Interface in Photoshop CS6

The Photoshop CS6 version has finally become available for PC users and is currently the best result of improving the program for Adobe for many years! Considering the amazing new features and applications of the program, such as the tool “Move based on content”, filter gallery, background and auto save, convenient layer panel, advanced framing of images, new 3D editor, video editing (yes, video editing!) And much another, we can safely say that now is the most opportune moment for exploring this world-famous graphic editor or for replacing an earlier version of Photoshop!

If you previously used Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions, then you may be a bit shocked when you first look at the screen of Photoshop CS6, because here everything looks completely different. I mean the interface, which itself is darker than in earlier versions:

New dark interface in Photoshop CS6

If we compare this new dark interface with the light interface of the Photoshop CS5 version, we will clearly see the difference:

All previous versions of the program had a much lighter interface.

The reason why Adobe decided to change the color of the interface is quite reasonable. The dark background does not attract attention and remains in the background, while we easily focus on what really matters – on the image itself. You may need time to get used to the new interface, but as soon as you get comfortable with the dark color, you will most likely agree that the company’s decision to change colors was right.

If you do not agree with the new color and find it too dark, then you can return to the usual light interface. In fact, the Photoshop CS6 version allows us to choose four different color themes for the interface. We can do this in the Preferences dialog box. To go to the “Settings” section on a Windows computer, select “Edit” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then “Settings” (Preferences) and “Interface” (Interface). For a computer with a Mac operating system (as in my case), go to the Photoshop menu (Photoshop), select the Preferences section and the Interface section:

Select “Edit”> “Settings”> “Interface” (PC) or “Photoshop”> “Settings”> “Interface” (Mac)

This action will open the Preferences dialog box, at the very top of which you will see four color themes (Color Theme). Each of these themes is represented by a separate sketch, reflecting one of four shades of gray. The default is the second from the left theme. To select another topic, simply click on its thumbnail. For example, to switch to a theme that represents a lighter interface, as in previous versions of the program, click on the lightest of the four sketches (located on the right):

Select one of the four options for the color theme of the interface by clicking on its thumbnail.

You will see how the interface immediately changes according to the new theme. Try all four color themes to choose the most suitable one, then click OK to exit the dialog box in the “Settings” section. At any time, you can return to the dialog box and change the subject:

The brightest of the four color themes in the program Photoshop CS6

Now you know that the color themes of the interface are located in the dialog box of the “Settings” section. In fact, there is no point in accessing the dialog box to switch between color themes, since we can do it right from the keyboard! To switch between themes from left to right (from the darkest to the lightest), you must press the Shift + F2 key combination several times. To switch between themes from right to left (from the lightest to the darkest), press Shift + F1 several times.

We can also change the color of the area around the image without affecting the rest of the interface. To do this, simply right-click anywhere in the area. This action will open a menu with a list of different colors, from which we can choose the desired one (Black, Dark Gray, Medium Gray, or Light Gray along with the custom color) (Custom color)). For convenience of perception, I will choose black from the list:

Right-click anywhere in the area around the image to select a different color.

And now we can see that the area around the image has become black, while the rest of the interface has remained light gray in accordance with the chosen color theme:

The area around the image has become a different color regardless of the overall color theme.

You can also choose your own color for the area around the image by clicking on the Select Custom Color option located at the bottom of the list:

Click on the option “Choose a different color”

This action will open a color palette, allowing you to choose any color for the screen area. By default, the palette is a light blue color:

Use the color picker to choose a new color for the area around the image.

However, keep in mind that any other color than neutral gray shades is not always appropriate for the area around the image, since it is possible to mix the colors of the area around the image with the image itself. Unless you need to choose your own shade of gray in the color palette, you’d better not use the “Choose a different color” option, but be content with the suggested shades of gray (or black).

And here we are done! We briefly reviewed how to work with the new dark interface version of Photoshop CS6! You may want to explore new Photoshop CS6 options, such as background and auto save. Or visit our section “Photoshop Basics” for further study of the program!

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