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Innovative computer graphics lighting tool adds revolutionary new Area Lights feature.
1st March 2016 – Today, Lightmap announced the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to its feature set, allowing users to interactively create and control both HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use that has made HDR Light Studio a favourite lighting tool with professional 3D artists world-wide.
The ‘Maya’ Connection is the first to take advantage of the new Area Lights feature, supporting all leading renderers: MentalRay, V-Ray, Maxwell, Arnold, Octane, Redshift, RenderMan and Iray for Maya.
3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Modo and Nuke/Octane Connections will be updated soon to support the new area lights feature.
“We are very excited about the HDR Light Studio 5.3 release. The ability to control both the environment map and area lights using one unified lighting workflow is a totally unique approach and a significant evolution of our software. In fact it’s the biggest update we have ever made” says Mark Segasby, Lightmap CEO. “Our customers love how fast they can block out lighting and adjust it using HDR Light Studio’s interactive HDRI map, and how fast this renders. By adding the ability to promote a light from the HDRI map into 3D, users can use all of HDR Light Studio’s controls and content to light details on their models too.”
Left: Area Lights in the Maya scene Right: Area Lights lighting effect
Left: Just the HDRI map lighting Right: Area Lights and HDRI map lighting together
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.
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.