Anyone who’s been warned of a “storm of the century” for the third time in one winter knows that the media likes its stories on the dramatic side. So I understand if some headlines about 3D printing seem too good to be true: 3D Printer to Build Human Heart. Architects 3D Print An Entire Room. This 3-D Printer Will Make Clothes You’d Actually Wear!
While they may sound like hype, 3D printing is already changing many fields. For creatives, one of the most exciting aspects is the ability to give physical form to digital designs. High-resolution, full-color printers are key to a coming explosion of remarkable 3D-printed content.
HOW IT WORKS
To create a complex 3D model from scratch, you need software dedicated to 3D. But if you’re not ready for that steep learning curve, you can download existing models and add color and texture in Adobe Photoshop CC. You can even turn a simple drawing into a printable 3D model, as I’ll explain later in this article.
TRY IT YOURSELF
Even if you don’t have the time or desire to master a full-blown 3D modeling program, you can still experiment with 3D printing. The tutorial “How to print a 3D object in Photoshop” walks you through three stages:
1. Transform a simple 2D drawing into a 3D model in Photoshop CC.
2. Export the model and upload it to Shapeways, which integrates with Photoshop CC.
June 2, 2014
Video: Dan Cowles