Adobe have announced that the latest version of Photoshop, CS6 is now in beta and available for free download. Yes the interface has gone dark and yes it can edit video too.

Announced today, Adobe have posted a beta version of Photoshop CS6 online. The first thing that strikes you is that the interface has gone dark, but there are new features and a lot more under the hood.


We were very lucky to see a demo of the new Photoshop a few weeks ago and apart from the new interface colour (which can be reset to the old light grey) the main thing that struck us was how responsive the app was when dealing with large images. A large liquify brush showed the results instantly rather than having to wait for the effect to catch up with the cursor. This is because the new Photoshop uses the Mercury Graphics Engine or in other words it lets the GPU do the hard work.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

If you want to check out the new features yourself immediately you can go to Adobe Labs and follow the instructions for download and installation. No purchase is necessary, but you will need an Adobe ID login.

Adobe have produced this ten minute video entitled 'Russell Brown's 6 Favourite Photoshop CS6 beta Features' Well worth a watch as it shows some cool new stuff such as the new 'Adaptive Wide Angle'. We will discuss one of the features afterwards! (The poster frame isn't the best)


Photoshop editing video? Are they nuts? Surely if people want to edit video they should be using Premiere? The thinking behind video editing in Photoshop is that customers wish to use the video from their DSLRs as well as images without having to open up and navigate through another application. This makes sense but it does seem to be duplicating functionality with other Adobe apps and although Russell's enthusiam is great, it is a very basic and clunky timeline.


What would be very interesting to us here is if this timeline could be imported into Premiere for more editing or indeed could clips be roundtripped through Photoshop? We will have to wait to find out.

Whilst writing the article we found another top six features video, this time from Julieanne Kost. Although the demo looks very famiar (with different media) it does show more detail on the editing side.

When Photosop goes on sale (Officially it says in the first half of 2012) it will retail at $699 and $999 for the extended version. No news on the monthly rental costs. We will be giving it a spin later today.

BTW All 8 of the Photoshop sneak peak videos are available on this playlist.

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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