Artists can combine 3D models and 2D images to create augmented reality experiences with Adobe Aero, which launched today for iOS and iPadOS. This free software was developed to make AR easier for creatives.
Adobe Aero is AR for non-techies
“Aero is the first tool that allows designers to build and share immersive experiences in AR — without any coding skills,” said Stefano Corazza, Head of Augmented Reality at Adobe.
AR superimposed images on the real world; it shouldn’t be confused with Virtual Reality, which replaces the real world with a simulation. AR has the potential to revolutionize driving, shopping, medicine, and many other fields. But Adobe Aero targets artists.
“With augmented reality (AR), we can merge digital content with the physical world to create and deliver next-generation experiences,” said Corazza. “Everything becomes a creative canvas to the millions of people who want to tell their stories in new and exciting ways.”
Adobe created a video to show the possibilities. Watch it now:
Designed to make AR accessible
First announced last year as Project Aero, this software can bring in 3D files from Adobe Dimension or other apps, and mix in art from Photoshop or Illustrator. To get technical, it also can import vector graphics, OBJ, FBX, Collada, glTF, and many more.
It was designed to be intuitive, and there are step-by-step instructions to take artists through creating their first AR scene. There are hundreds of free assets to get newbies started.
Adobe Aero is available right now at no cost for iPhone and iPad on the App Store.