Adobe has unveiled its Substance 3D Collection, a suite of interoperable tools and services for 3D content creation, from concept work to end product marketing.
Adobe suggests that many of the tools use ‘the power of artificial intelligence’ to eliminate much of the technical complexity of 3D design, while incorporating a user interface that many designers are familiar with from using Photoshop or Illustrator.
The collection stretches beyond tools, including thousands of models, textures, lighting systems, and other assets for use in projects.
Aside from the announced tools, perhaps most interesting is the mention of further 3D tools to come from Adobe, with the statement that a private beta of an upcoming VR 3D modelling tool called Substance 3D Modeler is underway.
Modeler is said to use a VR interface to recreate the natural, organic feeling of sculpting clay with your hands and lets users interact with the 3D model on the desktop so you can leverage the precision of mouse and tablet controls.
The current Substance 3D Collection includes:
Stager: Built on Adobe Dimension, Stager lets users easily assemble models, materials, and lighting in a 3D scene for renderings.
Painter: Allows the application of textures and materials to a 3D object
Sampler: Built on Substance Alchemist, the software makes creating materials easy by bringing in a photo and quickly applying filters and mixing elements to produce a texture or other material.
Designer: Designer allows the creating your customisable textures, materials, and 3D models from scratch.
Asset Library: What it says – thousands of customisable 3D assets, including models, lights, and materials – everything from a rusty screwdriver to an airplane cabin wall
“The team’s goal was to build tools that are easy to learn, but impossible to outgrow, so that there are no limits to your creativity,” said Adobe Creative Cloud CPO Scott Belsky.
“Substance 3D provides the cutting-edge technology that veteran 3D artists require, while making the medium accessible for new 3D enthusiasts.”