Photoshop adds 3D printing capabilities

Adobe has today launched an update that brings 3D printing support to Photoshop, following partnerships with MakerBot and Shapeways.

The new capabilities come as part of a major update to Adobe'ssubscription-based Creative Cloud (CC) suite that also includes a perspective warp tool and a pencil tool that will make free hand drawing in Illustrator easier.

Adobe claim that the integration this new software will "radically" simplify the 3D print process, and will allow users to design 3D models from scratch or refine existing ones.

"The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products at Adobe.

"Before today there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results. Now, by simply clicking 'Print' in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world."

By partnering with two of the leading 3D printing companies, users will be able to print their designs on the full range of materials available on Shapeways and MakerBot printers, including ceramics, metal and sandstone.

"We're thrilled to partner with Adobe to help kick-start the delivery of 3D content to their highly creative users," said Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways.

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot added: "With the huge adoption of Adobe Photoshop CC, this announcement means that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D modeling tools.

"I can't wait to see what they design with Photoshop CC and create with their MakerBot Replicator 3D printer."