Enhanced 3D Features in Photoshop CC

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The recently announced January 2014 update to Photoshop CC includes a number of newly enhanced 3D features, not all of which have been widely announced. In digging into what’s new with Photoshop CC, the updates in the 3D capabilities include:

 

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  • You can now share 3D layers using Sketchfab, a Web service to publish and display interactive 3D models. In Photoshop, select 3D > Share 3D Layer On Sketchfab.

 

  • You can now regenerate UV maps for objects and materials in the selected 3D layer. This option is particularly useful for reparameterizing 3D objects downloaded from the Internet. In Photoshop, select 3D > Generate UVs.

 

  • You can now easily group all objects in a scene. In Photoshop, select 3D > Group All Objects In Scene.

 

  • You can now apply a cross section to a 3D model. For details, see this FAQ.

 

  • The 3D menu now features a handy option to unify all elements of a 3D scene and make the scene watertight. Select 3D > Unify Scene For 3D Printing.

 

You can bet that I’ll be digging into these new features in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for new tutorials and tips featuring these new and enhanced 3D capabilities within Photoshop. In the meanwhile, if you’d like to do a little digging of your own into what’s new in Photoshop CC, in the January 2014 update, take a look at the list on this Adobe page.

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