Hdr panoramas in Autopano Giga

Autopano Giga is an older panorama stitching software that is no longer being developed. However, it is available for free and remains the only no-cost solution for stitching HDRI maps effectively (apologies to Hugin). It serves as a free alternative to the expensive PTGui Pro for creating panoramic images. In the following tutorial, I will […]

How to Create HDRI Maps: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to produce high-quality HDRI maps essential for 3D projects. It is necessary to have access to a powerful PC with decent Nvidia GPU and CPU, fast drives and more than 16GB of ram and of course some basic knowledge of photography. 1. Gather all equipment: a) You will […]

HMTools – Blender add-on released

Proudly presenting newly developed Blender add-on – HMTools. It will help any CG artist working in the Blender to set up hdri and get some nice ones for free from hdrmaps.com using API Installation You can get add-on from BlenderMarket for 1$ or download for completely free from https://hdrmaps.com/hmtools. Download it to your desktop and […]

How to measure hdri’s dynamic range?

If you wonder how to measure properly dynamic of hdri map, there it is a nice solution I just found. You can measure hdri’s dynamic range with Blender addon named: “Calculate FStop Range“, which can be downloaded from Github for free. Simply download it as .zip package and install it for Blender.Last update for addon […]

Add blur to hdri in Blender

Sometimes you want blur you background hdri, so it is not distracting too much. Blender comes with no blur node. But you can create such in simple way, although it is recommend for ease of use to download and reuse premade nodes group. Please follow short tutorial to learn more: Download Blur Nodes Group Blur […]

Gobos Video Light textures – Blender Tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn how to use and setup video light textures, so they work in Cycles and Eeevee.Without further ado, let’s get started! First, you’d need to get video of swaying trees in the wind. You can record it on your own using your camera or even a smartphone, but if you […]

Realistic HDRI lighting for exterior ArchViz in Blender

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create realistic lighting for exterior visualizations in Blender. Let’s get started. First and foremost, get quallity hdri sky map. For this, head over to hdrmaps.com, and get some hdri sky map. Of course you can get some hdris for free, but when quallity matters, I recommend you […]

HDRI Lighting Setup in 3ds Max and V-Ray 5

1. VRay Renderer First, you need to enable V-Ray rendering engine for your project. In main, upper menu, go to the Rendering > Render Setup, or simply press F10 shortcut key. Choose V-Ray as a Renderer. If you have a decent GPU card, use V-Ray GPU. Close Render Setup window. 2. VRay Physical Camera. The […]

Convert .exr to .hdr in Gimp or Photoshop

Most of the hdri maps downloaded from my website are OpenEXR format (. exr extension), as this format provides the best quality/file size ratio. OpenEXR also supports layers and is considered as an industry standard in Game Dev and film production, as it offers more flexibility in the post production process. Keep in mind that, when using […]

Compiling FLIP Fluids add-on on Windows

FLIP Fluids is a paid Blender add-on for liquid simulation which can be purchased for 76$ on Blender Market. However, you can compile it on your own for free from source code. It’s very easy and takes no longer than 10 minutes of work. Only one difference between compiled free and the paid version is […]

OctaneRender™ Prime Free Tier for Blender

Otoy – a company behind Octane Render, provides a fully working, free version of the renderer for Blender, Unreal Engine, and Daz Studio. Free Prime edition is free for use on a single GPU. License is valid for 30 days, for private and commercial work. After 30 days you’ll need to activate it using new email. […]

Ivy Texturizer Blender add-on

Ivy Texturize add-on for Blender comes in handy when using Ivy Generator add-on, which comes bundled with Blender. You simply create an Ivy with leaves, and with one click Ivy Texturizer does the job for you, applying all needed materials and textures. It’s as simple as that. When you select leaves and click on Texturize button, all […]

Particles Switcher, simple and useful Blender add-on

Today I have written a simple add-on for Blender allowing to hide or show all particles with one click. I was searching for something which would allow me to hide all particle systems in my scene with one click. I didn’t find it, so I have decided to write my first, very simply Blender add-on […]

Synchronize Sun light to HDRI in Blender

Activate Sun Position add-on Sun Position add-on comes bundled with Blender 2.91. To activate the add-on go to Edit>Preferences>Add-ons and search for “Sun Position”. Enable an add-on. In its preferences, you can enable additional information labels if needed. Once activated, the add-on will be visible in World Properties of Blender. Create a test scene and HDRI lighting […]

Rendering on 20K hdri map in Blender 2.9

I suggest you to start to work with lower resolution hdri map because loading high-resolution texture will slow down your workflow significantly, even if you have the latest GPU and fast computer. I always start with 8K hdri map in Cycles or even 2K map especially in the first stages of the project or while […]

How to Color Balance your HDRI?

For hdri map colour correction, I highly recommend you to use Photoshop. Please download and open FREE_HDR_103 hdr map from here and open it in Photoshop. For this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS6 as it is the latest version available without subscription-based rental. 1. Open HDRI Map in Photoshop 2. Enable 32-bit Exposure preview […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blender 2.81 and new Intel denoiser

Quick instruction on how to use new Intel Open Image Denoise function in Blender 2.81 Blender 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 […]

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 scene HDRi setup with nodes only Shadow […]