Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 Public Beta

From the press release:

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

Click here to download the Photoshop CS6 public beta from Adobe Labs

Finally, a major overhaul of the industry standard in image editing software!  Adobe has made some huge changes in the upcoming release, some of which are outlined below:

  • GUI – Completely redesigned, this version now looks more like Lightroom, with dark gray menus and background, and new icons.
  • Auto and background saves – Finally, no worrying about crashing in the middle of major image work.
  • Content-aware Patch and Move tools – Hugely successful Content-aware tools are now even more powerful.
  • Blur Gallery – No more plugins needed for Bokeh and Tilt-Shift blurring in post!
  • Color Range: skin tone and face detection – Automatically detects skin tones with a large database of ethnic variations.
  • ACR 7 – In line with Lightroom 4 and Process Version 2012
  • Crop tool – Redone to also more closely mimic LR4’s crop tool, with the ability to hide and not delete pixels.
  • Properties panel – Expanded image properties and adjustment panels.
  • Video support – Video editing within Photoshop…. not sure yet what the benefits here are, but could be useful if you don’t have Premiere.
  • Oil Paint filter – A new standard filter for creating paintings from photos.
  • Auto correction settings – New “Auto” in Levels and Curves focuses on Brightness and Contrast without messing with colors.
  • Adaptive Wide Angle filter – Automatically fixes distortion caused by wide angle lenses or panoramic stitches.
  • Type Styles – Enhanced text modifications.
  • Printing UI – Completely redone printing UI for added flexibility.

For full details and screenshots, head over to DPReview.com.

DIY iPad, iPhone, or iTouch Stylus

So I bought an iPad last week, largely to use as an e-reader. Of course, there are countless uses for the iPad, and one app I purchased was ArtStudio. This is a great app for drawing or painting on the iPad. However, I quickly realized that drawing with a finger is just not natural, nor do you have very good control. The solution? A conductive stylus! I started looking around, and found that you can purchase one for $10-$15. However, being frugal I figured I can make my own… The tip is basically conductive foam, like the kind used to protect the pins on electronic chips (IC’s). Being an electronics geek, I had plenty of this stuff around. All I had to do was house it in something. For this to work, you need a conductive surface from your hand to the foam – an old metal pen works perfectly. Stuff some foam into the pen, trim the end, and presto! You have yourself a stylus. And when the foam rubs off, just stuff in some more, for pennies! If you don’t have any metal pens, check out this tutorial.  (Also works for iPad2 and iPad3)

Canon 5D Mark II

Well, Canon finally announced the long awaited and much anticipated 5D Mark II Digital SLR. This camera has some fantastic new features that make me foam at the mouth..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a short list:

  • 21.1 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 1080p HD Video!
  • Digic IV processor
  • 14-bit A/D
  • 3.9 fps continuous shooting
  • Improved weather sealing
  • 3″ 920,000 dot high resolution LCD
  • 50-25600 ISO (w/ expansion enabled)
  • Live View with face detection
  • Higher capacity battery
  • AF micro-adjustment for up to 20 lenses
  • Sensor dust reduction
  • the list goes on….

All this and more for a palatable price of $2700! The camera should be available for purchase sometime in November. DPReview.com has posted a preview of the camera here.

Also recently announced was the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR, which I’m somewhat disappointed came out just 12 months after the release of the EOS 40D, which I purchased. While I’m very happy with the 40D’s performance, it is somewhat aggravating that many of the features introduced in the 50D should have been included in the 40D.