Category Archives: 3ds Max

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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3ds Max Artists – Electric Art

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

Prius

Prius

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

 

 

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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

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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!

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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: www.bmcaff.com

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

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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.

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Guillaume Gaillard – Citroën DS3

Here’s a great project lit with HDR Light Studio and kindly shared with us by Guillaume Gaillard of ‘GHiOM‘.
It was created with 3ds Max and rendered in V-Ray.

Thanks dude! It’s a great project and good job on the lighting.

Client : Citroën
Agence : Fullsix
Date : 2012
3D model : GHiOM Guillaume Gaillard
3D Animation : GHiOM Guillaume Gaillard
3D Lightning : GHiOM Guillaume Gaillard
3D Rendering : GHiOM Guillaume Gaillard
Compositing / Particular / Color correction / opticalFlare : GHiOM Guillaume Gaillard

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HDR Light Studio Live arrives for 3ds Max

Real-time image based lighting for the market leading visualization solution. The new HDR Light Studio 4 Live connection for Autodesk 3ds Max with Chaos Group V-Ray launches today.

The new HDR Light Studio 4 Live connection for Autodesk 3ds Max with Chaos Group V-Ray launches today. Artists can now light their scenes with real-time feedback using V-Ray RT as the ActiveShade renderer and HDR Light Studio’s innovative interactive HDR canvas. Sophisticated lighting environments can be created in moments to perfectly light and reflect in your shot. It’s an amazing new approach to light V-Ray scenes, seeing the lighting interact with your materials in your final shot.

Mark Segasby, Lightmap CEO, says “We are very pleased to launch this highly anticipated Live connection for our 3ds Max customers. The first renderer to benefit is V-Ray. Many customers have been waiting for this exciting update. The V-Ray dome light provides amazing results from HDRI maps, it’s a perfect match for our real-time image based lighting tool”

This latest Live connection is a free update for existing HDR Light Studio 4 customers who already benefit from the wide range of connectivity including an Autodesk Maya connection which also supports V-Ray.

Rusko Ruskov, 3D Artist and Master V-Ray Trainer at Chaos Group commented “I’ve always considered HDR Light Studio to be a very powerful tool when creating studio light setups. The new version has added even more ease of use and features. Lightmap and Chaos Group teams have worked to make our new editions integrate seamlessly resulting in a streamlined, fast workflow allowing greater creativity and freedom for experimentation. With the ability of V-Ray RT to display changes made to the light setup in HDR Light Studio and the latter being able to reflect back any change made to geometries or materials, you no longer have time consuming test renders and tedious tweaks. HDR Light Studio now works great together with V-Ray RT in 3ds Max and Maya, thus helping you preview scenes whilst creating custom HDRIs. I strongly recommended this must have tool.”

Brett Simms, Founder, Heavy Artillery added “The new HDR Light Studio Live connection to 3ds Max with V-Ray is an unbelievable time saver for me. Being able to create image based lighting on the fly with instant feedback in V-Ray RT is amazing. My lighting process is now significantly faster and with all the lighting coming from IBL, the renders are often much faster too. If you haven’t tried it, you should!”

Pricing and Availability
Lightmap HDR Light Studio 4.1 including the new Autodesk 3ds Max and V-Ray connection is available immediately for £299 / $499 / €399 through the online Lightmap store or through any Lightmap Authorized Reseller. HDR Light Studio 4.1 is a free update to existing HDR Light Studio 4 customers – download the new version today from your Lightmap store account.

For more information visit the 3ds Max workflow page on the HDR Light Studio web site

About HDR Light Studio
Launched in 2009, HDR Light Studio has become the de facto standard for interactive creation and control of image based lighting for computer graphics. The software provides a fast and efficient way to light a 3D scene with photo-real results, while fitting into all major 3D rendering pipelines on the market. It is used worldwide by 3D artists lighting CGI shots of cars, jewelry and all other rendered models and in animated TV commercials and movie VFX. HDR Light Studio creates a single HDRI map containing the entire lighting for a scene providing total realism with illumination and reflections working in harmony. This innovative, patents pending, approach to lighting has allowed manufacturing, visualization and entertainment companies to bring their creations to life with photo-real perfection.

About Lightmap
Lightmap Limited is a leader in photo realistic lighting design tools for CGI and VFX professionals. Lightmap software enables artists and designers to create perfection and control reality when lighting their vision.

HDR Light Studio is a trademark of Lightmap Limited. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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