Adobe recently announced the integration of 3D printing into its Photoshop CC photo editing software. The consolidation of 3D printing tools validates the growing 3D printing revolution and puts the medium at the fingertips of thousands of Photoshop users. Photoshop’s 3D printing tools may break the barrier between a designer’s vision and the ability to easily convert that vision into a 3D printable file.
Photoshop’s 3D printing tools can be found in the software’s 3D menu and 3D panel. These tools give you the ability to scale your object, repair mesh to ensure the object is water tight or in a solid form for printing, printer management, and allows you to create support structures to stabilize your object as it is being printed.
In Photoshop CC, you have the ability to create 3D printable files from scratch or import existing STL files to be edited or printed within the software. To start, simply create 2D designs as you normally would in Photoshop, giving basic parameters and concepts to your creation via layers, objects, brushes, and using the full range of Photoshop tools.
When a basic design is completed, add 3D parameters by selecting your 3D options from the 3D panel. From here you will be able to manage the conversion of the 2D object to 3D. You will instantly view your design in the 3D workspace where you can continue your design process. 3D files will be saved as native Photoshop files (PDS), allowing you to save your 3D design.
Open and edit existing STL files as you would open any file in Photoshop. Add layers, colors, and more, for complete artistic freedom. Those with experience using STL file editors will have few hurdles as they explore the 3D possibilities of Photoshop CC, especially if they have a basic understanding of Photoshop.
The variety of consumer and commercial 3D printers continues to grow. It’s important to know that Photoshop CC will not support all of them directly. You can, however, export to STL which most 3D printers will accept The software is currently limited to interfacing directly with the printers listed below, however, they are industry-leading printers and are capable of printing a large gamete of designs. Designers without one of the compatible printers can send their files to WhiteClouds.com for our printing services.
- 3D Systems Cube
- MakerBot Replicator 2
- MakerBot Replicator 2x
- ZCorp Full Color
By incorporating 3D design into the new Photoshop CC, Adobe has once again positioned one of their products to be at the forefront of an emerging technology. The features will be a fun addition for current Photoshop users to explore the creative possibilities of this growing medium. The addition will help 3D printing become a tool for the masses.