Photoshop Creative Cloud update includes 3D printing tools


The first 2014 update of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud allows members to build and print 3D designs to the most popular desktop 3D printers.Adobe unveiled that its first update of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) in 2014 includes new 3D printing capabilities.

The integrated 3D tools in Photoshop CC enable the online platform’s members to easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs, setting the stage for explosive growth in the 3D printing market.

The released update allows for designs to be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services.

Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on the online 3D printing marketplace Shapeways, which includes ceramics, metals and full colour sandstone.

The new release of Photoshop CC simplifies the 3D print process to become a go-to tool for anyone who wants to print a 3D model. The capabilities will help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing model and produce print-ready forms using familiar Photoshop tools.

Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models will be produced reliably, while accurate previews allow designers to submit print jobs with confidence.

‘The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,’ says Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products at Adobe’s Creative Media Solutions. According to him there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modelling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results – which Photoshop CC has bridged.

Bre Pettis, CEO at the desktop 3D printer supplier MakerBot, says the announcement means that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D modelling tools.

Other features

New additions to the Photoshop CC also 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.

New tools in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CC revolutionise how designers work with type by seamlessly connecting to the Adobe Typekit font service. It is now possible to integrate Typekit fonts into print projects, PDF files and DPS applications among others; while InDesign CC’s new functionality reduces the frustration of missing font errors by automatically searching the Typekit desktop font library for options. 

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