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Adobe Dimension Adds a Much Needed Dose of Realism to Your Designs

by Theresa Christine Johnson on 11/09/2017 | 3 Minute Read

Gone are the days of printing out logos and patterns to hold them up and see how they’ll look on a real-life product. Announced at Adobe MAX, Dimension aims to bridge the gap between the 2D and 3D world for designers. With this tool—included with Creative Cloud—designers can create photorealistic 3D images with ease, merging their assets to build product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art.

Zorana Gee, Group Product Manager, Adobe Dimension CC, walked us through Dimension, and we have to admit it’s pretty impressive. Because it’s connected to Creative Cloud, you’re able to pull in samples from Adobe Stock, like bottles, bags, and boxes, or you can import your own .obj files. You can then view 2D designs and see how they’ll look on these products.

And yes, it’s easy to adjust things like the size or the orientation of the designs, but where Dimension really shines is its aspect of realism. You have the power to select different lighting types (as well as dictate where the light shines from onto the products), you can have a background image to allow clients to see what their product would look like on the shelf or in someone’s home, or go ahead and select certain parts of the product to give them a more metallic or more matte look. You’ll also find:

  • A real-time render preview, so you can get the look you want before taking the time to render.
  • Automated image matching to pair perfectly with a selected background image, including the light, camera, perspective, aspect ratio, and more. With outdoor images, Dimension detects the direction and strength of the sun, and automatically lights the object accordingly.
  • Multi-layered PSD renders. Get a rich set of layers in your PSD exports, giving you more capabilities and control for post-processing 3D composites.
  • Familiar tools and shortcuts. Because it’s part of CC, you can work smoothly with an interface similar to their other apps, such as Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.

And because Dimension is relatively new (it was formerly called Project Felix), the Adobe team is working hard to improve it. They’re on hand for support as you explore the exciting addition to Creative Cloud (just look for the Feedback button in the upper corner).

Learn more about Adobe Dimension here. You can also check out their Dimension Quick Tips Series.

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