Contest: Your Photoshop 3D design at NYC’s 3D Printshow 2014

Adobe and Shapeways will be showcasing the Photoshop Creative Cloud at the New York 3D Printshow, February 12 to 15 and we would love for you to join us.

There are two opportunities to get your work displayed with Shapeways and Adobe at the show: one, create the ultimate 3D printed art to be shown at the Art Gallery at the 3D Printshow. If you’re newer to 3D modeling, we also have a simple 3D Coloring Contest for anyone to color ShapeMan by our friend Steve Talkowski of SketchBot fame.

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It’s easy to enter, whether you know how to 3D model or you just want to give it a shot.

Ultimate Design Award: Know how to 3D model? Upload your design to Shapeways with the tag #3DPS. We’re looking for an incredible design that leverages the best of 3D printing. Here’s your chance to create the iconic 3D Print of 2014, something that can’t be made any other way.

3D Coloring Award: New to 3D modeling? One of the coolest features of Photoshop CC is the ability to import an existing STL file and “color it in” using the features. Steve from SketchBot has designed this awesome ShapeMan for you to download and color in under a Creative Commons license.

What do you think he should look like? Use the 30-day free trial to show us.

Head to Steve’s shop and download one of the five ShapeMan designs to show off your skills. Upload the file to Photoshop, color it in, then upload to Shapeways and enter the contest with the tag #3DPS.

*For each contest, one winner will be selected and win a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud from Adobe AND a 3D print of their design. Your entry will also be 3D printed and displayed at the 3D Printshow in NYC for the world to see. The Ultimate Design winner will be displayed at the very prestigious Art Gallery of the Printshow.

Deadline for both contests is 11:59pm EST on February 2, 2014. Show us what you’ve got.


Contest Criteria

Ultimate Design must be printable and MUST meet White Strong & Flexible design guidelines

3D Coloring Award must be printable and MUST meet Full Color Sandstone design guidelines

Design must be uploaded to Shapeways by 11:59pm EST Sunday 2nd February, 2014

Design must be public with the tag “3DPS”

Design must be original and you own all copyright and IP 

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Maximum of ten entries per person. By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
  • No cash or other alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Shapeways or Adobe employees or their families.
  • The promoters decision is final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • All entries will be documented by Shapeways and may be used for promotional purposes in their digital or physical form.
  • Winners retain all IP as per Shapeways standard terms and conditions. Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • The winner will be contacted by Tuesday 4th February, 2014
  • Promoter: Shapeways, 419 Park Avenue South, #900, New York, NY, USA, 10016. 


  1. Mike Shaw

    Having problems with the PS model:
    Dragging to PS icon on Mac fails to open due to unknow developer, have to use file open.
    After painting on model there is no way to get it out of PS. Print appears disabled for the model, so I cannot export stl fro 3D printing. Export 3d Layer as STL dropps the Diffuse texture so no paint is on the exported model.


    1. Duann

      Oh no, There is a 3D print option in the 3D drop down menu, it should export the zipped VRML from there.

    2. Mike Shaw

      Printing just gives a blob shape. Does the model have printing restricted in some manner?
      See for what is printed.

    3. Mike Shaw

      OK, it appears that the file opened with the model being really tiny ( 2.78 x 3 x 1 mm), after scaling to a larger size I was able to print a non-blob version. (

      Any guidance to model size that you are expecting?

  2. Genghis

    Very exciting contest ! I am participating.

    However I have two questions :

    – For the Ultimate design, can we use an assembly of differents Strong&Flexibe finishes ( I mean colors), or just the WSF Material ?

    – For the 3D Coloring Award, is it allowed to participate with *any* Full Color Sandstone printable design, provided that it is painted with Photoshop CC ?

    Thanks !

  3. Francois Veraart

    I uploaded a illustration with the tag #3DPS for the contest. I received a mail that’s it’s still in my shopping cart and I have to pay for it.
    Is this correct or do I have to upload it somewhere else special for this contest?
    Please let me know,

  4. Jake

    What’s the time scale to let people know if their work was selected for the show, will one receive an email notification, if selected?

  5. natalia

    We’re reviewing all the submissions today and should pick some winners by the end of the week!

    Thank you for all your entries!


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