[v7.3, v5.5] HDR Light Studio – Dedicated tool for lighting 3D images

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HDR Light Studio is a functional, powerful and professional lighting software specially made for 3D artists to render 3D images, developed by Lightmap from United Kingdom. It is used to create and edit studio HDRI maps in real-time and improve the image quality, suitable for many 3D design programs.

As a high-quality HDRI production software, HDR Light Studio can create HDR lighting and reflection maps for 3D models in a fast and accurate way, provides a variety of photographic lighting elements, making it easy to create excellent product lighting environments and speed up the rendering process. It supports 3D files in Alembic, FBX, Colada, OBJ, and MI formats, and the lighting designs can be saved as high dynamic range, high resolution images that can be used with any renderer.

In short, HDR Light Studio is primarily known for creating studio lighting, and especially suitable for rendering reflective materials. It provides users with high-quality lights and lighting effects, helping users quickly and efficiently render 3D pictures, and can be perfectly matched with traditional photography, letting product models have more excellent visual effects.

// Key Features //

Light Sources: Procedural
HDR Light Studio is best known for creating studio lighting – especially suited to reflective materials. Procedural lights can be precisely controlled and positioned to create a wide variety of lighting effects.
Light Sources: Images
For the most realistic lighting effects – load HDR images as light sources in HDR Light Studio. Image based light sources bring high levels of realism with subtle details and imperfections seen in reflections.
Lighting Content
HDR Light Studio includes a huge library of high quality HDR content to use in your lighting designs.
Render View & LightPaint
The Render View is a key feature of HDR Light Studio’s lighting interface. Lights are positioned by clicking and dragging on the Render View – we call this patented process LightPaint.
HDR Area Lights
HDR Area Lights are compatible with 3ds Max, Blender, Maya, Cinema 4D, Houdini, MODO, Octane Render Standalone and VRED Connections.
Handles Huge Scenes
The Render View and LightPaint remain fast even with huge scenes.
Matching Photography
When blending photography and CG imagery, matching the lighting between the photographic content and the CG elements is key to a successful and believable image. If a HDRI map of the location has not been captured then a lighting setup needs building from scratch. HDR Light Studio makes this process easy and enabling the rapid creation of a suitable lighting environment.
Enhancing Reality
When reality isn’t enough. Load HDRI maps shot on location and add additional light sources to bring your subject to life. Just like on a real photoshoot, beauty lights are added to make your subject the star of the show.
Procedural Sky
HDR Light Studio includes a procedural sky shader. Replace the sky on an existing HDRI map and use an alpha ramp to control the horizon position and softness. Drag and drop the included Cloud preset images onto the sky for added realism. The sun disc can be increased in size whilst maintaining its overall lighting contribution, allowing for creative decisions about the sun scale. The sun disc has a controllable soft edge.
Mix Up Your Maps
Load more than one HDRI map into HDR Light Studio and use the alpha ramp to blend between them. Use saturation adjustments and color filtering, via blend modes, to take control of color and create a better match. Enabling you to get more out of your existing HDRI collection.
More than Lights
The HDR Canvas is a compositor for HDR and LDR content, supporting a range of image formats, mappings and blend modes.
Portable Lighting
HDRI maps are the ultimate portable lighting format. They can be used with different renderers and produce predictable and accurate results. Especially with physically based rendering.
Industry Standards
VFX artists will be pleased to know HDR Light Studio has progressed to embrace some industry standards.

// Official Demo Video //

// Edition Statement //

AppNee provides the HDR Light Studio multilingual full installers, unlocked files and license file for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, as we as pre-activated versions for Mac.

// Installation Notes //

for v7.3.1 on Windows:

  1. Download and install HDR Light Studio
  2. Copy the unlocked files to installation folder and overwrite
  3. Copy the license file to your “Documents” folder
  4. Enter “System Properties/Environment Variables“, and the following new user variable (to point to the license file):
    • Variable name: LIGHTMAP_LICENSE
    • Variable value: C:\Users\[user name]\Documents\LightmapLTD.lic
  5. Done

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// Download URLs //

Version Download Size
for Windows
v7.3.1 158 MB
for Mac
v5.5.0 170 MB


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