Adobe Photoshop Colour 3D Printing with Stratasys Software and Machines

Article by Rod Mackay updated February 3, 2016


Adobe Photoshop Colour 3D Printing is now possible with the new Stratasys Creative Colours Software which brings the power and freedom of 3D printing to more designers around the world. By forming a direct bridge between Adobe Photoshop CC and the Objet Connex3 3D printer, it enables designers to easily 3D print their most imaginative creations without cumbersome 3D printing workflows. With a simple software add-on, the Object260 Connex3 and  Objet350/500 Connex3 systems can now beautifully handle:

  • Gradients and patterns
  • Graphic texture mapping
  • Automated colour assignment
  • Automated geometry fixes to support 3D printing


By incorporating multiple gradient colours, patterns, and textures, combined with the 3D printer’s multi-material capabilities, a model produced on the Objet Connex3 can have the same look and feel as the final intended product, vastly reducing product development times while increasing product quality. The inclusion of Stratasys Creative Colours currently makes the Objet Connex3 the only 3D printer series that benefits from Adobe Colour Management and experience.

Adobe Photoshop Colour 3D Printing

Variety of colour finishes for a 3D printed model

Video demonstration

Adobe Photoshop CC supports a variety of 3D file formats including 3D PDF, PSD, DAE, OBJ and STL. Learn more about Adobe Photoshop Colour 3D Printing in the video below:

Stratasys is also providing a new direct colour workflow from Photoshop CC to the Stratasys Direct Manufacturing parts-on-demand service. It enables users for the first time to send their colourful 3D files directly to Stratasys Direct Manufacturing from within Photoshop CC for Objet Connex3 3D printing. The experience is further enhanced with features such as direct quoting, validation and previewing.

Adobe Photoshop Colour 3D Printing process

  1. Open your design in Adobe Photoshop CC
  2. Add colours and textures
  3. Preview in Stratasys Creative Colours tray manager
  4. Print your model
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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.