Creative Software launches new packaging tools

Creative Edge Software, which is best known for its iC3D packaging design software, has now released two new modular software tools for packaging designers.

The iC3D Modeller is a toolkit for modelling packaging designs

Both of these products – iC3D Designer and iC3D Modeller – are really just repackaged elements of the original iC3D Suite visualization software. The idea is to offer cheaper versions that can then be upgraded to more complete products if designers find that they like using them. As such, this a useful option for designers who want to gain some experience of 3D modelling without having to invest in the full-blown package.

Thus iC3D Designer has a number of basic packaging design features, including features for labelling and carton design and can simulate how the packaging will look on the shelf in comparison with competing products, all complete with realistic textures and floor reflections. It also has bi-directional links to Adobe Illustrator and Hybrid Packz. There are various modules available that can be added to expand its capabilities, depending on individual designer’s needs.

The more interesting of these two new tools is iC3D Modeller for designing packaging shapes in three dimensions. It’s positioned as a much cheaper alternative to Adobe Illustrator and Esko Studio. It includes a number of features such as UVW Editor, Point Editor and Bump Displacement, which allow users to design containers with elements such as trigger sprays, caps and ring pulls. This module has the full range of iC3D’ materials and textures so that it can be used for designing in plastic, metal, glass, paper or carton and with liquid. The modular nature means that it’s possible to add other modules from the range.

However, it’s worth noting that some features – Shrink, Sealed Bags, Interactive Studio Lighting or 3D printing export – are only available with the full iC3D Suite. 

Nick Gilmore, CEO of Creative Edge Software, explained: “The new iC3D Designer and Modeller solutions are essentially about opening up the power of iC3D technology to designers who specialize in one or two applications and can’t justify an investment in the full suite of capabilities. Being so easy to use, they also offer the opportunity to scale your business up, pain-free and affordably while learning on the job.”

You can find further details on these new tools from www.creativeedgesoftware.com


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