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04 April 2004, 01:43 PM
Hi guys. I wrote this tutorial on Image Based Lighting for 3ds Max using the HDRdomelight script. Just thought I'd share.

Image Based Lighting (

Ian Jones
05 May 2004, 08:49 AM
Just in case you were wondering where the support was, I thought I'd drop in and show my appreciation. Thx for the effort you put into making us a tute. :thumbsup:

05 May 2004, 02:41 AM
You're welcome. And thanks.

05 May 2004, 12:38 PM
Yeah thanks. Nice and clean little tutorial with screenshots that you don't have to study upclose to see the difference!
The link to the dome-light doesn't seem to work though.

05 May 2004, 03:21 PM
Very nice tutorial indeed!

BTW, Scriptspot ( also has HDRDomeLight.

05 May 2004, 02:41 AM
Thanks guys. I'm glad you found it useful.

05 May 2004, 06:43 AM
it was excelent but where is file???

05 May 2004, 04:24 PM
thank you very much^^

05 May 2004, 06:09 PM
This is a very nice Script but the link is dead :(

05 May 2004, 06:16 PM
We can try an alternative:

e-light 1.02 (

Not sure whether it's functionally equivalent or not,
but it seems to be.

06 June 2004, 10:35 PM
Well that one works with 3 4 and 5, but not 6?

I need one compatable with 6

06 June 2004, 12:13 AM
I now use it with 6, and it seems to work.
And since it's a script anyway, we can tweak it if it doesn't.

06 June 2004, 10:42 PM
well the script does work! "yay" but its as confusing as.....confusing things.

I would like a tutorial on it, as it seems to work better without a bitmap loaded (but then its not matching light, its making it up)

I like the tutorial for the HDRdome light

Is there one out there for E-light?

06 June 2004, 10:47 PM
hey its working!!!

but its pretty confusing for a fairly new to 3d guy like myself.

theres a few things I dont understand about using e-light.

Is there no tutorial for it?

Its the hows and whys thats getting me, for example, I have no idea what sequence is, or why use dome, or anything.

I like the tutorail for HDRdome, but I cant find the plugin anywhere!!!

any help on either of these?

Daimon Kan
06 June 2004, 05:30 PM
1) Depends what wires you are talking about (viewport? final renders?). If you're talking about final renders, it depends which method you use to render the wireframe.

2) There have been plenty of threads about rendering wireframes. Look down about two or three pages in the main 3dsmax forum.

08 August 2004, 02:23 AM
Could somebody post a link or send me a the script HDRdome light r4/5 the link seems to be broken.


08 August 2004, 04:48 AM
hi, im new here and i just downloaded the HDRI.bmi; i was wondering where do i place hdri.bmi in the max 6 folders.

thanks in advance.

08 August 2004, 12:43 PM
It was very informative and easy to understand. Thank you.

08 August 2004, 07:28 PM
Thank you for creating this tutorial. I've been looking for an easy tutorial on HDRI for ages :)

08 August 2004, 09:50 PM
Well, this tutorial isn't an HDRI tutorial. It uses LDRI images. But I might write an HDRI tutorial in a couple of months.

01 January 2005, 01:33 PM

Did you ever get around to writing that tut? :)

I am looking to use IBL, but I am wondering how to use it in conjunction w/VRay, or substitute of the dome plug-in.

Any ideas?


Nick :D

01 January 2005, 04:13 PM
Well, I really have never used Vray. I only use standard Max scanline rendering. The only time I ever use a different renderer is when I use Mental Ray for Sub Surface Scattering.

I bascially just slap an HDRI image into the Skylight Map slot in 3ds max. Then render with lighttracer active.

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