Adobe adds 3D printing capability to Photoshop


Adobe has taken its first steps into the world of 3D printing by adding support for the fast-growing print technology to Photoshop, as part of a major upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud.

The new 3D printing capabilities, which are available immediately to Photoshop CC subscribers, allow users to build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs direct from Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop CC supports the most common desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, while users that don't have their own printer can send their print-ready file to shapeways.com to be printed in a range of materials, including ceramics, metals and full-colour sandstone.

Adobe has added a degree of automated file correction to allow creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing model and then rely on the software to ensure the end result is printable.

Stephen Nielson, Photoshop product manager at Adobe, said: "3D models often have errors that prevent you from printing or result in a pile of spaghetti. We've removed the complexity of the process - all you need to do is select the desired printer and material and click print.

"Photoshop automatically corrects watertightness issues and builds a scaffold to prevent the model collapsing while printing - so you get a successful print everytime."

Veronica de la Rosa, industrial designer at 3D printing specialist Fathom, said: "Using Photoshop CC, the new 3D printing features reduce file troubleshooting and ensure that our clients' 3D models are accurately represented before final printing."

Meanwhile, new features in Adobe Illustrator CC and InDesign CC include integration with the Adobe Typekit font library, which will automatically search for any missing fonts to help reduce errors.

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