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When you work with an application like Photoshop for hours at a stretch, the interface is important. Most of the programs in CS6 are getting the dark interface of Lightroom at least as an option; Photoshop gives you the choice of four background colours from black to dark grey. The icons for tools have all been redesigned to be larger, clearer and a little easier to recognise, and you can double up the icons in the toolbar to fit more on a smaller screen or keep them in a single column to make more room for photos.
There are more ways to arrange panels and palettes as well; you can drag them out of the well, dock them in a second panel area at the side, resize panels inside the well or overlap panels instead of lining them up. You can also switch the selection of tools on-screen quickly by choosing a different workspace from the Essentials dropdown.
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