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HDR Image-Based Lighting in Blender

Watch this crash course and master the HDR image-based lighting workflow in Blender.

If you've just started tinkering with HDR 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 background.

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.

This course is FREEMIUM, so you can download it 100% free. Or you can set your own price (say, $0, $7, $35, $55 or anything).


Gleb Alexandrov - Founder of Creative Shrimp, Artist and a Global Nerd


Video Info: 1.5+ hours, 1920 x 1080 (download+streaming), MP4 format

5 Chapters

Step-by-step Image-based lighting workflow

Software Used: Blender 2.78, Cycles

Skill Level: Intermediate

All Project Files included


Jerry Perkins aka MasterXeon1001, Creator of Hard Ops

"Everytime I lock my workflow one way or another, Gleb creeps out of the shadows to greet me with a classic feature with a new approach!"

Zacharias Reinhardt, 3D Artist & Blender Trainer

"Gleb once again proved that he is a master in lighting. In this new Blender course he shows us a deep insight into making awesome renders using HDRI image-based lighting. I especially enjoyed the method on combining multiple HDRIs to get stunning lighting results."

Greg Zaal, Artist and HDRI guy (HDRI Haven.com)

"Gleb is a master of lighting, these tutorials aren't just about how to drop in an HDRI and hope for the best, they're about how to manipulate HDRIs and even your materials to get exactly the result you want."

Steve Lund, Artist and Founder of CG Geek

"Looking for that secret ingredient to really make your work POP? Well, with the help of rubber duckies (and Gleb Alexandrov) you'll learn the best ways to control light in your scenes and add that tasty bit of awesomeness to any project!"


  • Light Qualities Tutorial - Learn to see the key properties of light
  • Project Files - Get all the .blend files and textures
  • 4 HDRI's from HDRI Haven (2k pixels wide) - kudos to Greg Zaal for offering us these amazing HDR environments to play with!
  • Extras - Additional shrimp-style stuff


Realistic Lighting in Blender: 11 Hacks You've Probably Never Tried

Last year we released the Realistic Lighting course. Basically it was the collection of the tricks aimed at faking amazing lighting effects.

That said, you don't need to have already been through this course to be able to follow HDR Image-based Lighting. These are separate things (although they compliment each other).

For more information visit CreativeShrimp.com

(NOTE : If you decide to pay for the course, Gumroad may add a VAT that is automatically calculated based on country of purchase)

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  • 6 Blender Tutorials3.9 GB
  • Project Files442 MB
  • Extras234 MB
  • TOTAL4.57 GB


HDR Image-Based Lighting in Blender

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