HDR Image Based Lighting 3D Scene Setup

This short video is a follow-up on a comment made by alex_starc in the 10 Free HDRI Spherical Skies Maps post. He had issues with the sky being too dark in the render so I just recorded a short session of how I setup my scene with Image Based Lighting (IBL) using and HDRI map. Hope this helps.

How to setup HDRI lighting in 3dsmax with VRay

In this video I’m showing how I setup scene lighting using a VRayLightDome and the VRayHDRI texture loaded with a HDRI (Viz-People HDRI Vol. 01 Map 03 and My own PureLIGHT No. 11). If you have any questions, please use the comment box below 😉

(Click here to watch on YouTube)

Here is one of the renders that I made during the testing of the new HDRI maps.

ms-house-VPHDRI-03-test-001-linear-post

Tweaking the HDRI in Photoshop

Since the 2nd part is taking to long to get done, here is a short video to describe the Photoshop postwork that was done on the original HDRI in order to make the shadows look crisp.

(Click here to watch on YouTube)

If your workflow for setting up Image Based Lighting (IBL) is different, please share it with us by commenting below.

And one more thing…

Get a free PureLIGHT HDRi

You can have my most popular PureLIGHT HDRi 001 – Mid Sun Clouds for free (or rather for your quick like or tweet to be exact). Go ahead and take it for a spin… I would love to know what you think of it and how I can make these better.

Visit the PureLIGHT HDRi Help & Feedback Page for… well… get help & send me feedback 😉

PureLIGHT_HDRi_001_Mid_Sun_Clouds_3DOcean_preview

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211 comments
shafiul
shafiul

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kadirb
kadirb

Dear Sir,

   Thank you for this post sir.

stereoform
stereoform

Hello Ronen, I have been following you for a long time. I have a question about this tutorial. How can you turn the sunlight with the HDRI at the same time. It's crazy! Is it something about linking them together? I spent 3 hours but couldn't achieve anything :/

BhaveshMakuwala
BhaveshMakuwala

i m using vray dome light and i m using hdri map in its "use texture" slot, but after rendering wheh i want to save my image in to PNG formate my hdri image which i have in use in vray dome light , haven't remove from background... what is the reason after that problem??? can anyone answer me....

Wecodeyoupay
Wecodeyoupay

hello and ty so much for this tutorial/skies.My problem is i cant download the hdris says your bandwith is exceed its limit.


LuboNulaAntol
LuboNulaAntol

Hi, i tryed adjust the sun like u shown in tut. but i don t know how. I cannot make new layer even exposure layer adjustments. Any help THX  

akshay sawardekar
akshay sawardekar

Dear Sir,

    Thank you for this post sir....I am Akshay Sawardekar from india. I used this method in my rendering adding also a vray sun & linked to vray dome for extra dark shadows but i am not getting good results please give me some tips......i also posted my images on your forum in lighting section called "Hdri & vray sun lighting problem" if possible help me out

 

Thank you.

KyleBeneventi
KyleBeneventi

I know the comment section has exploded on this post so i'll make this quick.  I see the benefit of adjusting hdri's in ps so you don't have to use Vray Sun and HDRi, and thus not need to worry about aligning the hotspot...  But will this use of HDRi work for lighting and casting shadows with interior scenes as well?   

PınarGülpınar
PınarGülpınar

hi ronen,i have no trouble with lighting the scene but the reflecitons are created by the hdri which i loaded to dome light? is it possible that i control the reflections with another hdri loadede to environment slot?

3dnuwan
3dnuwan

when i light the scene with the vray dome light its very grainy ( with out Gi )how can i get a smooth result with that faking GI.....i mean to save time with out using GI

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvBffTQ29LM

 

 

in this link they do it very neatly..can u please go through that and give me a help thank you

zeclink
zeclink

I try my best byt can not make sunlight like in tutSo could you tell me , did you  use dome vray light + vray sun or lighting like sun ?If like this solution so how can match vray sun with Vray HDRI ?If don`t have any vray sun , so how to make like tut, we have the beauty sunlight on objectThanks and Best regards 

ne_youd13
ne_youd13

Sir can you help me with the vray settings of this tutorial???

How to setup the RT setting and all.....

sexton180
sexton180

Hi is there a set rule for the vray dome light settings ie the multiplier, should it be a low number then you change the camera settings to lighten and darken the light.  Thanks very much keep up the great website

javad
javad

hi and thanks for this useable tutorial.i have a question:how i can make a hdri with pic that i want?

Jaff786
Jaff786

Hey Thank you for your Tutorial. I am making one scene and I was trying this tutorial to make lighting from HDRI Map with V-Ray Dome Light but first of all I dont have place in my Dome light to instance the Map from Materials Editor. Second is that When I am trying to make Instance of HDRI Map from Material Editor to Viewport Background place so it not going there.

I am Using Max 9 and V-Ray 1.5RC3.. Would love to see solution by you about my requests. Thanks.

 

yamit
yamit

please help! i'm doing everything step by step, but it just don't work for me!

it always shows the bottom of the image 'n the upper part of the image is pure white.

what am i doing wrong? any idea?

thanks..

meet
meet

I dont have words.............how to thank you for your this tutorial. I am amazed with what you have done, man. Hats off. U become my idol.

Thanks a lot.

meet
meet

Hats off !!!!

cmgarch
cmgarch

Hello,

how can I either offset or rescale my HDRI map?cause in the material editor,the coordinates seems not working.

Also,I can't see the HDRI map in my viewport. I've checked both the Use Environment Background & Display Background but still I can't see anything in the viewport.

 

Thanks in advance!

ennaig_07
ennaig_07

Hi,

I have a couple of questions,

What is the Multiplier of VRAYDOME? I usually set it to 1.0

Whenever I increase the render multiplier of the HDRI map and I hit render, the environment/background map becomes brighter as well, unlike on your video, you have set the render multiplier with a huge amount but the environment stays on the same exposure.

How can I resolve this? Thanks!

noorarch18
noorarch18

how can i get the link please he;p

 

MiguelMeneses
MiguelMeneses

Hi im having truble on finding in the materials the vrayHDRI slot!, i can't find itin 3ds max 2012, any idea what can i do or if it as other name?!

ne_youd13
ne_youd13

Hello ronen I'am not able to get any sun light and shadow in the scene using Vray dome. Did lot of trial an error but still cant get them. Checked the tutorials twice thrice but no luck. :(

Shuwei
Shuwei

My Vray Dome doesn't seem to show the environment in my viewport, are there specific settings I need to adjust in the viewport?

PaulStein
PaulStein

Any chance of a how to set up HDRI lighting in Mental Ray version?

TeodorMunteanu
TeodorMunteanu

Nice tutorial, but I don't understand what to change.... I did the same as you, but I don't have dropted shadows.

cyates74
cyates74

Hey Ronen, I am testing the free HDRI files and this technique out on a file of my own. I can get the VRayRT working and looking great with the HDRI, but as soon as I try to render out a final image, it turns bright yellow/orange. It only does this AFTER I've adjusted the exposure in PS...the original HDRI works fine in both RT and final rendering.

Any ideas? I'm sure I have something incorrect in the render settings, but I have no idea where to start.

Oh...and thanks for this blog. It's amazing!

VasilKirov
VasilKirov

I have problem editing the HDR in photoshop. Since it's 32bit file it dont let me brush in or adding exposure control layer. Did someone know why is that?

Jamie Cook
Jamie Cook

Hey Ronen, I cant seem to get the Hdr to display in my Viewport background, Any ideas?

NatanaelBrandas
NatanaelBrandas

I`m not getting any shdaows, why ? do you use another light, like directional light ?

GörselEfekt
GörselEfekt

Excuse me,but why don t you share the scene file,because i don t get same affect as you did..

thank you..

Kevin Laffey
Kevin Laffey

thats my first tweet done ronen. i'll retweet again when i've reached 10,000 followers!!

Kevin Laffey
Kevin Laffey

i thought as much. i'll have to become a twitterer i suppose!! thanks again.

Kevin Laffey
Kevin Laffey

i can't find the download link ronen? am i missing something? thanks.

Kevin Laffey
Kevin Laffey

very generous share ronen, thank you. i presume this is the HDRi before the photoshop post work? thanks again.

Michal Nohejl
Michal Nohejl

great, interested in downloading. At what time was the hdri taken? thx Ronen

KevinLaffey
KevinLaffey

thanks ronen, i love your work. can you tell me what colour mapping setting you used in this tutorial please. thanks.

zardasht
zardasht

hello,,where can i find (the 2nd part of this article + video about how to tweak the HDRI map.)??

troda83
troda83

hi! i did exactaly same as you, but i can't get the shadow as i want, actualy, i did not see the shadow like your tutorial , can you explain me more about that ?

oskario20
oskario20

Hi all ;)

Know it's about Vray but.... If someone have or know where to find something like that but with Mentakl Ray just let me know or post a link or whatever.. ;)

And still this is the best site with Cg info in the world ;)

Cheers ;)

covono
covono

Thanks Ronen, great tutorial.I noticed that in your scene you receive strong and defined shadows using those HDRI files. For some reason the shadows in my scene, using the same maps, are much weaker. Did I miss anything?