Now You Can 3D Design and Print Directly From Photoshop!
This news is MAJOR. Like, seriously major. Just moments ago, Adobe unveiled something that could revolutionize the world of 3D printing, as we know it. Starting today, you can design in 3D… in Photoshop!
By radically simplifying the 3D designing and printing process, Photoshop makes it way more simple to print a 3D model. You don’t have to learn a brand new program language, you don’t have to simply modify templates you’ve found online — you can actually design your own 3D model from start to finish, all within the comfortable cocoon that is Photoshop. Commands you know and love come just as easily in the 3D world, and it makes the creative process way more seamless. See more on how it all works in this video, straight from Adobe.
These new 3D printing capabilities allow Photoshop users to easily and reliably build, preview, prepare, and print 3D designs, all in a design framework most (digital) creative folks are already familiar with. With this release, designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer, like a MakerBot replicator, or printed to an online printing service, like Shapeways.
In fact, both Shapeways and MakerBot have teamed up with Adobe to make sure this new way of printing supports a full range of materials, from basic filament to ceramics, metals, and full color sandstone. That’s right. Design a set of sandstone mugs in Photoshop, and print it right then and there. How cool is that?
One of the things Adobe emphasizes is the accuracy of the 3D preview. Instead of only sort of knowing how your final product will look, Adobe’s 3D printing tool more accurately portrays your final print, before you print. This means prototyping will be more and more accurate as 3D printing evolves, and we’re psyched that Adobe is jumping in on the action.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!