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Photoshop CS6 New Features

with Deke McClelland

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Photoshop CS6 introduces two new saving features that are designed to save your neck. They are called Background Save and Auto Save. I'll show you Background Save first. Imagine that you're working on a very big file. This one hails from the Fotolia Image Library. It has tons and tons of layers and it takes up a total of 500 Megabytes in RAM, and let's say that it's not good enough. I'm going to go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command and just for the sake of demonstration here, I'm going to take the Width and Height values up to 200% and that's going to create an image that's four times as large as it is now.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 37s
  2. 2h 27m
    1. The secrets of the dark interface
      3m 55s
    2. Background and Auto-Save
      3m 22s
    3. The altogether revamped Crop tool
      4m 0s
    4. The consolidated Properties panel
      3m 58s
    5. The searchable Layers panel
      5m 2s
    6. Modifying multiple layers at a time
      4m 50s
    7. The wide world of layer enhancements
      6m 48s
    8. Content-Aware Move and Extend
      6m 16s
    9. Content-Aware Patch
      3m 14s
    10. Auto-Power color adjustments
      6m 3s
    11. The brave new world of Camera Raw 7
      6m 16s
    12. The new three-part Blur Gallery
      8m 9s
    13. The Adaptive Wide-Angle filter
      7m 7s
    14. Correcting wide-angle panoramas
      7m 14s
    15. Text enhancements & styles
      4m 48s
    16. Filling & stroking shape layers
      4m 37s
    17. Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes
      4m 17s
    18. Working with the Scripted Patterns
      3m 32s
    19. Erodible brush tips & airbrushes
      5m 44s
    20. The enhanced Liquify filter
      4m 20s
    21. The new Oil Paint filter
      4m 10s
    22. Selecting skin tones and faces
      5m 11s
    23. The new Lighting Effects filter
      6m 29s
    24. Editing videos in the Timeline panel
      10m 16s
    25. Making editable 3D type
      8m 8s
    26. 3D shadows and reflections
      6m 35s
    27. Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
      3m 0s
  3. 50m 34s
    1. Introducing the first Photoshop Creative Cloud update
      1m 36s
    2. Liquify and Blur Gallery support Smart Objects
      8m 42s
    3. Creating conditional actions
      9m 51s
    4. Moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly
      3m 32s
    5. Autonaming merged layers
      4m 42s
    6. Creating global default type styles
      4m 57s
    7. Copying CSS code from specialty layers
      4m 54s
    8. Enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit bit color
      6m 42s
    9. The new default 3D image-based light
      5m 38s
  4. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Photoshop CS6 New Features
3h 20m Appropriate for all Mar 21, 2012 Updated Jan 15, 2013

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In this course, Deke McClelland offers a sneak peek at the new features in Photoshop CS6. He reveals the secrets behind the new dark interface, searchable layers, the powerful Blur Gallery, Camera Raw 7, video editing, and the Adaptive Wide Angle filter, which removes distortion from extreme wide-angle photographs and panoramas. Deke also covers the new nondestructive Crop tool, dashed strokes, paragraph and character styles, editable 3D type, and the exciting Content-Aware Move tool, which moves selections and automatically heals the backgrounds.

Topics include:
  • Enabling auto recovery and background saving
  • Filtering layers in the Layers panel
  • Modifying multiple layers at once
  • Applying layer effects to groups
  • Working with the Content-Aware tools
  • Redeveloping photos in Camera Raw 7
  • Creating depth of field with the Blur Gallery
  • Correcting wide-angle panoramas
  • Filling and stroking shape layers
  • Editing videos in the Timeline panel
  • Previewing 3D shadows and reflections
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Background and Auto-Save

Photoshop CS6 introduces two new saving features that are designed to save your neck. They are called Background Save and Auto Save. I'll show you Background Save first. Imagine that you're working on a very big file. This one hails from the Fotolia Image Library. It has tons and tons of layers and it takes up a total of 500 Megabytes in RAM, and let's say that it's not good enough. I'm going to go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command and just for the sake of demonstration here, I'm going to take the Width and Height values up to 200% and that's going to create an image that's four times as large as it is now.

That way it will take up a lot more room in RAM and of course it will take longer to save the file as well, and notice that our image size jumps up to 1.23 gigs in RAM. All right! Now, I'm going to go up to the File menu and choose the Save command. Now, normally Photoshop would take its time saving the file and you'd have to wait for it, but now in CS6, pay attention to the Title tab up here toward the top of the screen and also watch for a Progress Bar down here in the lower left corner.

As soon as I choose Save, we are told how much progress Photoshop is making up there at the top and down at the bottom of the screen and I can go ahead and switch to the other image and work away as the other file is saved in the background. So, that's how Background Save works. It's a really great feature but I assure you, you are going to like this next one even better. I'm going to go up to the Edit menu, this would be the Photoshop menu on a Mac, and I'll drop all the way down here to the Preferences command and then I'll go ahead and choose File Handling. And I want you to see that we have this option right here, Automatically Save Recovery Information Every: so often.

By default it's set to 10 minutes. I went ahead and cranked it down to 5 minutes so that it saves my changes more often in the background, and I'll go ahead and click OK. Now, if you take a look at the Title tab up here you'll see an asterisk, which indicates that there are unsaved changes. Well, let's say that most unfortunate of all events occurs--Photoshop crashes. Now, this is a pretty stable program so I can't do anything inside the program to make it crash. So, here on the PC, I'm going to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and I'm going to go ahead and start the Task Manager. And that will bring up a dialog box in the foreground that allows me, among other things, to quit a running application.

I'm going to go ahead and click on Photoshop there and say End Task. Now Photoshop is pretty smart, so it's going to offer to save my changes even though I'm trying to force quit it. But I'm going to go ahead and say End Now. Forget about it Photoshop, you're out of luck, you're going down. All right, now I'm going to close the Task Manager here, and now I'm back inside the Bridge, which has been updated as well. And I can see that I've got this old dark side of CS6.psd document. I'm going to go ahead and double-click it to open it up, and of course Photoshop goes ahead and launches and shows me the file that I asked to open.

And a few seconds later it also shows me the recovered version of the file. So, this is the original version, and this is the recovered version that contains my changes. And now of course I'd go up to the File menu and choose the Save As command in order to save my changes permanently. And that's how Background Save and Auto Save work here inside Photoshop CS6.

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Q: This course was updated on 1/15/2013. What changed?
A: The course was revised to address the new Photoshop features and enhancements bundled with the Creative Cloud update released in December 2012. We added a second chapter to the course, detailing the new enhancements. We cover the Liquify and Blur Galleries, which now support Smart Objects; creating conditional actions; auto-naming merged layers; moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly; creating global default type styles; and copying CSS code from specialty layers. We also cover two improvements to the 3D package included with Photoshop Extended: enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit color and the new default 3D image-based light. We also updated the exercise files with new files for Chapter 2 and added an introductory video to the beginning of Chapter 2 that outlines the improvements.
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