The new Photoshop CS6 – Free download (beta)

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Okay, I will be the first to admit that today’s blog post is probably not going to be of interest to every reader.  My apologies.  You know I try to usually post information about computer security, new ways of doing things, and shortcuts to make using your computer easier and less frustrating.  Today I veer off that track just slightly.  I hope you will indulge me.

Photoshop CS6

Because this is big!

If you use Photoshop, this is something you are going to be excited about.  Actually two things:

  1. The new version of Photoshop, CS6, has some amazing new features and abilities
  2. It’s available for download right now – free!

Perhaps “free” should have an asterisk next to it.  What you can download is a beta version of the new program.  That means it is working, but still in “testing” mode – so you may discover some bugs in it.  But overall I expect even this beta to work well.

You can get the Windows version here, or the Mac version here.

So what is new in CS6?  Several things, but the one I like best is what they call the Content-Aware Patch.  You can take element in a flattened image and move it to a different location, and the program understands how to fill in where it was.

This video will demonstrate these new functions graphically so you can see what I’m talking about.  The Content-Aware Patch is shown around the 5-minute mark.

And next week’s blog will be about something that everyone will love, I promise!

 

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Jayden
March 26th, 2012

Hi, is it just a ‘limited trial’ ? because it says this on there website :
Note: You do not need a serial number to install and use the beta. Simply select “Try. I want to try Adobe Photoshop CS6 for a limited time.” in the Welcome Screen when you start the installation process. So will it only work for a few weeks etc? Or if i keep the beta and dont update to the stable release when it comes out, can i keep it forever for free?
Because its over 1gb in size so would like to know before i download it!
Thanks!!

Scott Johnson
March 26th, 2012

I can’t say how long it will be usable. A beta release typically does not last forever, but it’s up to Adobe to determine that.

Joan Peterson
March 26th, 2012

I’ve tried to download this program but after the download is finished, a black box appears with “Negative Image” imprinted, and I can’t get it to do anything or go anywhere. This happens to me every once in awhile. Someone sends me something terrific and I can’t see it. So what do I do now?

Scott Johnson
March 26th, 2012

Not sure Joan – Photoshop can be pretty memory intensive, so it may not work as well on an older machine or one with not much RAM or video memory.

Jayden
March 26th, 2012

Also my computer has ( what i think a really old copy) of photoshop 7.0. is that newer or older than cs6?

Scott Johnson
March 26th, 2012

Photoshop 7 is a few versions back. CS6 is the absolute newest one (not even in full release yet)

Jayden
March 27th, 2012

Last question i promise! Can i install cs6 beta along side my 7.0?
Thanks!

Scott Johnson
March 27th, 2012

Yes, the CS6 installation will not affect your current Photoshop installation.

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