Creative Edge Software develops iC3D v5.0

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Creative Edge Software is releasing the latest version of iC3D, featuring five new features to expand the usability and flexibility of the packaging design software.

The five features of the new iC3D v5.0 are:

  • Point Editor, an advanced shape editing tool providing enhanced photorealism through the ability to add curves, creases, crumples and dents to models selectively
  • UVW Editor, which enables selective manipulation of artwork placed on 3D models to correct artwork distortion, improve naturalism and allow artistic interpretation
  • Physics Simulator, which automatically calculates appropriate curves, creases and distortions to create photorealistic 3D flexible packages, such as bags and pouches, at a mouse-click
  • Sealed Shrink, for visualizing shrink-filled packages using completely sealed bags. Complements the existing iC3D Shrink Sleeve feature
  • Advanced Shape Modeller, additional tools for the creation of highly complex 3D shapes and combinations of shapes

Creative Edge Software said the development of iC3D v5.0 comes in response to customer requests since the launch of iC3D v4.0 with photorealism last year, particularly relating to shape modelling and realism.

Using features such as Point Editor and UVW Editor, Creative Edge Software said iC3D v5.0 provides the ability to select points on a 3D model, edit shapes, distortions and surface effects, visually adjusting artwork to improve the real-life appearance of a label or package design. This could involve adding aspects of randomization or imperfection, such as creases, crinkles and indentations.

Physics Simulator is similar to technology used in the gaming and film industries, and in iC3D v5.0 it automatically recreates the behavior of a flexible package in different situations, such as sag, bulge and drape dynamics. Sealed Shrink has been developed to mock-up shrink-filled bags such as those commonly used for pre-packed perishables, such as cheese, fish and meat portions.

Nick Gilmore, CEO of Creative Edge Software, explained: ‘Whereas our last major release was all about improving photorealism, the advances made with iC3D v5.0 allow design professionals to achieve an unprecedented level of control over the shape and form of their packaging design. The new features allow creatives to interpret and manipulate their designs, whether that is to improve naturalism, for example, or to emphasize a specific aspect of the product or even a particular brand value.

‘At our hearts we’re software innovators at Creative Edge Software, and we modestly summarize the new features of iC3D v5.0 as “crinkle, crumple, dent and bash”, but that’s not to underestimate their power. The ability to create any shape, simulate the physical behavior of packages and visually enhance their aesthetics is the fine-tuning that might be the difference between success and failure of a brand proposal.’

The release of iC3D v5.0 coincides with Labelexpo Europe 2017, where it will be demonstrated on the stands of Four Pees, SS&C and Hybrid Software.