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Import / Add Custom Items to Assets

So far, so good! It would be nice to have the import / add models UI also included in the models modal.

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not planned  ·  AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) responded  · 

Hello all! I wanted to provide an update on this to share some work and some thought.

First, we do not plan to allow the “Starter Assets” panel to be customizable. This is just a collection of things we’re providing as a starting point for download and we hope to actually move this to a cloud based service so we can offer more free options with collections that users could choose from instead of having to shove everything into the installer. The Starter Asset panel means that even when you’re getting a functional update, you have to download about 500MB of content every time. So we’d like to move away from this long term.

However, we see CC Libraries as a great service for storing your assets and using them across products and devices. We know not all users have access or like to use CC Libraries so we also do want to support local workflows.

In the next version of Dimension we’re adding some new functionality:

  • Export any selected object from Dn scene as it’s own .dn file locally
  • Drag a selected model from a Dn scene into CC Libraries to save it as a reusable component
  • Import any .dn scene into another .dn scene

These 3 updates should provide more flexibility in moving assets between your Dimension projects. We’ll continue to investigate copy/paste across Dimension documents and other efficiencies as well.

I’m marking THIS topic as not-planned but you can follow the Export 3D Objects thread for updates on when exporting will be available:



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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "I can't believe this isn't a feature!?" - no, it is now and it's very anoing :P But I belive they will fix it <3 Still waiting...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can't believe this isn't a feature!? If you've perfected an object in one scene is there noway to copy and paste this into another scene?

  • Kelsey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I downloaded adobe asset 3d models how on earth do I get them into my dimension? Also when I click the enable adobe cloud sync nothing happens and won't sync.

  • AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Chris. You can add assets from Stock to your CC Libraries directly on the Stock website or from the CC Libraries in-app Stock search. This topic is more about adding custom assets directly to the Assets panel (different than the Libraries panel). The workflow you've added is available but I agree the interface needs some work!

  • Chris Bridgeman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Surely if I buy an asset from adobe it should appear in a library to use, surely thats not a difficult concept to address, instead I download the 3D element folders and textures then can't add them to cloud. Crazily bad unintuitive interface.

  • Chelsi Peters commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have a composition for a 3D GUI that i've perfected the lighting in. Unfortunately I can't save my background and hence lighting unless I continue opening the same file and add to it. Can you please add this feature?

    Continually updating, modifying or re-saving the file with a different name or revision uses up valuable space on the computer.

    It would be nice to add your personal items to the assets panel.

    If keeping the assets that Adobe provides then perhaps creating a "personal" items folder/tab would do the trick.

    VUE Infinite 3D does this and it's a fabulous way to always be able to access your assets without the need to create individual files.

    The images i've uploaded shows how VUE approaches the situation. They call their component that deals with Lighting "atmospheres".

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    Is there really no option transfer models from one Dimension file to another?


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be nice if next update could give us possibility to add permanently 3d models to the library using menu panel. Just like shapes or brushes in PS.

  • AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    Sure! Dimension partnered with Chaos Group and licensed the V-Ray rendering engine for use inside of Dimension CC. It's been used in Dimension since our first beta under Project Felix title and we've worked with Chaos Group closely to improve performance and implementation within Dimension over the past few years. Let me know if you have any specific questions about it.

  • tim bell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you Jeanette.
    Also, on Adobe Dimension's New Features page is mentioned a partnership with Choas Group to integrate Vray into Dimension? DO you have any info on this?


  • AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The File > Import Material option is for full material packages and currently we only accept the Adobe Standard Material version of .mdl files. You can get these from Adobe Stock or export them from Allegorithmic Substance Painter & Designer.

    If you have .jpg/.png textures you want to use, you can load those directly into the existing materials.
    - Load your object
    - Use one of the material presets like matte, plastic, or wood
    - In the properties panel add the textures into the appropriate slots (color, roughness, metallic, normal, etc.)
    - Adjust the properties as necessary

  • tim bell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    Is there a way to import materials I have (files are JPEGs) and I use them with 3Ds Max/VRay). I'd like to use some of these JPGs as assets in Dimension.
    BTW- This is for a class I'm teaching- introducing Photography majors to 3D rendering- program seems like a nice way to get into the concepts.

  • Lt. Dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree it would be very useful and increase the value of this app to have the ability to include custom models, lights, and especially materials available via the Assets panel.

  • AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Larry, to answer your questions.

    1 . Dimension can import images as a background image or as a texture to place onto a model but...
    2. ... It cannot take a 2D image and convert it into a 3D model. Here's a great 3 min video on what you can do in Dimension that's a nice starter point! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHeOapHexbE
    3. Please see the 3D section of the Photoshop User Guide for details on how to create 3D models in Photoshop. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/user-guide.html?topic=/photoshop/morehelp/3d.ug.js . Models created in Photoshop can be exported as an .obj then imported to Dimension to render.

  • Larry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How can we import images into Adobe Dimension?
    Second question
    If I import (for example) a bottle, can Adobe Dimension render this into a 3D object?
    Question 3
    Are there instructions on HOW TO create 3D objects (eg Photoshop CC)?
    If not, why not

  • matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to chime in and register my "yes" vote on this one!

  • Tracy Robinson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have a product that I use that I would like to be able to add to the assets panel. It is the shape of a round closet divider with a raised edge. I have tried to add it from Illustrator but I can't figure it out. How would I transfer a vector image with an extruded edge as a 3D object?

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