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Adobe Improves 3D Functionality in Photoshop CS6.1

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Adobe made some rather significant changes to its 3D features in Photoshop CS6. In CS6.1, they have made a handful of tweaks that you should be aware of. These new features include a way to generate bump map textures from flat artwork, using the Normals menu; smoother previewing of soft shadows; full-image ray tracing, replacing the earlier block-by-block approach; and always-on Image Based Lighting. Steve Caplin will explain.

Note: Adobe updated the system requirements necessary to use the 3D features in Photoshop 13.1. This means that if you upgrade to this version and are running less than 512 MB of video memory (vRAM) that the 3D features will be disabled on your machine.


How to Get This Update

To get this update, customers can follow the following instructions.

  1. In Photoshop, choose Help > Updates
  2. The Adobe Application Manager will launch. Select Adobe Photoshop or and choose "Update."

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Not using the Creative Cloud? You can subscribe to the Creative Cloud and get access to all these updates, as well as the rest of the Creative Suite for just $49.99/month.

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