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Lightmap - HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max

Lightmap - HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max


Light Autodesk 3ds Max scenes faster with HDR Light Studio. Unleash your creativity and raise image quality to the next level. HDR Light Studio transforms your Autodesk 3ds Max lighting workflow:

  • Studio Lighting
  • Lighting to match a back-plate image
  • Adding lights/adjustments to existing HDRI maps

Customer testimonial

"If you want to get into higher level with your renderings and decrease the time spent on the lighting set-ups, HDR Light Studio is definitely THE SOLUTION!"

Piotr Kosinski, 3D Artist, PK3D Studio

HDR Light Studio - product videos

Creative Benefits


  • Craft lighting to a higher level
  • Explore more lighting treatments 

User Friendly

  • Puts the art back into lighting
  • Easy to use with real-time feedback

  • Precisely position lighting and reflections on 3D models

Commercial Benefits

Cost Effective

  • Increase productivity – light shots in minutes not hours
  • Image based lighting can significantly reduce render times
  • Works with your existing hardware/software

Improve Quality

  •  HDR lighting raises image quality to the next level

Key Features

  • LightPaint – click/drag on the 3D render to position lights
  • Create and edit HDRI maps in real-time
  • Create and position 3D HDRI Area Lights/Emitters in real-time
  • ActiveShade view in HDR Light Studio interface (V-Ray, Arnold, Corona, Redshift)
  • Procedural lights, image based lights and procedural sky
  • Includes a large library of HDRI light source captures
  • Ideal lighting solution for Physically Based Rendering
  • OpenColorIO Color Management
  • HDR Light Studio project is stored in the Autodesk 3ds Max scene file
  • Can be used Standalone: Loads Alembic and Collada scenes

How does HDR Light Studio work with Autodesk 3ds Max?

The model has materials assigned, the camera view is setup, you are now ready to light …

  1. Start HDR Light Studio from the Autodesk 3ds Max plug-in
  2. Export the Autodesk 3ds Max scene into HDR Light Studio’s live 3D view 
  3. Paint your shot with lights in HDR Light Studio (Lights are automatically created in Autodesk 3ds Max as you light)
  4. (Optional) Start ActiveShade in Autodesk 3ds Max and see the results as you light
  5. To finish, HDR Light Studio generates high-res HDRI images for your lights
  6. The completed Autodesk 3ds Max scene is now ready for rendering locally, or on a farm

Renderer compatibilities

HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max is compatible with these renderers:


  • Software delivery via internet download
  • Internet connection required for license activation
  • HDR Light Studio software requires approx. 200MB disc space
  • Preset light content requires approx. 7 GB disc space
  • CPU based, no special graphics card required
  • Compatible with Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 – 2019

Trial version

Take your free 15 day trial of HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max here:

Licensing options

HDR Light Studio Carbon (Drop 1) was launched in February 2018 as a new upgrade terminology replacing older software version numbers (like 5.4). HDR Light Studio is available in two license options – annual subscription license or perpetual license:

Annual subscription

Get access to the software and all its updates during one year. When the subscription period expires you no longer have access to the software, unless you want to renew the subscription for another year. Available as  node locked or floating, see below.

Perpetual license

A perpetual license does not expire. It gives you access to the latest software version by the time of purchase. You get access to updates released up to 90 days after time of purchase. Perpetual licenses can not be upgraded when newer software versions are released. If you want to benefit from future updates annual subscription is the better option. Available as node locked or floating:

  • Node locked license: the license is locked to one computer
  • Floating license: every license can be used by a user on all computers on the same local network

Activating a license is easy with HDR Light Studio: at purchase an activation code is entered when the software runs. The code obtains a license key and quickly installs it. This apply to both floating and node locked. If there are no license key, HDR Light Studio runs in demo mode, whichs means a watermark, limited environment map resolution and that projects can not be saved.

Software Specifications
Plugin / Add-On for Autodesk 3ds Max
Software type Rendering
Edition Commercial
License Type New license
  • Product Code: 3ds-max-connection
  • Availability: Choose option...
  • From 4,595 SEK
  • Ex Tax: 3,676 SEK

Available Options

Please note that the right to return an item does not apply to digital deliveries or computer software where the serial number is delivered digitally. Even digital deliveries have a processing time as serial numbers and such must be verified.

Tags: Lightmap, Autodesk 3ds Max, 3ds Max, Connection, HDR Light Studio, Lighting, HDR image, HDRI

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