Adobe Introduces 3D Printing & 3D Manipulation Capabilities for Photoshop

Adobe’s Photoshop is a workhorse for professional photographers, and now, the digital lightroom software is getting an update to help designers create, modify, and print 3D models.

The new 3D printing capabilities also help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce beautiful, print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools. Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models will be produced reliably, while accurate previews allow creatives to submit print jobs with confidence.

Once you have a 3D model ready for printing, you can send it straight to a 3D printer. The software can fix 3D errors with water tightness issues – it even adds 3D scaffolding to help your model stand up during printing.

If you already have 3D modeling software, you won’t need Photoshop for model manipulation, but since it can read and render three dimensional models, it might be an easy way to quickly render designs and sketches. With a 3D rendering engine and printing capabilities, Adobe might even develop Photoshop or After Effects to make quick, complex renderings.

With today’s release of Photoshop CC, designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services. Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on Shapeways — the 3D printing community and marketplace — including ceramics, metals, and full color sandstone. Additionally, Photoshop users can now directly upload their 3D models to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embed them in their Behance profile using Sketchfab’s interactive 3D viewer.