Mike Rankin reviews key points about what Adobe Dimension CC is and what you can use it for. He also clarifies the meaning of the term 3D as it is used in Adobe Dimension, along with a typical use scenario. Mike lists the unique advantages of working in Dimension CC, and the system requirements for Mac and Windows.
- [Instructor] Before we start working in Adobe Dimension CC, let's just take a minute or two to go over a few key points about what it is and what you can use it for. First, Adobe Dimension CC is a desktop application for Mac and Windows, and it's only available for Creative Cloud subscribers. Before it was officially released as Adobe Dimension CC, it was known as Project Felix during a public beta testing period. Dimension CC allows you to work with models of 3D graphics and manipulate them to view them from any angle and to customize their look with materials, lights, and graphics that you apply like decals to the surface of an object, and then composite the objects into 2D background images to create very impressive results.
And, it's also important to get clear what we mean when we talk about 3D graphics in Adobe Dimension CC. These are not 3D in the way that a 3D movie is where you have to wear special glasses to see the effect. These are 2D images that you can export as Photoshop files or PNG files from Adobe Dimension CC. The 3D part comes from the use of 3D models, which allow you to manipulate objects in three dimensional space and then blend them into a scene in ways that you just can't do with regular 2D graphics.
For example, say you were designing some new packaging for a client who wanted to see what it would look like on the shelves of their stores. You could use Adobe Dimension CC to composite images using 3D models and graphics of your package design blended seamlessly with the background images of the client's store. You could perfectly match the size, lighting, and perspective of the background and come up with a result that's nearly photorealistic. So, when you work with 3D models and Adobe Dimension CC, you have almost unlimited flexibility to fabricate objects that don't exist in the real world and then put them into real-world photos.
There are many other 3D graphics applications that you could do this sort of work with before Dimension CC came along, including Photoshop. But what makes Adobe Dimension CC so unique and exciting is that it's much simpler to use than other 3D programs. It gives you the power and flexibility of 3D graphics without the complexity and the steep learning curve. Now, because Dimension CC is doing some very complex calculations, it does demand more computing resources than other graphics applications.
It works best on a relatively powerful computer with a modern processor and graphics card as well as plenty of RAM. For best performance, Adobe recommends that you have an Intel i7 processor or the equivalent plus 16 gigs of RAM. Even then you may find that the fan on your computer will crank up to high speed at times, especially when you render the final image as all those calculations that Dimension CC is performing will cause things to heat up. You can run Dimension CC on computers with older hardware or less RAM, but you might find that performance is slow at times.
The minimum requirement for RAM is 8 gigabytes. Okay, so now that we've gone over the details of what Adobe Dimension CC is and what it's used for, it's time to get into the program. And that's what we'll do in the next movie as we tour the user interface.