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If you've used versions of Photoshop before Photoshop CS6, one of the first things you'll notice when you launch Photoshop is that the interface has changed rather dramatically. That's primarily reflected in a color change. The interface is considerably darker than in prior versions and that can be helpful in terms of enabling you to really focus your attention on the image that you're currently working on. You can adjust the brightness of the interface in preferences. I'll go ahead and go to the Edit menu on Macintosh this would be found on the Photo Shop menu.
I'll go to the bottom of the menu and under Preferences, I'll choose Interface. Here, you'll see we have a Color Theme option under Appearance and we can choose an even darker version of the interface if we like. We can choose a lighter version of the interface essentially about a middle grey as far as that background or we can choose a very light version of the interface. I find that I tend to favor a darker interface. So I prefer either the first or second option and generally speaking, I find that second option, the Default setting, to be a pretty good balance between the overall brightness of the interface relative to the image.
But of course, you can choose which ever option you feel most comfortable with and then click OK to close Preferences. You also notice a variety of other updates in terms of all the icons and controls. The check boxes look a little bit different. The various icons look a little bit cleaner. For example, you can see many of the icons for the tools have been updated just a little bit in terms of their overall appearance and also you'll notice that on the panels the controls look different as well. So, overall quite a bit of refinement in terms of the Photoshop interface and I think you just might find that it looks a little bit more elegant than in prior versions of Photoshop.
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