Are you an Adobe Photoshop aficionado or someone looking for free kick-butt technology that’s useful in the classroom? Here’s a brief opportunity that’s perfect for you. Adobe just announced the newest version of Photoshop (CS6) is now available for download. It’s the beta version so there might be a few bugs. It will also expire and ask you to purchase the full version at some point. But in the meantime, it’s a free download of cutting-edge software. What could be better?
The beta includes several new features and enhancements that will be shipped as part of the final release slated for the first half of 2012, including:
- An updated, darker UI that makes images pop
- Increased performance, powered by the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, that accelerates results from popular editing tools including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects
- Content-Aware Patch, which allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or “patch” another
- Content-Aware Move, which lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image
“As an educator, enhancements in Adobe Photoshop CS6 including the Mercury Graphics Engine and new Crop Tool make it possible to save valuable classroom time editing so that we can quickly move on to the next project,” said DanArmstrong, graphic arts teacher, Lake City High School. “With Adobe Photoshop CS6, we have moved from usability to enjoyability and I love it!”
Photoshop CS6 Beta is available immediately as a free download on Adobe Labs for Mac OS and Windows – in English and Japanese. At installation, you will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time login and online product activation. Beta users can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum.