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Adobe Photoshop CS6: New Features, Price, Release Date

It is the world’s premier image-editing software. Adobe’s Photoshop is used by everyone from Hollywood visual effects artists to moms who want to remove red-eye from their family vacation photos. The latest version, Adobe Photoshop CS6, releases on May 7, 2012.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 offers many improvements and new features. Photoshop CS6 will retail for $699, but current users can upgrade for $199. An enhanced version of Photoshop CS6 (Photoshop CS6 Extended) will sell for $999, although for existing users to upgrade, it’s only $399.

The latest version of Photoshop has been vastly improved and both artists and photographers will be impressed with the upgraded CS6. And to add to the wow factor, CS6 will also have a noticeable performance boost due to the faster processing power of the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine.

Eleven Great Adobe Photoshop CS6 Improvements
Not only are there lots of new features in CS6, but existing features have also been improved. Grab your favorite photo and let’s take Photoshop CS6 for a spin!

1. “Vector-y!”
If you’ve used Adobe Illustrator, you know how you can add a stroke or gradient to vector shapes. Photoshop CS6 now lets you do the same thing (and as with Illustrator, you don’t have to add layer styles in order to do it). Working with complex shapes just got a whole lot easier.

2. Moving Pictures
New tools for video editing, including controls for adjusting color and exposure levels and working with layers. And when a piece of video has been edited to your satisfaction, Photoshop CS6 provides a range of options for exporting that clip.

3. Layer Slayer
Anyone who’s spent any time editing images in Photoshop understands how quickly an image can require multiple layers, and how difficult it can be keeping track of all of them. Photoshop CS6 addresses this problem with a new Layer Search feature. Now you can search through stacks of layers and locate just what you’re looking for. Filtering can be performed according to Kind, Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute and Color.

4. Straighten Up!
One of the niftiest aspects of Photoshop CS6 is the new Straighten tool. Here’s how it works: You draw a line anywhere on the image you’re working with and Straighten will shift the canvas accordingly so that your new line becomes completely horizontal. (This tool was implemented so you can create perspectives based on reoriented images.)

5. Special Effects
Photoshop already contains plenty of effects to give your images extra zing, but now there are even more effects to choose from. New effects include a very cool Field Blur, Iris Blur, Bokeh Effects, Tilt T-Shift and Image Deblurring.

6. Background Check
Here’s a real time-saver. With Photoshop CS6’s new background-saving feature, you can save an image at the same time you’re editing one. No more waiting for the program to compile and archive one project before you get busy on another.

7. Get Your Share
With Photoshop CS6’s Preset Sharing, you can export your presets, brushes and patterns between computers. Even more impressive, the Preset Sharing lets you share these items between different versions of Photoshop.

8. Holy Crop!
Cropping is an essential part of image editing. New and better cropping options offer better image manipulation, as well as various grid views (which will help you get a better look at the cropping you’re performing).

9. New Look
With each new version of Photoshop, Adobe always receives a fair amount of input from graphic designers. In response to recent suggestions, Photoshop CS6 features a redesigned User Interface.

10. Are You (Content) Aware?
Photoshop’s Content-Aware tool has long been a mainstay of the program. For Photoshop CS6, the Content-Aware tool has been augmented with new capabilities, such as Content-Aware Move and Content-Aware Patch. The patch allows you to select the image area which Content Aware will utilize in order to create your patch.

11. No More “Oops!” Moments
Ever spent a good chunk of time editing an image, only to lose all that productivity because you forgot to save your work, or your system crashed? With Photoshop CS6, you’ll be able to customize the auto-save feature (Auto Recovery) according to your preferences and work style.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 offers a convenient new Tilt T-Shift filter, which works in conjunction with the program’s new blur effects.

Photoshop CS6 vs. CS5: What’s New 
Still not convinced this is the greatest version of Photoshop ever? A free download of beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 is currently available for both the Mac OS X and Windows platforms. And if you’re still looking for a feature that wasn’t listed above, don’t worry. We’ve also included a comprehensive list of features and the main differences between CS5 below:

  • A much-requested darker and modern user interface, with 4 different shades of presets
  • Redesigned icons, buttons, dialogs – plus rich cursors
  • New Content-Aware Move, Extend, and Patch tools
  • DSLR video editing in both Standard and Extended versions
  • Skin-Aware Masking with Face Detection, which includes auto-generation of skin-tone masks
  • One tool now does the work of 14: completely overhauled 3D (available in Photoshop CS6 Extended)
  • New, realistic brushes, including Erodible Tips and Airbrush Tips, ability to increase the brush size to 5,000 pixels
  • Brand new Camera Raw 7 technology
  • White Balance and Noise Reduction as a selective brush
  • Text/Character Type Styles and Paragraph Styles
  • Adaptive Wide-Angle Lens Correction (to fix distortion and straighten lines)
  • PixelBender now built in (for oil painting filter)
  • Enhanced and more flexible Brush Pose, Brush Projection and Color Dynamics
  • Rewritten vector engine, real vector strokes with dashed and dotted lines
  • Mercury Graphics Engine gives 10-100X faster Liquify, Transform, Warp & more
  • Big gains in performance throughout, due to much greater usage of the GPU
  • Blur Gallery for creating shallow depth of field, tilt-shift blur and graduated blur
  • Much smarter “Auto” for better starting points and one-click corrections
  • Lighting Effects are vastly improved, with better controls and 3D
  • Completely reengineered Crop Tool works much better
  • Background Save, including tunable Auto-Save and Crash Recovery
  • Integrated Layer Search/Filtering – by name, effect, style, mode, or attribute
  • Easy migration tool imports/exports custom presets and settings
  • New “Bicubic Automatic” default for Image Size automatically does the right thing
  • Path snapping & anti-aliasing improvements – critical for exacting work
  • Easy insert of “dummy text” (Lorem Ipsum, etc.) from the Type Menu
  • The return of Contact Sheet II and PDF Presentations in Photoshop
  • A completely redesigned and enhanced Print dialog


Making adjustments to color and other image variables is more simple and straightforward in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Mastering Photoshop
Adobe continues to revolutionize the way photographers and designers manipulate images. The program has become increasingly intuitive, but that doesn’t make mastering it any easier – especially if you spend hundreds of dollars for the software. In short, you want to get the most out of it.

The best and least painful way to learn how to use Photoshop is to take a course that provides hands-on instruction. In fact, there is a great technology summer camp called Digital Media Academy that can help you advance your Photoshop skills and make you a master in no time. Get the picture?


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Flash for your iPhone or iPad

It’s been a long time coming, but Flash is finally available for Apple iOS devices. FINALLY – iPhone and iPad users can access content using Adobe’s Flash application. Adobe made the announcement at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam.

“You’re going down, Flash!” Steve Jobs has always hated Flash.

Traditionally, Apple has not embraced Flash. In fact, retiring CEO Steve Jobs has been openly critical of Flash. There are several theories as to why. Nonetheless, the new features in Flash 4.5 (in addition to delivery to iPad and iPhone) include integrated content protection and on-demand stream packaging.

Back in a Flash
For people who want to stream media online, Flash 4.5 gives users the ability to work across platforms, whether it’s Apple iOS operating system, Android, or RIM’s Playbook. However with a price tag of $995, Adobe Flash Media Server isn’t within the range of the casual user, it’s more in line for publishers who are looking to deliver content using it.

At the Amsterdam tradeshow, Adobe also unveiled Flash Access 3.0, which works in conjunction with the software to provide content protection and a monetization solution. The new version lets content providers securely deliver content, regardless of the type of device end users are using. Flash Access 3.0 supports mobile devices like smartphone and Android tablets.

In addition, Flash Access 3.0 enables scalable license delivery on a grand scale so content providers can deliver multiple channels of content potentially to millions of users. Flash Access also supports various industry standards, such as UltraViolet, which lets users create video libraries and access them across with different devices. The new software will be a huge asset to Flash app developers and content providers.

Why Does Apple Hate Flash?
While Flash runs on Apple’s laptops, Steve Jobs and Apple have been against using Flash on their mobile platforms, like the iPhone. Why? Well, think about it; many games and videos run through Flash. Apple sells games and videos through the Apple App Store and iTunes. By supporting Flash, Apple is taking away from their own sales.

Back to the announcement. Ben Rolling, Vice President of Development for AEG Digital Media, which engages in more webcast management than any other company, welcomed the improvements. “Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 improves the stability of our video streams, decreases load times, and helps us better manage encoding and bitrates for an improved end-user experience on mobile devices and online,” he said. “We can trust that it will deliver rock-solid video streams…whether we’re streaming the royal wedding or the Grammy Awards.”


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DMA Digital Photography and Photoshop Courses Jump Starts a Photography Business


Copyright Heather Reid Kwok Photography

Images Copyright Heather Reid Kwok Photography

In July of 2006 I spent two weeks at the Digital Media Academy immersing myself in the world of digital photography and Photoshop. Since Photoshop was not the most intuitive software to me, I was glad for the hands on training to get a handle on the basic and more advanced editing tools that it provides.  The instructor knew his stuff!  He was able to show us how to achieve the same result using at least three different methods and explain which method he thought was best which helped me grasp just how much Photoshop had to offer.  It felt like drinking from a fire hose at times!  However by the end of the week, everything would start to come together and it was amazing to see how much I had learned in such a short time.

The courses were a great combination of out in the field shooting and in the classroom learning Photoshop.  I learned some valuable photography skills that helped me take better photos from the start and in the end saves me tons of time since getting the shot right the first time takes less time then trying to correct problems in Photoshop.  The small class size made it easy to get personal time with the instructor to ask my questions and learn what I was specifically looking to learn in these courses.

After two weeks I had gone from never using Photoshop to using Photoshop to edit all of my photos.  DMA’s courses allowed me to gain the skills and confidence to launch my photography business shortly thereafter.  Without the DMA course I never would have gotten my business off the ground and running so quickly.  Since the summer of 2006 my photography business has taken off thanks to DMA!    It’s the best investment of time and money that I’ve put into my business and I recommend these courses for any aspiring photography who is looking to lauch or take their photography business to the next level.

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Exploring After Effects CS4

By  Thomas Hensler Lead After Effects Instructor (Adobe Certified Expert)

Adobe’s exciting new release of the Creative Suite applications welcomes a wealth of features to streamline workflow, customize workspaces, and save you time.  After Effects has long been one of the industry standards for effects compositing and working with motion graphics. DMA’s Introduction to Motion Graphics & Visual Effects with Adobe After Effects course will allow you take an in-depth look at this powerful program and explore many of its new features.
Integrating multiple applications for seamless project workflow has never been easier than with the new Adobe Bridge and the Adobe Dynamic Link.  Learn how to import files from Illustrator and Photoshop and bring them to life in both 2D and 3D environments inside After Effects.  Key-framing, motion control, and various video exporting tools will be covered as we work on individualized projects to suit each student’s interests.  At the conclusion of the course you will walk away with your own motion graphic demo reel that includes all of your project files and animations! Be sure to take the opportunity to view the online course outline to see all of the topics we will be covering.

It has been an exciting journey working with DMA and we can’t wait to see you this summer at one of our many amazing locations!

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DMA Highlights the New Media Consortium and the Horizon Project

The Digital Media Academy, along with companies like Apple, Adobe and Sun Microsystems, is a Corporate Sponsor of the New Media Consortium. The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 300 learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Given the relevance to our own mission of providing effective and relevant digital media training, we are pleased to support a leading organization dedicated to researching and promoting best uses of digital media in teaching and learning. One of major ways DMA participates in the New Media Consortium is at their annual conference. This year in Monterey, California (June 10-13, 2009), we will be conducting hands-on sessions in a classroom sponsored by Apple. Sessions will include Final Cut Pro training and other Apple Pro-Apps training.

One of the major contributions of the New Media Consortium is the Emerging Technology Initiative. The goal of this project is to uncover emerging technologies that have potential for adding great value to creative expression and education. Emphasis is placed on uncovering how these technologies will impact the future and be relevant given emerging trends in technology and education.  The Horizon Project is the centerpiece of the Emerging Technology Initiative, and the NMC’s annual Horizon Report is one of the most widely-read publications in higher education.


This year’s 2009 Horizon Report is now available, and I wanted to highlight something I found especially interesting. One of the “Key Trends” identified is the emerging affinity for computer games as learning tools by students entering college and the workforce. One example of game-based learning is the Global Challenge Award, an online science program for pre-college students, age 14-17. Online and social gaming among kids is extremely popular (obviously), and it is fueling the success of game-based learning. Social gaming is also helping create a generation of kids who respond very well to learning methods that are interactive and social. Most learning institutions have not recognized this opportunity to engage students more effectively, but I suspect in the next several years we will see more schools augmenting their learning methods to be more social, perhaps incorporating more game-based learning where appropriate. One irony here is that many parents (myself included) do not readily make the connection between developing social and interactive learning skills and online computer games. Something to think about!

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Maya Training + Video Special Effects Courses at DMA

Do you know about the Maya training courses and video special effects courses that are being taught at Digital Media Academy? Learn 3d video game design, animation, character modeling, and more at DMA’s summer computer training sessions at prestigious universities and schools around the United States and Canada. DMA offers separate programs, summer computer camps, and digital art & technology camps for adult professionals, teens, and kids.

The video below talks about some of the exciting tech concepts students learn at DMA (wait until the end!)

Check out some of the 3d, video game, animation, modeling, and special effects courses taught at DMA:


3d Game Design Courses and Summer Camp Experiences for Teens:

  • 3D Video Game Creation I - Level Design with Maya
  • 3D Video Game Creation II – Character Design with Maya
  • 3D Video Game Creation I - Level Design with 3ds max
  • 3D Video Game Creation II – Character Design with 3ds max
  • Advanced Video Game Creation with 3ds max, Maya and ZBrush

    Professional Level 3d Game Design Computer Training:

  • 3D Game Art and Design with 3ds max
  • Also, check out the Maya Training Courses: 

  • Maya I – Introduction to 3D Modeling 
  • Maya II - Introduction to 3D Character Animation
  • Maya III - Advanced 3D Character Animation
  • Maya IV - Creating an Animated Movie

    3d Game Design Computer Camps for Kids:

  • Adventures in 2D & 3D Game Creation : Ages 9 – 13
  • Adventures in Advanced Game Creation : Ages 9 – 13       

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    Kids Learning Pro Web Design at Age 10! Technology Classes + Computer Camp for Kids

    “Wow! That animation looks great! Ok. Now we’re going to take the animated Flash movie you just created and you are going to import it into Dreamweaver on your web page. Let’s all do this together! Ready?”

    I am right in the middle of another great Digital Media Adventures course for kids at Stanford: Web Design and Flash. We are taking an in depth look at the Adobe Creative Suite applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Flash. We are on the third day of the five-day course at Stanford University. My class just got back into the classroom from playing a crazy game of Slaughter Ball. It sounds scary, but it’s a lot of fun. Sort of like Dodge Ball. The kids in my class are a little out of breath from playing ball, but that’s to be expected at a summer camp. They came running in and jumped (literally) in their seats excited about their Flash movies they created just before the break.

    While the kids are experiencing all the fun of a summer camp, they are also getting an unbelievable learning experience. That’s what makes this the full summer computer camp experience. They are learning the same pro applications we are teaching across the Stanford campus in our adult web design courses. The professional Adobe applications like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash are the real deal! The kids pick up the technology so fast. That makes it really fun to teach. It’s interesting how much better kids interact with technology they have grown up with their whole life.

    Earlier in the week, the kids in my class had already designed and created their own logo and company business card design. Their custom business card had their picture from a photograph taken in the class. The graphics and effects they created turned out amazing. They had learned the ins and outs of the Adobe software and were creating a matching website to go with their cards and logo. They were now adding an animated movie they created in Flash to spice up their website design.

    In the next three classrooms I can faintly hear the other Adventures classes. The kids in 3d video Game Design course are screaming about some new level they created trying to destroy their enemy. From the Robotics and Programming class I can hear cheers of two robots racing. I see the Film, Digital Movie Making and Effects class go by with all their cameras, mics, lights, and scripts to go act, film, and direct their next scene. I wish I’d been exposed to this when I was this age! This computer camp is the real deal.

    kids computer camp learning and fun

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    Digital Media Academy teams up with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Offer Courses at Macworld

    Visit DMA in the North-Hall at Booth – 4528

    The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is non profit multimedia studio dedicated to providing free opportunities to create original music, video and still photo projects. Short 45 minute courses will integrate Lennon Tour Bus produced content with hands-on learning experiences provided by Digital Media Academy. Topics to include Apple Final Cut Studio, Logic, Adobe After Effects, and more.

    The DMA courses will be offered throughout the expo January 6 – 9, 2009. Click here for the full course schedule.

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