Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video The secrets of the dark interface, part of Photoshop CS6 New Features.
So very likely the first thing you're going to notice about Photoshop CS6 is its Dark Interface, but it doesn't have to be that way if you don't want it. Now, I like the dark interface quite a bit because I think it allows me to focus on the image independently of the interface, but if you want to change things back to the way they were. you can go to the Preferences dialog box--it's one option. Another thing you can do: top secret, hidden keyboard shortcut here. You can press Shift+F2 to incrementally lighten the interface as you see me doing here.
On the Mac, depending on your System Preferences, you may need to press Shift along with the fn key, the Function key, and the F2 key. And then you can press Shift+F1 to incrementally darken the interface. Again on the Mac, you may need to press Shift along with the Function key and F1. And you can even go darker than the default interface. So you have one of four different shades to choose from. All right, I'm going to set it back to the way it was. Now, you also have the option of changing the Pasteboard around the image if it's visible.
So if you're zoomed out enough that you can see this dark area around the image, then you can right-click in it, and notice that you have essentially four shades of gray to choose from. So you've got Black if you want that. You can right-click inside here and choose Light Gray as well. So it's up to you, but by default it's this Dark Gray. You also have the option of selecting a custom color, and if you do so, it's going to show you the color that you last chose. So in other words, it's not going to give you that default blue that it used to give you. It's going to show me, in my case, 75% Brightness with zero Saturation, so it's a gray, which is the current pasteboard color. All right, I'm going to go ahead and cancel out and I'll right-click inside the background and switch it back to Dark Gray.
Couple of other interface items to be aware of... Notice down here at the bottom of the screen, they have moved the Mini Bridge, and if you go ahead and click on its tab you'll see that it's by default set up in a filmstrip mode and you can change the size of your thumbnails just by increasing the size of the Mini Bridge, for example, to get bigger thumbnails. or if you decrease the size of the Mini Bridge then that will ultimately reduce the size of the thumbnails. If you want to hide the Mini Bridge after taking a look at your images here, then you double-click on the tab in order to make it go away. All right, here's something else to note and this is great.
We have this HUD feedback now for just about every cursor. So, if I switch to the Move tool, for example, and I go ahead and drag this text around, notice that I'm seeing the coordinate position of my text. So, notice that I'm seeing the first value is let's say 28 pixels, and the second value is 14 pixels. That's the distance that I've moved this object, which can be incredibly helpful. This also comes into play when you go up to the Edit menu and choose Free Transform. Because I'm working with the Smart Filter, I get this alert message.
I'll just go ahead and click OK. And now notice I'll zoom-out just a little bit and notice if I scale the image, in addition to seeing the percentage values up there at the top of the screen in the Options Bar, the W and H values there, I also see the width and height of my object in pixels. So, I get two insights into my transformation. You also see if you drag outside the transformation boundary, you'll see the angle of your rotation there, and you get all kinds of other feedback as well. For example, I'll show you one more thing.
If I press the Ctrl and Alt keys, or the Command and Option keys on a Mac, so that I can skew my text, it shows me the angle of my skew as well. So, you get all sorts of feedback as you're transforming a layer. All right, I'm going to press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that modification. Go ahead and move this guy over a little. So we've got the Dark Interface; that's obvious and that's a really great thing. But there are all sorts of other welcome interface enhancements at work here inside Photoshop CS6.
- 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