Image Based Lighting

Figure Artist has a special lighting option for image-based lighting. Image-based lighting is a way of setting up the lighting of a character based on an image of natural lighting. The lighting simulates the lighting effects found in real environments through an image of that environment. When the image is processed through Figure Artist, the program creates lights that simulate the environment.

Image-based lights are a quick way to achieve a natural-looking lighting effect without having to manipulate the lights themselves. Figure 7.26 shows image-based lighting for a bright, sunny day.

Figure 7.26 Image-based lighting simulates natural lighting.

Figure 7.25 Lighting can express emotion.

The image can be of almost any environment. Figure 7.27 was rendered with lighting taken from inside an office. Notice the strong yellow cast from the incandescent light bulbs.

Image Based Lighting
Figure 7.27 Interior lighting has a yellow cast.

A more subdued, cool bluish lighting effect is evident in this rendering shown in Figure 7.28, using an evening seaside image.

A more subdued, cool bluish lighting effect is evident in this rendering shown in Figure 7.28, using an evening seaside image.

Figure 7.28 Evening lighting gives the scene a cooler, bluish cast.

An image of a shady area can be used for scenes in which the figure is posed outside, under an overhanging tree. The cooler colors filtering through the leaves and the warmer colors from the sun give the rendering in Figure 7.29 an interesting combination of warm and cool lighting.

Figure 7.29 This lighting has an interesting combination of cool and warm lights.

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