When the Public Beta of Photoshop CS6 was released, there were a number of places to see “top ten” lists of the cool new stuff in CS6. Of course many of these were based on some quick testing or first impressions. I decided to wait a bit until I had really spent some time working with CS6 before posting too much.
So here’s my “Now that I’ve been using it for a while Top Six list of my favorite things in Photoshop CS6″ list. (Top Six, because it’s CS6 – get it?)
1. Crop Tool
I absolutely LOVE the new Crop Tool. It’s so much easier and faster that now I cannot imagine going back to the “old way”. I almost wish Adobe didn’t include the option to go to “Classic Mode” – I fear that some people will give up to soon on the new way and revert back to the old way. Every time I press C for Crop and the crop handles are already there I give an imaginary high five to Adobe.
2. Background Save
It’s easy to forget about this one since it is in the background, but the ability to save a large document and continue to work has been a real time saver. Every. Single. Day.
3. Content Aware Patch
Although Content Aware Fill is great, I have an ongoing love affair with the Content Aware option of the Patch tool. The ability to choose the area to use, and put the results on a new layer? Awesome!!
4. Color Lookup Adjustment Layer
I’ve found myself using this new adjustment layer more than I thought I would – mostly I think because it quickly lets me try looks that would have taken longer n the past. And some of the choices would have previously required a third-party Action to achieve – no it’s an editable effect.
5. Tool Recording in Actions
I”ve already found a number of situations where having the option to record tools as part of an Action have been a huge help. Check out this video for one example.
6. Group Layer Styles
I guess I never realized how often I used to copy and paste layer style from one layer to another until I no longer have to do that. The option to apply layer styles to a Group is very very cool. (and the ability to use a Clipping Mask with a Group is pretty darn cool too).
Other contenders for the top six:
The Lighting Effects filter: haven’t used it much but it’s very interesting
The Blur Filters: again, haven’t had too many reasons to use them, but I do like the look of Field Blur over Gaussian Blur
Layer Search: I can see how this will be a great help the next time I’m working on a document with lots of layers
Not a Fan:
Mini Bridge: I am (was?) a huge fan of Mini Bridge and relied on it each and every day. I do not like the fact that in CS6 I’m pretty much forced to use it as a filmstrip on the bottom. What a waste of space! I am so used to have MB as a pop-up panel that I can put away, but MB definitely does not operate well anymore unless it’s a filmstrip.
What are your favorite features/changes so far? Your least favorites? Comment away….