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Real-time HDR lighting tools for 3ds Max – HDRI map authoring and HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Studio connected to 3ds Max

"If you want to get into higher level with your renderings and decrease the time spent on the lighting set-ups, HDR Light Studio is definitely THE SOLUTION!"

Piotr Kosinski

3D Artist

How does HDR Light Studio lighting work with 3ds Max?

HDR Light Studio tethered to 3ds Max

The model has materials assigned, the camera view is setup, you are now ready to light…

Start HDR Light Studio from the 3ds Max plug-in
Press Play and the 3ds Max interactive render shows in HDR Light Studio
Paint your shot with lights in HDR Light Studio (Lights are automatically created in 3ds Max as you light)
Finish - HDR Light Studio generates high-res HDRI images for your lights
The completed 3ds Max scene is now ready for rendering

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3ds Max Lighting Plugin Features

Here you can see the key features of the live-link between HDR Light Studio and 3ds Max

HDR Light Studio plugin for 3ds Max

Live link with HDR Light Studio

Paint Lights in 3ds Max

Paint Light Positions

Make HDRI Maps in 3ds Max

Live HDRI Creation

Edit HDRI Maps in 3ds Max

Live HDRI Editing

HDR Area Lights in 3ds Max

Live 3D HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Sources for 3ds Max

Library of HDR Light Captures

Manage HDRI maps in 3ds Max

Manage HDRIs / Save Light Rigs

HDR Light Studio project stored in 3ds Max

Live Project Sync

Find out more about HDR Light Studio lighting features - visit the main Features web page

3ds Max Customer Stories

Vincent Salasombath using HDR Light Studio

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Toby Lee using HDR Light Studio

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3ds Max Gallery

Made with 3ds Max and HDR Light Studio

See more images lit with HDR Light Studio at our gallery.

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3ds Max Lighting Tutorial

Workflow for using the 3ds Max Connection with V-Ray, Corona, Redshift, Arnold.

Compatibility (Our Latest Connection Build: 2021.0914)

3ds Max 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Renderers: V-Ray (including V-Ray 5), Corona, Redshift, Arnold, Octane, Maxwell, FStorm, Art


Software delivery via internet download
Internet connection required for license activation
HDR Light Studio software requires approx. 200MB disc space
Preset light content requires approx. 8GB disc space
CPU based, no special graphics card required

What to Buy?

This 3ds Max plug-in connection is included with HDR Light Studio Indie, Pro and Automotive

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