Adobe Dimension is a tool that lets designers and creatives of all shapes and sizes create photorealistic 3D visualizations. You can build product shots and abstract art, but, for Michael’s purpose, he used the tool to bring the objects he built in Illustrator and Photoshop to life in 3D, effectively visualizing the scene of the play he had in his head.
“Being able to visualize the relationship between flats on the stage and view it from any angle helped tremendously in the various iterations of the design,” said Michael.
Instead of taking a trial-and-error approach by going straight into the physical space of the school’s stage and experimenting with objects there, Michael used Dimension to reduce his margin of error by letting him see what kind of stage layout worked and what didn’t, right on his computer. As a result, he was able to easily modify his designs to accommodate the physical constraints of the stage and other factors.
“In the 3D versions, two of the tables were removed, but the platform and other panels remained. As I tried different approaches, I also added some type to the top of the arch and introduced some of the off-kilter appearance from my original sketch,” he added.
Without Dimension, Michael would have to visualize these layouts and changes from rough sketches only. It would make it very difficult to translate his ideas to the real physical space with a semblance of accuracy, and he’d have to construct set pieces without ever knowing how they’d work in the actual set.
The final design takes shape
After a few more adjustments to take into account the stage’s measurements and the overall cost of materials, Michael decided to eliminate the tables altogether and stick with just the central arch and two side pieces.