Adobe has launched 3D printing tools for Photoshop

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Adobe is adding new 3D printing tools for Photoshop that lets users create and edit designs for 3D printers. Photoshop users can design and customize 3D models before sending it off to a 3D printer.

“3D printing has been around for a few decades, but most of the money spent on parts is in manufacturing and dental verticals,” stated Photoshop product manager Andy Lauta as quoted by Mashable. “As more consumers start to participate in 3D printing capabilities and those buying 3D printers install them in their homes, the 3D market [will grow]. The problem today ? prior to the announcement ? is that there is a gap between the models out there and what printers need to do to produce high-quality results.”

3D photo models can be downloaded from online services like Thingiverse. Photoshop users can add color, adjust shapes, and rotate angles. 3D models can be designed from scratch as well. Photoshop also lets you specify the type of material being used for printing. Photoshop version 14.1 needs to be installed on the computer and it is a free update for Adobe Creative Cloud users ($49.99), Creative Cloud app users ($19.99), and CS3 users ($9.99). The 3D printing tools can be accessed as part of a 30-day trial.