Adobe Photoshop CS6 arrives as free beta… for now

Everyone likes free stuff, and Adobe’s yet-to-be-released version of its famous Photoshop software is now free, albeit for a limited time.

Coming into its 13th version, the industry standard for photo editing has revised how it looks and added a bunch of new features, including more RAW controls for photographers, a new content-aware feature for moving parts of images to different spaces, and searchable layers.

That said, the program is an unfinished application and may (or will) have bugs inside. You’re not technically getting a free copy of Photoshop, but rather a preview edition to give you a taste of the product when it’s released later this year.

When Adobe does finally release the full copy of Photoshop CS6, the free beta will expire.

It’s not unusual for Adobe to release beta versions of its software to the public for free, with products including the image management application “Lightroom”, the mobile version of Photoshop, and a whole host of other multimedia programs.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is available now from the Adobe Labs website, though you will want a fairly recent computer to try it out.