December 12, 2012

Photoshop CS6 Extended gains new 3D features

The CS6 update (13.1) posted yesterday gives Creative Cloud members new features in Photoshop Extended. The team writes,

  • Improved 3D effects: Save time and steps with improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects as well as reflection roughness and refraction. Also, get more control over illumination by using a 32-bit color picker to create amazing glow effects.
  • Image-based lighting enhancements: Get enhanced lighting when you illuminate your scenes using 32-bit HDR images as light sources or create other image-based lights (IBLs).
  • Enhanced details for textures: Improve the lighting of bumps and textures on 3D objects by automatically generating a normal map.

Here’s a 2-minute tour from PM Zorana Gee:

Posted by John Nack at 8:08 AM on December 12, 2012


  • Ben Hansen — 9:28 AM on December 12, 2012

    re-editable 3d text would be awesome! Thanks for all your hard work on the best version yet!

    • Zorana Gee — 10:28 AM on December 13, 2012

      Currently in Photoshop CS6 (and the 13.1 recent release as well) we have re-editable text layers. If you have a 3D Type layer, simply right click on the mesh with the Type Tool and select “Re-edit Type” and you will get the original Type layer view. Or simply have the 3D type layer selected and change the font from Character and paragraph panels.

      • Ben Hansen — 10:49 AM on December 13, 2012

        dang i guess i never got the chase to see that. thanks for clarifying i guess i need to upgrade my hardware again :(

  • Rob Reiter — 10:36 AM on December 12, 2012

    How about reinstating the ability to view an image at print size? Sorely missed by many, apparently.

    • mormon — 2:37 PM on December 12, 2012

      you can view an image at print size.. the feature is in CS6.

  • mormon — 2:36 PM on December 12, 2012

    well pirates enjoy these new features already.

    but i am… who payed 2599 euro for the master collection does not have the features.

    it was the last time i bought a CS suite.. thats for sure.

    • Ben Hansen — 9:21 AM on December 13, 2012

      You’re saying that the service is pirated? Unlikely i think. Hey John is the loss of 3D on 13.1 a bug or is that permanent? Just got to start using it my MBP is only 3 years old! Thanks!

  • Ben Hansen — 6:02 PM on December 12, 2012

    13.1 took my 3D away :(

    • Zorana Gee — 10:22 AM on December 13, 2012

      Hi there-

      Yes, with the 13.1 release we have a hard stop on systems that don’t have minimum graphics card requirement (512MB vRAM for a couple versions now). This is due to many of the features now and going forward that significantly leverages your graphics card. For more info, see:

      • Ben Hansen — 10:55 AM on December 13, 2012

        yeah i saw that warning but the way it was worded i guess ended up going more hope then i should have had i suppose. Might i humbly suggest that the wording of that dialog change from:

        “This only applies to 3D features which require 512MB…”


        “This applies to all 3D features which require 512MB…” or maybe just taking the note out all together, unless of course i’m still missing something and there are some 3D features i can still use. I think this may cause a lot of confusion for people like me who just had those capabilities added with the previous update. Thanks again for the update and clarification.

        • Zorana Gee — 11:22 AM on December 13, 2012

          Good suggestion – I’ll see what I can do about making the wording more clear.


  • Richard Broom — 7:24 PM on December 12, 2012

    I’m with Mormon. As a Master Suite owner it continues to truly annoy that non-Cloud users will not get these upgrades. Surely it is not beyond the wit of Adobe to offer these upgrades to those of us who have been paying into Adobe for many a long year. Loyal customers snubbed yet again. Please Adobe, stop shunning us. You are biting the hand that fees you in order to suit your own marketing ambitions.


  • Ryan — 5:51 AM on December 13, 2012

    The number one feature I want with 3D is the ability to delete Layers inside of a scene. Many times I have to just turn off the viability for layers That don’t end up being needed. This causes some really bloated file sizes.

    • Ryan — 5:51 AM on December 13, 2012


    • Zorana Gee — 10:23 AM on December 13, 2012

      Me too! :) Good request and now noted.

      • Ryan — 10:58 AM on December 13, 2012

        :) thanks for the reply. The 3D stuff has truely change the way I work. It is just so easy. Thank You for your part in making that happen.

  • Kim Brun — 7:35 PM on December 13, 2012

    So I just upgrade to CS 6 Production Premium and am being punished for not wanting to use THE CLOUD. What a piece of crap. You got almost $800 of my money for no future upgrades. Nice marketing model!!! Sure makes me want to give you a thumbs up! It is really too bad you do not have any competition.

    • Ben Hansen — 8:25 PM on December 13, 2012

      wow such vitriol seems like you buy something and now aren’t happy with what you have because the monthly subscription offers more? how is this different from if they never offered it? cloud members do pay a higher overall fee for the extras they get compared to your upgrade fees just so you know.

  • Dani Staeger — 10:53 AM on December 14, 2012

    This is like a slap in the face for every loyal customer who has been paying thousands für dollars over the years. And with the purchase of Master Suites paid even upfront!!
    Adobe will have to act very quickly….

    • Ben Hansen — 11:16 AM on December 14, 2012

      you know all these new features aren’t always all sunshine and rainbows for instance as you can see from my earlier comments on this post this upgrade actually took away my ability to do 3D.

      i as cloud subscriber am actually paying more then you are assuming an 18 month upgrade fee roll your fee amortized monthly is about 29 per month. I think it was pretty clear on launch that the cloud was the new top level adobe content creation package so anyone who upgraded this soon should have understood what they were buying.

      Adobe just reported a higher then expected quarterly earnings report based on, according to the report, strong subscription service sales. That would tend to indicate that the cloud is working to turn pirates into to paying customers and even if you don’t decide to make the other decision in year when cs7 rolls out to join the cloud and get some features ahead of time you will probably benefit through a greater value (whether in price or in feature set) when that happens.

  • John — 7:49 AM on February 06, 2013

    Mega Video Animation using CS6

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