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Lightmap Survey and Prize Draw

Win a Cintiq + HDR Light Studio

 

The Survey has now ended! The winners have been notified by email.

Lightmap would really like to get to know 3D artists better. To this end, we’ve prepared a short survey that will help shape our future development as well as how we communicate with you all.

We appreciate that your time is valuable, so have teamed up with our friends at Wacom to offer two amazing prizes to encourage you to contribute.

One lucky respondent will be chosen at random to receive a star prize of:
Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch + HDR Light Studio - Worth over $2,900

A second lucky respondent will be chosen at random to receive a runner up prize of:
Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet + HDR Light Studio - Worth over $1,300

This survey is open to any 3D artist age 18 and above.
The Surveys close at Midnight (PST) July 17th 2016.

The random prize draw will take place on Monday 18th July.
Winners will be notified using the email address provided.
Here are the Terms and Conditions.

Check out the video to see how your workflow could be enhanced by the Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch.

Good luck and thank you!

Area Lights added to MODO Connection

MODO Area LightsFriday 1st July 2016 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3.4. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to the MODO plug-in Connection, allowing users to interactively create and control both a HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use. The Area Light feature is compatible with: MODO Renderer, Octane and V-Ray. This update also adds compatibility with MODO version 10.

Introduction to Area Lights in MODO

HDR Light Studio – Area Light Key Features:

  • A Natural Evolution – Area lights have been added with the same intuitive controls and ease of use as you would expect from HDR Light Studio. A single tick box promotes a light from the HDRI map into a 3D area light. Lights can be moved back and forth between the HDRI map and 3D space with ease.
  • LightPaint – Area Lights can be positioned ‘in shot’ by clicking on the 3D model in the Render View using one of the LightPaint modes: Reflection, Illumination, Rim.
  • Smart Dolly – Controls both the distance and size of the area light, using scaling algorithms specific to the LightPaint mode used to place the light. For example, if the area light is positioned using Illumination mode, Smart Dolly scales the light to maintain the illumination intensity whatever distance the light is from the model. This eliminates the constant back and forth between distance and scale settings, instead allowing the user to concentrate on the visual effect they want whilst using minimal controls.
  • Connections – When using HDR Light Studio via a Connection to your 3D software, the Area Lights are instantly built by the Connection with the correct shader network for the chosen Renderer. Area lights are always in sync with HDR Light Studio. Start an IPR session to see a live preview of the lighting effect as you work in HDR Light Studio.
  • A Light Touch – HDR Light Studio controls only the essential core settings for an area light, i.e. The RGBA image data mapped to the light surface, light size and position, falloff method and visibility to camera. Additional area light settings can still be set within your 3D software, and are not altered by HDR Light Studio.
  • Portable Lighting – The lighting design is completely independent of the 3D software/renderer and can be moved between 3D software/renderers using HDR Light Studio.

Pricing and Availability
Existing customers within their maintenance or subscription period can download this update today from www.lightmap.co.uk.

HDR Light Studio 5.3.4 is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux through the Lightmap website (www.lightmap.co.uk) and its authorized resellers. Pricing starts at £695 / $995 / €945 for permanent licenses, and £295 / $445 / €395 for annual subscriptions.

HDR Light Studio – Now listed at Behance

Behance - HDR Light StudioWe are delighted that HDR Light Studio is now officially listed in the ‘Tools Used‘ at the Behance portfolio web site. Now our users can officially add HDR Light Studio as a Tool Used when showing their work.

Tools Used Dropdown

We would be very grateful if our users could make sure HDR Light Studio is listed as a Tool Used on Behance for their projects lit using HDR Light Studio.

We know that many customers have tried their best in the past to give us credit. But there have been quite a variety of spellings of our product name – We have seen: hdrlightstudio, HDR Lightmap, HDRI Studio and HDRI Light Studio to name a few. Now we have the official listing, this should avoid those spelling problems.

Already there is a huge body of work you can see on Behance lit with HDR Light Studio:
https://www.behance.net/search?content=projects&sort=published_date&time=week&tools=149481

We would love to see your work there too!

Area Lights added to 3ds Max and Cinema 4D Connections

12th May 2016 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3.3. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to the 3ds Max and Cinema 4D Connections, allowing users to interactively create and control both a HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use that has made HDR Light Studio a favourite lighting tool with professional 3D artists.

Introduction to Area Lights in 3ds Max


The 3ds Max Connection supports Area Lights for these compatible renderers:
V-Ray, Maxwell, Octane, Thea and Corona.

 

Introduction to Area Lights in Cinema 4D


The Cinema 4D Connection supports Area Lights for these compatible renderers:
Cinema 4D, V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Maxwell and Thea.


HDR Light Studio – Area Light Key Features:

• A Natural Evolution – Area lights have been added with the same intuitive controls and ease of use as you would expect from HDR Light Studio. A single tick box promotes a light from the HDRI map into a 3D area light. Lights can be moved back and forth between the HDRI map and 3D space with ease.

• LightPaint – Area Lights can be positioned ‘in shot’ by clicking on the 3D model in the Render View using one of the LightPaint modes: Reflection, Illumination, Rim.

• Smart Dolly – Controls both the distance and size of the area light, using scaling algorithms specific to the LightPaint mode used to place the light. For example, if the area light is positioned using Illumination mode, Smart Dolly scales the light to maintain the illumination intensity whatever distance the light is from the model. This eliminates the constant back and forth between distance and scale settings, instead allowing the user to concentrate on the visual effect they want whilst using minimal controls.

• Connections – When using HDR Light Studio via a Connection to your 3D software, the Area Lights are instantly built by the Connection with the correct shader network for the chosen Renderer. Area lights are always in sync with HDR Light Studio. Start an IPR session to see a live preview of the lighting effect as you work in HDR Light Studio.

• A Light Touch – HDR Light Studio controls only the essential core settings for an area light, i.e. The RGBA image data mapped to the light surface, light size and position, falloff method and visibility to camera. Additional area light settings can still be set within your 3D software, and are not altered by HDR Light Studio.

• Portable Lighting – The lighting design is completely independent of the 3D software/renderer and can be moved between 3D software/renderers using HDR Light Studio.

 

Pricing and Availability

Existing customers within their maintenance or subscription period can download this update today from www.lightmap.co.uk.

HDR Light Studio 5.3.3 is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux through the Lightmap website (www.lightmap.co.uk) and its authorized resellers. Pricing starts at £695 / $995 / €945 for permanent licenses, and £295 / $445 / €395 for annual subscriptions.

 

 

 

Arion 2.5 by Random Control – adds HDR Light Studio integration

Arion HDRI

This post is a little late…. but a quick note to let you know that Arion 2.5 Standalone now supports a live connection with HDR Light Studio 4 – providing real-time HDRI map creation and editing. We are really pleased that Random Control has added support for our lighting tool inside their amazing hybrid renderer. Do check out their web site to find out more about Arion.

Here’s a demo video produced by Random Control:

 

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino adds HDR Light Studio live connection

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is released today, and Lightmap are pleased to announce this latest version adds native support for a live connection with HDR Light Studio. Chaos Group and Lightmap have worked closely to develop a deep level of integration between our products, providing a great user experience – including our LightPaint ‘point and click’ light placement directly in the Rhino viewport. So now V-Ray for Rhino users can light their shots easier and faster than ever before with perfect final results. Continue reading

HDR Light Studio 4.3 released

HDR Light Studio 4.3 has been released today and is available for immediate download from the Lightmap store.

This new version adds compatibility with Mac OSX Mavericks, adds new API functions required for future ‘live plug-ins’ and includes a new ‘online update’ feature to inform users when a new build of HDR Light Studio or it’s plug-ins are available to download.

A new license key is not required when updating. So users can simply install over the top of their existing installations. Remember to update any live plug-ins at the same time to ensure compatibility with 4.3.

Happy lighting from the Lightmap team!

HDR Light Studio – New Educational Pricing

HDR Light Studio - Educational

Lightmap Ltd is proud to announce new pricing on HDR Light Studio Educational Software.

Colleges & Universities can now get HDR Light Studio software for FREE! Email: sales@hdrlightstudio.com to apply for your software.

Students and teachers in higher education can now buy a 1 year educational license of HDR Light Studio Complete for just £15, see here for more details >

For some inspiration check out what student Oddur Sigurdsson got up to using his educational license of HDR Light Studio when studying at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Read the customer story here >

Oddur Example Image
Oddur Sigurdsson

 

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

Light up your Black Friday!

Put Friday 29th November in your calendar and don’t miss out on these big savings!

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HDR Light Studio 4 for Bunkspeed - SALE PRICE – £199 (20% off)

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