I’ve held off downloading the beta version of Adobe’s Photoshop CS6 for a variety of reasons. Heck, there is still tons for me to learn about Photoshop CS5. I’ve been watching some training videos while Chris is away in Nova Scotia though, courtesy of the campground’s free wifi. Photoshop CS6 beta has been available as a free download for about a month now and I was surprised to see that yesterday Adobe released the final version of Photoshop CS6 online. Of course, I just had to buy it and spent a few hours yesterday afternoon trying it out. There are lots of new and improved features in Photoshop CS6. I won’t bore you with all the details but Content Aware Fill has been greatly improved and now for the first time you can edit video in Photoshop as well. I had to reinstall all my Nik Software and Topaz Labs plugins into the new version of Photoshop and they are all working well. So I played around with some of the built in filters and have to say that I am really liking the Oil Painting filter. Check out these before and after shots of a Great Egret from my time at the Alligator Farm in St Augustine, FL.
This first shot is totally unedited, right out of my camera.
The second shot has obviously been cropped considerably. I also cloned out the distracting branches in front as well as the leaves behind the egret’s shoulder in the top right of the photo. After some contrast and structure adjustment using Viveza 2 and Color Efex Pro, I dropped in the Oil Painting filter from Photoshop CS6. Is this cool or what? The filter is totally customizable to whatever effect you prefer. I just can’t get over how neat this effect is. What say you readers? Agree or disagree? Please leave a comment below.