DMA HOW-TO: Using Adobe Photoshop CS6’s New Features

By Kimberly Fomby

Regarded as the ultimate graphic art-editing program, Adobe’s Photoshop is the “go-to” program for photographers, web designers, and graphic designers looking to edit and create digital art. Don’t know how to use Photoshop? Our quick tips can help you produce amazing results in no time.

Cropping is probably one of the most used features in Photoshop.

The cropping tool was included in the very first version of the software. Adobe updated the tool with the CS6 version.

1. Select the area you want to crop using the cropping tool. Make sure your subject is centered and that you’re not cropping off important areas (like your subjects head)!

2. Photoshop CS6 users can crop an image without losing what they are cropping out. To do this, reselect the crop tool on the left menu and drag outwards. The rest of the image will appear.

Adding Blur Effects
In addition to PS’s original blur features like Gaussian and Motion Blur, Adobe Photoshop CS6 has three new blur options: Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt-Shift Blur. Here’s how to use them:

1. Field Blur gives you the ability to create focus points on any given image. Select Filter from the menu. Now select Blur. Now select Field Blur within the Blur menu. Adjust the blur (or pixelation) using the the outer circle of the bull’s eye. Apply more blur by simply adding more pins with a click of your mouse.

2. Iris Blur is a more advanced version of the Field blur. You’ll find this option under the Blur filter options as well. Drag the outer edges of the oval to increase the area of focus. Use the bull’s dial to minimize or maximum the blur. Practice different variations for the best results.

3. Tilt-Shift Blur operates in a similar fashion to the Iris blur but you can use this feature to create horizontal or vertical focus points.

A photo before (left) and after (right) it’s been processed using the Adaptive Wide Angle.

Adaptive Wide Angle
Photographs taken with fisheye lenses are extremely wide and have a circular . Correct the roundness of the image by using the Adaptive Wide Angle tool.

1. Under the Filters menu, select Adaptive Wide Angle. The image that was opened in Photoshop will then appear in a new window.

2. Now use the default tool to create straight lines along curved lines. Repeat this process until your desired look is achieved.

Content Aware Move Tool
Moving an object within an image sounds impossible but with Photoshop CS6’s new Content Aware Move tool it really isn’t.

1. To move an object from one location to another, outline the object using the Lasso tool. Now locate and select the Content-Aware tool in the left tool menu.

2. While in Move mode, drag the object to relocate it. If an object needs to be extended in size, switch the mode to extend and drag the image until the desired outcome is reached.

Allow Tool Recording
With CS6 you can record illustrations in Photoshop using the Allow Tool Recording option. This tool is perfect for artists that need to duplicate drawings.

1. Open a new, blank document. Click on the play arrow button on the right-side menu. This will open a menu with two tabs entitled “history” and “actions.” Select “actions.” Now select the button next to the trashcan called “create new action.”

2. Now draw an image using Photoshop’s pencil or brush tool within the new document. The action is automatically recorded. To stop recording, press the stop button at the bottom of the menu. To playback the recording, clear the canvas and then press the play button on the menu.

This image of a Tesla Model S has the Oil Paint Effect added to the right side. (Image: Tesla Motors)

Oil Paint Effect
Do you like the look of an oil paintings? You can turn any photo into an oil painting by using the Oil Paint option.

1. Select the Oil Paint option from the Filter menu.

2. Increase or decrease the settings to minimize or maximize effects.

3. The Photoshop preview window gives you a chance to see how the settings will affect your image before you save it. Adjust the different settings to get your desired look. Increasing the Bristle Detail for example will make the image look more grainy, while settings like Stylization and Shine can make the image look more “artsy.”

Learning More About Photoshop
Want to learn more? Get hands on experience with Adobe Photoshop in Digital Media Academy’s Photography, Art & Design and App & Web Development courses.

You can purchase Adobe Photoshop CS6 from Adobe’s website or a local retailer. Boxed versions of Adobe Photoshop CS6 are available at some retailers but Adobe intends to move all its creative software to the cloud.

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