updated 09:39 am EST, Thu January 16, 2014
3D tech intended for refining previously-designed objects
Adobe has today launched several improvements to Photoshop CC for Creative Cloud subscribers. Perhaps the most significant is support for 3D printing; while the software isn't designed for creating objects from scratch, users can import files created in modeling tools or 3D scanners, apply colors and textures, and get automatic mesh repairs. Compatible file formats include OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada, and KMZ.
During the printing process support structures can be added, and Photoshop will recognize when a particular printer only supports monochrome textures or specific material types. Adobe has partnered with Shapeways and Sketchfab as well, which will allow people to get objects manufactured even if they don't have their own printers.
Beyond 3D printing, another new feature is Perspective Warp, which can be used to fix the perspective a 2D object is sitting in. Users assign a malleable grid around an object, and drag action points to manipulate the object without affecting the surrounding backdrop. Photoshop has also gained Linked Smart Objects, which will apply edits to an object in all the documents in which it appears.