View Full Version : Photoshop CS6 Extended rocks!

02-08-2013, 12:59 AM
I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to Photoshop CS6 Extended (from v7.0). What a difference! At first glance, everything looked pretty much the same. But after watching a few videos, I started seeing all sorts of cool new additions and time-saving modifications to existing commands. I'm really looking forward to my next project so I can really dig into it.

Sadly, I had to push back getting my first tablet though. Hopefully next month.

02-08-2013, 01:39 AM
Good to know I also start using Photoshop CS6 Extended and it really rocks. There is so much more here to see.

02-08-2013, 01:47 AM
I'd like to have this. I'm still using CS4 and probably will be for a while given the cost. I can see why you had to push back the tablet...the package is crazy expensive.

02-10-2013, 10:53 AM
And the tablet will change the game even more...

02-10-2013, 12:38 PM
I haven't jumped ship to CS6 yet. What are the major advantages? Any particular cool new tricks to watch out for?

02-10-2013, 04:43 PM
I haven't jumped ship to CS6 yet. What are the major advantages? Any particular cool new tricks to watch out for?

I came from v7.0 so a great deal is new to me. Not sure what is new since cs5, but there is a lot of talk about speed increases across the board due to the new mercury engine.

The big changes (from v7.0) are the addition of 3d and video editing. I wasn't aware of these until I upgraded so they made a nice surprise. I had heard of content-aware moves and how easy they were but the significance doesn't really sink in til you experience it. I found an image of a field with a tree on the right side. I moved the tree to the left side and it looks completely natural. I watched a 10-min video to learn how and then did it in half that time. I'm still amazed at how easy it was. I never could have done that in v7.

The most impressive changes for me is that everything is faster and editing changes are dynamic. With many commands, I was used to getting a popup, entering values, clicking ok, and then seeing the changes. For instance, when setting a drop shadow you can drag the drop shadow around with the mouse and see the modifications as you go. That sort of thing makes it easier to stay in the moment instead of being distracted with settings.

I'm sure there are lots of other changes that I'm not even aware of yet. I'd definitely say that it was well worth the money!

02-10-2013, 08:48 PM
Ow wow, upgrading from 7? Try this out: Right-click a layer, convert to a smart object, then apply a Gaussian blur to it.

02-11-2013, 02:32 AM
Beside the price, this is perhaps the biggest reason I haven't considered Photoshop yet.... I don't understand their version-system.

Why is 6 an upgrade to 7? Shouldn't it be 8?


02-11-2013, 04:22 AM
PS 7 was before the new Creative Suite naming system, IIRC. I think I had PS v6 or v7...sometime in the late 90s. All of the CS products had a previous life with different version numbers...Illustrator was on 9 or 10 or something. Then they integrated them and started selling them as the Creative Suite. Now that's on version 6...also called CS6.

If I've got something wrong somebody please correct me. :)

02-11-2013, 11:27 AM
Nope, that's exactly right. They wanted to harmonize the version numbers, make it easier to buy the bundles, and reduce the confusion over whether people were eligible for upgrade pricing (unfortunately, as of CS6, the new answer is "you're not"). The side effect of that is that now they release new versions on a set schedule, whether or not there are enough features in all the products to justify it. Photoshop and After Effects usually get enough new features to be worth upgrading, but other software, like Encore, get almost nothing.

So in some ways it's good, but in others it's bad.

02-11-2013, 11:40 AM
IIRC this happened around the time they bought Macromedia. I used to use Dreamweaver (v4.5?), Fireworks (v3 or something like that), and Flash (v6 I think). Now they're just part of the CS. I don't use them anymore and only purchased CS4 with PS, Illustrator, the page layout app, etc., not the Web tools. I don't know how much improvement they see each version...but maybe a lot, with things like HTML5 coming round.

Edit: Looked at your demo real. It's very nice. I liked the "here's what I did" to it thing on the water drops...but had a hard time telling on some of the clips. Is this something that someone hiring you for a gig would look at and know immediately what you had done to each clip and how good that means you are? Sorry. I'm a complete know-nothing on video and VFX.

02-11-2013, 02:51 PM
Thanks! Most of the time, the studios only release finished shots to us; it's pretty rare that we get to do before-and-afters. An experienced vfx artist or producer will be able to evaluate skills based on a finished clip so long as the breakdowns document clearly states what the artist did on a particular shot. Really, if you look at a shot and say, "I don't get it, where are the effects?" then it's likely that the effects are pretty darn good. The stuff from Fringe is pretty obvious, but I dare say you'd never guess that there was a big blob of paint on Lady Gaga's lip in that shot in the bathtub. And the shot with the huge crowd only actually had about 30 people in it. In order to overlap the repeated groups, I had to make masks for all of the people in the back of each group.

It's surprising how many shots have visual effects in them that you'll never see. Targeted color corrections, background replacements, and rig removals are everywhere, and if they're done well, they're completely invisible to the viewer.

It's hard to believe that my reel is over a year old now. I should probably look into updating it with some more recent work, unless my current employer decides to hang onto me after the end of the project I'm on. That'd be nice. I'm not looking forward to figuring out how to present all of the stereo work I've been doing.

02-11-2013, 02:59 PM
I guessed on the people replication clip. You're probably right that a layman *shouldn't* be able to see what you did. :) I am a Walking Dead fan and they've showed a couple of the things they did...went back and I could see it wasn't natural but didn't notice first time around (extra "walkers" added to shot, etc.) I imagine someone with the "eye" would have seen it straight off.

02-11-2013, 11:58 PM
Ow wow, upgrading from 7? Try this out: Right-click a layer, convert to a smart object, then apply a Gaussian blur to it.

That's pretty slick!

@others re:version, cs6 reports itself as v13.0 so I jumped six versions ahead all in one go. So much to learn! The adobe videos are helping a lot.

02-14-2013, 03:12 PM
For anyone that is thinking about upgrading from CS4 or CS5: The main advantages are better 3D functionality, the awesome content sensitive cloning/filling techniques and of course better drawing tools like improved airbrushes, oil painting and erodible brushes (simulating pencil-tips that actually wear off when you draw, which is BOMBASTIC when used with a tablet!).


02-28-2013, 04:39 PM
Grats on the upgrade. I've been using Photoshop since '95 and it's really changed over the years. It's much more robust and has more features than you'll ever use (or probably even be aware of).

If you do go for a tablet, skip directly to the Wacom Intuos 5 Medium size tablet + the wireless adapter. It is fantastic; ultra sensitive; affordable; and is perfect for portability. It'll take a bit to get used to painting and/or photo retouching with it, but once you get the hang of it, you'll never go back. Remember to adjust the sensitivity so your natural pen pressure is just right.

Oh yeah - I'd be remiss if I didn't mention NAPP (http://www.photoshopuser.com). They have tons of excellent training videos by real users and tips galore. Definitely worth it if you want to learn a lot quickly.