Learn what's new in the latest release of Adobe Dimension.
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The October 2018 and later releases of Dimension rolls out exciting new features for graphic designers. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.


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Adobe Dimension makes it easy to composite 2D and 3D assets to build product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art.

Dimension CC 2.2 (April 2019 release)

This release of Dimension rolls out new features, performance improvements, enhancements, and bug fixes.

Cloud Render (Beta)

We are very excited to announce a new service - Cloud Render (Beta). Cloud rendering allows you to upload your Dimension scene to the cloud and do the rendering on a server. You can then download the final result, freeing your computer resources and completing renders significantly faster.

Cloud rendering is free during the beta period. We can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Rendering in Dimension
Left: Local render. Right: Cloud render. The difference? Cloud renders complete faster and free your computer resources to keep working.

See Rendering & Exporting in Dimension for more information.

Substance material support

You can now import Substance materials in .sbsar format. Substance materials are a way to parametrically generate textures, so you can get thousands of variations of patterns and designs from one material.

Substance material properties
Substance materials have easily edited parameters that generate thousands of unique variations with one file.

See Supported Material File Types for more information on Substance materials and where to get them.

Updates to Placed Graphics

Graphics placed onto models have had several upgrades in terms of quality and control. All graphics now maintain a higher resolution, with less pixelation and higher visual fidelity. Graphics now also have two modes: decal and fill. Decal mode lets a graphic float on top of the material while fill mode lets a graphic fill the entire material. Fill mode has new tiling methods for repeat and mirror.

Positioning of graphics in Dimension
Graphics can now be applied as decals or fill layers and tiling controls let you set exactly how to repeat the image.

Updates to Creative Cloud Libraries

Dimension now allows saving both graphics and colors from Dimension into CC Libraries. Loading an image from Creative Cloud Libraries now maintains the image as a cloud linked file for editing and updating workflows. The Creative Cloud Libraries panel has also been updated to support the new custom grouping functionality.

Cloud linked graphics from Creative Cloud Libraries.
Cloud linked graphics from Creative Cloud Libraries will update when you edit them in Photoshop or Illustrator.

Units and Dimensions

Dimension now has… dimensions! You can choose from several 3D units of measurement and change the size of objects in dimensions to easily scale objects.

Units and size properties make it easy to scale objects in Dimension.
Units and size properties make it easy to scale objects with precision.

Access render setup in render mode. See Document Settings for more information on setting up your scene units.

Enhancements

  • Spherical Panorama Environment Light Support: Dimension can now detect when you load a spherical panoramic image as an environment light. Dimension will no longer apply automatic spherical panoramic image conversion to images that are already spherical panoramas.
  • Move Tool Helpers: The Move tool has some new alignment and distance indicators to help identify how far you’re moving objects.
  • Magic Wand Edit Commands: You can now use the cut, copy, paste, and duplicate edit commands on magic wand selections, allowing you to break models up into multiple pieces.
  • New Language: Dimension now supports Simplified Chinese as a language choice.

What's changed?

  • VRay Rendering Engine Removed: With the development of the Adobe Rendering Engine we have now removed the VRay rendering engine as part of the Dimension core application. Support for external rendering engines may be considered in the future.
  • Starter Assets: With the introduction of Substance .sbsar format support we have replaced most of the materials in the Starter Assets with Substance materials.
  • Canvas Selection: The border of the canvas is no longer selectable, to prevent accidental selection changes. The canvas size label is still targetable.

Dimension CC 2.1.0 (December 2018 release)

This release of Dimension rolls out performance improvements, enhancements, and bug fixes.

Performance improvements

  • Improvements to Adobe Dimension Renderer startup speeds when using the render preview window.
  • Improvements to Adobe Dimension Renderer final render speeds.
  • Improved the performance for undo/redo actions.

Enhancements

Implemented a new preference to reduce noise in the final rendering when using the Adobe Dimension Renderer. This option increases the quality of the final renders by denoising the result, reducing total render times.

Dimension CC 2.0 (October 2018 release)

Enhanced Photoshop and Illustrator integration

Dimension now directly supports the import of .ai file format, allowing you to work quicker with the files you have. You can choose artboards from Photoshop .psd and Illustrator .ai files when importing in Dimension. You can also now copy and paste both raster and vector graphics directly from the clipboard into Dimension.

Work quickly with new file formats in Dimension CC
Work quickly with new file formats, copy paste support, and artboard selection options.

Select artboards from the image picker pop-up window. See Accessing artboards for more information.

Multiple graphics placement

Dimension now supports adding multiple images with unique material properties and settings to models as different layers.

Multiple graphics placement in Dimension CC
Add multiple graphics to your models, then position, order, and change their material properties for each layer.

Apply a graphic by dragging it to the model. See Customize the appearance of models for more information.

Multiple render setup

You can now take advantage of saving camera bookmarks in render mode. Easily select the saved views you want to render and set up all of them at once.

Save multiple views using camera bookmarks then setup multiple renders in Dimension CC
Save multiple views using camera bookmarks then setup multiple renders.

Access render setup in render mode. See Rendering in Dimension for more information.

Canvas and render size print controls

The Dimension canvas has been updated to have familiar 2D zooming, panning, and resizing controls. Using print controls lets you easily configure the size of your canvas based on physical units and print resolution settings.

Work in a familiar canvas with zoom and pan tools and shortcuts.
Work in a familiar canvas with zoom and pan tools and shortcuts.

Access canvas size print controls in design mode in the document settings. See Set Canvas Size for more information.

Enhancements

  • Sampler tool color mode:

You can now use Sampler Tool to sample screen color and base color of materials and images before lighting and effects being applied

  • Texture transformation:

In addition to material transformation, individual textures can now scale, rotate, and offset independently.

  • Scene grid updates:

You can now control the grid visibility and color. The grid has had visual improvements to handle large-scale scenes.

  • Camera undo/redo:

You can now view camera movement history independent of other document edit history.

  • Focus canvas visualization:

The focus (depth of field) effect now has an in-canvas preview. The canvas preview is interactive to get an idea of the effect. The final effect must still be visualized in the render preview.

  • New Languages:

Dimension is now also available in Korean [한국어]. For related Help documentation on supported languages, see Language versions

  • Stock search in the Asset panel:

You can now search in the Asset panel with a term that shows some results and get a link to search Adobe Stock below the search results.

  • New file formats:
    • Import .fbx, .stl, and .skp 3D models.
    • Import .ai images.

For related Help documentation on supported import/export file types, see:
Supported file types | 3D models
Supported file types | Images

  • User Interface enhancements:

Single-clicking panel titles and labels no longer collapses or expands a section. Materials in the Scene panel have had their disclosure moved from right to left. The icons in the scene panel have been updated.

What's changed

  • Content panel: The content panel has a new icon and has been repositioned in the toolbar.
  • Tool options: Tool options have been moved from the view control bar above the canvas to a pop-out window attached to the toolbar.
  • Camera settings: The camera properties have been split out from the environment into a new camera object.
  • Keyboard shortcuts: To support the new 2D canvas controls, the shortcuts for some tools have been updated.
    • Orbit Tool: Performs 3D camera rotation. The default shortcut is 1.
    • Pan Tool: Previously named the Hand Tool. Performs 3D camera panning. The default shortcut is 2. The alternate shortcut H has been removed.
    • Dolly Tool: Performs 3D camera zooming. The default shortcut is 3. The alternate shortcut Z has been removed.
    • Hand Tool: Performs 2D canvas panning. The default shortcut is H.
    • Zoom Tool: Performs 2D canvas zooming. The default shortcut is Z.

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