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About Lightmap

Lightmap are the developers of HDR Light Studio - a dedicated lighting application for 3D artists. HDR Light Studio enables artists to light their shots faster and with more creative control than traditional tools. The dedicated lighting interface speeds up the lighting process with drag and drop simplicity - but with precise lighting controls.

Tutorial: Mixing the Maps

In this tutorial we will use HDR Light Studio 5 to combine two HDRI maps, using the floor area of one, and the sky area of another, mixing them with a soft blend at the horizon. We will then add a gradient across the whole map acting as a color filter.

1. Delete the Default Gradient Background light

2. Create a Picture Background and load a HDRI map

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3ds Max Artists: Ars Thanea

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Ars Thanea is an Advertising Agency and Creative Production Studio based in Warsaw, Poland. They constantly deliver award-winning works for international and local brands, with a reputation for a bold approach with a huge love of polishing every detail. The company emphasise that every success they earn, they owe to the most professional people on board and the highest quality tools used on a daily basis.

Ars Thanea have been HDR Light Studio users since version 1.5. We caught up with them recently to find out how HDR Light Studio 5 was helping their lighting workflow.

“HDR Light Studio is definitely great software. The most important thing while using it is the huge improvement on efficiency for the whole Ars Thanea team. We can speed up production processes still keeping the highest standards of quality in our projects, which is priority number one for us.”
Marcin Molski – Business Unit Director

Piotr Nowacki

Peter Nowacki, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.pnowacki.com

“HDR Light Studio is a perfect tool for product renders. I like it both with lighting up various materials, my favourite one is metal, and for creating the light for the main scene. While working on one of the recent projects, HBO Oscar Night, I used HDR Light Studio to get rid the reflection from the statue edges and to create the overall scene mood. I love this possibility of adding all the little lights – it allows me to present every single detail and show the product in a full glory. I also do appreciate that the software works very fast and has a enormous impact on my workflow.”

HBO The Oscar Night - HDR Light Studio

HBO The Oscar Night


 

Anna Mierzejewska

Anna Mierzejewska, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.anagraphics.pl

“I like to use HDR Light Studio in projects that combine a photo shoot with 3D CGI. It’s so great that I am able to recreate and match the whole lighting set up so easily with HDR Light Studio. Most of all I love that, despite the simplicity of user interface, there is a huge variety of individual, realistic lighting. One of my favourite features is the Light Paint option, which lets you add highlights easily, right where you want them to be.”

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Pawel Szklarski

Pawel Szklarski, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea – www.pawelszklarski.pl

“I have worked in the CGI industry over 10 years. I may say now, that over that time the automotive field became my hobby horse, which you can clearly see through my portfolio. They know this very well in Ars Thanea, and I’m consequently assigned to such projects. I’m responsible for lighting, shading and the rendering stages, so HDR Light Studio is like my second hand. The software is just irreplaceable in lighting-up the models in the scene, but I also use it to create the HDRI reflection maps of every part of the vehicle model – such as body, wheels, headlights, etc. Then I put the main HDRI maps to the “reflection” feature in the Light Dome, which makes combining the extra reflections much easier in the compositing process.”

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Many thanks to the whole team at Ars Thanea for being awesome HDR Light Studio users, producing amazing work and spending time working with us on this feature. To see more amazing imagery from Ars Thanea – visit their web site at: www.arsthanea.com

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Polishing Automotive Imagery

In few minutes, HDR Light Studio can make a real difference to the final image. See how Spellwork Pictures enhanced this shot using HDR Light Studio, to add more lighting to enhance the appearance of the car. A polished final result, rendered in V-Ray for 3ds Max.

Thanks to spellwork.de and moofe.com

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Automotive CGI Studio Lighting Demo

Automotive Studio Lighting Demo

Maciek Ptaszynski has produced this fantastic ‘Automotive Studio Lighting’ Demonstration Video using HDR Light Studio 5, standalone. The final result above looks gorgeous.

Watch the video below to see Maciek light this shot from scratch, building up the lighting one light at a time in HDR Light Studio. The final shot is rendered in Maxwell Render.

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International CGI Workshop 2015

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Lightmap Ltd are looking forward to exhibiting at the ‘International CGI Workshop 2015‘ event in Hamburg, on the 17th and 18th of June.

We are excited to meet with many existing customers and partners at this event, and to create new ones. The speaker line up is fantastic and also includes many users of our software.

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The venue is a photographic studio in the heart of Hamburg. A fitting location for an event focused on those using digital technology to produce the finest photo real imagery for advertising and marketing.

Of course we will be demonstrating HDR Light Studio 5 and will be able to preview some improvements coming in version 5.2 also. We hope to see you there!

Find out more and book tickets here: International CGI Workshop 2015

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Just some of the exhibitors at this years event.

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MODO 901 Connection Released

MODO 901 Connection Released

We are pleased to announce that the MODO 901 Connection has been released and added to our downloads page. Customers can now use HDR Light Studio 5.1 in a connection with MODO 901. For more details about the MODO connection please visit our MODO connection page for this plug-in.

In addition to this, the MODO Connections for 701 and 801 have also been updated to provide significant performance improvements with live updates. Please update to HDR Light Studio 5.1 in order to use these new connections.

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Autodesk 3DS Max 2016 Connection Released

3ds Max 2016 Connection

We are pleased to announce that the 3ds Max 2016 Connection has been released and added to our downloads page. Customers can now use HDR Light Studio 5 in a connection with 3ds Max 2016. For more details about the 3ds Max connection please visit our web page for this plug-in.

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HDR Light Studio 5 comes to FMX 2015

FMX 2015

FMX – May 5th – 8th 2015

Lightmap will be exhibiting at FMX 2015, come and find us in the market place to get hands on with the latest release of HDR Light Studio. Our team will be delighted to see you!

The venue for FMX 2015 is Haus der Wirtschaft | Willi-Bleicher-Straße 19 | 70174 Stuttgart | Germany.

For more information about the event visit: www.fmx.de

 

 

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3ds Max Artist: PK3D Studio

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PK3D Studio has produced a stunning range of CGI images for the upcoming camera for iPhone – Relonch Camera.

The images were created with 3ds Max, V-Ray and HDR Light Studio. Every shot was lit using HDR Light Studio and the quality of the work is simply stunning. Piotr says “Without HDR Light Studio, lighting these shots would have taken much longer. It was so easy to adjust the lights appearance with the real-time feedback in HDR Light Studio’s render view”.

Her are some examples of the lighting for these shots. It doesn’t look pretty as an image, but it’s how those lights interact with the 3D model and materials that’s important. Each light has been placed using the LightPaint feature, clicking directly on the 3D model in the render view to put the light where it’s needed on the HDRI map.

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Here’s some more lovely CGI shots from this project! They are not photographs… honestly.
Thanks so much for sharing Piotr!

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Transforming the lighting process in Cinema 4D

HDR Light Studio is changing the way 3D artists light their shots in Cinema 4D.

Michel Manfredi

Here are a range of shots and details from Michel Manfredi, a new user of HDR Light Studio. He is delighted with his new lighting workflow and the results he is getting using HDR Light Studio with Maxwell Render for Cinema 4D. It’s amazing to see how lighting has brought these shots and the materials to life.

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Look at the lovely details in those reflections. Plus the metallic sparkles zing from the HDRI reflections.

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In the case of this lipstick shot, the lighting is really simple, but perfect. HDR Light Studio allowed Michel to get the lights in the right place and control the appearance of the reflections with ease. The final results render fast using a single HDRI map for all lighting and reflections. We love the sub-surface catering on the top of the lipstick too.

Michel Manfredi - Lipstick

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