January 16, 2014
Adobe Adds Three Dimensions To Its Photoshop Software
Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
3D printing has become popular in industry, as well as at home with the maker community. In order to print in 3D, however, users require software to render objects in three dimensions.
Adobe this week issued an update to Adobe Photoshop CC, for Adobe Creative Cloud users. The update allows users to design objects in 3D and ready those designs for printing.
"By radically simplifying the 3D print process, Photoshop CC will become the go-to tool for anyone who wants to print a 3D model," a corporate statement from Adobe said.
Photoshop CC users can create new 3D designs, or make edits to existing 3D models using the program. Part of the update includes automated mesh repair and support structure generation to improve 3D modeling for the maker community.
“The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe, in a corporate statement. “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.”
The maker community, which is comprised of designers at small companies as well as hobbyists and enthusiasts, have access to 3D printing via printers such as the MakerBot, an affordable 3D printer. The Adobe update makes 3D design more accessible to Photoshop CC users.
"With the huge adoption of Adobe Photoshop CC, this announcement means that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D modeling tools,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO, MakerBot, in the Adobe corporate statement. “I can't wait to see what they design with Photoshop CC and create with their MakerBot Replicator 3D printer!"
While MakerBot has worked to bring 3D printing mainstream over the past several years, Adobe might give 3D printing momentum as the Adobe community of users of Photoshop and other software will gain exposure and access to the medium.
"3D printing has been around for a few decades, but most of the money spent on parts is in manufacturing and dental verticals," Andy Lauta, Product Manager at Photoshop, said during a press call, Mashable reports. "As more consumers start to participate in 3D printing capabilities and those buying 3D printers install them in their homes, the 3D market [will grow]. The problem today — prior to the announcement — is that there is a gap between the models out there and what printers need to do to produce high-quality results."
There are a number of companies producing 3D software that will help users design images in 3D that they can then print. 3D software includes Google SketchUp, 3DCrafter, 3Dtin, Anim8or, Blender, FreeCAD, LeoCAD, K-3D and OpenSCAD, among other solutions. Some software is easier to use than others. An option from Photoshop CC has the potential to make designing in 3D even more accessible to a larger number of users.