Adobe have announced a new plug-in for Photoshop CS3 Extended which will enable users to import a huge range of 3D images from Google’s 3D Warehouse. With the plug-in, users will be able to query and download free 3D content from Google’s online repository for 3D models and content. The 3D Content can then be placed, manipulated and used in composites within Photoshop CS3 Extended.
Mark Limber, product manager at Google said of the deal:
The Google 3D Warehouse repository, combined with Photoshop CS3 Extended, allows creatives, architects, manufacturers and others to find exactly what they need to bring their virtual worlds and conceptual designs to life.
3D Warehouse is a free service which allows anyone to search for and download 3D models. Users can also submit their own models to share within the community by uploading them from Google SketchUp into the 3D Warehouse. Models include everything from buildings and houses to people and pets. If the model has a location on earth, such as a building in New York city, you can also download and view it in Google Earth.
This announcement does at least justify some of the extra cost between Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended. However, at a whopping $999, it doesn’t come cheap and I’m sure many Adobe fans will be less than impressed at what may be seen as a token gesture. It also raises the question, is this really necessary when After Effects can manipulate 3D images anyways, albeit mainly for video?