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Adobe brings 3D printing capabilities to Photoshop CC

Creative Cloud update will also deliver a host of features across the digital hub
Thu Jan 16 2014, 05:00

GRAPHICS DESIGN SOFTWARE OUTFIT Adobe has announced a host of updates to its Creative Cloud digital hub across its Creative Suite (CS) today, including the integration of 3D printing capabilities in Photoshop.

In what Adobe said shows that "the rate of innovation is not slowing down", the update brings 20 new features across Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign and some more to Muse, which will arrive in late 2014, all with access to new Type Kit fonts across all of the firm's software products.

The main features arriving to Photoshop include a perspective warp effect that allows users to easily manipulate images, along with a smart objects linking tool that will make it easier for designers to be able to work on multiple projects at the same time.

Adobe said its intention with Illustrator and Indesign was to "take a look at the fundamental tools and features that designers use day in and out, and make them more intuitive". Illustrator will get a "highly requested feature" called "live corners" along with a completely rewritten pencil tool and the ability to reshape path segments, while Indesign will get simplified hyperlinks, the removal of "missing fonts" and EPUB file interactivity enhancements.

Adobe also announced that Muse will be updated with a new library panel, social widgets, more scroll effects options and a full screen slideshow feature. However, these will arrive in late 2014.

Type Kit will give users access to 899 desktop fonts, Adobe said, from any of the Creative Cloud apps.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the update is the 3D printing integration into Photoshop, which Adobe claims will "allow 3D designers and artists to tap into the possibilities of 3D printing".

This is Photoshop's first foray into 3D printing and is an attempt by Adobe to try to bridge the gap for creatives who are interested in working with 3D printing applications.

"It represents the first time that 3D printing is going to be delivered through a mainstream creative tool and photoshop being the most mainstream tool of all: [it's] an exciting opportunity for our customer base to engage in the 3D printing," an Adobe' product manager said in a briefing call.

"It will also have an big impact on the 3D printing industry as well through participation through so many Photoshop users."

While you can create 3D content from scratch within Photoshop using the already available 3D tools, Adobe thinks most users will be bringing their 3D content from a 3D scanner, for example, and using Photoshop for the finishing touches before going to print.

The update will also reset any 30 day trails across Creative Cloud software for users who have already tried the software up through May 2012, so they can try the applications again with the new updates for another 30 days.

Adobe said the updates should go live some time today. µ


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