to apply some texture to it. One way
to do this is put your texture on a new layer, set it to Multiply...
And then apply it as a clipping mask to your Shape layer, so the
texture only affects your shape, and not the entire image...
But now what do you do if you want to do the same trick, but to
multiple shape layers at the same time?
Now you can group your Shape layers, and apply your Texture
layer as a clipping mask to a whole group...
This can be done for any layer, so you can also make an Adjustment
Layer (Like Levels or Color Balance) and apply that to an entire group
instead of a single layer or the entire image. This is really useful
for changing the color of say your main character without affecting the
background while still keeping the main character on several separate
layers in a group.
4) Change Colors On Multiple Layers At
The Same Time
To help you find layers, Adobe added the ability to add a color to your
layer. This color only appears in the layers dialog, it does not affect
your final image, and is simply an organizational tool. Like these
layers are colored yellow, blue and red...
But if you wanted to change the color of a bunch of layers at the same
time, you had to do it a single layer at a time. Now we have the
ability to change the layer color to multiple layers, just select the
layers and right click.
5) Set Layer Mode On Multiple
The Same Time
You can also now select multiple layers and change their mode, like all
to Multiply, etc, at the same time.
6) Darker Interface
Of course you've probably already noticed the darker interface. I kinda
dig it, but if you want to go back to the lighter interface, it's
easily available in the preferences...
You can also right click in the area around any image to change the
color that's behind the image to a darker or lighter color. You could
do this before, but now there are far more presets...
Don't Forget To...
- Upgrade Drivers: I'd
really recommend updating your wacom / cintiq drivers
when installing Photoshop CS6, I was unable to use tablet pressure
sensitivity until I upgraded, even though it worked fine in CS3.
- Save Workspace: Once
you've gotten rid of all the palettes you don't want
and added the ones you do, and finish any other customizations, save
your workspace with a unique name so you can go back to it anytime...
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