Adobe Expands Support for Easier 3D Printing Workflows

DESIGNERS. Last year, Adobe introduced new features in Photoshop CC to help simplify 3D compositing and printing. This year, Adobe is continuing to help you unlock the power of 3D printing by closing the gap between power and usability.

Adobe has added some important new 3D printing capabilities in their 2015 release of Creative Cloud and acquired Mixamo, a San Francisco-based company that enables you to create and customize 3D characters and animations.

In a blog post announcing the Mixamo acquisition, Adobe VP Winston Hendrickson noted that “3D tools have come a long way in the past few years, but are still generally inaccessible to most designers due to the great expense and extensive training required to learn the complicated techniques. However, using 3D in 2D workflows adds flexibility to the design work you’re already doing and delivers better output options for interactive websites, game content, video, and 3D printing. Our research tells us that one of the most in-demand skills for designers is 3D, but using it is just too hard with the current tools and technology.”

Support for PDF and SVX Formats

Adobe Photoshop CC _3D-printing-PDF-SVXThe latest release of Photoshop CC enables users, 3D printer manufacturers, and 3D printing service providers to use the ISO-standard 3D PDF file format to enable 3D printing job submissions and workflows. This can streamline processes and reduce costs, because the files are automatically checked and repaired prior to creating the 3D PDF file.

Photoshop CC users can also now use the SVX format to produce high quality, full color, sliced 3D models on color 3D printers. The 3D printing pipeline in Photoshop CC verifies and updates the file when converting to SVX.

Support for 3D Hubs 

Another new feature in the latest release of Photoshop CC is support for 3D printing through the 3D Hubs service. This enables Photoshop CC users to submit print jobs to local 3D-printing service providers who are members of the 3D Hubs worldwide network.

Currently more than 19,000 owners of 3D printers worldwide are part of the 3D Hubs service. Each listing for a 3D-printing service tells what type of equipment the service has, what types of materials they offer, and how quickly they can turn around the job. One of the goals of 3D Hubs is to accelerate a future of local and on-demand production. According to the company, the 3D Hubs network provides over one billion people access to a 3D printer within 10 miles of their home.

Support for Tinkerine Ditto Pro

The Tinkerine Ditto Pro is a prosumer-grade 3D printer that fits nicely in a classroom or design studio. Its elegant, open-C frame design makes it possible to build products that are taller and deeper than other 3D printers.

According to Eugene Suyu, president and CEO of Tinkerine Studios, “The prosumer market is demanding a 3D printer that features quiet operation along with high speed, high resolution, and massive build volume.”

Designers who want to print their work on a Tinkerine Ditto Pro can now download and install a printer profile from Photoshop CC. The installed profile will enable you to send a file directly from Photoshop CC.

“The integration of Tinkerine support within Photoshop CC makes it even easier for customers to access top-of-the-line 3D printers and training resources that will enable them to create compelling 3D objects,” said Maria Yap, Adobe senior director of production management, Photoshop.

Adobe Acquires Mixamo

Adobe believes the Mixamo acquisition will give creatives a platform for more 3D innovation in the future. Integrating Mixamo’s technology into Photoshop will let you create, customize, manipulate, rig and animate 3D content, as well as take advantage of stock characters that can be easily pulled into projects.

As Hendrickson explains in this blog post, designers will be able to generate more realistic scenes in lighting, reflections, and shadows.

“Designers are increasingly being asked to create photorealistic scenes that don’t exist in the real world,” said Hendrickson. “And while this is already being done in Photoshop CC today, we can push the envelope further to enable a level of precision like never before and to make it easier for everyone to use.”


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Adobe Introduces New Creative Cloud Features and New Stock Image Service

In keeping with their mission of “changing the world through digital experiences,” Adobe has launched a milestone release of its flagship Adobe Creative Cloud tools and services. They also announced the availability of the new Adobe Stock content service.

Umang Bedi Unveils Milestone 2015 Creative Cloud Release
Umang Bedi Unveils Milestone 2015 Creative Cloud Release

The 2015 release of Creative Cloud includes major updates to Adobe’s desktop tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC. It also provides new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Adobe Stock is the first stock content service to be integrated directly into the tools creatives use every day.

Adobe Stock Content Service

Adobe Stock makes 40 million photos, vector graphics and illustrations accessible directly within CC desktop apps.  You can launch Adobe Stock with CC desktop software, add watermarked images to Creative Cloud libraries, and then access and work with images across multiple desktop and mobile tools. When ready to license an image for finished work, you can do it directly within the CC desktop software application. You can also edit a watermarked image in an applications such as Photoshop CC. When licensed, the edits are automatically applied to the purchased full-resolution image.

Based on the acquisition of stock content provider Fotolia earlier this year, Adobe Stock is available in 36 countries and 13 languages worldwide, including the US, UK, Australia and Japan. It is expected to be available in India in the near future.

Because Adobe Stock is a standalone service, you don’t have to be a Creative Cloud member to download, purchase, or sell stock images. You can buy single images as needed or purchase a monthly plan.

If you are a Creative Cloud member, you can save up to 40 percent when you add an Adobe Stock annual plan to your Creative Cloud membership.

Adobe Stock may shake up the $3 billion global stock image market, because Adobe customers not only contribute to stock image services but are also regular purchasers of stock content. An estimated 85 percent of creatives who buy stock content use Adobe tools. More than 90 percent of stock content sellers use Adobe software to prepare photos and images.

Photographers and designers who contribute content to Adobe Stock can access a worldwide community of stock content buyers and receive industry-leading rates for content.

According to David Wadhwani, senior vice president of Digital Media, “Adobe Stock extends Creative Cloud’s value as a vibrant global marketplace.”  When accessed through Creative Cloud, the new service simplifies the buying and selling of stock content.

“Our customers–the best photographers and designers on the planet–will have the opportunity to contribute millions of new photos and images to Adobe Stock,” says Wadhwani. “This is really going to raise the bar in the world of stock content.”

Improvements to Creative Cloud

Wadhwani believes Creative Cloud 2015 is Adobe’s most powerful and comprehensive release to date.

Since Creative Cloud was introduced in 2012, Adobe has championed the idea that mobile devices should be integral to the creative process, with free companion mobile apps working seamlessly with CC desktop tools.  Adobe has now released Brush CC, Shape CC, Color CC and Photoshop Mix on Android for the first time, bringing connected mobile workflows to millions of creatives worldwide. Adobe has also updated many of its popular Creative Cloud mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, including Adobe Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC.

In addition to these updates, Adobe debuted Adobe Hue CC. Hue CC provides an easy way to capture and share production- quality lighting and color schemes — for video, film and broadcast — by using an iPhone camera and then applying these light and color moods into a Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC project.

At the heart of Creative Cloud is Adobe CreativeSync, a signature technology that intelligently syncs creative assets: files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colors, settings, metadata and more.

With CreativeSync, assets are instantly available, in the right format, wherever designers need them — across desktop, web and mobile apps. Available exclusively in Creative Cloud, CreativeSync means work can be kicked-off in any connected Creative Cloud mobile app or CC desktop tool; picked up again later in another; and finished in the designer’s favorite CC desktop software.

Advances in Desktop Tools

With the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, Adobe magic and Mercury performance provide speed and technology breakthroughs across 15 CC desktop applications:

Photoshop CC: Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview them on a device. Photoshop CC also includes a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a sleek new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and website designers.

Lightroom CC: Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which appeared first in October 2014. Dehaze eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.

Premiere Pro CC:  The new Lumetri Color panel facilitates powerful color corrections using intuitive sliders and other simple controls. Morph Cut makes it easier to deliver polished interview content. It smoothes jump cuts in talking-head shots to create a cohesive, polished sequence.

After Effects CC: A new Uninterrupted Preview allows artists to adjust the properties of a  composition and resize panels without impacting playback. Also, the ground-breaking Adobe Character Animator brings 2D figures to life using a webcam to track facial movements, record dialog and apply movements in real time onto a pre-configured character.

Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than CS6. Powered by dramatic boosts to its Mercury Performance Engine, users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. With the new Chart tool (preview), designers can create beautiful custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.

InDesign CC gets its own Mercury performance surge. Zooming, scrolling, and paging through complex documents is now twice as fast. InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents with a single click.

Dreamweaver CC has new responsive web design capabilities that let designers quickly lay out and build production-ready sites that adapt to any screen size.

Adobe Muse now includes instant access to premium fonts from TypekitAdditional updates to these and other CC desktop applications make this one of Adobe’s biggest releases in years.

Creative Cloud for the Digital Transformation of Enterprises

Adobe’s expanded Creative Cloud enterprise offering includes enterprise-grade administration, security, collaboration and publishing services for design-driven brands, businesses and large organizations.

These enhancements are designed to help large commercial, education and government customers who want to speed the development and publishing of customer experiences, as part of their digital transformation strategies.

The new enterprise edition of Creative Cloud includes all the product features from the Creative Cloud 2015 release, plus expanded security options and deep connections with Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) and Adobe Marketing Cloud.

Two new security capabilities ensure protection of corporate assets, including customer-managed encryption keys and a new managed service hosting option, which offers dedicated storage behind a customer’s firewall.

Creative Cloud for enterprise also supports an upcoming release of DPS, empowering existing teams in organizations to rapidly design and publish mobile apps without writing code.

A public beta of this major update to DPS is available this week, with more information available here. Content from Creative Cloud for enterprise also syncs with Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), a key component of Adobe Marketing cloud, to accelerate marketing campaigns by streamlining creative-to-marketing workflows.


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Adobe Photoshop CC Expands Support for 3D Printing

By radically simplifying the 3D printing process for designers, Adobe is striving to make Photoshop CC the go-to tool for anyone who wants to print a 3D model. 3D printing is becoming an increasingly popular method of making prototypes and finished designs in creative fields such as filmmaking, animation, architecture, and jewelry.

The latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC includes features to make it easier to build, refine, preview, prepare, and print designs for creating 3D models or products. Using familiar Photoshop tools, you can design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce beautiful, print-ready models. Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models will be produced reliably. Accurate previews allow you to confidently submit print jobs to a connected in-studio device or an online 3D printing service.

The updated software includes built-in access to the Shapeways and Sculpteo online 3D print services and supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator.

Sculpteo Is Onboard

One 3D printing service that is making their printer profiles available through Photoshop CC is Sculpteo, an online 3D printing firm based in San Francisco in Paris. Founded in 2009 by Eric Carreel and Clément Moreau, Sculpteo offers on-demand 3D printing of individual products as well as short-run manufacturing. They have 45 materials, colors, and finishes and their factories use only professional-grade printers. You can preview how your design will print by downloading the profiles of Sculpteo printers and dragging and dropping them in a folder.

Photoshop CC supports the full range of high-quality materials available on Sculpteo, including ceramics, metals, and other additive materials.


Maria Yap, senior director of product management, Photoshop at Adobe, called Sculpteo a great fit for the 3D printing capabilities of Photoshop CC: “We’re excited to add Sculpteo as our first European-based 3D print service provider. Their high-quality results and quick turnaround times appeal to creatives.”


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Roland DGA Demonstrates VersaUV LEF Printers at Adobe ADIM14 Conference

Roland DGA Corp., a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters is demonstrating the company​s VersaUV LEF-12 benchtop UV flatbed printer at the Adobe ADIM14 conference March 9-12 in Boulder, Colorado.

Hosted by Adobe Principal Creative Director Russell Brown, the “Adobe Inspirational Master-class” event is designed for graphic designers, art directors, photographers and creative directors who are seeking fresh, inventive ways to use the Adobe Creative Cloud. ADIM14 attendees learn about new software tools and imaging techniques, and gain skills they can immediately apply to design and photography projects.

“​We are honored to be included in this exciting event and look forward to introducing the Adobe community to our VersaUV technology,” said Hiroshi Ono, group product manager for Roland DGA Corp. ​”The LEF is the perfect printer for any graphics professional looking to expand into the personalization market. Based on our advanced UV-LED technology, it enables direct printing on virtually any 3D surface for maximum creative freedom.​”


Available in 12- and 20-inch models, LEF series printers print CMYK, white and clear inks directly on three-dimensional items up to 3.94 inches thick, including pens, key chains, golf balls, photo frames, giftware, industrial products and parts, and even tablet computers and smart phone covers.


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Photoshop World Attendees Get One-Year Membership to Adobe Creative Cloud

PSWorldCoverPHOTOGRAPHERS. DESIGNERS. Have you ever attended a Photoshop workshop in which attendees were using various versions of the software? It slows down the pace of instruction and the relevance of the question-and-answer session. That’s why a new offer initiated by Scott Kelby of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals is a stroke of genius.

Kelby Media Group and NAPP have announced that Adobe will provide a free one-year Adobe® Creative CloudTM membership to all registered attendees of the 2013 Photoshop World Conference and Expo from September 4-6 in Las Vegas.

Photoshop World, which is produced by NAPP, attracts creative people from all backgrounds and skills levels. Teachers, students, amateurs, and pros convene at Photoshop World for classes on Photoshop, Lightroom,  photography techniques, lighting, graphic design, and building a creative-services business.

With Creative Cloud memberships, all Photoshop World attendees will have access to the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, Acrobat, and more. Plus, attendees will get new features and upgrades as soon as they are available. Creative Cloud memberships also offer file sharing services and access to publishing apps and websites. Creative Cloud members can publish a customized portfolio on their own URL and plug into the Behance creative community.

The one-year Creative Cloud membership is valued at $600. Until August 2, a full conference registration for Photoshop World is $598 for non-members of NAPP and $499 for NAPP members. Photoshop World alumni get a $50 discount, and non-members get a one-year NAPP membership which includes 10 issues of Photoshop User magazine and access to online classes and tutorials.


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Adobe Gives CS Users New Reasons to Join Creative Cloud

Adobe has announced a significant update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, the company’s flagship offering for creatives. The update includes rebranded “CC” versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro that represent the next generation of the desktop applications formerly known as Creative Suite (CS). These CC versions will be available exclusively to Creative Cloud Members.

The update, which is expected to be available in June, includes enhanced services for building and powering websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device. Creative Cloud users can store, sync, and share creative files on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. Plus, on the integrated Behance online creative community, Creative Cloud users can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.


The update to Creative Cloud was announced at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, May 4-8 in Los Angeles. Adobe MAX is an annual four-day event that convenes more than 5,000 industry leaders to explore how creativity is changing the world. Shown here: Adobe president and CEO Shantanu Narayen.(Photo Courtesy of Adobe/David Zentz Photography/Novus Select)
The update to Creative Cloud was announced at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, May 4-8 in Los Angeles. Adobe MAX is an annual four-day event that convenes more than 5,000 industry leaders to explore how creativity is changing the world. Shown here: Adobe president and CEO Shantanu Narayen. (Photo Courtesy of Adobe/David Zentz Photography/Novus Select)

“Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your best work. We’re delivering incredible new versions of our desktop tools, services that take publishing content to the next level and we’re making it easier than ever for creatives to collaborate and share their work worldwide,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is a destination that champions inspiring work and builds lasting connections within a vibrant global creative community.”

Frictionless Creative Workflows

This milestone update to Creative Cloud is designed to simplify the entire creative process. Core features include:

Desktop, Web and Mobile Access. Creative Cloud allows users to stay connected with workgroups and the creative community via their desktop, website, or mobile device. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world gets its own centralized hub where ideas, files, fonts, settings, notifications, and team members are connected and organized. Join group folders to work collaboratively; track updates and comments to shared files; stay connected to work on Behance; get notified when app updates are available and download the latest updates; and access favorite colors, fonts and settings, wherever you are.

Integration With The World’s Leading Creative Community. With Behance now integrated with Creative Cloud, members will be able to publish their own portfolios, follow other creatives, publish work-in-progress from within a growing number of CC apps and solicit feedback from the worldwide creative community. Over 1.4 million creatives globally are part of the Behance network.

Synchronize, Store, Share and Collaborate. All files and assets will be automatically synchronized between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. A designer can take a photo on an iPad, use Photoshop® Touch to refine the photo while on the go, then access that file, via the cloud, and use Photoshop CC on their Mac or Windows PC to further enhance the image. Designers can designate shared folders and invite others to collaborate on files. Edits are stored with version history so users can share their files with confidence. Individual members receive 20GB of storage.

Seamless Publishing. Creative Cloud members have access to the services necessary to publish highly personalized portfolio websites using Behance ProSite, high-impact digital magazines for iPad using Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition, and PhoneGap™ Build to create and publish mobile apps for any device. Adobe Typekit features an unmatched library of old-classic to new-favorite fonts for use on websites – and, with this update, creatives can use many of these same fonts directly in their desktop applications.

New Family of CC Desktop Apps

This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications — including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC. Each of these tools has been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating professional-grade content for print, web, mobile apps, video, and photography. Hundreds of new features are included in these latest versions of Adobe’s desktop tools.

PhotoshopCC will ship with new sharpening technologies and designer workflow enhancements. Camera Shake Reduction deblurs images that would have otherwise been lost due to camera movement. All-new Smart Sharpen makes texture and detail pop, and Adobe Camera Raw 8 adds even more powerful photographic controls to straighten and perfect images. Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop application to include the ability to post files directly to Behance from within the application, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process.

IllustratorCC includes a Touch Type tool that gives designers a new level of creativity with type. Move, scale, and rotate text characters knowing that it remains editable. This feature works with a mouse, stylus or multi-touch device. Illustrator also enables painting with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so designers can create complex organic designs quickly, with simple brush strokes.

InDesignCC features a new, modern architecture that turbocharges performance and in-browser editing.

Adobe Muse CC, a tool that enables designers to create and publish HTML websites without writing code, allows clients to make edits to a published website. These edits can then be reviewed, approved, and updated by the designer

AdobePremiereProCC includes new editing features, customizations and improvements to help editors work efficiently. Premiere Pro CC integrates powerful color workflows, with the addition of the Lumetri™ Deep Color Engine to easily apply rich color grading looks.

Adobe After Effects® CC brings more creative possibilities to motion graphics and visual effects artists. Users can work more easily in 3D with the new Live 3D Pipeline with Maxon Cinema4D integration. There are also all-new versions of Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Audition® CC, Prelude™ CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.

Web designers and developers can look forward to significant advances in Adobe’s family of Edge tools and services. The latest Edge Animate CC lets web designers create animated and interactive content with amazing ease and precision, using native HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Adobe is also previewing a new workflow from Photoshop CC to Edge Reflow CC that will enable creatives to build web designs in Photoshop that can easily be turned into responsive web sites.

DreamweaverCC users can look forward to the most up-to-date CSS and properties via the intuitive visual editing tool, CSS Designer. And Adobe Flash® Pro CC features a modern, modular 64-bit architecture rebuilt from the ground up to be fast and reliable.

Membership Plans

Although the updates won’t be available until June, Adobe is encouraging creatives to sign up for Creative Cloud now so they can be prepared to download the latest innovations as soon as they are available. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership. Existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of US $29.99 per month.

Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month. Promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users. Subscription plans are also available for teams, enterprises, educational institutions, and governments.





Lightroom Now Available Through Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software is now available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™ membership. Lightroom is a photography workflow solution for importing, managing, enhancing, and showcase images.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based offering that provides access to Adobe’s design, web, video and digital imaging tools. It provides a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.

With your paid membership, Adobe Creative Cloud gives you everything needed to create, publish and share your work virtually anywhere with anyone, including:

  • Access to download and install any of the Adobe Creative Suite® 6 applications including, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6, plus tools and services such as Adobe Acrobat® and Adobe Muse™
  • Integration with Adobe Touch Apps so you can create on a variety of tablets and further refine on the desktop.
  • 20GB of space and the ability to store and share content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud
  • The option to use Adobe Muse software to create websites and to host and manage up to five sites using Adobe Business Catalyst®

You also get access to application upgrades before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as new products and services, as they emerge. For example, Creative Cloud members will soon be able to use the new single edition of Digital Publishing Suite to deliver digital publications to the iPad.

“The addition of Lightroom to Creative Cloud delivers on our promise to bring the best in Adobe innovation to Creative Cloud members,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Over the next few months we’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping Creative Cloud members up to date with the latest advancements in Adobe software and services.”


Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership.

Until August 31, 2012, a special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month is available to registered owners of a qualifying version of CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5.

Have You Tried It Yet?

Earlier this summer, published as post and poll question that invited its readers to share their comments and opinions on Creative Cloud. The poll revealed that 63 percent of respondents would consider purchasing a Creative Cloud membership. Visitors to the site were split on the pricing of Creative Cloud: 52 percent thought the pricing plan was expensive; 41 percent believe the product is fairly priced. Only 7 percent of respondents thought Creative Cloud was inexpensive.

It would be helpful to hear from photographers, app developers, self-publishers, and others who might be intrigued by the Creative Cloud concept.

For example: If you have never purchased Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign before, would you give Creative Cloud a try? Or, are you content to use less complex, less expensive image-editing or page-layout software when you need it?

Personally, I might give Creative Cloud a try. I bought the first version of Adobe CS, but never used it enough to justify the expense. Then, it got out of date and I just couldn’t justify purchasing the updates.  The addition of Lightroom to the software suite makes the Creative Cloud concept particularly appealing.


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