Photoshop CS6: What's New? By Matt Kloskowski

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If you’re already a Photoshop user and want a quick, just-tell-me-the-good-stuff way to unlock the potential of Photoshop CS6’s new features then this training course is the place to start. Ideal for people with experience using a previous version of Photoshop (CS5, CS4, or even CS3), this Photoshop CS6: What’s New? course is the easiest way to learn the new features, tips and shortcuts in Photoshop CS6 so you can start using them right away.

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Matt introduces himself and talks about what he will cover in the course.
Matt starts off by looking at the new dark interface and a few interface-related changes that Adobe made in CS6.
Not a really glamorous change, but the new background and auto save features will probably end up being some of your favorites.
The new Properties panel takes the place of a few different areas that we're using to using in Photoshop.
The Content Aware technology just keeps getting better in each version of Photoshop. Adobe added a brand new tool called Content Aware Move as well as adding content aware options to a tool that's been around for quite a while.
If you're a traditional artist then you're going to love the way the new brushes work in CS6.
The Liquify filter is one of the go-to filters for any retoucher out there and they've done some hefty speed and interface improvements to it in CS6.
One of my personal favorites is the new Oil Paint filter. It's not something I use every day but I'm tellin' ya, when you want to make your photo look like a painting, this new filter is absolutely amazing.
The Camera Raw adjustments also got better in CS6. Now on par with Lightroom 4, we have better basic adjustments that really let you get the most from your photos by just moving a few sliders.
If you're a designer of any sort or you work with type a lot in Photoshop, then the new Paragraph and Character styles make life much easier. By letting you create styles, you're now able to save your favorite type treatments in one place, and apply them to as many type layers as you want later.
The new Crop tool is simply easier to use and give you way more features than the old one did. Also, just like Camera Raw (and Lightroom), now your cropping in Photoshop can be non-destructive.
If you shoot a lot of wide angle photos then the new Adaptive Wide Angle filter will come in really handy. It takes the task of manually fixing distortion or perspective problems and helps make it much easier and faster.
The new Tilt Shift Blur filter means you no longer have to "fake" the tilt shift effect. Plus, Adobe added 2 other new Blur filters to make adding blur to your images much more intuitive and powerful.
The Lighting Effects filter disappeared in Photoshop CS5 (well, you had to download it separately), but now it's back in CS6 with a brand new interface and easier to use tools than ever.
If you retouch photos than you know that selecting the skin tones has always been a manual process. Now in CS6, there's a way to limit your selections to only the skin tones in your photos so you can get to work on them a lot faster.
As you'll see in this video, this is a very limited-use feature in CS6. But if you've ever thought patterns in Photoshop were boring, then you'll probably love the new scripted patterns feature in CS6. Now you can apply seamless patterns with more options than ever to get the look and effect you're going for.
Covering what's new in video in CS6
A brief overview of 3D features in Photoshop CS6
Thanks for watching. Hope you learned a lot.
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of mmdimeo mmdimeo

    Matt, Love your teaching style and sense of humor. You are are an excellent teacher!

    So, just how many people wrote about your pronunciation of “bokeh”? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Good introduction to Photoshop CS6 ! Well explained. I have learned a few tricks. Thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Ladybeargraphics Ladybeargraphics

    Great job Matt on “Photoshop CS6: What’s New?” It gave me a fantastic refresher to remember what to teach my advanced Photoshop students at a local college. You’re the best! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Karen Slater Karen Slater

    Thanks for the update. I jumped a few editions so this was very helpful —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Ethel Valz Ethel Valz

    Hi, Matt… I often like a dark background to work on, too. In fact, I prefer black to the dark gray. One of my favorite choices in CS5 and probably older is the ability to right click on the background and change it to black, gray or a custom color. Is this choice still available in CS6? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Bob Hall Bob Hall

    Thanks, Matt!!
    I appreciate how quick you guys got this ready. I did the beta test on CS6 but I learned more here in a few minutes than in the 3 months with the beta.


  7. Profile photo of 1129493 1129493

    Sorry, I meant that the New Properties panel clip wouldn’t download!
    Roger Holloway (Wales, Great Britain). —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of 1129493 1129493

    Background and autosave clip doesn’t download, otherwise a good set of tutorials.
    Roger Holloway (from Wales, Great Britain).
    From my iPad. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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