HDR Light Studio for Blender

Professional 3D Lighting Tools and HDR Lighting Content for Blender

Do you find the lighting process too slow and tedious?
Do you find it hard to get the lighting right?

Our new Blender ‘Add-on’ connects HDR Light Studio to Blender, adding powerful 3D lighting tools and HDR content. Now you can light your shots easily, quickly and creatively - producing perfectly lit professional renders with the realism of photographs

try now for free

Watch the Blender Connection Launch Video

What is HDR Light Studio?

This video explains the concepts behind HDR Light Studio's unique approach to 3D lighting.

Enjoy a new way to light in Blender


Key Features

HDR Light Studio add-on for Blender

Live link with HDR Light Studio

Paint Lights in Blender

Paint Light Positions

Make HDRI maps in Blender

Live HDRI Creation

Edit HDRI Maps in Blender

Live HDRI Editing

HDR Area Lights in Blender

Live 3D HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Sources for Blender

Library of HDR Light Captures

Manage HDRI maps in Blender

Manage HDRIs / Save Light Rigs

HDR Light Studio project stored in Blender

Live Project Sync

Creates lighting compatible with both Cycles and Eevee

Made with Blender and HDR Light Studio

Example Renders

Feedback from our Beta Testers

We recently surveyed our beta testers for their feedback on our new Blender Add-on:

100% would recommend HDR Light Studio to other Blender Users
97% say the lighting process is now more Creative
97% say the lighting process is now more Accurate
97% can't go back to their previous Lighting Workflow


“The improvement in speed that HDR Light Studio provides is immense. Manually moving physical light objects and tweaking settings in Blender takes time. It’s nice to be able to focus on the lighting only and not have the clutter of items irrelevant to lighting that are in the UI. The LightPaint feature in HDR Light Studio is especially useful for precise pin-point light placement."
Giz Beardon

“HDR Light Studio gives me so much more control over my lighting. It is more Intuitive and allows for a larger scope of freedom to try ideas and play with them.”
Patrick Wilson

“HDR Light Studio is faster and more precise. You can get a basic setup very quickly, which you can then fine-tune, and because it’s easy to use with good real-time feedback, it invites you to play with lighting.”
Peter Hildebrandt

User Stories

Daniel Vesterbaek: Choosing Blender for Automotive Rendering

Craig Dockerill: My Blender 3D Hobby

Learn to light with HDR Light Studio and Blender

Try HDR Light Studio today and learn to light with over 1 hour of videos and free Blender scenes.
Click on a tutorial below.

Getting Started Tutorial

1. Studio Lighting Bottle

2. Studio Lighting Car

3. Enhance HDRI Map

Light Faster | Improve Renders | Delight Clients


Why Now?

“We developed HDR Light Studio for professional 3D artists using commercial 3D software like 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO, VRED etc. This is where we have focused our efforts since HDR Light Studio was released in 2009. Since then we have gained thousands of users worldwide that rely on HDR Light Studio to light their images.

Over the last year, the requests for a Blender link have been significantly increasing from professional artists now looking at Blender since the 2.8 release, and due to the considerable investment being made into its development. So for Lightmap, the time was right to bring our lighting tools to Blender.

I'm very happy with this integration which is really fast and responsive, thanks to our new API and to the responsiveness of Blender itself. I have found it a joy to learn and use Blender/Cycles/Eevee.”

Mark Segasby, Co-founder, Lightmap


Detailed documentation for installation, workflow and more can be found here

Compatibility + Requirements

Blender 2.83 (LTS) and higher - Windows, MacOS and Linux
Supported Renderers: Cycles and Eevee

Blender Add-on is compatible with HDR Light Studio - Xenon release and higher
Blender Add-on is included with Indie, Pro and Automotive licenses
See our buy page for more details

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