The release of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta gives both new and current users the chance to explore the latest additions to the company's venerable image editing application. In what has now become the norm for Adobe, full version updates of Photoshop are preceded by a public beta period. This is intended not only to generate excitement about new features but to glean user feedback before the final shipping release. The beta software is available for download free of charge at Adobe Labs.
It's name aside, Photoshop caters to a wide range of professionals, from designers and illustrators to forensic scientists and 3D animators. In this article we're going to introduce the CS6 features most relevant to Adobe's photography-based user community.
So what can you look forward to in this new version? For starters, the entire user interface has received a makeover, with a new color scheme and redesigned icons. Content-Aware technology has been applied to both the Patch tool a brand new Move tool. A collection of photographic blur filters is introduced and video editing support has not only been expanded, but will be made available in both the Standard and Extended shipping versions of Photoshop CS6.
Many other enhancements that you'll find, like larger brush sizes and faster filter performance have been made possible by increased reliance on the video card's GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). As such, Adobe suggests a video card with a minimum of 512MB VRAM. Mac users should also note that CS6 does not support 32-bit machines. You can read a full description of the system requirements at the end of this article.
Once a final version of CS6 is launched, we will be publishing in-depth tutorials which demonstrate specific tools and techniques. Right now though, our aim is simply to highlight the changes that directly impact a photography-based workflow so that you can easily identify key features and start exploring the public beta on your own.
We'll take a look at the following new features and changes:
UI redesign Auto and background saves Content-aware Patch and Move tools Blur Gallery Color Range: skin tone and face detection ACR 7 Crop tool Properties panel Video support Oil Paint filter Auto correction settings Adaptive Wide Angle filter Type Styles Printing UI JDIs
Infinitely Wide – The new Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lens
After plenty of guessing by Carl Zeiss fans, it’s now official: the new super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens has arrived. With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography. It will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2).
Thanks to the extreme angle of view of the lens, the fore and background can be creatively emphasized in landscape and architecture photography.
The super wide angle lense with it’s extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees guarantees an excellent image quality
These applications will also benefit from the large depth-of-field, which provides a wide range of image sharpness from close-up up to infinity.
With a close focus of 0.25m (10”) – combined with a wide angle view, photographers can work in tight spaces, while also allowing focus on close-up details. Distortion is extremely well controlled, producing naturally proportioned photographs which are not typical of many other super wide angle lenses. Even at full aperture it achieves outstanding detail rendition and opens up room for extremely imaginative design.
The Distagon T* 2,8/15 incorporates two aspheric lenses and special types of glass material with abnormal partial dispersion to provide an extraordinary correction of chromatic aberration. A floating elements design guarantees high image quality from close-focus through infinity. Like the other SLR lenses in the ZE and ZF.2 series, stray light and reflections are well controlled by the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and the sophisticated treatment of the lens element edges with special light absorbing paint.
Apple today has unveiled a new iPad. The third generation of its popular tablet has a higher-resolution 9.7-inch display (at 2048 x 1536 pixels, it contains four times more pixels than its predecessor) that is also said to have a 44% wider colour gamut, a faster A5X dual-core processor (with quad-core graphics circuitry), a new 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with promised improved photo quality and the ability to record 1080p video, voice dictation and optional 4G LTE cellular data network support. The company has also announced an updated Apple TV, featuring a boost in output resolution from 720p to 1080p, plus iPhoto for iPad.
Fresh Apple: The new iPad, running iPhoto for iPad. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Apple)
The new iPad appears to be called simply iPad, rather than iPad 3.
The new iPad, in variants with and without cellular data capabilities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and both black and white finishes, are to be available for pre-ordering later today starting at US$499 in the U.S. Shipments are to commence on March 16 in the following countries: U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The 16GB model of the iPad 2 will continue in Apple's lineup, starting at a new lower price of US$399 in the U.S.