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You can now 3D print directly from Adobe’s Photoshop

on January 16, 2014

Gigaom

First Microsoft, now Adobe: 3D printing will get a big mainstream boost Thursday when users find they can now use Photoshop to edit 3D designs and output them directly to a 3D printer.

Right now, designing a 3D printable object can be a cumbersome process that involves switching between several design and print prep software applications. While users will be able to use Photoshop to create designs from scratch if they wish, Photoshop product manager Andy Lauta said in a press conference earlier this week that Adobe expects people will mainly use it as a finishing tool that will cut down on the number of applications needed to get an object designed and ready to print.

That includes making use of all of Photoshop’s best features: adjusting color, adding texture and even mashing up different designs to create something new. Considering that almost every 3D design program is only compatible with…

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