READ ME HDRI Handbook Companion DVD No DVD Menu? Honestly, who is not annoyed by fancy autostart menus? This is a data DVD, so let’s cut right down to the chase. Software HDR Images Tutorial Files Stuff you can really use HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS DVD You know already how to get around here. There is no need for a fancy A huge advantage of going menu, because you have already a this route is that you can access far superior browsing system in- all the content from within any stalled. One that you already know software’s ﬁle requester. how to use: Just navigate this DVD with This DVD is actually just half Windows Explorer or Mac Finder, the story. Anything that runs the just like you would ﬁnd your way risk of getting outdated anytime through any other folder structure. soon can be found on the com- If you’re on a Mac, I recommend panion website: using Icon Mode, because most folders are tagged with custom www.HDRLabs.com icons, and everything is laid out in Browse this DVD in Thumbnail Mode a way that it (hopefully) makes You’ll ﬁnd stuff much easier. sense. sional edition for Mac and PC. Everything These evaluation copies are fully here to get you started functional, but they apply a wa- termark to the ﬁnal image. FULL SOFTWARE right away. Please keep in mind that HDRI is a very rapidly evolving topic, The “Tools” folder includes where innovations and revolutions some essential HDRI software as a are made on a monthly schedule. courtesy to my ofﬂine readers. Most certainly there are signiﬁcant PC users get a super deluxe updates for each program already version of Picturenaut, with all of online. If you have a working inter- Banty’s Filter plugins already in net connection, I highly recom- place. No installation necessary, Picturenaut mend that you grab the latest ver- just copy the Picturenaut folder to sions online. your Programs folder. To make it easier for you, I Mac users will be happy to ﬁnd have set up a link list that takes a full copy of Photosphere PPC you directly to the download here. Copy it to your Applications pages. This list will always be up- folder, and you’re all set up to to-date, and even include software browse, view, and make HDRIs. that hasn’t been discussed in the You will also ﬁnd trial versions book. Happy scraping! Photosphere PPC of FDR Tools, Photomatix and www.hdrlabs.com/tools PTGui, each of them as profes- TRIAL VERSIONS FDR Tools Advanced Photomatix Pro PTGui Pro High-res HDRIs for you to play with, HDR IMAGES Haven’t shot your own yet? including original No problem. You can dive right exposure brackets! into HDR generation and tone- mapping with these images. They are provided under the Creative Commons License. Use it, tweak it, make it your own. Just remember to tell eve- ryone where you got ‘em from! All these images are 10 Megapixel big, shot That’s because they have all been cleaned up, con- with a Nikon D200 in auto-bracketing mode. verted, and sometimes cropped in Pho- Some are shot with a tripod, some with a toshop CS3. monopod, and depending on the scene Just as outlined in chapter 3, it is my there are between 5 and 9 exposures per strong belief that a clean HDRI should be bracketing sequence. the base for all further processing steps. The ready-made HDR images are A good exercise would be to create your available in Radiance and OpenEXR for- own HDR image from the original expo- mat, ready for tonemapping. They have been sures, and then take it through the cleanup generated in various tools, even though the ﬁle steps yourself. I’m sure you’ll be able to beat tag might always register Photoshop as creator. mine pretty quickly. SPECIAL INTEREST GHOST ALLEY TOURIST MANIA BIG MOON RAW BIG MOON RAW CALIBRATION CALIBRATION Feeling experimental today? Advanced HDR freaks are invited to sharpen their Ninja skills on some particular problems, that require special attention. Can you and your software stand the test? whatever fancy screen tech- Compare nology you can master. Heck, TONEMAPPING tonemappers conveniently you could even print them all out and make them into a giant on screen! wallpaper! Of course, the original HDRIs You might have noticed that are right here as well. Tonemap the beginning of chapter 4 is put them yourself with your favorite together in a very clever way: program, and add your own result When you fold the pages halfway to the ballot! in, you can put any combination of As a special treat you’ll also tonemapping examples side by get a Flash Gallery. That is simply side. However, the images in print the slickest way to tap back and are rather small, and the differ- forth between these images, be- ence in the details is sometimes cause I have laid out the thumb- hard to make out. nails in useful grids views for you. But fear not! You’ll ﬁnd all ex- It’s best navigated with the cursor ample images as full-sized TIFFs keys, because you can quickly hop in the “Tonemapping” folder. So through lines and columns while you can use your favorite image keeping an eye on the image itself. viewer to see them fullscreen, split-screen, multi-screen, or Bonus Flash Gallery Discover the ﬂoating HDRI EDITING point domain, a wonderful place to be! When the white point is not a Starting point and ﬁnal images clipping barrier anymore, and all are in OpenEXR format, so you can the color values are retained with use them with your favorite image close-to-inﬁnite precision, the editor. game has changed entirely. Take your ﬁrst steps by doing the work- shops in chapter 5 with the ﬁles Colorgrading with Levels from the “Editing” folder. It’s all right here: • starting point • in-between steps • ﬁnal images When it makes sense, these ﬁles are provided as unﬂattened 32-bit .psd ﬁles, ready to be used with Photoshop CS3 Extended. Painting with Light Glow in After Effects superslick Day-For-Night Tutorial PANORAMA STITCHING Segmental Capture: Avebury Church by Bernhard Vogl Become a panorama pro by following the stitching tutorials in chapter 5! Of course, it’s more fun to go out and shoot your own HDR panoramas. For the rest of us that don’t have the Mirrorball Apartment equipment necessary yet, all the ﬁles used in the tutorials can be found in the “Panoramas” folder: • original source images, • pre-merged HDR images, • PTGui and Hugin project ﬁles, • several intermediate states of postprocessing. • the ﬁnal images in full resolution. Even for the seasoned pro, it can be a neat exercise to explore one of the other methods: Mirrorball, Segmental Skydome Downtown Capture or Skydome - it’s all right here! BONUS MATERIAL MANS CHINESE MONO LAKE EDEN FX OFFICE DTOWN HOTEL Want to stitch some on your own? If you got the general workﬂow down, and feel like you can stitch without an explicit tutorial, then why don’t you test your skills on these bonus panoramas? without radiosity, your lighting will A gold mine get an enormous quality boost. CGI for 3D artists How exactly that is applied in your 3D app, you will have to ﬁgure out The infamous on your own. Time to get inventive! Apartment Scene is a good testing ground for curious Lightbitch people. Objects and scene ﬁles in As a special treat for LightWave the “CGI” folder are included in a users I have included a full version variety of formats: 3dsMAX, of my latest plugin. LightBitch is Softimage XSI, Maya, Lightwave, the most intuitive way of convert- Cinema4D, VRML, OBJ, DXF. Most of these scenes are set up ing HDR panoramas into a profes- sional lightrig. It is the only solution by participants of the original where you can edit the lights your- HDRI Challenge project in 2003. self and tweak it to your gusto. Bear this creation date in mind, there might be some adjustments Installation: Copy the Light- necessary for current software Bitch folder to your plugins folder, versions. Consider this material as and add all 4 included scripts with a recommended starting point for “Add Plugins” to your Lightwave. your own experiments. LightBitch will show up in the “Utilities-Additional” dropdown list, but I recommend dedicating a Yummy HDR Cookies menu button to it with “Edit Menu”. These are cool assets that you Keep the book on your desk, can use to supercharge regular you will need to ﬁnd the password spotlights with real world light in- for registration! formation. Even when rendering Exclusive Lightwave Plugin Your initial sIBL Collection is Image based already supercharged with plenty lighting has just become a whole of high-res environments, all royalty-free for you to use however SMART IBL lot easier! you like. Compared to commercial HDRI collections, this folder has The “Smart IBL” folder holds more value in it than the cover the ofﬁcial premiere release of price of the book! our revolutionary lighting toolkit. You also get setup assistant scripts, that turn on the lights in sIBL-Edit your 3D package! Currently in- by Chris Huf cluded are: sIBL for LightWave sIBL-Edit has all you need to by Christian Bloch create, edit, and manage your sIBL presets. It’s a standalone applica- sIBL for 3dMAX tion for Windows and Linux. by Christian Bauer Installation: Just drag-n-drop sIBL for Maya the sIBL-Edit folder anywhere on by Volker Heisterberg your harddrive. The path to your sIBL Collection needs to be con- For updates and feedback see ﬁgured upon the initial start. www.smartIBL.com Huge High-Res sIBL Collection Create great lighting setups with the ﬂip of a button! • Optimized for render time • Automatic key light • Reﬂections with “that kick” • Ideal for Modeling-WIPs • Uniﬁed across platforms • Centralized preset location in a network environment these images in noncommercial IS THAT IT? projects, provided you identify The HDRI Handbook as the Yeah, and it’s a lot! original source and refer to Christian Bloch as the License original author. Under no All the content on this DVD is circumstances shall you yours to play with and experiment claim full authorship, and with. All software remains copy- for commercial use you right of the respective authors. need to contact me with As the author of the image ma- a permission request. terial, however, I grant you permis- That’s just fair play. Get involved in sion to use, alter, remix, and share the forum! Feedback ?... ! For any questions regarding the book, workshops, or tutorials you should visit the HDRI Community Forum online. This is also a great place to share your own results, new techniques you discovered, or simply get it touch with other HDR fanatics. Y!rs truly, Ch"#ian Bloch This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
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