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Photoshop Tutorials - New Mercury Graphics Engine

Edit at blazingly fast speeds with the Mercury Graphics Engine

Adobe Photoshop® CS6 software delivers amazing new tools that help you edit and create images with unprecedented freedom and control. And just as importantly, it includes significant performance enhancements that help you speed up editing tasks and process large images faster. The Mercury Graphics Engine, introduced in Photoshop CS6, brings unprecedented power to Photoshop.

What is the Mercury Graphics Engine?

The Mercury Graphics Engine takes advantage of your computer’s graphics processing unit (GPU), the powerful processor on your computer’s video graphics card.* In doing so, the engine speeds up the performance of Photoshop, and it supercharges a set of special GPU-accelerated features.

GPU acceleration in Photoshop CS6

The Mercury Graphics Engine powers a number of key features in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended. It delivers immediate feedback when you edit images using the all-new Crop tool, Puppet Warp, Liquify, Adaptive Wide Angle, and the Lighting Effects Gallery. It allows you to paint more freely, smoothly resizing brushes and adjusting brush tips — and it shows you the effects of the new Oil Painting filter in real time. It also helps you quickly render final 3D work in Adobe RayTrace mode in Photoshop CS6 Extended.  Watch the video!


What else? The Mercury Graphics Engine helps you navigate Photoshop documents and your workspace more fluidly as well. Smoothly turn your canvas for nondestructive viewing at any angle. And gracefully navigate to any area of an image with ultra-smooth panning and zooming.

Achieve peak performance

By taking advantage of your hardware’s power, the new Mercury Graphics Engine enables you to edit and enhance even the largest image files at unprecedented speed. With fewer software slowdowns, you can work more productively and let your creative ideas flow more freely.