Adobe has released the newest Photoshop CS6 beta for preview, which can be downloaded free of charge. Although unfinished, the tool comes with a redesigned user interface and over 65 new features that were mostly inspired from user feedback.
The user interface has been significantly modified to have a dark background by default (customisable also) and contain polished icons and menus.
Amongst improvements users can find a new crop tool, expanded video editing options, auto recovery and the ability to search for a specific layer by name. A vector tool capable of producing dotted lines was also imported from Illustrator and every exposure, contrast or other feature of the Camera Raw 7.0 plugin has a new algorithm.
A background saving process was also implemented, which allows saving of big files without disrupting the current project. The liquefy tool is now capable of larger brush sizes and real-time effects, while Content-Aware Fill can move objects to other parts of the layout or even patch holes using exported content.
Other notable features include major modifications in the brushes, eyedropper, layers, grammar, file formats, presets, SDK and transform systems.
Anyone willing to test the public beta available only in English and Japanese flavours will not need a serial number, although an Adobe ID for the setup process is required. Once the software is finished, it will cost around 440 pounds for the standard version, and 630 pounds for the extended model.