What's Adobe Dimension good for, anyways?

Ever since I had the opportunity to take a course in Cinema 4D, I've been dying to enter the 3D game, but high price tags and an old processor crushed my dreams. Well this year, I bit the bullet and invested in a sparkly new iMac. One of the first programs I downloaded was Adobe Dimension.

I quickly realized what this program isn't. It isn't a modeling program. It isn't a program where you can build pretty interiors and place your product (unless you want to throw down some cash on Adobe Stock or other 3D modeling sites). This isn't a program that allows ultra control over lighting.

So, what's Adobe Dimension good for, anyways? It's good for intuitive, fast package and surface design mockups. And let's be honest, it's good for their Stock website. They recently released a $30/mo for 10 assets package, 3D models included. It was enough that I made the switch from Bigstock.

As designer John Godfrey from the Adobe blog puts it, "I’m an in-between — a designer who needs to use 3D elements, but doesn’t really use 3D-modeling software. When I started with Dimension, I thought it would be a comfortable way for me to start with 3D because I’m familiar with the rest of Adobe’s creative products. And I was right."

I look forward to seeing how others use the program, and to play with it myself.


UPDATE: Render time test. It took me 30 minutes to render this 4-piece image as a low quality PNG at 6,000 pixels across. It took 8 minutes at 3,000 pixels across. It took 1 minute at 1,000 pixels across. I'm on MacOS High Sierra 10.13.4, 16GB memory, 3GHz Intel Core i5, Retina 4K, 2048 VRAM.

Printing on a non-standard paper size

Using Adobe Acrobat to print on custom paper sizes

Short-run or late night prints are often conveniently done in the comfort of your home (yoga pants and wine glass required). If you're like me and a few of my clients, you've picked up pre-cut paper, taken it home, and realized your printer doesn't have a preset for the size you just shelled out $20 for.

I've run into this problem enough that I thought I should just put it up on a post for safe-keeping. Here's how you can use Adobe Acrobat to print on non-standard paper sizes:

  1. Make sure your file's dimensions match your desired paper size. To check, go to "File > Properties". In the "Description" tab, look for "Page Size" towards the bottom.
    NOTE: If your page size does not match your desired paper size, contact your graphic designer for edits.
  2. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat
  3. File > Print
  4. Make sure you have “Actual Size” radio button selected in “Page Sizing and Handling"
  5. Click the "Page Setup" button (bottom left).
  6. In the "Paper Size" dropdown, select "Manage Custom Sizes..."
  7. Click “+” at bottom left to start new template. Title your template.
  8. Type the size of your pre-cut non-standard paper size into the “Paper Size” text fields
  9. In “Non-Printable Area”, select “User Defined” and change the fields to 0in.
  10. Click “OK” and “Print”

Questions? Fire off at beth@designthatfits.work.