Raw Dark Side of Adobe Photoshop CS6

January 31, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The upcoming Photoshop CS6 would bring along the power of dark workspace and raw-image editing tools. Set to debut along with the sixth version of Adobe’s Creative Suite in the first half of 2012, the CS6 has been detailed by Adobe senior product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes on video.

The YouTube video gives us an idea of the tools brought over from the new beta of Lightroom 4. Darker photo backgrounds do make the image stand out.

Hughes says the darker interface comes from a desire to appear more uniform alongside other Adobe software, such as Lightroom. “We have a darker interface that allows for a more immersive experience”, says Hughes. “We’re able to focus on the image and not on the interface itself.”

Although, fear not, if you want to change the interface to look as it did before, you can do that. Well, the last part is for all the Photoshop users out there who are not really comfortable with that kind of a modification.

The Camera Raw module is also featured in the video, and is used to edit the raw photos that higher-end cameras can take, or to edit JPEGs or other more ordinary formats. The module gets the same editing controls as the Lightroom 4 beta, whose raw-processing engine it shares.

So the new version brings along big change for tasks like pulling back overexposed highlights or filling in darker shadows. A lot more can be done with adjustment brushes including shadow and highlight adjustments, selective sharpening, noise reduction, white balance tweaks.

The video is titled Sneak Peek #1, which means more video is coming your way before the CS6 arrives.

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