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Adobe Announces Preset Sharing and Layer Panel Enhancements for Photoshop

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Today, Adobe released their 5th sneak peek video that explains what they are working on for the next version of Photoshop. This sneak peek shows off several new features including the ability to share your presets between computers, as well as some enhancements to the layer panel. In this article, we will take a look at some of these announcements and analyze them to see what they mean for you. Let's take a look!

If you work on several computers (a laptop and a desktop, for instance) you know how irritating it can be to save your settings onto both machines. This update to the preset manager looks like an easy way to quickly export your settings and install them onto all your machines. In addition, it will make the upgrade to the next version that much easier.

Adobe also introduced some new features available from the layers palette including the ability to duplicate several layers at one time using Command/Ctrl + J, as well as the ability to add color labels for multiple layers at once. This is a pretty big time-saver for anyone who has had to apply the same setting to multiple layers one-by-one.

In addition to those announcements, Adobe also revealed some features that they didn't spend a whole lot of time explaining. For instance, take a look at the layers panel and compare it to the layers panel from CS5. You'll notice some really big changes. Notice the options at the top. Could these be new ways to manage your layers? What do you think these new options do?

Also, take a look at this screengrab from the JDI section of the video. It may be hard to read, but they've included quite a few quick fixes in the new version.

What do you think about these new changes? Are you excited about the new version? Will you make the upgrade?

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