Bring creative ideas to life at huge savings with the Strata Design 3D Toolkit!
Strata Design 3D CX is the professional 3D modelling and animation software that delivers end-to-end power for the entire 3D design workflow.
Strata Foto 3D CX
Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a digital camera to turn real-world objects into textured 3D models. Its ideal for difficult to model objects like organic shapes and soft forms.
Strata 3D University
Strata 3D University is the subscription-based learning centre for Design 3D. Strata 3D University is the fastest, easiest and most fun way to progress from a complete newbie to a 3D design professional. New, fully-narrated video tutorials are added regularly, covering all aspects of the 3D design workflow. With Strata Design 3D software and the skills you learn here, there are no limits to your creative potential!
Strata Design 3D CX
Strata Design 3D CX is professional-level 3D modelling and animation software for Mac and PC that delivers end-to-end power for the entire 3D design workflow. Quickly bring your creative ideas to life with a simplified learning curve, tight integration with Adobe Photoshop and award-winning rendering quality rivalling any software at any price.
Strata Design 3D CX offers subdivision- and spline-based 3D modelling as well as texturing, lighting, and rendering. It is built around an Adobe user interface standard. Its interface is as straightforward as Photoshop, plus it is more intuitive to navigate than many 3D porgrammes.
Photoshop files can be imported and mapped without flattening and it has excellent and rendering quality. Its ability to export to a number of file formats, including EPS and Flash, will certainly be welcomed by print graphic designers.
New features include new 3D printing options and new file import and export options. The STL file format widely used by CAD porgrammes for 3D printing is fully supported in both import and export directions. And new in Strata 3D CX 7.5 is Collada file format support. Lastly, there is a new Decimation and Polygon Reduction function set. This is used to reduce the poly count on models on import to reduce model problems as well as on export to industry areas like 3D gaming or to simply for 3D printing or general performance issues.
Strata Design 3D Version 7.5 provides a range of new features designed to give more control while polygonal modelling and to make modelling and editing easier and more intuitive. Many of the new options are also used for the new UV enhancements, such as defining seams for flattening UV textures.
“Strata Design 3D CX has a lot to offer 3D or 2D artists who want to integrate 3D elements in their work, and it’s also backed up by community forums, videos and the web-based Strata 3D University.”
MacUser UK Review, October 2011
All the Power for One Simple Price
Unlike some 3D applications, Strata Design 3D CX gives you all of its 3D tools for one great price. The makers of Strata Design 3D CX don’t force you to decide how you’re going to use the product in the future, or make a guess ahead of time about which tools you might need for future projects. The only pricing decision you need to make is whether to buy Design 3D CX by itself, or as part of the Strata 3D CX Suite.
Simplified 3D Learning Curve
Strata Design 3D eases the learning curve for 2D designers who are new to 3D. Quick start templates, libraries, predefined effects, backgrounds, environments and more allow designers to create complex scenes in minutes. With a user interface and tools that are familiar to today’s 2D designers, you invest your time learning 3D design concepts rather than a new design paradigm.
Model Anything in 3D or Import Existing 3D Assets
For many, the thought of 3D modelling is a daunting task. Design 3D offers an extremely friendly modelling toolset and environment for manipulating your polygons, splines, and primitives into any 3D object or scene you can imagine. If you’re working with existing 3D assets, Strata Design 3D CX utilises a host of filters and options to accurately import third-party 3D models and scenes.
Apply Surface Textures with Precision
In the world of 3D, texturing may just be the most important component in creating convincing final renderings. Once you have designed your 3D model, Strata Design 3D CX gives you powerful tools to create, apply and manipulate surface textures with beautifully accurate results.
Set-Up Your Scene with Lighting, Backgrounds, Cameras, etc.
Scene composition is a critical step in producing stunning images. Design 3D CX makes it easier to control the environment than any photography studio you could imagine. Position your 3D objects and then place lights, reflection panels, cameras, backgrounds, environments, reflection elements and more produce a superior final render or animation for your design project.
Render Photo-Real Images and Animations at Blazing Speeds
Design 3D is well known for its extraordinary rendering technology. Whether you’re after photo-realistic results or some other style for your static or motion graphics, you will find the rendering options to suit your needs and output the results using one of the fastest rendering engines in the industry. After all, it’s all about the final results and Design 3D delivers.
Learn Design 3D CX Online at Strata 3D University
Learning 3D doesn’t have to be difficult. Especially with Strata’s online training library at your fingertips, covering every aspect of Strata Design 3D CX and the entire 3D design workflow. Strata 3D University makes it simple to find the subject of interest and quickly get up to speed with short, informative videos created by professional 3D designers.
Tightly Integrated with the Adobe Creative Suites
Design 3D CX comes with six, Adobe Photoshop Plug-ins that connect you directly to your favourite image application and improve your design workflow. Interoperability is also a key part of Design 3D with the ability to read in Adobe files including psd, eps, .ai and pdf. Note Photoshop Plug-ins require Photoshop CS4 or CS5 Extended running in 32-bit mode.
Native UV Mapping for Perfect Textures
Design 3D CX7 introduces a powerful new UV Mapping environment that makes exact placement of textures easier and faster than ever. UV texture mapping is a technique used to accurately wrap a 2D image texture onto a 3D model, where the image texture can then be stretched, squeezed, and rotated to fit correctly. UV coordinates maintain the relationship between the texture and 3D model, even when the model is further manipulated.
A New Standard in Rendering Perfection
Design 3D CX7 establishes rendering superiority with an array of updates that advance overall output quality and speed. Added support for blurry transparency and reflectivity produces stunningly lifelike realism. Instance Rendering Properties offer control over how an individual object’s shadows, caustics, reflections and transparencies are rendered, or whether an object is even displayed at all. Version 7 handles higher oversampling settings, and lower block and threshold settings without loss of speed.
Modelling Evolved with Polygon Editing Enhancements
Ample improvements to the polygon modelling toolset and workflow include new Flatten, Weld, Unweld, Flip and Save Subset features. When combined with more intuitive mouse interactions and visual feedback, hard edge handling, selection options and new customisable keyboard shortcuts for common modelling tasks, Design 3D CX7 takes one giant step towards modelling bliss.
Customisable Keyboard Shortcuts Let You Define Your Workflow
All graphic designers rely on at least a few keyboard shortcuts in their favourite design porgrammes. Others can tell you every shortcut that’s available. We all have our own preferences and opinions on what key combinations make sense for certain tasks, so who are we to decide what’s right or wrong? Design 3D CX7 allows you to take control and create your own Keyboard Shortcut Sets to match your favourite design porgrammes or you own personal preferences.
Boolean Modelling Refined
Boolean Modelling allows you to add, subtract, intersect, and cut 2 different objects to create a new 3D object. It is not new to Design 3D, but version 7 unveils an entirely new Boolean engine that utilises the same workflow, but produces cleaner, more accurate and reliable results.
New Texturing Options with Normal Maps
In addition to greyscale Bump Maps, Design 3D CX7 ushers in the ability to use Normal Maps for creating realistic surfaces details through the use of an RGB image. Normal Maps can also be used to “fake” lighting details of an object instead of modelling all of the details. It’s just one more way that texturing in Design 3D CX7 makes your life easier.
Time Saving Project Templates
New 3D scene templates offer designers an easy way to jump start their 3D projects, without beginning in the vacuum of a New Empty Project. Scene templates include advanced lighting with soft shadows, environments, backgrounds and more, which can all be edited to suit your needs. Working with templates is also a great way to learn how to formulate your own 3D scenes.
Unique Surface Realism Through Anisotropy
Anisotropy is an advanced surface property that yields subtle, yet realistic effects to surfaces and reflections. An example of Anisotropy is a surface that blurs in a vertical direction, but not in a horizontal direction, such as brushed metals. Anisotropy settings are a new addition to the Image Texture controls.
Grid Templates Make Modelling Easier
To aid in certain modelling processes, images can now be applied to X,Y, and Z Grids for use as a template. The opacity of the grids can be adjusted to behave similar to tracing paper, which allows you to quickly model to proper proportions and accurately locate the components that make up your 3D model.
Match Motion Brings the Real World and CG World Closer Together
Visual effects artists often use a combination of live action and 3D action, which visually match up to create a realistic scene. Match Motion imports camera data from Pixel Farm’s PFHoe to create a 3D scene, which matches the motion of a live camera scene.
Sun and Sky Backgrounds add More Reality to Your Environments
A new background type is available in Design 3D CX7 that will give your projects a real world feel. Sun and Sky backgrounds change colours to mimic a real sky and horizon as you move your light source. Features like haze and turbidity provide additional realism. If you want your scenes to change from sunup to sundown this is your feature.
That’s Not All
Design 3D CX7 offers too many new features to list here, but you will also benefit from numerous productivity enhancements, support for new file formats, long file names, view persistency, and a new Collect and Save function that gathers your model file and linked files all in one location. Buy Design 3D CX7 today and see for yourself why it’s Strata’s most important release to date.
Strata Foto 3D CX
Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a standard digital camera to capture real-world objects as fully textured 3D models. Its ideal for difficult to model objects like organic shapes, soft forms and hand made items.
The included Photoshop Plug-in makes model creation even easier. Foto 3D models are ideal for developing packaging, games, illustrations, online catalogues and more. Just import models into Strata Design 3D CX or virtually any other 3D software.
Powered by patented technology developed by Canon and Creative Dimension Software, Foto 3D is digital photography at a higher power.
“Strata Foto 3D CX 2 is a cool tool to use if you’re not the best 3D modeler, or you need to create a model of an existing real-world object quickly. Perhaps you’re a sculpter, or own a small boutique, and you’d like to display your products on the Web in a unique way, Strata Foto 3D CX is your tool. Or say you’re a full-time 3D content creator and need to bring various elements into your larger project – elements that you don’t have the time to model from scratch – Strata Foto 3D CX is the answer in that case, too.” —MacWorld
Sophisticated Camera Support
Strata Foto 3D CX provides automatic camera support to deal with lens distortion, focal length and image factors specific to particular camera models. Correcting these factors ensures the highest possible fidelity in model capture.
Automated 3D Space Orientation
A special calibration mat – which can be printed out directly from Strata Foto 3D CX – aids the software in generating 3D model data. This mat allows Foto 3D to calculate where the camera is in 3D space for each image. This orientation information then allows Foto 3D to automatically capture features from the images to build the 3D object.
Feature Pinning – Allows the Use of Any Photo Set
For projects that don’t allow for use of the calibration mat Strata Foto 3D CX now provides direct control using a pin user interface. This allows you to specify the surface area details important to a high quality capture. This new feature allows the use of photograph sets from virtually any source – including video frames, aerial photos and any large object that cannot be brought into a studio setting.
Integrate with Adobe Photoshop for Model Creation
Part of the process of generating a model from photographs involves separating the background from the object. Foto 3D provides powerful colour-key tools to automate this process. In addition to these powerful tools, Adobe Photoshop is supported directly with a plug-in, allowing you to easily use Photoshop’s features to get the job done.
Interactive Model Adjustment
Once the geometry is generated, Strata Foto 3D CX gives you the ability to interactively modify the surface polygon detail (“decimation”). A clipping plane is also provide allowing you to trim the base of the model to ensure a flat base where desired.
Send 3D Models Back to Photoshop Extended
For owners of the Extended version of Photoshop, models can be sent as a 3D layer to include in your projects. From there the 3D object can be painted on, rotated, lighting adjusted, etc.
Take Your Models to the Strata 3D Suite
Strata Foto 3D CX models can easily be brought into Strata Design 3D CX and Strata Live 3D CX to continue the creative journey to wherever you desire.
Foto 3D builds and places a UV texture on any model by using a series of photographs. Regardless of the type of camera you use, Foto 3D will calibrate itself automatically for the best results. Foto 3D allows you to take anywhere from 20 to 256 pictures to create your textured 3D model.
Foto 3D generates a model that includes surface smoothing and interactive mesh decimation. For use in a 3D rendering package, such as Strata 3D CX, you’ll want the highest quality mesh possible. For real-time 3D use, such as Live 3D, you may want to reduce your mesh density for faster downloads.
Save & Export Features
Once you’re finished with your project, simply export it into VRML or 3DS. Then your file can be imported into Strata 3D CX for rendering and animation, or into Strata Live 3D for real-time display on a web page or PDF document.
Foto 3D creates a photo-realistic UV texture for your model. You can use Adobe Photoshop to modify the texture from any angle. Simply copy the view to Photoshop, modify the texture, and paste it back into Foto 3D. All texture blending occurs automatically.
- Automatic Texture Creation
- UV Unwrapping
- Incremental Map Generation
- Texture Map Editing
- External Texture Editing
- Large Map Resolution
- Tone Correction
Strata Foto 3D will be of great benefit to anyone who needs to put fully textured, photo realistic objects into illustrations, video, games or any number of virtual environments. The fact that outside of the product, a camera, and a tripod, the ability to generate a 3D model with this much ease makes it a must have application.