Unrivaled collection of photo editing features:
If there were ever a product that could be described as the "industry standard," it is Adobe Photoshop CS6. With a seemingly endless number of features, Photoshop CS6 holds a clear advantage over every other professional photo editing software. If you can't find a feature in Photoshop, there's a good chance that it simply doesn't exist.
Extensive assortment of graphic design elements and effect filters:
Photoshop CS6 definitely crosses into the area of feature overload, but that's a good thing when it comes to photo editing software because you will not be limited when using CS6. Photoshop CS6 has endless amounts of features when it comes to painting tools, drawing options, and effects filters. Dozens upon dozens of options appear in each category, so if you don't care for one of the presets, then you can customize your own option.
Completely customizable interface:
When dealing with the massive selection of features offered throughout Photoshop CS6, finding exactly what you are looking for can be a daunting task. To help combat potential information overload, Adobe has developed a surprisingly clean and clear interface. In fact, the display's appearance is so simple that it almost disguises the high level of functionality in the software. If you don't like the way the information is presented, you can change nearly everything about it. You can manipulate the positions of the menus (both dockable and floating) and the menu configurations by dragging and dropping. However, while it's possible to automate repeated tasks with Photoshop CS6, it's not as intuitive as you would expect from a product of this quality.
Unmatched help articles and video tutorials:
Although the initial learning curve can be steep for some people, Photoshop has extensive video tutorials and help articles to get you up to speed and keep you there. The amount of tutorial videos is downright staggering, and they run from anywhere between a few minutes to 30 minutes. On occasion, you may have to sit through a short advertisement when the video starts up, but that is a small price to pay for the value of the videos. Even if you are a Photoshop pro, you just might learn a tip or two by going through the tutorials.
Nice selection of content-aware tools:
Photoshop CS6 has a number of tools that automatically perform specific functions to a photo by taking into account what is actually on the image. For example, say you have a photo of three deer standing in a field. One of the three deer is partially cut off in the photo and you decide you want to remove that deer. The tool will actually replace the deer you cut out with what it perceives should take its place. So you will then automatically have a perfectly placed section of grassy field where the deer was once standing in your photo. Once you become more familiar with these tools, it can save time and effort, particularly during the manipulation stage of the process.
Can work with 3D images:
If you have the need for 3D, then the Extended version of Photoshop CS6 includes tools for creating and editing such images. Specifically, you can add, remove, or manipulate shadows, lights, materials, and paints. Also, this allows for simple compositing of 3D objects into images, the creation of 3D extrusions, and painting directly on 3D models.
Quantitative image analysis:
The Photoshop CS6 Extended version also makes it possible to perform the quantitative data extraction necessary for detailed image analysis, including full DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) file support. Unfortunately, this means little to the average professional photographer because it's primarily used in scientific and medical fields, but it's nice to know if this interests you.