The enhancements to 3D in Photoshop first started in the CS6 release. The 3D engine was moved to harness the raw processing power of the your computer’s graphics card, thus enabling amazing performance, as well as a brand new intuitive interface. Then in December 2012, as part of the Creative Cloud update the team improved the ray tracing engine for shadows and textures. Now inside Photoshop CC you will be able to take advantage of Live Painting across the diffuse map as well as the 3D model itself, and many other enhancements.
When speaking with the community about 3D, the most common feedback I receive is that 3D is hard and difficult to understand. The Adobe 3D team have spent a lot of time making sure that 3D in Photoshop is extremely accessible to all, and that everyone is able to start exploring the 3D engine and using it in their day to day creations. The key thought process behind the 3D engine and the enhancements from CS6 was to make sure that it would integrate seamlessly into your current Photoshop workflow and not get in the way of the creative process. To that end, the Photoshop 3D team have created a companion book for Photoshop, that will open the world of 3D to you and enable you to get started. The current copy of the Photoshop Dimensions book is available here, previous versions of the book are also available here. If you are new to 3D in Photoshop, then you may want to start with “What’s new in Photoshop CS6 Extended”.
As part of my “Working quickly with 3D” presentations as MAX 2013, I am planning to create a short video showing the same content, this will be available on my YouTube channel very soon, also, I am planning to start a series of blog posts on 3D in Photoshop, and would welcome your comments as to what you would like to see covered.
We at Adobe are extremely excited about what you are able to create with the new 3D engine in Photoshop CS6 as well as Photoshop CC. Maybe you can post your work on the Behance platform and share with others in the community, as we would love to see your efforts.
To get you started, he is one of my constructions.
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