Skip to comments.Adobe Adds 3D Printing to Photoshop
Posted on 01/17/2014 2:21:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The adoption of 3D printing by Adobe is huge, because now a massive influx of people will have access to 3D-modeling tools. However, Adobe Photoshop isn't known for its 3D-modeling capabilities beyond some basic functions, so users can upload a 3D model created in other programs and output it in the stereolithography format known as .stl.
3D printing has reached a milestone of sorts. On Thursday, Adobe, whose software created desktop publishing, announced that its venerable Photoshop program will now support 3D printing. Photoshop CC, part of the companys Creative Cloud, has received an update that allows users to build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs. Additionally, the 3D object can be defined from scratch or refined using common Photoshop tools, generating ready-to-print 3D models. Features include automated mesh repair and support structure generation.
Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions at Adobe, said in a statement that the new print capabilities take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone. He added that previously, there was a gap between the content produced by 3D-modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results.
The print command can be sent to a local 3D printer, or via built-in access to a set of online 3D print services. The company said Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, including the MakerBot Replicator, and users can add their own printing device profiles.
There is also support for the ceramics, metals, full color sandstone and other materials available on the 3D printing community and marketplace, Shapeways. 3D models can also be uploaded via Photoshop to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embedded in artist profiles on the creative site Behance for viewing through the Sketchfab 3D viewer. Normally, Behance only displays JPEG formats.
Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, described the Adobe adoption of 3D printing as huge, and predicted that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D-modeling tools. Photoshop, however, is not known for its 3D-modeling capabilities beyond some basic functions, so users will be able to upload a 3D model created in other programs and then output it in the stereolithography format known as .stl. A 3D creator could use Photoshop for finishing touches, such as adding textures.
Extension of Free Trial
An annual membership in the Creative Cloud is $49.99 monthly, or, alternatively, a user can sign up for one app for $19.99 per month. Additionally, Adobe is allowing anyone who signed up for a 30-day free trial since the Creative Cloud opened in May of 2012 to start another free trial, because of this and other recent enhancements.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, prints solid three-dimensional objects in a printer from a computer-generated model, with layers of material laid down successively to create the object. The technology is seeing an explosion of consumer and professional interest for such applications as equipment parts, dishes, sculptures, architectural and geographical models, and other uses.
In addition to this 3D printing addition, Adobe also announced on Thursday a new 3D Perspective Warp function, which it had originally demonstrated in May of last year. It allows a more sophisticated perspective correction of multiple assets than was available previously.
Adobe is a huge player! this will be an interesting trend to watch!
Could this sort of thing print an intake manifold for an internal combustion engine?
Awesome. Now all I have to do is wait for the torrent to show up. s/
Im still not that pleased with Adobes current upgrade path.
I dont want to own thirty of their applications...
Id prefer to opt for the four or five I actually do use.
they have widened the path a BIT for those wanting new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom..now available exclusive of the rest of the huge list of other apps in the “Creative Cloud”
I currently own and use Photoshop Illustrator Flash and Dreamweaver
Our graphics kids use CC now for the basic stuff. Apparently, there’s some stuff in it that you cant get in CS7.
“Could this sort of thing print an intake manifold for an internal combustion engine?”
It can easily be used to print to PLA. From there a casting is made using the lost PLA (same as lost wax) process.
although I use Photoshop for Banners posted here..my main use for it is processing photographs. Im still using CS4...which by some standards is a bit long in the tooth at his point.
I cant imagine actually needing much more from photoshop.
The version of Lightroom Im using isnt current either and I could USE the some of the updated functionality it now uses.
Lightroom does have some substantial competition in Capture One a high end photo processing app... but Photoshop is really the only game in town for most final photo processing!
Flash Proffessional stands alone...as does Illustrator..
I think that Adobe had planned to go to the “creative cloud” based system when they started buying other companies stuff back in the early part of “the century”. For example, they bought Macromedia.....dumped their own web app GOLIVE and starting selling Dreamweaver...born at macromedia.
There dont seem to be many competitors at this point.
it would be great to see someone take them on and “Raise All Boats” in the process
Can you get CS7?
I thought CS6 was the current version.
CS6. Sorry. I have nerds in our poster and marketing dept. XD
Hey, I am working on printing Salma Hayek’s prettier sister, who is brunette. Tissue deposition using a Mendel Prusa reprap 3d printer. Blondes are harder to print, but to each his own.
Yes. Metal parts are already being made with 3D printers. So long as a sufficiently heat-resistant stock was available, no problem.