Adobe previews 3D printing features coming to Photoshop CC

Adobe has unveiled new features that will be making their way to a future version of Photoshop CC. The app will be adopting three major features geared towards 3D imaging and printing. For instance, the new 3D mesh simplification tools will allow for faster processing and printing, and will expand options for sharing.

You'll also be able to create 3D bump maps, and edit colors and textures for your objects before printing them:

  • Create and apply 3D Bump Maps from any photograph to add texture to 3D objects: Convert textures from a photograph into a bump map, with flexibility to control desired height and depth of embossment or imprint to create a custom, textured 3D object.
  • Edit colors from 3D scans with Vertex color to texture conversion: While 3D scanning is expected to become increasingly prominent, many 3D scanning solutions capture color data as vertex color, which is not editable within Photoshop. The new Vertex Color to Texture Conversion will interpret and allow users to edit and change colors through creation of a Photoshop Texture.

Adobe didn't specify when these features would be available, saying only that they would come to Photoshop CC in a future update.

Joseph Keller