Adobe just announced a release candidate for Camera Raw 8.1, which is now available in Adobe Labs. This is the first departure from Camera Raw 7.x for CS6 users. With the recent Adobe Photoshop CC changes taking place, CS6 customers will continue to get new updates for raw file support; however, the killer new features that are part of Camera Raw in Photoshop CC will not make it over to CS6 customers.
Camera Raw 8.1 includes support for HiDPI capable displays (e.g., MacBook Pro Retina) and offers support for the following cameras:
* denotes preliminary support
Remember, this is a release candidate, which means it has been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks it is ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to prior versions until the official release drops. Expect that to come soon though. Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.
In a deal of deals, B&H Photo is selling full versions of Lightroom 4 AND Photoshop CS6 for $389 total today only. Photoshop CS6 is a $649 program normally, and LR4 runs $149. So, you’re saving $400 off the combined price.
This deal expires tonight (8/30) at 11:59PM ET. So get on it here at B&H Photo.
Adobe has launched a new game for learning your way around Photoshop.
LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions — and points and rewards — that guide you along the way of learning basic Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and CS6 software skills. If you are a photographer and are just starting to use Photoshop, this is the game for you.
More details on Adobe’s website.
Here’s another Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek. This one shows off a selective focus tool that can be quickly applied.
Note the available options include field blur and tilt shift in addition to the iris blur demonstrated in the video. It will be interesting to see how this works when you want to show some shallow depth of field behind a subject while the subject remains in place. I would imagine that that you’ll be able to mask your subject out and then apply the blur to the background layer similar to how we already do in Alien Skin’s Bokeh 2.
Hopefully, the wait won’t be much longer…
Adobe is about to shake things up a bit with a new subscription model for its Creative Suite applications. Adobe has kinda soured the milk recently with its decision to cut upgrades for earlier versions of its software (which it later rescinded for this upgrade cycle), so I’m curious to see how all of this shakes out. [click to continue…]
Check out the latest sneak peek of Photoshop CS6 in the above video, which demos the improvements to content-aware functionality in the upcoming version.