High dynamic range images have been used for years in CG to create realistic lighting efficiently....
High dynamic range images have been used for years in CG to create realistic lighting efficiently. Developed by Lightmap Limited, HDR Light Studio enables artists to create completely synthetic HDR maps or improve existing photo-based HDR maps with additional sources of illumination and make changes to the lights’ parameters, having immediate access to the end results through a real-time preview window.
In this review we will take a look at the software’s functionality, and cover its most significant recent additions. Version 3.0, the latest major release, introduced new light blending modes, custom falloff curves for synthetic lights, a new color picker system and Collada support, among other improvements. Version 3.5, which is due out soon, adds precision control over very bright light sources, the ability to position lights by clicking on a 3D model’s surface, and an option to see the scene from the point of view of an arbitrary light source.
>> HDR Light Studio 3.5 new feature videos
HDR Light Studio is currently available for Windows, with Mac and Linux versions in the works, which are expected to be available soon.
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