Since announcing support for 3D printing directly withinin Photoshop earlier this year, Adobe has been focusing on enhancing the popular photo-editing software to be an even more powerful 3D content creation tool.

In a blog post from Adobe released late last week, the go-to software company for legions of designers announced that they will be integrating even more power into the designer’s workflow with some added features to their new foray into 3D printing territory including support for a wider range of 3D printers, support for VRML, U3D, PLY, and IGES file formats and a streamlined 3D painting experience, among others:

“The 3D printing features in Adobe Photoshop CC unifies what used to take us roughly 15 steps in several different programs into one easy-to-use program—condensing our workflow significantly…our experience with using Photoshop in 2D is something we can easily leverage now with 3D models, which is incredibly helpful, and these latest features and enhancements will make it even better. I can’t wait to see what Adobe does next.”

-Bradley Rothenberg, 3D Designer


It’s no surprise that Adobe has chosen Photoshop as the application in their popular Creative Suite to integrate the 3D printing feature. The program already features various 3D manipulation tools for altering objects within a photograph or illustration and is one of their most widely-used offerings.


New Features:

  • Support for the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation desktop printer and (Japan) 3D print service
  • Support for additional 3D file formats including VRML, U3D, PLY, and IGES
  • Streamlined 3D painting experience
  • Ability to easily combine multiple print jobs into a single print bed
  • 3D printing workflow improvements

If you haven’t yet dove into the new Creative Cloud offering from Adobe, you can try the latest Photoshop for free here.


And to get you started, here’s an example of a 3D Printing in Photoshop workflow:

Preparing a 3D Print in Photoshop

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Printing a 3D Model with Shapeways

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Sharing a 3D Model on Behance

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.