Interface and Performance – Photoshop CS6 Beta

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Photoshop CS6 brings a very requested feature to the table. More color schemes. There are four new color schemes to choose from, including two dark UIs.

The Interface

One of the first things that you’ll notice when launching Photoshop CS6, are the changes to the user interface. For years, users have been asking for more customization, especially with the color scheme. Adobe has delivered, providing 4 color schemes to choose from. These new color choices can be accessed in Photoshop’s Preferences.

Mac: Photoshop > Preferences > Interface
Windows: Edit > Preferences > Interface

This section gives you the chance to preview and activate any one of the four color schemes available in Photoshop CS6.

Properties Panel

An interesting addition to the UI of Photoshop CS6, is the Properties Panel. This is essentially a dynamic panel that displays changes based on the type of layer you have selected. It’s able to display Mask information, Adjustments, and 3D properties.

Layer Filtering

One really nice addition to the UI, is layer filtering. If you’re working on a document that contains a lot of layers, filtering your layers may help with the clutter. You are able to filter you layers by Kind, Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute, and Color.

Performance Enhancements

In addition to the changes to the user interface, Photoshop CS6 also includes some major performance updates! Many features, like 3D and Lighting Effects are molded right into the workspace, and the Liquify filter is now GPU enabled! Check out the video at the top of the post to see it in action!

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