Adobe Dimension: Feature Requests

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  1. Extrude Vectors as 3D Shapes

    Extrusion is a technique where a flat 2D shape or surface is pulled out to give it depth. Vector extrusion would allow users to import vectors as paths, then extrude those paths into 3D shapes. This would include some additional parameters like hard or rounded corners.

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    72 comments  ·  Modeling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey all! We’re taking a look at adding extrusion to Dimension later this year. We’re combining this with a text tool and hope to support vector/text extrusion later this year. I’ll update here as we progress!

  2. Package Design - Create 3D Model from Dyeline/Blueprint

    I'd like to be able to build a product package from a dieline created in Illustrator, fold it along specific lines, give it a UV gloss on parts, add foiling and embossing where required.

    249 votes

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    98 comments  ·  Modeling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your patience and interest in this idea over the last several years. At Adobe MAX 2018 we demoed a technology called Project Fantastic Fold, and over the last year we’ve been working on bringing that into reality.

    I’m pleased to say we’re opening our first private beta for Project Fantastic Fold, a tool for interactively folding dielines into 3D models.

    The private beta requires you to join the Prerelease. If you’re interested please head to https://www.fantasticfold.com/ and sign up for the beta program!

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    81 comments  ·  Modeling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello everyone! I wanted to thank you for a lot of patience on the topic of creation and modeling in Dimension. I thought I’d provide a small update here.

    Dimension 3.2 just released with our first native creation features, including text and basic shapes.

    In the future we do expect to have some more creation like vector extrusion and lathing, but don’t have a release timeline for that yet.

    I will l say we are also working on some cool mesh editing capabilities, so you can customize models instead of having to start from scratch.

    I hope to update here soon with more progress, but in the mean time, I hope you enjoy text and shapes!

  4. Apple Silicon (Mac M1) Support

    In 2020 Apple announced that they would be transitioning to their custom silicon for Mac devices.

    https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/apple-announces-mac-transition-to-apple-silicon/

    Adobe Dimension should run on these devices.

    125 votes

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    166 comments  ·  Installation / Startup  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello everyone! I’m very happy to say we have not only gotten M1 Rosetta emulation working for Stager but were also able to quickly get it working on Dimension as well.

    For anyone who is interested in early access to help us test this version of Dimension or Stager, please use this invitation link to down the build from our prerelease program:

    https://www.adobeprerelease.com/beta/84B24C36-9306-4AC4-8D7F-5188FF267621/participate/8CD91A3E-C035-48AF-DFF8-3C0B03B87DA1

    I want to apologize again for the extremely long wait on this topic, and thank you for your patience.

    If you have any issues using the builds, please leave a comment on the prerelease program forums so we can track the issues!

    If all goes well we will roll this out officially in September as new Dimension & Stager releases.

  5. Queue Multiple Renders

    It would be great to have a way to queue up more than one render if you need more than one angle of a product (I do, often). This way you can set a computer to do all the renderings you need and not having to touch it until its done working.

    77 votes

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    25 comments  ·  Rendering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Today Dimension allows you to queue multiple camera views in Render mode. We’re working to expand this system to multiple configurations of one scene as well as working on automation features for rendering multiple documents.

    Will provide more information as we get further along!

  6. Import Solidworks 3D File Formats

    In my company, product designers usually render from Solidworks, and we have to wait for product samples to complete ad photography.

    I was hoping Felix could cut out the middle man, but today I found out that Felix supports no file types Solidworks can export. It kind of defeats the purpose of the program for my role.

    If we could support any of these file types (obviously excluding PS, PDF's, and JPEGS). We want this specifically to take prototype models to photography level.

    76 votes

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    30 comments  ·  Import / Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Higher decal resolution

    Higher resolution for decals would be nice. Had to add a decal to a product shot and it was pixilated on the render image.
    Really annoying because I wasn't able to make FINAL detail shots of the product and had to add the decals in Photoshop by hand.

    BTW: Is there a limit for the resolution of decals?

    70 votes

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    50 comments  ·  Materials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey everyone! I saw a good number of new questions here, so thought I’d respond to everyone with an update. Unfortunately we still don’t have true ‘vector’ support in Dimension.

    Whatever ‘size’ and resolution your vector is in Illustrator is what it’s going to be applied as in Dimension. When importing to Dimension we convert it to a .png and use that.

    I recommend using a minimum of about 1000×1000 size images from Ai or Ps. 2000×2000 is better. 4000×4000 is best! ;D

    This quality reduction can also be cause because of the way 3D models work. The entire image you use is shared across the model and then only as a part of the canvas based on camera zoom. So you could be zooming in to part of the model and rendering it at a higher resolution than the graphic was originally.

    Decal resolution can also be affected by…

  8. 360 background image

    I would like to be able to use a 360 still or video with Dimension so that when I rotate the view the background rotates in relation to the objects in the center.

    35 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Snap Objects Together

    Snap Objects together by seecting the two faces you want to touch (snap to surface, snapy to edge, snapt to center etc)

    33 votes

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    6 comments  ·  Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello! Snapping in 3D is a huge must for Dimension! I wanted to share two things!

    First, if you haven’t tried it yet, clicking on the “pivot handle” (the white handle at the center of the gizmo) will let you drag models along the surface of other models and the ground. I’ve attached a .gif and you can learn more about the move tools in Dimension here:
    https://helpx.adobe.com/dimension/using/use-transform-tools-select-arrange-objects.html

    Second, we’re also going to start working on some more advanced object snapping. I’ll update soon when we have progress!

  10. Control Presets for Other 3D Software

    The first thing you want to do when you get into a new 3D app, is learn to move around. It's the thing you actually do the most.

    I feel like every time I go into a new 3D package every one is always trying to make you conform to their new controle system... I think that you should have the ability to manuver with the same controles from your most familiar package.

    Cinema 4d
    Maya
    Max
    Blender

    Blender actually has this feature, and I always choose Maya controles...

    Back when before it was Autodesk Maya and it was still…

    23 votes

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    13 comments  ·  Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The latest release of Dimension now includes. a control preset for Substance Painter which is similar to the 3D industry standard of Alt being the main camera control activator.

    However, this only controls the camera presets, not additional tools like WER for move, rotate, scale.

    We’d love some feedback from anyone who tries out this preference on whether camera controls being similar to other 3D apps is helpful without additional controls presets for other tools like the transform tools.

  11. Align Camera View to Model Face

    Allow the user to align the camera straight with face. Clicking the "Align to Face" icon and seleting a a straight face within the model space will align the camera view straight on with the face. This could be useful for applying materials, meshes and images such as logos should they become available.

    20 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We wanted to let you guys know that we have started this feature along with a few other new camera updates. Hopefully in the next released version of Dimension we will ship with the ability to align the camera to a face. Currently, it is implemented within the Orbit tool, so you can just double click on a face with the Orbit tool active (or cmd+double right click with any tool active) and the camera will move to look at that point, aligned to the surface. This can help with aligning decals to surfaces. You can see a prototype of this working in the attached gif.

  12. Ability to Lock Camera Position

    I would like the ability to lock the camera position, so that I can easier work within a composited 3D scene

    6 votes

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    7 comments  ·  Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’ve got camera locking done in an internal build and it will be available in the future! In the mean time, you can use the Camera Bookmarks system to save a camera view and then return to it at any time.

  13. Better approximation of lighting

    I wish the lighting more closely approximated what the rendered version will look like. Most of the time the lighting is way off and I have to re-render the scene which can take a while. Even the Show/Hide Render Preview quick view within the Design stage should be improved.

    2 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Lighting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’re actively working on improving the real-time approximation. I was curious for the Render Preview mode if you think that is giving you different results. It should be fairly accurate to the final render aside from the level of noise and grain which is capped to prevent it from using too much power

    Feel free to share a screenshot or two if you’re getting drastically different results!

  14. Open Files instead of Import

    When I go to File, Open, The only optional file types are .asd or *.dn. I am trying to open a Sketchup 2019 file as per attached.

    1 vote

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    0 comments  ·  Import / Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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