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

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?

It’s exciting to see HDR Light Studio go to market with its new Live Connection plug-in for LightWave - the first designed to directly support LightWave’s VPR. By offering an interactive, real-time lighting tool that takes advantage of the power of the VPR in LightWave, artists are free to easily explore different image-based lighting scenarios.

Rob Powers
President, LightWave3D Group

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


LightWave 3D Connection Help Pages

Installation Guide
LightWave 3D Connection User Guide

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