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News: Lightmap brings HDR Light Studio to Blender

News: Lightmap brings HDR Light Studio to Blender

To summarize, Lightmap released its new Blender connection for HDR Light Studio, bringing the powerful lighting toolkit to Blender users worldwide. In addition, learn about the 25% Off Maintenance Sale, which ends September 30th, 2020.

Press Release: Lightmap brings HDR Light Studio to Blender

New real-time connection plug-in makes the powerful lighting toolkit used by leading design and automotive studios available to Blender users worldwide

8 September 2020 – Today, Lightmap released its new Blender connection for HDR Light Studio, making the artist-friendly real-time lighting toolkit available to users of the open-source 3D design and rendering software. The plug-in creates a live link between HDR Light Studio and Blender, helping automotive, visualization, and entertainment artists to create accurate photorealistic lighting set-ups more quickly, intuitively, and creatively.

HDR Light Studio enables artists to create custom HDRI-based set-ups that mimic real-world lighting without the need to place 3D lights by hand, through time-saving features like LightPaint, which lets users position highlights on a model simply by clicking on its surface.

“The improvement in speed that HDR Light Studio provides is immense,” said motion designer Gizmo Beardon, “Manually moving light objects and tweaking settings in Blender takes time. It’s nice to be able to focus only on the lighting.”

 HDR Light Studio connected to Blender

The new connection makes the lighting tools used in production by firms like Porsche, Sony, and Framestore available to individual Blender users for the first time.

“I found HDR Light Studio a long time ago, and always wanted to use it for my Blender projects,” says automotive artist Daniel Vesterbaek, who recently adopted the new connection in his work. “Lighting used to feel cumbersome, and there was a lot of guesswork involved in how reflections would look. HDR Light Studio enables me to generate high-quality lighting more intuitively.”

The Blender Connection

The Blender connection is the first to take advantage of HDR Light Studio’s new API (added in HDR Light Studio’s Xenon Drop 1 release) and is used to establish a real-time connection between the two applications.

“We are very excited to launch this new add-on linking HDR Light Studio with Blender,” said Lightmap CEO and 3D product designer Mark Segasby. “Thanks to our new API and the responsiveness of Blender itself, the integration is incredibly fast. I have found it a joy to learn and use Blender and its Cycles render engine.”

 Blender renders lit with HDR Light Studio during beta testing

Key benefits of HDR Light Studio for Blender users include:

  • Create photorealistic HDRI-based lighting set-ups interactively
  • Drag and drop preset 2D and 3D lights mimicking real-world light types like softboxes
  • LightPaint system positions highlights and reflections by clicking directly on a model
  • New Blender connection shows the results in the Blender viewport in real-time
  • Create your own synthetic HDRIs or edit photographic HDRI maps
  • Customize HDRIs with masks, gradients, and layers
  • Procedural sky system for lighting outdoor scenes
  • Save light rigs as presets to use in other projects
  • Fast and responsive, even with large production scenes
  • Supports industry standards like OpenColorIO and Alembic

For more information, visit the Blender connection’s product page. To help new users get started, Lightmap has produced a series of detailed Blender lighting tutorials, which can be completed using the free demo edition of HDR Light Studio.


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The fastest way to perfect lighting

Create the perfect HDRI lighting in minutes with HDR Light Studio Pro. Lighting shots are now fast, precise, and easy. Simply click on the model to position lights on a live HDRI map.

HDR Light Studio software provides 3D artists with a new way to light 3D imagery. Paint your shot with lights. The lighting process is now easy, fast, precise, creative, and enjoyable. HDR Light Studio builds lighting that is used by your existing 3D software and renderer. By adding HDR Light Studio, 3D artists become more productive and image quality improves.

HDR Light Studio ‘Automotive’ provides the following bundle of software, connectivity, and support.

Importantly providing access to the VRED, DeltaGen, and Patchwork3D Connections and providing the highest level of customer support.

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The fastest way to perfect lighting

Create the perfect HDRI lighting in minutes with HDR Light Studio Pro. Lighting shots are now fast, precise, and easy. Simply click on the model to position lights on a live HDRI map.

HDR Light Studio ‘Pro’ provides the following bundle of software, connectivity, and support:

HDR Light Studio + Included Connections: 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO, LightWave3D, Houdini, Maxwell Studio, Rhino 3D, Octane Standalone, SOLIDWORKS Visualize + Priority Email Support.

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25% Off Maintenance Sale – Ends September 30th, 2020

The fastest way to perfect lighting

Create the perfect HDRI lighting in minutes with HDR Light Studio Pro. Lighting shots are now fast, precise, and easy. Simply click on the model to position lights on a live HDRI map.

HDR Light Studio ‘Indie’ provides the following bundle of software, connectivity. and support for Indie users:

HDR Light Studio + Included Connections: 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO, LightWave3D, Houdini, Maxwell Studio, Rhino 3D, Octane Standalone, SOLIDWORKS Visualize + Email Support.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki