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Tutorials

Easy HDRI Map rotation in Blender

Tired of finding Mapping node in Shader Editor just to rotate hdri map ? CTRL + ALT and drag your mouse to rotate an HDRi Map inside Blender 2.81 with the free addon.HDRI Map rotation in Blender could be easier, much easier done. I like how it works in Marmoset Toolbag or inside Substance Painter, where I just click shift and drag and it spins around my 3D scene. With free Rotate an HDRi plugin created byAlexander Belyakov, you don't have...

HDRi basics

It is a technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than what is possible with standard digital imaging.What does HDRi mean?HDRi stands for High Dynamic Range Imaging.It is a technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than what is possible with standard digital imaging. In modern times, we can distinguish between two types of HDR photography: artistic which concentrates on the HDR look as a...

Blender 2.81 and new Intel denoiser

Quick instruction on how to use new Intel Open Image Denoise function in Blender 2.81Blender 2.81 is not yet here, but you can download the latest build from Blender Experimental Builds and use it. It is not recommended for production work.I am using Blender 2.81 daily because it has improved Outliner and new Intel's denoising capabilities. To download the latest Blender 2.81 I recommend using Blender Version Manager. This minimalistic plugin checks if there is a new version of Blender 2.81 and...

HDRI set-up in Octane Render standalone

A quick tutorial on different environment setups inside Octane Render standalone.  Easy to follow steps for beginners and advanced users.To reproduce this short HowTo, I am using the latest version of Octane Standalone available without paying monthly subscription fees: Octane version 4.04.  Setting up a simple 3D sceneRight-click on Node Graph Editor and insert Render Target node.Add some geometry to the scene: Right-click on editor Geometry> Mesh and choose your .obj file (I am Blender user so Suzanne is an obvious choice).Add Geometry > Placement node...

Improved shadows with HDRi Sun Aligner

Quickly add light to hdri in Blender 2.8 with Sun Aligner plugin, to improve hdri shadows.1. Starting with a simple testing scene: cube on the plane, and basic HDRI Environment setup. I am using Blender 2.8 build from 25 May 2019.2. Select plane and in Object > Visibility check Shadow Catcher. For Cube create some metallic material, and select once again Plane object and in Object > Visibility > Ray Visibility uncheck Glossy, so Shadow Catcher is not visible...

Blender HDRI setup

Last version of Blender 2.78 comes with Shadow Catcher feature. Let's check how it works along with HDRI lighting and backplate image used for background. You can download complete tutorial project file from herePreparing test scene1. Remove default scene and create UV sphere. Go to tab Tools and choose Smooth. Press N key and zero its location.2. Choose Cycles Render engine. Apply material, Go to Surface > Use Nodes and choose Glass. Open Node editor.HDRI environment setup1. Remove Lamp from outliner2. Switch to...

HDRI lighting in Modo

Tutorial about hdri lighting in Modo 801 including some set-up tips.1. Let's startOpen a new project in Modo and switch to Layout view, add Meshes > Miscellaneous > Mech Lux model to scene. Create a new plane and place just under the model like seen on the picture. Later on, it will be used as Shadow Catcher.2. Loading HDRI mapGo to Shader Tree, expand Environments and click on Environment Material nested inside the Environment layer. From the menu above Add Layer...

HDRI lighting in Cinema 4D

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up hdri lighting in Cinema 4D for interiors and exterior scenes.1. BeginningAdd 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 materialCreate a new material, double click on the material icon...

Change white balance of hdri map in Natron

Natron is an open source cross-platform nodal compositing software. It looks like Nuke and it's completely free. Although I used version 1.0 it's more stable when working with large hdri maps than Colorista free plugin for After Effects. You can easily tune 15.000 x 7.500 hdri map in this software. It's fast and stable.1. You need to download and install Natron from natron.inria.fr, it is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. First, you have to import an hdri map to...

Tweaking hdri in Photoshop

In this short video tutorial I will explain you how to enhance hdri map, so it will produce nice sharp shadows in your renders.Some of the hdri maps are really poor quality, taking for instance 3 exposures 2EV apart doesn't guarantee that you will achieve sharp shadows in your renderings. In situations like this, you can add direct light matching hdri sun position or just simply paint on hdri map with Photoshop. Please watch the video tutorial to get...