A beam of light has shot from the east, through my window, reflecting off a large bottle of whiskey milk sitting in front of me and directly into my eyes. Your custom HDRI dreams are about to get a lot more custom and a lot more powerful. HDR Light Studio 3.0 has been released by Lightmap. The new version which comes as a stand-alone product and plugin for KeyShot, Maxwell and Deep Exploration brings Collada support, new light blending (nice!), custom fall-off curves (NICE!) and more.

HDR Light Studio 3

There are a lot of great new features, but my favorite has to be the new Blending modes. A click of the button and you’re toggling between five different options for exposure, color and saturation.

Here are just a few of the other features in this version of HDR Light Studio:

  • Custom fall-off curves: fine control over synthetic light fall-off.
  • New color system: Color selection and analysis tools designed specifically for lighting artists to allow precise color matching and auditioning.
  • Collada support: LiveLight now supports Collada to allow the import of geometry and camera information from all major 3D modeling packages.
  • Increased Performance: Faster rendering times and all features now support real-time feedback.

The cost is £399 (US $625) for the standard version and US $935 (£599) for the Pro version which includes the plugins for KeyShot, Maxwell Studio and Deep Exploration. Whatcha think? Like the new features?


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.