Lightmap HDR Light Studio review: great 3D lighting software gets even better

The newest edition of Lightmap HDR Light Studio has taken everything it does well and improved it further.

A screenshot from Lightmap HDR Light Studio
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Our Verdict

Lightmap has taken an already excellent tool and managed to improve it, adding great options for lighting scenes in a fluid and intuitive way. Connection to other tools is fantastic too, so no matter your workflow, HDR Light Studio is a must have.

For

  • Clean, intuitive interface
  • Excellent live results
  • Links to your favourite apps

Against

  • None from our testing

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HDR Light Studio has been around for some time now, generating quite the reputation for its intuitive lighting of 3D scenes. One of the biggest benefits has been how it communicates with just about every other piece of 3D software via its plugins, making it easy to integrate into new or old pipelines. 

An intuitive workflow and efficient pipeline is so key to many projects that tools like this sell themselves. Previous versions excelled with process and results, due to being feature-rich with a shallow learning curve. Preview renders look fantastic and designing a lighting scheme in little time has been a huge benefit. So what could a new edition bring to the table to make the upgrade worthwhile? As it happens, a fair bit. 

The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Lightmap HDR Light Studio

Lightmap has taken an already excellent tool and managed to improve it, adding great options for lighting scenes in a fluid and intuitive way. Connection to other tools is fantastic too, so no matter your workflow, HDR Light Studio is a must have.

Rob Redman

Rob Redman is the editor of 3D World and ImagineFX magazines and has a background in animation, visual effects, and photography. As a 3D artist he created the mothership in the Webby winning Plot Device and was animator on the follow-up; Order up. He has created training for Cinema 4D and Blackmagic Design Fusion artists. He's been a published product and food photographer since the age of 15. As well as being a multi-instrumentalist, Rob is also an avid beard grower.

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