Considerations for exporting 3D layers as U3D files

You can export 3D layers in Photoshop as files in several supported formats. This blog post touches upon considerations for exporting 3D layers as U3D files.

To begin with, ensure that any 3D layers that you’re exporting as U3D have only triangular object geometry. Additionally, keep the following export-related limitations in mind:

  • Export of higher-level primitives, such as NURBS, splines, and curves, is not supported.
  • Texture mapping is limited to only one diffuse map per material. Export of ambient, specular, luminous, or opacity texture maps is not supported.
  • Export of material animation is not supported.

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Adjust menu font size in the Photoshop CC 2014.2 release

The 2014.2 release of Photoshop CC simplifies how menu font size is determined. Now, to adjust the menu font size in Photoshop, you simply need to tweak the relevant operating system settings.

For example, on Windows 8.1, you can adjust the menu font size by following the steps in the “Make text and other items on the desktop larger” section of this Microsoft Help topic.

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Adjusting menu font size in Microsoft Windows 8.1

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Sync logic

While we’re on this topic, let’s take a look at the logic underlying how settings are synchronized.

Upload

  • Settings stored on Creative Cloud are updated to match the settings on your local machine. Any previously uploaded settings are replaced.
  • If you stop the sync operation during upload, settings already synchronized with Creative Cloud remain synchronized.

Download

  • Settings on your computer are updated to match the settings stored on Creative Cloud. Settings not stored on Creative Cloud are reverted to their default values on your computer.
  • If you cancel the sync operation during download, no changes to the settings are applied to your computer.

Further reading

Photoshop: Migration and Sync Settings

I ran into a few questions about settings migration on forums and elsewhere, so I thought a blog post might help. Here are two key considerations to keep in mind:

  • Sync Settings synchronizes settings between installations of the same major version of Photoshop. For example, settings are synchronized between a Photoshop CC 14.1 installation and a Photoshop CC version 14.2 installation.
  • Sync Settings does not synchronize settings across installations of different Photoshop major versions. For example, Photoshop CC version 14.1 settings are not synchronized with an installation of the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (technically, version 15.0).

If you want to migrate presets/settings from one major version of Photoshop to another, you can do so in one of the following two ways:

  • When you first launch the newer version of Photoshop, you are prompted to migrate the presets/settings. Choose Yes.
  • At any point in time, select Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets to migrate settings.

Also note that the main preference file is not migrated as part of presets migration.

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New features in Adobe Camera Raw 8.5

Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 went live last week as part of the Creative Cloud 2014 release. ACR 8.5 rolls out several exciting enhancements, including the following:

  • Brush controls for Graduated and Radial Filter masks. Here’s a video introduction to this new feature:
  • Mask visualization for Graduated and Radial Filters
  • New per-panel default toggle button
  • Support for several new cameras and lens profiles

For more information about new features in ACR, see the following Help resources:

Related useful resources

Photoshop CC 2014 | What’s new and changed

Photoshop CC 2014 is a major release delivering breakthrough features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. A quick list of key features follows:

  • Smart Guides to make measurements easier and more productive
  • Linked smart object improvements
  • Layer comps in smart objects
  • Typekit integration to bring a world of typographic possibilities to your Photoshop documents

    Typekit-Photoshop integration

    Typekit-Photoshop integration

  • Improved font search

    font-search

    Font search

  • New Blur Gallery motion effects – Path Blur and Spin Blur – that help you give your images that artistic edge
    Spin Blur in action

    Spin Blur in action

    A Path Blur

    A Path Blur

  • Focus Area selection that lets you quickly select the area/pixels in an image that are in focus

    Select areas in focus

    Select areas in focus

  • Content-aware features with color blending

    Color blending in content-aware features

    Color blending in content-aware features

  • Exciting enhancements to Photoshop Generator
  • 3D Printing workflow enhancements

    3D Printing interface and workflow improvements

    3D Printing interface and workflow improvements

  • Sync settings improvements
  • Experimental features:
    • Scale the UI 200% for high-density displays
    • Enable multitone 3D printing
    • Touch gestures

And much, much more…

For details, see the Photoshop CC New Features Summary. This summary includes links to feature-level Help articles and tutorials.

Other useful resources

And it’s time for results!

The Adobe Photoshop What A Tip Contest closed on May 5, 2019 @ 11:59 PM PST. There were many useful tweets and encouraging community participation. We’re now ready with the results!

While choosing the winners, we went with the quality and number of contributions eligible as per the contest rules. And here’s who we chose:

  1. First Prize: Stephen G Petrany. Stephan is a full-time designer and part-time instructor at Bradley University, USA. View his Linkedin profile here. Stephan wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $150.
  2. Second Prize: Karandeep Sachar. Karandeep is a Senior Technical Writer working with Information Mosaic, New Delhi, India. View his Linkedin profile here. Karandeep wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $100.

Congratulations, winners! We’ll soon be in touch with you with details of your prizes.

The What A Tip Contest

Adobe Photoshop What A Tip contest: Instructions

If you have been using Photoshop for work or playing with it for fun, you must have got a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. How about sharing them on Twitter so that other Photoshop users learn from you?

Take part in the Adobe Photoshop @WhatATip contest and tweet Adobe Photoshop tips.

  • Contest Entry Opens: April 22, 2014 @ 12 AM PST
  • Contest Entry Ends: May 5, 2014 @ 11.59 PM PST

The winners of the contest will be awarded the following prizes:

  • Contributor of the best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $150
  • Contributor of the second best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $100
  • Contributor of the third best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $75

Entries will be judged on accuracy, originality, and popularity (number of RTs and favorites the tweet receives during the contest period from users other than the contributor). Any number of tips can be contributed by a particular user. See detailed Terms and Conditions at Adobe_What_A_Tip_Contest_Offical_Rules_20140421.

Instructions

  • Read the Terms and Conditions before taking part in the contest.
  • Log on to Twitter and compose a tip as a tweet. Remember to add the #PSTip hashtag and the @WhatATip handle. Click the Tweet button.

A tip can be any smart way of accomplishing a task with the product, for example, using a shortcut or an uncommon workflow. Your tweet can describe the tip completely or can include a link to a tutorial.

Example 1 (a tweet describing a tip):

Control + Option-drag (Mac), Right click + Alt-drag (Win) resizes your brush in Liquify. pic.twitter.com/LBFcDlXmgO#PsTip@WhatATip

Example 2 (a tweet pointing to a publicly available tutorial):

Make water drops look realistic in #Photoshop http://adb.la/1073 #PSTip @WhatATip

For more examples, see the tweets hosted on the Adobe Photoshop Tips page.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this blog or tweet your question to @WhatATip

 

Photoshop keyboard shortcuts reference

Marijan Tompa from the Photoshop user community has created a beautiful PDF reference summarizing Photoshop CC shortcuts. It is embedded right on top of this Help article and inline in this blog post.

We’re sure you’ll find it helpful.