The latest iC3D version 5.5 introduces major new features visualised through real-time ray tracing

Posted in News on September 17th, 2018
The latest iC3D version 5.5 introduces major new features visualised through real-time ray tracing

Our partner Creative Edge Software, announced the latest major version launch of it’s award winning all-in-one packaging design software iC3D. Version 5.5 includes additional carton folding capabilities, as well as new ray traced materials and editing features powered by the recently announced iC3D real-time ray tracing.

Nick Gilmore, said: these latest resources in iC3D v5.5 can potentially make the life of the designer infinitely easier, gone are the days of endlessly retouching packaging images to create a more sophisticated look or make it seem more appealing. Now designers can try different effects in an instant.

With the materials too, shiny effects were notoriously difficult to reproduce, especially when using OpenGL for visuals as many competitor systems do – they simply aren’t capable of the photorealism necessary. Since developing the iC3DReal-Time Ray Tracer, these effects are not only easy but with v5.5 they’re instantaneous too” – CEO of creative edge software.

Developers at Creative Edge Software have applied real-time tracing to create new capabilities in iC3D v5.5. See a summary of the new features below:

the new Interactive lighting editor feature provides the user with a virtual photo studio set-up with the ability to visualise different lighting effects in real-time.


Introduces changes to lighting intensity, positioning, highlights, shadows & reflections can be viewed instantly.

It allows designers to visualise their ideas and scenes, which enables brand managers to interact with the design development in real-time, without the need for image-retouching.


Ray traced materials library:

draws on the high resolution light effects of raytracing for photo realistic visualisation. The new range of metallic, liquid, plastic, and glass materials utilise iC3D’s instant rendering capability to accurately reflect light in providing photorealistic representation in packaging design.


Curved carton folding:

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useful for premium packaging applications, this enables designers to add and visualise curved fold lines and faces to carton dielines.

Bridge carton folding:

for accurate visualisation of tri-folding structures, for example in milk or juice carton work

Selective Color Controls:

allows hue, saturation, brightness and contrast to be edited on rendered images and individual labels separately

Opsis Hi-Resolution Cloud Sharing

providing improved resolution, quality and zoom features for 3D visualisations shared via the Cloud

iC3D Real-Time Ray Tracing works on any off-the-shelf Mac or PC in conjunction with recommended graphics cards, or on older computers using commonly available external graphics cards (eGPU) to extend graphics capability. Using iC3D Real-Time Ray Tracer technology, high-resolution design renders can be delivered at unprecedented speeds. For example, a high-quality 1024 sample ray-traced image, 6000 x3500 pixels in size, which would previously have taken 3-4 hours to render, can now be achieved to photorealistic quality in 1 minute, 49 seconds using an off-the-shelf PC with Nvidia 1080 Ti graphics card.