Photoshop CS6 steals Illustrator's dashed-line styling

Easy creation of dotted and dashed lines is among vector-art improvements Adobe is adding to the next version of Photoshop, a preview video reveals.

Photoshop CS6 will get the ability to endow lines with vector styling such as dashes.
Photoshop CS6 will get the ability to endow lines with vector styling such as dashes. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Photoshop CS6 will get a feature designers have long sought, "the ability to easily add a dashed and/or dotted line," according to Photoshop product manager Zorana Gee.

Gee revealed the feature in a short preview of coming Photoshop CS6 attractions posted to YouTube Friday. Two earlier previews revealed new graphics-chip boost for the liquify filter , a darker user interface , a background save option, and new raw-image processing controls.

The feature for dashed and dotted lines lets people change the line style with a single click, Adobe said. In addition, gradient fills and other color effects can be applied. Although Adobe didn't promise the features for CS6, the new version is due in the first half of 2012 and Adobe has with earlier versions teased about upcoming features to drum up interest.

The line changes are part of "vector improvements" for Photoshop. Vector graphics are mathematical constructs that can be resized or otherwise altered without loss of quality; in comparison, Photoshop chiefly is used to handle bitmap images that consist of a grid of pixels with different color values.

Adobe's full-on vector design software is Illustrator, but there is some overlap between it and Photoshop.

Effects such as gradient fills can be applied to vector-style lines in Photoshop CS6.
Effects such as gradient fills can be applied to vector-style lines in Photoshop CS6. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET
 

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