Adobe has always tried to be on the cutting edge of technology, adding new updates and functionality to their programs since their inception in 1982. Now, after a press conference this Thursday, Adobe has announced that their flagship design program, Photoshop, will now be optimized to edit 3D designs and output them directly to a 3D printer! All of Photoshop’s features will be available in designing and adjusting these 3D designs, including adding color, texture, shape, and more. Photoshop will also provide users with a live update of the progress of their build, including elements like support structures to help ensure the quality of the print.


The final product can then either be exported as a separate file, or printed directly from Photoshop to select printers. By introducing this new functionality, Adobe wishes to simplify the otherwise complicated process of outputting 3D models for printing, as well as compatibility issues with the wide variety of different 3D printing software currently on the market. In a move that will surely help 3D printing take hold as an affordable creative process, Adobe has helped take the first step to bring 3D printers to ordinary households.

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