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3ds Max Artists: Ars Thanea

Ars Thanea Logo


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 –

“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 –

“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.”

DUPont Detail

DU Pont Ad


Pawel Szklarski

Pawel Szklarski, 3D Artist, Ars Thanea –

“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.”




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:

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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.

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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.


3ds Max Artists – Electric Art

An interview with Bruce Bigelow, Creative Director and HDR Light Studio user



First of all what do Electric Art do, and what’s your job there?
Electric Art are a high end creative image house working out of Sydney, Australia. We create mostly still images for advertising using retouching and 3D, but we’re doing an increasing amount of animation work ranging from online to TV. My main job is that of Creative Director so I basically oversee all works going out of Electric Art. I also head up the 3D department. I tend to get fairly involved in the pre-production process, estimating jobs etc.

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3ds Max Artist: PK3D Studio

Relonch In Hand 1


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.

Relonch Screen Grab 2

Relonch Screen Grab 3

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

Relonch Front DetailRelonch In hand 2Relonch Rear 1Relonch Corner Detail 1Relonch Rear




Anton Bessonov – Stunning 3ds Max Shots

Anton Bessonov - HDR Light Studio
3ds Max / iRay / HDR Light Studio

We were delighted to be sent this amazing work by HDR Light Studio user Anton Bessonov. He says ” I love HDR Light Studio, because I do not know how I used to live without it! It greatly simplifies the lives of those who are engaged in rendering.”

Thanks for the beautiful imagery and kind words!

Anton Bessonov - HDR Light Studio
3ds Max / iRay / HDR Light Studio

Anton Bessonov - HDR Light Studio
3ds Max / Corona Render / HDR Light Studio

Anton Bessonov - HDR Light Studio
3ds Max / iRay / HDR Light Studio


Jomar Machado lights up prestigious calendar with HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max

Jomar Machado has produced this stunning image for Shell’s 2014 Calendar. He created the shot using 3ds Max and Mental Ray to render the truck, car and motorbike. The vehicles were lit entirely with HDR Light Studio, used to enhanced an existing HDRI map to perfectly shape the lighting and reflections for a more dynamic final image with an illustrative style.

Jomar 3ds Max render

Jomar used the new HDR Light Studio live connection with 3ds Max to push his 3ds Max scene into HDR Light Studio, where the LiveLight preview window was used to position additional lights onto the HDRI map using the ‘point and click’ light placement tool – LightPaint. Jomar could easily and artistically place highlights and reflections to really sell the 3D form of his model and create the perfect lighting rig. Because the shot was lit entirely with a single HDRI map, then 3ds Max was able to render the final image too!

Here you can see some screen shots of the model loaded into HDR Light Studio’s LiveLight window.

Jomar - HDR Light Studio and 3ds Max

…. and here’s the final shot comped together in Photoshop.

Jomar - final shot lit with HDR Light Studio

A big thanks to Jomar Machado for sharing this work with Lightmap. To see more of his work using 3ds Max and Mental Ray, please do visit his blog or gallery.

Additional image credits: Art Director – Victor de Castro, Creative – Raul Fernandes

If you are impressed with this new way to light your scene and enhance HDRI maps in 3ds Max – check out the HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max web page for more details and example images.

Happy lighting!


PK3D Studio – Studio Lighting with V-Ray for 3ds Max

The best part of developing creative software is when our customers share their artwork with us. Some images are a cut above the rest and take the quality bar to a higher level, and this is one of those cases. These images by PK3D Studio are absolutely stunning and show how computer generated imagery can truly be a replacement for photography.

PK3D Studio has been using HDR Light Studio with V-Ray for 3ds Max since version 1. It has become the main lighting tool for Piotr’s work in V-Ray. He only reaches for V-Ray 3D light sources once he has the main lighting accomplished using HDR Light Studio.

Here are some words from Piotr about the project:

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Brendan McCaffrey – HDRI Lighting in ‘V-Ray for 3ds Max’

We are so pleased that Brendan McCaffrey shared some of his latest work with us, lit with HDRI maps created with HDR Light Studio, and rendered in V-Ray for 3ds Max. These images are stunning!

Brendan said “I have been using HDR Light Studio for the last couple of years and it’s my constant companion. I recently completed a large product packaging project and used HDR Light Studio throughout.  The headphone images are a sample of the 200+ images and animations I created and not a single 3D light was used! Models were all CAD data from the manufacturer apart from the soft parts that I modelled.  All images were rendered at about 10k-18k pixels”

Here are just some of the images lit with HDRI maps in V-Ray for 3ds Max that he shared, you can see more of his stunning work at:

If you have been inspired by Brendan’s shots, why not check out HDR Light Studio’s live connection with 3ds Max here.

V-Ray HDRI Render

Gratitude Headphones

V-Ray HDRI map lighting

Immersion – Headphones

V-Ray for 3ds Max lighting

Inspiration Headphones



New HDR Light Studio – 3ds Max Live Connection

3ds Max and HDR Light Studio 4

The HDR Light Studio Live Connection for 3ds Max has had a significant upgrade and is available for download today.

The first release supported a live workflow with V-Ray only. Now 3ds Max users can enjoy a real-time HDR Light Studio workflow with: MentalRay, iRay, V-Ray, Maxwell Render, Octane Render and Thea Render. The plug-in also supports 3ds Max / 3ds Max Design –  2013 and 2014 releases.

In addition, the new plug-in has also been unified into a single panel for Live controls and Scene Sync to LiveLight. Plus the installation has been simplified into a single installer exe file.

To find out more, check out the 3ds Max page on our web site

The updated 3ds Max Live connection requires HDR Light Studio 4.2 (also released today).
The new plug-in a free update to all version 4 customers and is included with HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete.