LightWave 3D Connection

HDR Light Studio provides a fast and precise way to light a 3D model. The lighting design is saved as a high dynamic range, high resolution environment map. If you purchase the connection, you can see the lighting evolve in your LightWave 3D final render windows as you shape the lighting in HDR Light Studio.

Connection Features

Shared Map

HDR Light Studio's environment map (canvas) is shared with the environment map of the supported renderers in LightWave 3D. During the lighting process a lower resolution map is used for interactive speed. For the final production rendering in LightWave 3D - a full resolution, high dynamic range image is generated and passed through the connection.

Click to Light

Purchasing a connection allows artists to click on the model within LightWave 3D viewports to position lights on the map.

Render Support

Supported renderers are LightWave 3D, Octane and Arnold.

Embedded Projects

The HDR Light Studio lighting project is embedded within the LightWave 3D scene file. So the scene lighting can be reloaded and edited in the future.

LightWave 3D and HDR Light Studio in action

Made with LightWave3D and HDR Light Studio

What do LightWave3D artists think?

The combination of LightWave’s VPR real-time renderer with HDR Light Studio’s live link and Light Paint makes it ridiculously easy to get the shot precisely as you want it. It’s quick to set up, and the integration is pretty much seamless. HDR Light Studio is easy to use and annoyingly addictive. CG is hard enough as it is, so be thankful there’s one less thing for you to worry about.

Steve Jarratt
Journalist and CG Artist

HDR Light Studio unlocks the power of LightWave's VPR renderer by putting speed and certainty into my lighting. It allows me to concentrate on the image as the camera sees it, without needing to step away and move lights or reflectors about the scene. I've found customizing scene specific HDR environments addictive and it has actually improved my lighting skills and ideas on lighting.

Pretty quickly, step by step, light by light I can create the exact mood I want or experiment freely in any directions. Yet I've barely touched on the possibilities that HDR Light Studio offers, and the integration into LightWave is seamless, the learning curve is virtually invisible.

Designer and Animator


LightWave 3D versions 2015, 11.6, 11.5

Renderers: LightWave 3D, Octane v2 and Arnold


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