Maxon releases Cineware for Illustrator plug-in
October 10, 2017

Maxon releases Cineware for Illustrator plug-in

FRIEDRICHSDORF, GERMANY — Maxon ( has released Cineware for Illustrator, a new plug-in that allows artists and designers to add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC. Cineware for Illustrator uses the same powerful 3D engine as Cinema 4D, Maxon’s professional 3D application. Users can import any C4D file, and tweak the view, lighting and textures to integrate 3D elements with 2D designs or use 3D elements as templates when creating vector artwork in Illustrator CC. This enables designers to visualize product labels, incorporate rich 3D content into Illustrator compositions, or even arrange 3D elements as guides for form and perspective when creating vector artwork. 

Maxon has partnered with TurboSquid, an online source for 3D models, to provide Cineware for Illustrator users a “jump start” into the third dimension with a collection of ready-to-use 3D models, including common product packaging and other 3D objects. Users of Cinema 4D can create and share their own custom 3D content for use in Illustrator CC. 

Motion designers have enjoyed similar integration of Cinema 4D technology within Adobe After Effects CC since the introduction of the Cineware bridge in 2013. Cineware for Illustrator offers designers the ability to adjust object visibility, textures and lighting all from within Adobe Illustrator. 

“Cinema 4D has long offered a fantastic, easy-to-learn toolset for product visualization and graphic design,” says Harald Egel, managing partner at Maxon Computer GmbH. “With Cineware for Illustrator we’re making both the Cinema 4D toolset and 3D in general more accessible to designers, and plan to develop this workflow even further in the future.”