HDR Image-Based Lighting in Blender

Watch this crash course and master the complete HDR image-based lighting workflow, 100% Blender
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1hr 45min of on-demand video

How to crush the image-based lighting workflow in Blender.
The real benefits of using High Dynamic Range images for illuminating your 3D scenes.
How to capture the full 360° high dynamic range panorama inside Blender
Knowing the light qualities and how to analyze them to create eye-popping 3D art


  • Blender 2.78 or above.
  • A basic level understanding of Blender.


In this course Gleb Alexandrov from Creative Shrimp shows how Image-based lighting is an opportunity to achieve astounding realism.

If you've just started tinkering with HDR image-based lighting in Blender,
it may seem daunting. So hard to control the direction of light (Gimme
the rim light, you, Blender!). Even harder to avoid a blown-out

On top of that, there seems to be so many things to wrap your head around: High Dynamic Range, 32-bit textures, Tone Mapping...

But actually, this workflow is MUCH easier than you might have thought. I promise.

After watching this step-by-step guide, you'll get the super powers to crush the image-based lighting in Blender.

All the project files are included, so you can follow along with video tutorials

Moreover, Greg Zaal has kindly offered us a couple of amazing 2k HDRI environments from the HDRI Haven website.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone wanting to master Image-based lighting in Blender and achieve astounding realism
  • Anyone seeking to understand High Dynamic Range, 32-bit textures, Tone Mapping etc.


Tutorial Co-Author With Gleb Alexandrov @ Creative Shrimp
Aidy Burrows
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 641 Reviews
  • 34,603 Students
  • 1 Course

Environment artist at TT Fusion working on titles such as Lord of the rings and mostly a whole load of Lego games : 

Lego Marvel

Lego City

Lego Hobbit etc.

Freelanced working on music videos, teamed up with CG Masters to create Blender tutorials. The Blender foundation got in touch for me to create them to Blender Cloud and Steam I released a Blender game asset creation course. Teamed up with Gleb Alexandrov from Creative Shrimp to release a SpaceVFX course for Blender.

Now there are many things on the go, notably an urge to develop game creation skills more deeply in Unreal Engine 4, noodlings and doodlings of that ilk will emerge via vertStretch

Artist, Founder of the Creative Shrimp website
Gleb Alexandrov
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 641 Reviews
  • 34,603 Students
  • 1 Course

An artist well-versed in Blender, the founder of Creative Shrimp blog for aspiring 3D artists. Gleb's renders got multiple awards including Best Concept Art of the Year (2013), VFX Award (2017) and were published in numerous magazines and books. Gleb is a fan of free and open-source software and is known for his caffeine addiction.

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