Sophie’s Progress – Watch Project

Sophies Progress

My first project at Lightmap was to download a 3D watch model and texture, light and render within Maya and Arnold. Although the model was good, it was not smooth or detailed as required, so I re-modelled a large part of the watch to increase the detail required for a high quality render and optimised the remaining elements, tweaking and altering to achieve a smooth and detailed outcome.

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HDR Light Studio – Connections Chart

HDR Light Studio can work with a wide range of leading 3D software. We have made this chart to easily see the connection features that are supported by each connection.

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Click here to open a PDF version that also includes full descriptions of all 6 features.

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If you install a new version of HDR Light Studio or a Connection, you may see this message when you next start HDR Light Studio.

Requested version not supported (-6) HDRLightStudio. This is most likely due to your subscription/maintenance expiring.

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Jagged Edges

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Here are some tips to help you fix jagged edges on lights when using HDR Light Studio

STEP 1 – Do a Production Render

When using HDR Light Studio connected live with your 3D software, a lower resolution and non sub-sampled HDRI map is shared. The default resolution of this HDRI map is just 646 pixels wide. Even at this low resolution, this is more than enough to provide a really good impression of the lighting/reflections, it’s calcualted fast and updates fast in your 3D software. (You can change the resolution of this live image (proxy) using Edit > Preferences, and changing the Proxy Map size to a higher resolution)

If there is a procedural light with a hard edge seen at this lower quality and lower resolution, this can result in jagged edges especially if the light is seen in a smooth flat reflection, or see in the background. Continue reading

Felipe Mirez – “As an artist, be open minded”

We spoke with Felipe Mirez, Visual Director at Falcon Northwest in Medford, Oregon about his experience of working across different industries, challenges he’s faced as a CG artist and how HDR Light Studio plays a key part in his workflow.

Congratulations to Felipe and his team for being awarded ‘Best Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable – Use of Animation’. 

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Lightmap: What sparked your interest in animation and becoming a Multimedia Animation Artist?

Felipe: Long ago as a kid, I was watching Star Wars for the first time. I was awe-stuck looking by the animation and this is where it all began. I started pursuing stop-motion and 2D animations as a hobby and I just couldn’t stop loving it. Fortunately, the new world of CGI started to flourish in the early 90’s and I was fortunate to witness and experience the trend. Continue reading

V-Ray and HDR Light Studio

HDR Light Studio let’s you paint your V-Ray scenes directly with light.
It’s fast, precise and improves image quality!

HDR Light Studio supports V-Ray and plugs into 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO  and Rhino. As you light your 3D scene in HDR Light Studio, the plugin updates V-Ray RT in real-time. Welcome to interactive image based lighting!

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3D TALK – Episode 3 – Brendan McCaffrey

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Welcome to the third episode of 3D TALK.

We got in contact with Brendan to chat about his huge new project ‘The Complete Bike Owner’s Manual’ – where he created over 600 illustrations using 3ds Max, V-Ray and HDR Light Studio. We also cover his use of Modo as his favourite modelling tool and using Quixel and Substance for texturing. Plus there is a bonus section where we move onto the business side of being a 3D artist, where Brendan shares a wealth of his own experiences when thinking about how to charge for your work.

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Press the ‘Play’ button below to listen, (You can also search for 3D Talk on iTunes)

Here are some more stunning images from ‘The Complete Bike Owners Manual.

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Create-Visions: Amazing Scientific and Medical Visuals

Create-Visions work with exceptional 3D artists and science professionals with decades of experience to produce illustrations and animations of the tiny world inside us. They are passionate about scientific visualisation and medical animation, using Cinema 4D and Octane Render inconjunction with HDR Light Studio for lighting.

“I use HDR Light Studio daily for my work. The big advantage is that it saves times when it comes to lighting the scenes. The awesome part is that I adapt extremely simply existing HDRI maps and enhance them with other light sources. I feel far more creatively free”.
Andreas Fülscher – Create-Visions

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