What is HDRi Maker?
HDRi Maker is a revolutionary add-on for Blender that allows you to quickly and easily create super realistic lighting and environments for your 3D models. With over 480 HDR/EXR backgrounds included, once installed, you can easily add the customizable Dome to your scene and use the powerful Wrap and Hooks system to create truly unique and dynamic scenes. Get ready to take your 3D work to the next level!
Experience your models like never before with HDRi Maker's Dome. See for yourself how realistic and dynamic your scenes can be:
Keep your feet on the ground!
A strong point of HDRi Make is the real projection of the backgrounds even on the ground, it also captures the shadows, this also allows you to animate your model inside the dome.
In this example, the robot is inside an HDRi Maker dome:
Add a masterstroke to your 3D model
Transform a simple background into a unique and realistic background that surrounds your 3D model
New and customizable domes with the new Hook system!
In this new version of HDRi Maker Studio I have introduced 2 new types of dome, one in the shape of a Cube and one in the shape of a Cylinder, these can be modified in their perimeter thanks to the new "Hooks" functionality, this allows you to match the geometries present in the images, in order to have a wall in the point and simulate the environment where the HDR was taken.
The hook system in action:
Have you ever thought of animating a vehicle inside an HDRI without inserting any other 3D model?
In this example I have mounted a series of 6 different backgrounds on the same dome. The Wrap system makes the ground really walkable. Pickup animation was made with "Launch Control // Auto Car Rig" addon (Pickup not included)
The new Light Studio Tools
This fantastic feature allows you to create with one click a solid color backdrop and the lights to illuminate your model to the best, Taking advantage of the soft shapes of the dome, you will have a smoothed lighting, great for rendering 3D objects.
Example with Cycles render preview:
Difference between a projected HDR with Dome and not
In the first case, classic HDR applied to the Background. No Zoom, No ground.
With just 1 click you can have the dome and the ground, with shadows and zoom.
Edit the ground to make it more realistic
With the HDRi Maker Wrap system you can deform the ground of the Domes using any object, you can create hills mountains or simply an uneven ground matching the original image. As always, you can also import your HDR / EXR images and use them as backgrounds.
Volumetric Fog animatable
A new section dedicated to the management of the volumetric fog has been introduced, this is located in the "Volumetric" section and allows you to manage the animatable volumetric fog in a simple and fast way, with a click you add it and you can modify it as you like.
Shadow Catcher works in Cycles and Eevee
The shadow catcher normally works only in Cycles, with the help of HDRi Maker you can use it also in Eevee, in addition you can also add reflections on it. This is useful if you want transparency using the lighting of an HDR / EXR
Blur on the Dome
At the request of many users, I have inserted the possibility of simulating the Blur directly on the Dome and also on the Background. It works according to the point of view even in Preview mode, without having to use the camera.
This render shows the Blur on the dome, rendered with Cycles:
Here is the new HDRi Maker interface
This new interface was built on the basis of the previous one because it was much appreciated, now it has been improved making the sections independent, you can move them where you like and you can also hide them if you don't need them.
Create HDR from your scene
With this feature you can create HDR directly from your scene, you can choose the resolution and the number of samples and save in the USER library to reuse them in the future.
Example of two types of Domes external view
The hemisphere dome is suitable for outdoors, the cubic dome is suitable for indoors, and can be adapted using the Hook systems:
Almost 500 Backgrounds included
All backgrounds are well categorized in Libraries / Categories with tags and an easy to use search system.
Import and use your HDR / EXR images
There are many sites out there where you might have downloaded HDR or EXR images, The nice thing is that you can import your HDR or EXR images on the fly and use them as if they were those of the HDRi Maker Studio library. This allows you to use them in the dome or simply as a background for your scene, taking advantage of all the features of HDRi Maker Studio!
Note: You can also import in Batch your HDR and save them in a category of HDRi Maker, this allows you to create a library in one go by selecting all your HDR / EXR files contained in your folder. Previews will be created automatically!
Solid color background with HDR lighting
From the 3.0 Version (Studio) it is possible to set a solid or gradient color as a background, while maintaining the HDR lighting of the Background (This feature was really requested by many users, so thank you to all those who wrote to me for this function).
119 HDR Maps Expansion!
119 Free HDRI Maps are provided thanks to cooperation with Grzegorz Wronkowski from HDRMAPS.com, and are free to use for private and commercial works. Do not hesitate to visit his page for amazing hdri maps.
(The HDR Maps expansion is under CC-BY license)
New and beautiful documentation
I put in every section of HDRi Maker Studio, direct links to the documentation, this makes it much easier the learning of the features, just click on the icons (?) To open the online documentation. In addition, new documentation has been written from scratch, it is much more complete and well structured than before, and it is constantly evolving.
Documentation link: https://hdri-maker.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
Here are some features that include HDRi Maker Studio:
- 361 HDR in version 1k/2k/4k/8k/16k (This depends on the version you buy)
- 119 EXR from HdrMaps in version 1k/2k/4k/8k/10k (These are present in all versions)
- Light Studio to manage the sun and lights
- Domes (5 types) 3 Variants in the shape of an hemisphere, 1 in the shape of a cube and 1 in the shape of a cylinder
- Ground Projection (To project even on objects different from the dome)
- Shadow Catcher
- Volumetric (To create effects like fog/dust)
- Wrap (To deform the ground) - Blur (To add blur effect)
- Hooks (To modify the perimeter of the dome)
- Save System To save your Backgrounds - Import your HDR / EXR images on the fly
- Import in batch your HDR / EXR images and save them in the library
- Create HDR from your scene
- Manage procedural nodes directly from the interface
- My assistance if there are any problems or bugs 😎👍
- Documentation here
If you are undecided about which version to choose, here is a brief description of the differences between the versions:
Up To 1k (Library size 720 Mb Approx.) + 15Gb Expansion Pack:
HDRi Maker Studio + Default Library (361 Backgrounds up to 1k) + Expansion Library "Hdr Maps" complete from 1k to 10k (119 Backgrounds)
(9 Files Exapack in total)
Up to 2k (Library size 3 Gb Approx.) + 15b Expansion Pack:
HDRi Maker Studio + Default Library (361 Backgrounds up to 2k) + Expansion Library "Hdr Maps" complete from 1k to 10k (119 Backgrounds)
(10 Files Exapack in total)
Up to 4k (Library size 12 Gb Approx.) + 15Gb Expansion Pack:
HDRi Maker Studio + Default Library (361 Backgrounds up to 4k) + Expansion Library "Hdr Maps" complete from 1k to 10k (119 Backgrounds)
(14 Files Exapack in total)
Up to 8k (Library size 46 Gb Approx.) + 15Gb Expansion Pack:
HDRi Maker Studio + Default Library (361 Backgrounds up to 8k) + Expansion Library "Hdr Maps" complete from 1k to 10k (119 Backgrounds)
(28 Files Exapack in total)
Pro Pack (Library size 172 Gb Approx.) + 15Gb Expansion Pack:
HDRi Maker Studio + Default Library (361 Backgrounds up to 16k) + Expansion Library "Hdr Maps" complete from 1k to 10k (119 Backgrounds)
(76 Files Exapack in total)
The addon is always the same for all versions, the library size changes only.
For example, if you have a video card with less than 8GB of RAM, I don't recommend choosing the 16k version, because the GPU render will likely exceed the VRAM and make the screen black.
If you have many HDR and you want to use HDRi Maker Studio and you are not interested in the high-resolution libraries, you can buy the "Up to 1k" version, which is the cheapest.
If you have space problems on the disk, you might consider the 8K version, it is a good resolution and occupies only 46 Gb of space + 15 Gb of Expansion Pack.
Did you already buy HDRi Maker here?
Update it! it's free as always, follow the installation guide of the documentation
Here's which versions of Blender HDRi Maker Studio works
HDRi Maker Studio (That is, the 3.0 version of HDRi Maker)
Work from Blender 3.0 and Up to 4.0!
In addition, be careful, HDRi Maker has been tested on the official versions of Blender, that is, those you can download for free from the website https://www.blender.org/ This addon is compatible with Cycles and Eevee, other render engines that do not use the official Blender nodes will not work.
If you need assistance, write to me in extreme-addons.com Chat (Bottom right) I will personally reply within 24h.
Want to see something more?
In this video 6 different domes of HDRi Maker Studio have been used with 6 different HDR/EXR images, + Hooks System + Wrap System + Ground Material System All with HDRi Maker + 1 Mixamo model imported in Blender.
Here you are walking in an image, no additional 3D models other than the animated character!