Creative Play in 3D & AR: Explore new styles or craft a masterpiece. 

The tools in the Adobe 3D & AR ecosystem have everything you need to let your imagination run wild and prepare for the next generation of design. 

Side by side examples of 3D rendered flowers

Image by Khyati Trehan

Deliver new types of content and style.

The possibilities are endless — creating in 3D offers an infinite canvas for complex creations, inventive concepts, and new aesthetics. Push creative boundaries for almost any type of art or design work, from abstract, conceptual, surrealistic, realistic, or stylized art to illustrations and graphic designs. Once you’ve defined your artwork in 3D, bring it to life with augmented reality, and create interactive experiences. The tools in the Adobe 3D & AR ecosystem give autonomy to the artist to explore countless possibilities. 

3D artwork of a jellyfish and bubbles
3D art of an underwater reef
Beautiful 3D rendering of coral on a rock

Images by Erin Kim

3D has been responsible for recent leading design trends, fueling innovative creations by top designers and amateurs alike. And it shows no signs of slowing down, continuing to inspire artists as the influences of these trends continue to spread. Design trends kick-started by 3D creations are likely to keep developing into recognizable styles as more artists take advantage of all the benefits that creating in 3D offers. Explore some of the most exciting and creative modern 3D design trends out there in the world today on Behance. Some of the inspirational examples include next-generation 3D typography, modern still life concepts, and interactive 3D web designs.

3D spheres and spirals

Image by Jon Vio, House of van Schneider

The power of a vast creative toolbox.

Having a vast array of tools to work with, and an endless digital canvas to create with, can fuel the creation of new types of content with a unique aesthetic style. Create art with 3D models, rich materials and lighting, and photo compositing techniques (powered by machine learning) to make any dream come true. Whichever tool is used as a starting point, whether you are bringing assets from Adobe Stock 3D or a third-party tool, the Adobe 3D & AR ecosystem makes it easy to bring assets from one to another. Take advantage of the unique features offered by each tool.

Shadows of hands created with 3D shapes
Staircase artwork in 3D
Creative 3D flower art

Images by Khyati Trehan

Since these products offer a 2D canvas to work with, some designers may be more comfortable in this medium. Adobe’s suite of 3D and AR tools like Adobe Dimension, Substance Painter, and Adobe Aero offer UIs familiar to those used to Photoshop and Illustrator.

 

Dimension makes a great starting point to take your creativity to 3D and offers an intuitive way to work with models. Import a wide array of assets from Adobe Stock that are optimized for Dimension, as well as models from third-party modeling software. Artists have full reign over the steps they take — they can even send their 3D renders back to Photoshop or Adobe Fresco to create a certain stylized look they desire.

3D rendering of a fictional city

Image by Grant Wallich

Bringing 3D models into Substance allows artists to get rich results by customizing the look of models with different material options. Achieve realistic results that can then be leveraged in Dimension to stage scenes, exploring how designs look in real-world settings.

 

And Adobe Aero, available for free on iOS, phone, and tablet, can take designs even further, letting artists create engaging augmented reality experiences. Aero opens up a whole new world of opportunities for users — whether you are an expert in AR-created experiences or just dipping your toes into AR creation. See your artwork overlaid in the real world, and create immersive experiences for your audience to explore. You can easily add interactive behaviors to engage your audience, designing the motion of your 3D asset by simply drawing a path on your screen or with your device.

Augmented reality artwork over a pond.

Image by Anna Natter

Modern AR sculpture in an ancient town square.

Image by Anna Natter

AR artwork of a balloon-powered, geometric structure.

Image by Anna Natter

Kick-start new ideas.

The freedom to explore designing in 3D can help you discover different angles and variations that might have been difficult to visualize otherwise. It can also allow artists to quickly experiment with different elements easily, such as swapping out a background image or foreground model, dramatically changing the feel of the concept.

Desert portals in the daylight
Rendering of desert portals at night

Images by Victoria Siemer

It can also speed up the concept phase of projects. Renowned graphic designer Paula Scher describes the power of 3D technology well:

 

“Technology is a critical tool in what I do…. This is especially true with 3D work. The technology makes everything so much faster, and it really helps with visualizing things. Rather than having to just imagine stuff, you can use the technology to reimagine it in new ways.”

 

While working in Substance, users won't have to worry about losing any of their work as they iterate. The materials and textures they started with won't be lost when they make alterations, and they can change any action they've made at any point, and every following action will automatically adapt.

How to get started with conceptual design with Adobe tools.

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Design your 2D elements in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

 

Use whichever tool suits your needs best for creating any 2D components that you’ll need. Illustrator is great for crafting graphics and logos to place on 3D objects, while Photoshop can be used to create brand images or edit existing photos.

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Start designing with Dimension.

 

Dimension makes it easy to start creating on a three-dimensional canvas with no need to import or work off of initial 2D designs.

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3D Authoring and aggregation with Dimension and Substance.

a) Use models from Adobe Stock templates, or import Adobe Stock assets that are optimized for Dimension. Or import models from other sources. Dimension supports OBJ, Autodesk FBX, STL, and SketchUp SKP file formats.

 

b) Experiment with different ideas by changing color and material properties in Dimension.

 

c) Take your designs into Substance to paint them with nuanced textures and make them look more realistic.

 

d) Bring several of your designs into Dimension to stage complete scenes. Adjust the lighting, camera angles, and more.

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Export and share 2D and 3D files from Dimension.

 

a) Easily export your 3D creations as 2D images, or export them as full 360-degree designs that viewers can freely explore.

 

b) You can also export your designs from specific angles to use them as the basis for animations in Photoshop or Aero for real-time three-dimensional viewing in the real world or to make into animations in Photoshop or Aero.

 

c) Take your assets into Photoshop, Illustrator, and Aero to edit them further. Or use them to create animation or further paint over workflows.

 

d) Import your assets into Aero to create immersive augmented reality experiences and overlay your designs in the real world.

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Import your assets into Aero and design your experience.

 

a) Open Aero, scan your space, and define a surface. Bring in your assets from Adobe Creative Cloud and seamlessly place them in space.

 

b) Set a trigger, such as “touch,” and add interactive behaviors like “spin” or “bounce” to design your experience.

 

c) Once you are done, easily preview your experience and share it via a recorded video or a download link that you can share with a friend.

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