Photoshop's 3D Printing
The role of the creative is changing, so says the company whose software has propped up the industry since they launched Illustrator in the mid-80s.
Adobe, who launched their 3D Printing additions to Photoshop Creative Cloud back in January, have added several new 3D printer profiles to their software including; Makerbots, Zcorps, the Mcor IRIS as well as a direct API to Sculpteo.
Just as they did with two-dimensional design, Adobe’s Photoshop package is aiming to bring 3D modelling, specifically for 3D printing, to the masses with an array of tools designed to make the process more intuitive. Tools included in the package include the ability to create different textures for your model when printed
Photoshop’s Product Manager, Andy Lauta said of 3D printing earlier in the year: “It may take creative many hours to fix models and get them ready to print. Photoshop is trying to fill this gap by making it easy for creative to create. We are trying to take 3D printing to the creative mainstream."
The addition of further 3D printer profiles on the Photoshop CC platform come on the back of Adobe’s recent New Creatives Survey, which identified 3D modelling as the most in-demand skill alongside app development in the next 12 months.
As well as being a signifier of 3D printing’s ever increasing pull Adobe’s 3D adventures may mark a tipping point. If they are able to do for this technology what they did for image editing 3D printers and 3D modelling may yet become as ubiquitous as their two-dimensional counterparts.