Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta Available for Free Download with All Features

Adobe has released the beta version of the most eagerly awaited photo editing tool – Photoshop CS6. The preview version of the upcoming PS CS6 is now available for free download on the official Adobe Labs site. The final version will go on sale later this year for $700 for new users and $200 upgrade fee for existing users.

The beta version of Photoshop CS6 unveils a fully redesigned user interface and sports several new features and fun tools including the iris blur and title shift. Adobe says that the new Photoshop CS6 sports over 60 percent new features than the CS5 including 65 user-requested features such as a Paste Lorem Ipsum option to fill up text blocks.

The most striking feature in the Photoshop CS6 is the improved Content-Aware tool. With the new content-aware tool, you can seamlessly move or remove objects from an image. The new feature includes a whole lot of improvements to the CS5 Content-Aware technology.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta

Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Senior Project Manager of Photoshop, tells Wired that Adobe’s focus in this release has been on making Photoshop more productive – “We’ve been fine-tuning workflows,” Hughes says, “not just adding, adding, adding. There’s a lot of working with what we’ve got and making sure it works as best it can.”

Here are some of the features (full list) available in the Adobe Photoshop CS6 –


  • HUD brush resize and hardness can now change opacity
  • Increase brush size to 5000px
  • Change color dynamics to per stroke instead of per tip (user option for old behavior)
  • Brightness/contrast slider for textures when painting
  • Brush projection for static tips
  • Brush cursor reflects brush dynamics for round and captured tips

File formats

  • Read common stereo image pair formats (JPS, PNS) Allow for more bit depths in TIFF files
  • Read BIGTIFF format
  • Give the user choices regarding how they want transparency treated in OpenEXR on file open


  • Add a contextual menu item that deletes a layer effect not just disables it
  • Add dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke
  • Allow 00 or Shift 00 to work when setting layer/fill opacity (previously no way to get 0%)
  • Add bicubic sharper & bicubic smoother options when free transforming layers
  • Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers at once
  • Multiple layers locking and allows changing color labels to multiple layers at once
  • Layer tooltips to include layer name (if defined)
  • Show blend if/Blending Effects badge on layer
  • Tab goes to next layer on inline layer rename, SHIFT + TAB goes to previous
  • New command to raster layer effect into layer, merging the selected layers into themselves
  • Reorder effects in the layers palette to match the Z-­­order style/blend mode (bottom most effects in terms of blending order, drop shadow is below the other effects


  • Add the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK
  • Add ability to access tool name associated with the tool preset name via scripting
  • Selections
  • Make the marquee, lasso, and mask panel feather values support decimal places like the feather dialog
  • Remember feather radius when showing dialog for selection from a path

Download Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Free

The Photoshop CS6 beta is available to free download for both PCs and MACs, and you will not require a serial number to install the product. All you need to do is select the “Try. I want to try Adobe Photoshop CS6 for a limited time” option in the welcome screen when you start the installation process.

The download is around 1GB in size and comes with all the features in the Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended. The (minimum) required system configuration for PC is 2GHz or faster processor with 1GB of RAM, and a multicore Intel processor also with 1GB of RAM for Mac.

The All New Content-Aware in Adobe Photoshop CS6 is Awesome

The new Content-Aware feature in the upcoming Adobe Photoshop CS6 just blew my mind. Adobe’s Senior Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, came up with a video demonstrating the latest feature in the CS6. With the new Content-Aware feature, you can seamlessly move or remove objects from an image. The new feature includes a whole lot of improvements to the CS5 Content-Aware technology.

All of the tricks shown by Bryan in the sneak peek guide can be recreated in the earlier versions of Photoshop. However, to accomplish the end-result the task certainly is time consuming. With the new features added to CS6, it clearly makes work much easier, faster, and more flexible.

In the demonstration, Bryan uses the concept of Content-Aware that was introduced in the CS5. Added to this is the Content-Aware Move, Extend, and Patch tool in the Adobe Photoshop CS6.

In the video, Bryan wants to move an entire object to the center of the image. Using Content-Aware fill certainly is not a good option. He showcases the new option provided in CS6 – Content-Aware Move Tool. With this, Bryan first selects the object that he wants to shift and then with the Move tool, moves the object to the desired location. The Content-Aware tool then magically removes the original object and adjusts the background by filling in the white spaces. All of this is done effortlessly and in seconds!

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Content-Aware

Other changes we notice is the Photoshop interface, which is much darker compared to the earlier version.

So, how do you find the new Content-Aware feature? I can’t wait to get my hands on this feature and try it out myself!