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Photoshop is getting better 3D tools and soon there could be a printer that turns Photoshop textures into actual textured pages. During the Consumer Electronics Show, Casio unveiled the Mofrel, a 2.5D printer that uses heat from near-infrared light to spit out pages that both look and feel like leather, wood, stitched fabric — or whatever other texture you can dream up. Mofrel uses light sculpting and special paper to re-create textures on paper. The paper is covered in a special micro-powder that is designed to expand when heated. The printer applies the “ink” and then applies near-infrared light, which generates the heat to activate the “ink” and generate the right bumps in the right places. Full story

12 January