Why can’t I find 3D Tools in Photoshop CS6?

Ankur Kansagara December 8, 2012

I installed Photoshop CS6 64-bit on my laptop with Windows 7, but 3D Tools aren’t displayed in Photoshop, and I’m not sure why?

  1. Ahmed Musani
    December 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    3d tools are only available in the extended version. you have to purchase it for that.

    • raza
      April 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      i never buy any software in my life

    • Randy
      April 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      I'm having a similar problem. My 3D menu item isn't showing up. It WAS there and now it's not. I've made 3D files before and now it's not there. Any ideas?

  2. Tim Brookes
    December 12, 2012 at 12:09 am

    In the main toolbar at the top of the page (File, Edit, View etc...) there should be a drop-down that says 3D. If you have Photoshop CS6 Extended then you will see this option, if you don't see this option then you have the wrong version of Photoshop.

    That's it, simple - there are no other versions.

    • Jen
      June 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I have Photoshop Essentials. While running XP Pro with SP3, I had the 3D menu and was able to use it prior to the latest update of Adobe eLearning Suite, which included and update for Photoshop CS6 Essentials. After the update, the 3D menu was no longer there.

      While your suggestion is in fact simple, I do not feel it's complete and therefore not accurate. I found one possible solution from the staff at Adobe, which provides an option to try.

      In my case, my system did not receive the proper signal after updating and my license needed to be reactivated. For some reason, it only provided a Standard view, although I do in fact have essentials.

  3. Junil Maharjan
    December 9, 2012 at 5:30 am

    get cs6 extended version for 3d tools.

  4. James Hudson
    December 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    does you computer's graphic card support the 3ds tools?

  5. Rohit Pandey
    December 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm
  6. Âdil Farôôq
    December 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

    3D tool is in Photoshop extended you need to install that

  7. Anonymous
    December 8, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I'm not sure, but you should have a drop-down menu on your upper right corner. It should be labeled Essentials or Basic or something. You should change it to 3D mode. I'm not sure what it's called, I still have CS4. Hope this helps.

  8. Sashi Peiris
    December 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Photoshop does not have 3D tools only Photoshop Extended

  9. ha14
    December 8, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Extended software delivers even more imaging magic, plus the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine for blazingly fast performance. Retouch with greater precision, and intuitively create 3D graphics, 2D designs, and movies using new and reimagined tools and workflows.*

    Photoshop CS6 3D Tutorial

  10. Jan Fritsch
    December 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I haven't looked into CS6 yet but I believe you need Photoshop CS6 Extended to get the 3D tools.

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