Photoshop CS6 New Features – No.2 – New User Interface & Auto-Save

Photoshop CS6Welcome to the second video in the series on new features in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Today, we’re talking about the changes in the User Interface in Photoshop CS6.The user interface has changed with a new colour scheme and icons that changed as well. For the first time, as far as I remember, Photoshop user interface got a complete redesign and now it’s dark, almost black when you launch Photoshop CS6.

Here’s what it looks like when you launch Photoshop CS6:

Photoshop CS6 New User Interface

By default, Photoshop CS6 offers a much darker user interface than in the past, but this can be changed and I’m showing it in the video that I created, which you can watch here. Panel names have changed as well, they now appear in sentence case (not upper case as in the past).

At the bottom of the screen, there are two panels: Mini Bridge and a new Timeline panel. More on the new Timeline and new Video features in Photoshop CS6 in future video.

One of the most important additions to Photoshop CS6 is the Auto-Save at specific intervals. You can set Auto-Save to 5 or 10 minutes for example. More on that in the same video here as well, to get you started, you’ll find it in the Photoshop Preferences. There is another great new “saving” feature – Save in Background. When editing large files, as you save the file Photoshop will save it in the background so you can keep working on the file instead of waiting for a progress bar to end saving process. No more waiting any more!

If you want to know how Auto Save Recovery works, here you go: As you work, Photoshop creates a temporary recovery file on your hard drive. This file systematically updates every number of minutes (depending on your setting in Preferences). If Photoshop crashes in “unsaved” state, when you re-launch Photoshop, it will open a “recovered” version of the file with the latest saved version of the file you were working on when Photoshop crashed. If you save the file, Photoshop will remove the “recovered” file from your hard drive.

Ok, it’s time for you to watch and enjoy the video I have created for you! Enjoy and see you next week! 😉

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