Adobe today unveiled new 3D printing capabilities for Photoshop.
By "radically simplifying" the 3D print process, Adobe believes that Photoshop CC will become the go-to tool for anyone who wants to print a 3D model. Available immediately, as part of a major update to its Creative Cloud, Adobe's new 3D printing capabilities integrated in Photoshop enable users to build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs—which will set the stage for "explosive growth in the 3D printing market," according to the software company.
“The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,” explains Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Before today there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results. Now, by simply clicking ‘Print’ in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world.”
Designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services. Photoshop CC supports various popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports a range of materials available on Shapeways, a the 3D printing community and marketplace, including ceramics and metals.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Adobe to help kick-start the delivery of 3D content to their highly creative users," said Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways.
"With the huge adoption of Adobe Photoshop, this announcement means that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D modeling tools,” added Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.
Adobe today also shipped new features across its flagship design applications and services, as part of a major Creative Cloud release. Additional new features in Photoshop CC include Perspective Warp, which changes the viewpoint from which an object is seen, and linked Smart Objects that improves collaboration by updating the final design automatically if the reference file is changed.