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LeoMoon LightStudio

Important Notice

LeoMoon LightStudio (formerly known as Blender Light Studio) is 100% free and open-source. You can download and use it without any limitations.

Development Fund

If you think this plugin speeds up your workflow, consider funding the development of it by purchasing it. This will help to fix bugs, improve user interface and add new features.

Introduction

LeoMoon LightStudio is the easiest, fastest and most advanced lighting system for Blender 2.8x. LeoMoon LightStudio is packed with features and the new Light Node has so many options so you can customize each light exactly the way you want.

Features

  • Add/Remove lights around objects
  • Add multiple light profiles
  • Easily switch between light profiles with a single click
  • Each light has many options to customize
  • All options per light can be animated
  • Each light can have a different light texture
  • Fastest render update while lighting
  • 15 Realistic HDR light textures included
  • Easy 2D manipulation of lights in the LightStudio Control Panel which translates to positioning of that light in 3D space
  • Toggle a light by double clicking on it in the LightStudio Control Panel
  • Isolate a light by right clicking on it in the LightStudio Control Panel
  • Lights can be added to different renders layers
  • Import/Export light profiles

Background HDR vs Manual Lighting

Why not use the other background HDR light plugins? That's because template based light plugins are predictable and limited. For product renders, you want lots of options and control, NOT templates! However you can create your own light profiles in LeoMoon LightStudio and import/export light profiles in different projects.

Limitations

LeoMoon LightStudio uses mesh lights and currently, EEVEE does not support mesh lights in real-time. Rendering is only supported in Cycles.

LeoMoon LightStudio now supports EEVEE if "Basic light" is used.

Authors

  • Amin Babaeipanah
  • Marcin Zielinski

Changelog

  • 2.9.1 2021-09-15:
    • Added Switch to Cycles button
    • Moved Profiles panel before Lights panel
    • Fixed Copy Light
    • Fixed Copy Profile
  • 2.9.0 2021-08-11:
    • Added Reset Control Panel button under Misc section
    • Added Multi Profile Mode
    • Bug fixes and improvements
  • 2.8.2 2021-07-17:
    • Fixes Basic light not working when switching modes
    • Minor visual changes
    • Minor bugfixes
  • 2.8.1 2021-07-14:
    • Minor bugfixes
  • 2.8.0 2021-07-13:
    • Fixed compatibility issue with Blender 2.93+
    • Changed the way animated lights are handled
  • 2.7.1 2020-11-27:
    • Fixed compatibility issue with Blender 2.82
  • 2.7.0 2020-11-10:
    • Added two types of lights:
      • Advanced: Supports HDR light textures and has many masking options
      • Basic: Blender's area light with limited options to support EEVEE
    • Many bugfixes and improvements
  • 2.6.2 2020-10-07:
    • Added custom hotkeys to addon preferences
    • Major improvements added to Light Brush with F hotkey (3D Edit)
    • Added G hotkey to move lights in the light panel and 3D view
    • R and S hotkeys can now rotate and scale lights in the 3D view also
    • Improved undo
  • 2.6.1 2020-08-21:
    • Added “Up” and “Down” buttons to sort lights in the light list
    • Added button to copy light in the light list
    • Send light to top in the LightPanel when selected in the light list
    • Lights in copied profiles do not have shared materials any more
    • Constrained clickable area of the control panel by 3D viewport properties area
  • 2.6.0 2020-07-31:
    • Replaced Add Light and Delete Light buttons with a light list
    • Lights can be renamed in the light list
    • Lights can be toggled in the light list
    • Lights can be isolated in the light list
    • Light selection is synchronized with the LightPanel
  • 2.5.2 2020-07-10:
    • Fixed light going outside of LightPanel
    • Added LighPanel resizing
    • Minor bugfixes
  • 2.5.1 2020-05-08:
    • Fixed Copy Profile function
    • Fixed Copy Profile to Scene function
    • Fixed LightStudio world node from being created again if it exists
    • Added Open Textures Folder button
  • 2.5.0 2020-03-23:
    • Fixed LightStudio error when opening Bledner 2.8x
    • Fixed LightStudio error when deleting studio
    • Fixed strange behavior when clicking LightStudio Control Panel multiple times
    • Fixed the ordering of LightStudio side panel
    • Improved the light node
    • Added all the light effect previews to the LightStudio Control Panel
    • Added LightStudio Keying Set to animate lights
    • Added Background Setup button to quickly setup the background optimized for lighting
    • Added missing/changed descriptions for a few buttons
    • Added a darker green border when lights are not selected
    • Moved rotate, move, and scale text from top to bottom where the info is usually displayed
    • Moved hotkeys help text to Hotkeys section in the side panel
  • 2.4.1 beta 2019-01-19:
    • Many bugfixes
    • LightStudio Control Panel is now using OpenGL
  • 2.4.0 beta:
    • Ported to Blender 2.8x
    • Added the new LightStudio Control Panel
  • 2.3.11:
    • Bugfix for profiles
  • 2.3.10:
    • Bugfix for screen.redo_last
  • 2.3.9:
    • Bugfix
  • 2.3.8:
    • State of Selection Override is now stored between sessions
  • 2.3.6:
    • Added empty for each profile for easy movement
    • Added copy profile to scene
    • Added auto refresh light textures
    • Light distance is animatable now
    • Fixed left click (partially)
    • Fixed blend autopacking
  • 2.3.5:
    • Bugfix
  • 2.3.4:
    • Bugfix for left-click selection
  • 2.3.3:
    • Bugfix (light scale and rotation not exporting, profiles not copying correctly)
    • Button to easily fix broken texture paths

Usage

  1. Open Blender and go to File -> User Preferences... -> Addons
  2. Click on “Install from File...” and select “blender-light-studio.zip”
  3. After installation, the new plugin should show up and you can enable it
    • If it doesn’t, search for “studio” and enable the plugin
  4. Close “User Preferences...”
  5. Go to the new tab called “LightStudio”
  6. Click on “Create Light Studio”
  7. Click on “LightStudio Control Panel”
  8. Click on “Background Setup (Optional)” to setup background for lighting
  9. Start adding lights by clicking “Add Light” and moving them around in the LightStudio Control Panel
  10. Use the options for the selected light and light your scene

Compatibility

Blender 2.91+ stable build

Donors

Benjamin Gratia Bitgem Pty Ltd (Polyfu) Chris Nicholls Chris Phyffer x2 Damir Simovski Dario Jaeger Jacinto Carbajosa Fermoso x2 John Podlesnik Krzysztof Czerwiński x6 Marc-André Gasser Matthew Moore MoonGorilla Karol Rządczyk Nathaniel Westveer Pan Jiaqing Paul Kotelevets Reinhard Kepplinger Roger Chamberlain Tiago Santos Victor Lin

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