March 05, 2009

New Photoshop plug-in creates & edits true 3D text and more

I’m very excited to see that Electric Rain has released Swift3D PS, a plug-in that lets you create & edit 3D layers within Photoshop CS4 Extended. According to their site, top features let you:

  • Create, bevel and extrude 3D text from any font in seconds.
  • Quickly create extrusions and 3D lathe objects with a Bézier pen tool.
  • Extend Photoshop’s workflow with After Effects CS4 Live 3D view.
  • Import, extrude and bevel existing 2D vector artwork from Illustrator or Flash.
  • Simplify 3D scene creation with targeted cameras & lighting.

Because it works inside Photoshop, the plug-in taps into the power and flexibility of Photoshop’s 3D system. After extruding some text, for example, you can still apply Smart Filters in Photoshop, paint the surface of the letters, rotate them directly in PS, and send them back to the plug-in for further updates.

Very cool; I’ve been hoping to see something like this for a long time. Swift3D PS should make it much faster and easier to create popular 3D text effects (like this) & more.

Check out some screenshots, and peep these 3-minute tutorials to see the system in action. The plug-in (Windows only at the moment) is downloadable in trial form and sells for $149 (with a 15% off coupon available now).

Update: What the heck, here’s a sample video (3 minutes):

Posted by John Nack at 9:51 AM on March 05, 2009

Comments

  • Thomas — 4:15 PM on March 05, 2009

    “Very cool; I’ve been hoping to see something like this for a long time”
    uhm, cough, ehm.
    hooray! another $ xxx plugin was born to show us one more time how 3party companies workaround lacking and half baked implementations in Adobe apps.
    It’s not that i’m against open market, but by all respect John, it is just making me sick that you’ve postet this and finding it “very cool”… Don’t take it personal but just you, you’re sitting rigth in the middle of the fattiest company burger singing bout the latest crazy Adobe Labs Developments…
    I can Build a rotating 3D earth in PS but I bought Zaxwerks just to have the ability creating Extrusions (mainly simple text) in Ae?
    What’s going on with the Adobe Teams? Don’t you talk to each other what Team is doing what implementation for next release of Application XY? Why it is so hard to bring most of the main graphic (motion) design apps down to a common denominator?
    I’m sick of buying hundreds of plugins and keeping them up to date.
    Sorry for my rant, but shame on you guys…
    bye
    [Whatever. Normally I’d take time to explain things here, but who cares? It’s all just shouting into the wind. –J.]

  • ValkyrieStudio — 5:38 PM on March 05, 2009

    Well, I for one thank you for pointing this out. I’d never even know about things like this without your blog. Sure, it WOULD be great if PS could do all this 3D stuff on its own, but I also don’t expect it to turn into a 3D modeling app. Might be cool to see if Illustrator’s 3D stuff could be ported to PS in some way? I’ve no idea the hurdles involved in that, and it’s basic, but it’d be cool.
    All that said, my only complaint about this plug-in is the lack of a Mac version. I’m doing something at work right now that would benefit from this quite a bit. Still, I’m quite impressed just from the first video, and I’ll be keeping an eye on this.
    I see a lot more negativity in the comments on this blog sometimes than I expect. I don’t want to come across as, well, a suck-up, but your blog has become something I check several times daily – not that you update several times daily, but I just have to check. The software and design links you post are almost always interesting in some way, so I love those, though the stuff I LOVE is anytime you’re talking about future versions of PS. I pored over the CS4-related posts before it shipped, and I like that you ask us for input on a lot of this stuff.
    I’ve seen a few comments from you that you feel like, well, shouting into the wind, but I don’t think that’s true at all. I greatly appreciate this blog, and I feel many others do. One of the great lessons I’ve learned from the internet though is that often it’s the people with something negative to say that seem to voice themselves the most.
    Wow, yeah, speaking of rants… The short version of this post is, please just keep doing what you’re doing, and thank you.
    [Thanks–I really appreciate it. I’m just a little crispy these days, and I had a hard time being told to be “ashamed” for trying to support a small company that’s building cool things. –J.]

  • Jobbo — 2:24 AM on March 06, 2009

    Wow finally an actual use for that Photoshop 3D junk.
    I’d rather have this in after effects to be honest

  • Murrey Walker — 7:28 AM on March 06, 2009

    John, I’ve been with you guys (Adobe) since Illustrator 1.0. So don’t question my brand loyalty for this mini rant. :-)
    I can see there are some benefits of having a plug-in like this (even though a lot of this can be done in Illustrator), but I really don’t think the negotiation of the learning curve, versus actual usage is going to produce a lot of sales for this company (even though I’m on a Mac and can’t demo it).
    After going through all tutorials, I’m afraid this one is just not quite ready for prime time.

  • cgilmore — 9:51 AM on March 06, 2009

    I saw this post, got excited, went to their site to check it out. Really liked what I saw and wanted to buy it right then and there…
    …only I own a Mac – which is funny because I just bought my first Mac a few months ago. I’ve been a Windows user until then.
    If there’s any “pressure” one could apply on this company to port to Mac, that would be great.
    Thanks a ton for pointing this out. It’s greatly appreciated. I can only imagine/hope that it’s a matter of time until it’s available for both platforms.

  • cgilmore — 11:32 AM on March 06, 2009

    I saw this post, got excited, went to their site to check it out. Really liked what I saw and wanted to buy it right then and there…
    …only I own a Mac – which is funny because I just bought my first Mac a few months ago. I’ve been a Windows user until then.
    If there’s any “pressure” one could apply on this company to port to Mac, that would be great.
    Thanks a ton for pointing this out. It’s greatly appreciated. I can only imagine/hope that it’s a matter of time until it’s available for both platforms.

  • Thomas — 5:51 PM on March 06, 2009

    “I’m just a little crispy these days, and I had a hard time being told to be “ashamed” for trying to support a small company that’s building cool things. –J.”
    No matter what Mr. J., i believe that if we could meet each other, i bet we wold have a lot of fun together as human beeings usually should have every day.
    i hate the “but” word, but this, complain to that but should have done this but…
    don’t get me wrong Mr. Nack, “but” i don’t know who started implementing (heavy) 3D capabilities into Photoshop letting Ae users just off the shore…
    sorry man if i make you sour with my (typed words), but let’s spell the truth: if adobe would have such an ignorant attitude as Apple has, you would have not gone any step further!!!
    Yes my rants are annoying, but seeing my kid growing up under care of “another”, it would clearly break my heart…
    maybe we type into these keyboards, staring at stiff screens, watching the time goes by… time to do something really important before we die – LIVING
    bye

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