The 3D revolution
If you are a member of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you are now able to access an exciting new array of features within Adobe Photoshop. The California-based company has just released major enhancements for 3D printers.
Adobe Photoshop, since it’s initial release in 1988, has lead the way in photo-enhancement. It rapidly became the industry standard and a by-word for anything digital imaging.
This is due to Adobe’s constant innovation and ruthless determination to dominate the creative market. No surprises that Adobe have centred their new update on features for 3D printing.
A tough life for 3D printers
Typically, to generate a single three dimensional printout, there are 15 steps using a line-up of different applications. From design to output, Photoshop has now simplified this process.
As with any new technology, 3D printers are still perceived as the reserve of the techie. Adobe claim to have resolved this notion with it’s new feature list.
Update 2014.1: As of August 6th 2012, Adobe Photoshop now hosts the following improvements for 3D printers:
- Print-ready 3D files – formats now supported: U3D, VRML, IGES, and PLY.
- DMM.com support added (Japananese 3D printing service).
- Improved support for 3D scanning.
- MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation desktop printers support.
- Better assimilation for CAD workflows.
- Multi-job printing: 3D printing workflow improvements
- Streamlined 3D painting: painting your 3D models faster and easier.
Personally, I can’t say for certain that these improvements will lead the way for 3D printers. I can say it will help shape the market for the next couple of years as Adobe’s leading influence inspires a new breed of Photoshop technicians.
Check out the new features for yourself
Adobe have also released a great feature explore/tutorial of the new 3D features within Photoshop. The following video is easy-to-follow and should have you up and running in no-time.
Note: The fellow in the video above, isn’t me in a couple of year from now – just a copy-cat 😉