Adobe groups the changes in Creative Suite 6 in four key areas: Most apps in the suite have received significant updates, with only Adobe Acrobat being unchanged. Four products are dropped from the suite, and three of them completely discontinued.
In their place are two new additions: Adobe Prelude and SpeedGrade. Prelude is a video workflow tool, used to prepare content before final editing in Premiere Pro.
SpeedGrade, meanwhile, is a new tool for color grading and finishing. Adobe Photoshop CS6 in use. Screenshot provided by Adobe. Here, features are much the same as in the public beta released a month ago , but to recap: GPU acceleration has been added to speed up many features, and Adobe's content-aware technology has been extended to the patch and move tools.
Photoshop CS6 also includes Camera Raw 7, which incorporates the same imaging engine used in Lightroom 4. There are also updated Auto Levels and Auto Curves tools, three new blur filters, timeline-based video creation, more robust 3D editing capability, and numerous 'Just Do It' tweaks.
For videographers, Premiere Pro CS6 now defaults to a two-up workspace with side-by-side source and program monitors over the various other editing panels, including the project and timeline panels. As you'd expect, the old layout is still available as an option for those who're set in their ways.
Both the source and program monitors have been redesigned for better readability, and greater customization. The audio mixer has also been redesigned based on Audition's multichannel mixer, and the audio meter panel now supports resizing including automatic switching between horizontal and vertical orientations as needed to fit your layout. Numerous other panels have been tweaked to provide resizable, scrubbable thumbnails, a new time ruler bar, and color clip markers.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6's new default layout. Other areas that have been revisited include clip trimming, keyboard shortcuts, gesture support on Macs with the appropriate hardware, adjustment layers, multi-camera editing, three-way color correction, and more.
There's one real standout feature, though. Adobe After Effects CS6 also brings a raft of changes. Of most interest to videographers will, again, probably be the additional of rolling shutter repair.
The attention-grabber is a 3D camera tracker function that analyzes a clip in the background, computes a matched 3D camera in After Effects, and handles occlusion and shadow casting automatically, letting you add new layers to your footage that automatically track with camera motion, and fall behind foreground elements as expected. Other changes include a new graphics pipeline, RAM, and disk caching, a new 3D rendering engine using ray-tracing, the ability to vary feather width around a mask, and more.
Trimming a video in Premiere Pro CS6. Adobe Audition now has real-time clip stretching, and Adobe says that a variety of new and improved tools will bring faster, yet more precise audio editing.
Illustrator, meanwhile, now has native bit support, seamless vector pattern creation, gradients on strokes, and updated raster tracing.
Indesign brings support for alternate and liquid layouts, PDF forms, linking within and across documents, and a new content collector that makes it easy to reuse text and objects from an existing layout. Perhaps the biggest change of all, though, is the newly launched Adobe Creative Cloud, which makes it possible to get access to all Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications for an ongoing subscription, erasing the barrier to entry many perceived due to the high cost of the full suite, which could easily run into the thousands of dollars.
Creative Cloud customers will also receive new versions and newly-released suite products automatically upon release as part of their subscription, and 20GB of online storage for their projects.
Premiere Pro CS6 adds adjustment layers. For those who don't want to pay ongoing subscriptions, the Creative Suite products will also be available to purchase, either separately or as part of a Suite bundle.
All products in Creative Suite 6 are available to preorder now, and are expected to ship within the next 30 days. Packed with new features and enhancements, the software includes groundbreaking innovations and unparalleled performance breakthroughs that expand the frontiers of imaging science, and deliver new levels of creativity and increased efficiency.
The software helps users to patch images with control for exceptional results; edit with real-time interactions and a fluid feel powered by the new Mercury Graphics Engine; easily edit video; perform automatic tone mapping and sharpening; and use improved design tools for better results with fewer steps. Creative customers will be able to take advantage of an efficient, modern UI that puts all focus on images, and sync settings and preferences for consistent workflows across multiple devices via Adobe Creative Cloud.
The responsiveness of the new Mercury Graphics Engine is simply breathtaking and being able to see the results instantaneously helps us keep to our extremely tight timelines," said Eric Lynn, creative director, Trek Bicycle.
Content-Aware Patch — Allows greater control by letting users choose the sample area used to create a patch. Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine — Takes advantage of the graphics processing unit in modern hardware to speed up imaging and editing tasks, and process large images faster. New and Re-engineered Design Tools — Type styles enable consistent formatting; vector layers apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects; custom strokes and dashed lines are easily created; quick layers search and more.
Intuitive Video Creation — The full range of familiar Photoshop tools and an intuitive set of new video tools to create and enhance any video clip. Blur Gallery — A simple new interface with on-image and in-context controls allows users to quickly create photographic blur effects including tilt-shift effects, blur everything with one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points. Creative Cloud powers the integration of creative tablet applications, such as Photoshop Touch, into everyday work — seamlessly synchronizing and storing files in the cloud, for sharing and access on any device.
Creative Cloud members will be able to easily deliver mobile apps to iOS and Android marketplaces and publish, manage and host websites. Adobe Creative Cloud members will receive access to application upgrades, including new Photoshop features — before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as inventive new products and services, as they emerge. PT, April 23 at www. PT on April An on-demand version will be available at http: Upgrade pricing is also available to eligible customers.
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Image provided by Adobe. In Photoshop CS6, designers will experience incredible performance, powered by the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, enabling near instant results from essential editing tools, including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects. Illustrator CS6 debuts a revamped modern interface, and features include a new image tracing engine, easy pattern creation and ability to apply gradients to strokes.
Flash Professional CS6 also helps designers create exciting and impactful gaming experiences and advancements include the ability to generate sprite sheets that improve workflows and performance. Pre-built native extensions and new packaging options, leveraging the latest Adobe Flash Player and AIR runtimes, help expand and ease app delivery to Android and iOS devices. Production Premium CS6 Pushes Boundaries of Video Creativity Redesigned by and for video editors, with major performance enhancements, the tools included in Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium set a new standard in professional video.
With Global Performance Cache, previews are saved and ready to go — cutting the time spent bouncing between projects. Pricing and Availability Adobe Creative Suite 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud are scheduled to be available within 30 days and can be pre-ordered now.
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Adobe Creative Cloud members will have access to application upgrades, including new CS point-product features, before they are launched as part of major CS updates, as well as inventive new products and services as they emerge.
With Creative Cloud membership, creatives can download and install all of the 14 new Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications. Adobe Touch Apps bring professional-level creativity to tablet devices and address multiple areas of the creative process: Three additional tools, available on Android today, will be coming to iPad soon: A new desktop app, Adobe Creative Cloud Connection, enables the syncing, sharing and storing of files across mobile devices and desktop.
Creative Cloud membership includes up to 20GB of cloud storage, with additional storage purchase options coming soon. Members have immediate access to Adobe Typekit, the Web-based font library that pioneered the use of real fonts on websites, delivering more than typefaces from leading foundries.
New Web hosting capabilities, integrated as part of Adobe Creative Cloud membership, allow users to easily create and host high-impact websites. The Integration between Adobe Muse, Typekit and the Web hosting capabilities power a new simplified workflow for delivering high-impact websites. Members Receive Ongoing Delivery of New Applications, Services and Features Creative Cloud members will receive ongoing updates to Creative Suite applications as well as other new products and services as they emerge.
Coming in the future to Adobe Creative Cloud are: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, the desktop software tool that enables photographic perfection from shoot to finish; the first complete release of Adobe Edge, a ground-breaking HTML5 development tool; and Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition, the technology behind the delivery of digital magazines on iPad.
Creative Cloud will also include training, support and community features that drive meaningful connections between creatives worldwide. Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages.
Customers can purchase Creative Suite 6 via Adobe. Special offers for Adobe Touch Apps are available for customers who sign up for annual membership of Adobe Creative Cloud.
For more details visit www. The new release and supporting educational resources help K and higher education institutions enhance teaching and learning, and better prepare students for their future careers.
The new Mercury Graphics Engine running at bit will cut my production time in half and time is always critical for a very small staff serving such a large institution. Adobe Creative Suite 6 is invaluable to my e-learning team. With the new Adobe Photoshop CS6, students can express themselves by leveraging the powerful new 3D and video editing tools for media they have captured across multiple devices. Create on virtually any device with Adobe Creative Cloud Connection which enables the syncing, sharing and storing of files from Adobe Touch Apps for download and use with CS6 desktop products.
For example, educators and students can work with a file in Photoshop Touch on iPad and use Adobe Creative Cloud to sync and share that file on the desktop for refinement using Photoshop CS6.
Get noticed with multimedia-rich portfolios, websites and applications. Engage Students, Empower Faculty and Advance Teaching The new Creative Suite 6 release gives faculty and students the tools to easily visualize, understand, and communicate information in creative ways across print, Web, video, and mobile devices.
Adobe OnLocation is a direct-to-disk recording and monitoring software. Adobe Prelude is a tool for importing ingesting , reviewing, and logging tapeless media. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor. A large portion of its features are geared towards editing and retouching digital photographs. However, it is also capable of editing digital video frames, rendering text, 3D modeling and developing contents for web.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a real-time, timeline-based video editing app. Premiere is optimized for working on computers with more than one CPU, graphic cards and computer monitors. It supports the contemporary digital camera and capture card feeds, as well as their file formats, as input.
Adobe Soundbooth is a discontinued digital audio editor. It had fewer capabilities than Adobe Audition and eventually became a part of Audition. Adobe SpeedGrade is a color grading app that integrates with Adobe Premiere Adobe Story is a screenwriting , production scheduling and reporting app. Adobe Ultra is a discontinued chroma key compositing app; it removes the background of video usually recorded on a blue or green screen and combines it with another video background.
Adobe Ultra was only available in the CS3 package. Adobe Version Cue is a revision control system for maintaining multiple revisions of works among teams. Applications in the Creative Suite family were capable of accessing a stock photography service called Adobe Stock Photos before the service was discontinued in Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard is an edition of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 family of products intended for professional print, web, interactive and mobile designers.
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium is an edition of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 family of products intended for professional rich media and video post-production experts who create projects for film, video, broadcast, web, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and mobile devices. Adobe Prelude and Adobe Encore are not released as standalone products. Adobe Encore is available as part of Adobe Premiere Pro. In March , it was reported that Adobe will no longer sell boxed copies of the Creative Suite software, instead offering digital downloads and monthly subscriptions.
The Standard Edition included: