April 24, 2009

3D Invigorator comes to Photoshop

At NAB this week I got to chat with Zax Dow, creator of the new 3D Invigorator plug-in for Photoshop. The tool is based on Zaxwerks’ mature 3D Invigorator for After Effects. According to the company,

3D Invigorator for Photoshop allows you to create complex 3D objects using Adobe Illustrator files and fonts. You can easily model 3D objects based on the vector files, adding depth, bevels, and other 3D features. The drag and drop materials makes it simple to apply reflective, transparent, or bump mapped textures to your objects. You can combine textures, adjust the position of the textures, and add multiple lights to give every 3D object a different look.

Although the plug-in doesn’t (yet) create native 3D layers in Photoshop, it works with Smart Objects, meaning you can go back and modify 3D geometry, lighting, etc. The tool costs $199, supports Photoshop CS2-CS4 on Mac & Windows, and is available for download as a tryout from Digital Anarchy’s site.

Tangentially related: Corey Barker of NAPP points out that Archive3D.net “offers an enormous collection of free 3D models in a number of different categories.”

Posted by John Nack at 8:33 PM on April 24, 2009

Comments

  • Enrique Flouret — 6:38 PM on April 26, 2009

    Invigorator for Photoshop existed a long time ago for Mac. I don’t even remember if there was a Windows version of Photoshop. For some reason they discontinued it some years ago, keeping the AfterEffects version only. It was a great plugin.
    Now they are relaunching it. That’s really good news!!!

  • Thomas — 11:27 AM on April 27, 2009

    Dear John,
    can you hear me my head banging aganinst concrete walls?
    It seems i got sutck with after effects these days. “What? yo`re using Ae (a compostining an motion graphics app) for creating 3D objects?
    C`mon man, go Photoshop! Leave the toys to the kids”
    i can’t help myself but this is just ridicoulous. if i would be one of the Ae programmers i would have left the Team IMMEDIATELY.
    Ridicoulous, absolutely. nuff said.

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