Conclusion: Sure, it's pricey, but Photoshop CS6 moves the bar even higher for image editing software, now with serious video editing, content-aware editing, and a cleaner interface.
Pros: Sleeker interface. Content-aware move and patch. Faster performance. Updated Camera Raw. Layer search. Powerful video editing and adjustment. Improved auto-correct. New drawing tools. Text and paragraph styles.
Cons: Some operations still get complex. Doesn't work with iCloud. New selective focus tools.
Excerpt: For all those people using graphic design, drawing, photo editing, illustration and drafting software who are struggling with each new release of their favorite program, and for all those just getting into the software - as students, teachers, amateurs or budding professionals - a book which attempts to show you how to use the software as opposed to just telling you about it is probably a good thing.
Excerpt: The new Photoshop CS6 interface design is the first thing to catch your eye. It uses darker tones to make your images stand out more, and this gives it more visual consistency with Lightroom and, for that matter, Photoshop Elements.
Pros: Head-Up Display adjustments, GPU-accelerated graphics performance, Many interface enhancements, Excellent text and shape improvements
Cons: Fast graphics card is essential, Meretricious oil paint filter, Older filters still not updated, Variable Content-Aware Patch results
Excerpt: We return to Adobe's flagship creative tool after months spent with both the beta and the final software. Here's our long-term view of whether it's a must-have upgrade or not.
Pros: Faster performance. Auto-save and recovery. Dark color scheme reduces eye fatigue. Non-destructive Crop tool. New Content-Aware Move tool. Layer filtering. Easier-to-use adjustments in Camera Raw. Video editing in Standard edition. Bridge and Lighting Effects filter now 64-bit. New blur and Adaptive Wide-Angle filters.
Cons: Character and Paragraph styles can't be imported. Running Smart Filters not named properly. Crop tool missing resolution field in Options bar. Text labels hard to read on dark background.
Excerpt: Each time Adobe launches a new version of Photoshop, photographers ask: can it really improve on the previous version? Well, not one to rest on its laurels, Adobe's development team is constantly listening to users via the Adobe Labs website to find out how it can improve the product and in this latest version, CS6, it claims there are 65 user-inspired enhancements and no fewer than 62% of new features.
Conclusion: With the release of CS6, Photoshop once again confirms its position at the top of the image-editing field, with a long list of improvements that add up to the biggest overhaul the program has seen in years. There are some great new tools for photographers, artists and designers, performance is improved and the new-look interface is superb, however some of the new features, particularly in the Extended version, take on roles for which there are other specialised programs...
Excerpt: The latest release of Photoshop, Photoshop CS6, borrows many of the clothes of its Lightroom sibling. We’re talking about a much darker look here, one where the deep grey and black backgrounds of the canvas and palettes have the effect of enhancing both the colours of images and the readability of text in the interface.