Digital Anarchy has released a Photoshop version of the Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator plug-in for After Effects, which allows artists to create complex 3D objects, logos and text.
Already popular with AE users for creating 3D text and logos for motion graphics projects, 3D Invigorator starts with Adobe Illustrator outlines or text generated within Photoshop, gives the object depth, and then sculpts the graphic into a 3D object. Photoshop artists can use the vector tools in Invigorator for real-time changes to their 3D objects.
They can also access its built-in text engine to transform True Type and Type 1 fonts, and take advantage of Photoshop features like Smart Objects and Smart Filters.
Owners of 3D Invigorator can use the built-in text designer to create and extrude 3D text objects; sculpt edges to add details to 3D objects; and import Illustrator files. There is a full 3D environment where users can rotate objects and the camera in 3D space to view the 3D design from any angle, or move individual elements into new arrangements.
There are a wide variety of rendering styles, including wireframe, cartoon, flat shading, and raytracing -- and over 100 different material presets give easy options such as gold, chrome, glass, lacquer and puffy surfaces. Users can also design their own materials using the built-in tools or by importing custom files.
3D Invigorator for Photoshop costs US$199 (around £135), and is available with an introductory discount of $149 (£100) until April 30, 2009. The product works in Photoshop CS2 and higher, although CS3 or CS4 are recommended for use. 3D Invigorator runs supports Mac OS X 10.3 and higher, and Windows 2000/XP/Vista.