Awaiting the newest release of Adobe Photoshop, CS6, Adobe has finally released a free public beta for the new software from their Web site, which can be downloaded from this link. The download for Mac OS X comes in at a little under 1GB and the download for Windows is about 1.7GB, so downloading it will take some patience and time will vary depending on your download speeds. Expect massive user demand to be jamming the servers on Adobe's side as well.
The free public beta release for Adobe Photoshop CS6 gives users a free seven-day trial, after which users will have to pay to gain access to the full software through their Adobe ID. Adobe Photoshop CS6 comes packed with Adobe's Mercury Graphics Engine, which can use the graphics processing unit instead of the computer's central processing unit to speed up processor-intensive functions to help with overall performance.
Obvious right out of the box is the new appearance of the Adobe Photoshop application, having that darker look instead of the general light gray color we have become used to from Adobe in previous Adobe Photoshop generations. New application features include:
Originally Posted by Adobe:Be sure to give the new Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta a try if you like Photoshop. If you opt for trying the software, Adobe will be expecting you to let them know of any problems with the software so it can be hammered out for the final release.
- Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.
- Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.
- New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.