Photoshop CS6 Layer Changes

Searching and Modifying Layers

One fabulous new feature is the ability to search layers. You can search by Kind, Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute or Color within the Layers panel. You can filter out all vector layers, text layers, and so on. You can also select multiple layers and change the blend modes, duplicate, or apply Layer Styles.

No one is sure as to the rhyme or reason, but they have moved everything around in the Layer Styles window. Maybe by moving Drop Shadow to the bottom it won’t be so overused?

Real Vector Layers and Pixel Snapping

You can now add and edit dashed or dotted lines, like in Illustrator. Pixel Snapping has also been modified from strictly used by vector tools to a more global use within Photoshop. Prior to CS6, nudging was married to how far you were zoomed in. For example, if you are at a 100% magnification and nudged a point, it moved 1 pixel. If you were zoomed at 200%, nudging moved it .5 pixels, 400% Would nudge .25 pixels and so on. Photoshop CS6 nudges at 1 pixel, regardless of the zoom level.
You can still use the Shape tool to create a variety of set or custom shapes. You can also click once with any Shape tool and  get the Create Custom Shape window as in Illustrator or InDesign. When you select the Shape tool, you choose from the upper right hand corner of the Control Bar either Shape, Path, or Pixels.

We now also can have dotted lines on vector shapes! The first choice is Fill and Stroke. You are able to choose a Fill of None, and simply have an outlined shape. From there, you can coose a weight, style, width and height.

The next 3 buttons are Pathfinder, Alignment and Stacking order . Alignment allows you to align to both a selection and canvas. Align Edges works uses the Pixel Grid to ensure layer edges are aligned with the Pixel Grid.