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5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe = Apple?, June 10, 2012
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Extended CS6 Student and Teacher Edition [Old Version] (CD-ROM)
There was not as much hype around Adobe Photoshop CS6 as Photoshop CS5. I did not get the urge that I needed to upgrade NOW. For CS5 on the other hand, there was this must upgrade mentality. CS5 was when Photoshop became the all-in-one imaging software we have come to use and love today.
CS6 is more of a quiet release. Adobe made a few tweaks here and there, a few improvements, and a few interface changes. Pardon the reference to Apple in the title.
It might seem on the surface that there are no major changes. That statement would be correct to an extent. But once you dig deeper, you find the changes are pretty significant.
The one thing Adobe had been advertising most strongly about CS6 was its new Mercury graphics engine. The Mercury graphics engine allows you to see the changes you make to your image as you make them. This is helpful in so many ways. The biggest would be it gives you a feel for what you are doing. The new graphics engine also helps to make everything feel more fluid. I believe that the new smoothness helps keep my creativity unfettered.
Painting in CS6 is now a joy. Using a tablet, painting feels much like the real thing. What's responsible for this is the Mercury graphics engine. It makes paint behave much more like paint by spreading and mixing correctly.
The changes underneath perhaps may be the most important, but the redesigned icons and interface gives CS6 a "fresh" feel. The new black interface now matches with Lightroom. I prefere the black interface because it looks much more professional and matches the bezel around my screen. The icons for the tools have all been improved and are easy on the eyes.
The improvements to the crop, clone, and select tools are small but noticable. Maybe small is the wrong word; I don't want to belittle the accomplishments of the engineers at Adobe. As a user, the only thing I can tell is that everything seems to work better.
There are a few new tools in CS6 but I will not discuss them here. In the product description above and in videos on you can see them in action. I tested out the area aware fill and the results amazed me.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 has improvements in many areas. For those of you out there deciding whether or not to upgrade, think of it as Photoshop CS5 2.0. Adobe has improved their already amazing mousetrap.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012 8:47:19 AM PDT
Can you please clarify, this is the same CS6 that is sold commercially, just discounted for students and teachers? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 2:46:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 2:47:56 PM PDT
Rayviewer says:
Yes, this is exactly the same version of Photoshop you would receive from buying a commercial licensed copy. The only difference is price, upgrade options, and user restrictions. Needless to say, academic licensing is much cheaper than commercial licensing. If you search around, there are Adobe bundles for 90% off. Recently, I just grabbed a copy of Design and Web Premium for $200.
One minor difference between the two types of licenses is academic licensing does not come with an upgrade option. This is because buying a new academic CS version is actually cheaper than upgrading a commercial version. Having already heavily discounted their software, Adobe sees no need to provide upgrade options for it.
User restrictions are basically non-existent. Contrary to popular belief, work created with an academic license can be sold! The only restriction is the software itself cannot be sold or used by multiple people.
There you go, the main differences in a nutshell. Hope this helped!
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