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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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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

Npulse

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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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More than cars and product shots! So cool!

One of the most amazing things about working at Lightmap is seeing the images our customers send us… we are often impressed and sometimes surprised. We were very pleased when Piotr at Ars Thanea (www.arsthanea.com) shared these images with us. Piotr has now adopted HDR Light Studio as his main lighting tool when working in 3DS Max. He creates the overall lighting as a HDRI using HDR Light Studio…sometimes adding light to an existing HDRI… and then adds maybe one CG directional light mainly for controlling more distinct shadows. Continue reading

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