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3D Invigorator

3D Invigorator is a Photoshop compatible plug-in that allows you to create 3D objects within Photoshop using Adobe Illustrator files and fonts.


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Introduction

3D Invigorator is a Photoshop compatible plug-in that allows you to create 3D objects within Photoshop using Adobe Illustrator files and fonts. With 3D Invigorator, you can easily model a 3D objects, create 3D logos based on the vector files, and add depth, bevel, and other 3D features, and apply multiple lights and materials such as reflective, transparent, or bump textures to the object for more realistic output. You can do this all without using any other application, such as 3D Studio Max or similar.

3D Invigorator is from Digital Anarchy, a company based in San Francisco, USA that specializes in special effect filters for image editing and video programs. Digital Anarchy also creates other Photoshop compatible plug-ins like Primatte Chromakey 3, ToonIt!, Backdrop Designer, etc. Digital Anarchy markets 3D Invigorator for Zaxwerks.

You can download a free trial version of 3D Invigorator from the Digital Anarchy site.

My contact at Digital Anarchy for this review was Debbie Rich, thank you Debbie.

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How To Use

Follow these steps to use 3D Invigorator:

  1. Open a new document in an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Choose Filter | Zaxwerks | 3D Invigorator, as shown in Figure 1.

    3D Invigorator
    Figure 1: 3D Invigorator

  3. The first time you open 3D Invigorator, you will see a start up window appears with some options that you can see in Figure 2.

    3D Invigorator for Photoshop
    Figure 2: 3D Invigorator for Photoshop

  4. From the 3D Invigorator for Photoshop window choose Create 3D Text (refer Figure 2). The other options are explained below:

    • Open Illustrator File: With this option you can open any Adobe Illustrator file in 3D Invigorator, and convert it to a 3D object.

    • Create 3D Primitive: With this option you can create spheres, cubes, cylinders, pyramids, cones and planes.

    • Create a New Scene: This option opens 3D Invigorator interface.

  5. This opens the 3D Text window shown in Figure 3. Here you can type the text message in the text input box, and customize the text properties. Once done click OK.

    3D Text
    Figure 3: 3D Text

  6. This will open 3D Invigorator interface with the text inserted, that you can see in Figure 4.

    3D Invigorator
    Figure 4: 3D Invigorator interface

  7. The interface is divided into three parts: the left side is where you'll find output options and a profile viewer, the middle area is the work area and the right side of the interface has panes through which you can apply materials and lighting to the object.

  8. Now from the right side of the interface you can apply default material from Material Swatches -- there are over 100 different material presets such as gold, chrome, glass, lacquer and puffy surfaces. If the presets don¹t provide the desired effect, you can customize your own materials. Within the Lighting Style Swatches (see Figure 5), even lighting styles can be customized.

    Options
    Figure 5: Options

    Note: For applying the materials from the Material Swatches, just drag and drop it on the object.


  9. In the work area of 3D Invigorator interface, there are options with which you can customize the size, placing and rotation of the object.

  10. When done, from the left side of the interface in output tab choose the output sharpness ratio, as you can see in Figure 6.

    Output sharpness
    Figure 6: Output sharpness

Note: Choose File | Save Scene As to save the work, so you can make changes in future.

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Specifications

Photoshop Versions: CS2 and higher
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Site: Digital Anarchy
Price: USD $199
Trial Version: Available

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