Oct. 9, 2014 | By Alec

This week Adobe released their 3D-friendly Photoshop CC 2014.2 at the Adobe MAX 2014: The Creativity Conference in Los Angeles.

The center stage of the conference was understandably given to Adobe's Creative Cloud release, which they called 'a milestone release', that 'transforms how creatives work across desktops and devices.' Alongside, a host of updates integrated their desktop tools and mobile devices with their CC.

Most appealing about this massive update for 3D printing enthusiasts, however, are the specific features that their new Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2 will have. For they confirmed that it will include a host of new features, including a new layout, new extraction features, various updated tools and, interestingly, better support for 3D renderings and printing. A complete overview of the huge number of updates can be found here.

As for the 3D printing side of this update, a number new options will be included in 2014.2. Firstly, Photoshop will include new built-in options for the 3D printing services offered by iMaterialise, while making it far easier to send 3D files to Makerbot and Ultimaker printers. However, this Adobe update also enhances support for 3D PDF Files, which can now be reviewed and manipulated in Adobe Acrobat. This is especially useful when sharing your 3D models with colleagues and friends without access to Photoshop.

But the most interesting upgrade integrated into Photoshop CC 2014.2 is the new ability to read COLLADA files. This will give users a larger range of options when working with their 3D renderings, like allowing them to import animation and rigging data and continue to working in Photoshop itself.

This has already been given practical reality through a collaboration between Adobe and Mixamo, an online platform for easily and affordably generating unique 3D characters. This wonderful website is an extensive toolkit for anyone wanting to develop a custom (and even animated) 3D character.

Working with Adobe, Mixamo is now enabling users to download their custom creations as COLLADA files. These can then be easily imported to Photoshop, where a host of other tools are available to further work on you character. These include adding animations, 2D/3D compositing and painting of textures. And of course these can then be subsequently printed through Photoshop as well.

To showcase the new workflow and capabilities, Adobe allowed Photoshop users to tinker with 3D demo assets created by Mixamo to at the Adobe MAX conference. Stefano Corazza, CEO of Mixamo, reportedly said that 'We're very excited that Adobe will offer this new functionality in Photoshop. Photoshop is among the easiest tools in the world to combine 2D and 3D art.'

These support functions became available this week, and you can do it find out for yourself here. For a step-by-step guide on how to work with Mixamo and Photoshop CC together, check out this tutorial.

Also take a look at this video detailing the practical side of the Mixamo and Photoshop collaboration:

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menno wrote at 10/13/2014 11:24:40 AM:

because photoshop is supporting the flow of making textures for 3D models and i guess photoshop was for adobe the easiest option to adjust a program to join the hype

jim wrote at 10/10/2014 5:02:25 AM:

Why in the world did they decide to add 3D printing to Photoshop? It doesn't even seem relevant to the program. Seems like it should have been its own separate app, (or at least added to Illustrator instead, which already has tools for doing more structured drawings).

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