In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up hdri lighting in Cinema 4D for interiors and exterior scenes.
Add a model to the scene or open your project where you want to add hdri lighting. To be sure that you can see any changes it is recommended to turn off any CG lighting before beginning. This tutorial is valid for any exterior and interior lighting.
2. Create HDRI material
Create a new material, double click on the material icon so Material Editor will pop-up. Give it a name for instance:
Uncheck Color and Reflectance in material properties and check Luminance only.
In Luminance window load 32 bit .hdr or .exr map. Under file input, you can see its properties: resolution, depth and color space. Make sure that everything is a shown as on the picture.
3. Create Sky Object and apply a material
Add Sky Object to the scene. You can select it from the Floor menu – just click on the small arrow at lower
Apply HDRi Sky material to Sky Object by dragging and dropping it over the Sky icon.
4. Turn on Global Illumination
5. Test render
6. Shadow Catcher
7. Further configurations
To make hdri invisible add Compositing Tag to Sky Object and uncheck Seen By Camera. You can add another Sky Object with yet another map – I suggest adding a tonemmaped version of the hdri map and making it visible to Camera and Reflection, Refraction, Transparency only.