NewTek has released LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. Based upon the rendering engine of the company's flagship 3D suite, LightWave Rendition gives creative artists the capability to render models imported into Photoshop CS3 Extended – with the ability to deliver the richness of detail, textures and lighting attributes found in the original 3D artwork.

The company says that the resulting output delivers a high-quality, photo-realistic image, all from within the Photoshop Extended environment.

LightWave Rendition is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and ships with sample projects and a library of 3D model art. The product also includes support for 3D models from a variety of applications, including LightWave 3D, Google SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse or many readily available 3D formats.

The plug-in includes slider controls for rendering and anti-aliasing quality – allowing for quick preview renders up to photo-quality images – and material presets for the option to apply a preset material or any selected Photoshop materials to the surface of your 3D object. Light Environments open the use of the default Photoshop Extended lighting environment or users can add to the power of LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop by using any 2D layer as a light map for complete control of the final light environment.

LightWave Rendition for Adobe Photoshop costs $149 (around £76).