BOOT­CAMP: LIGHT KIT PRO 3

A guide to this lat­est up­date

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Mas­ter­ing light­ing is prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant skill a 3D artist can learn, as light cre­ates ev­ery­thing we see. It in­forms how re­flec­tions look, how rough a ma­te­rial should be, and most im­por­tantly en­ables us to cre­ate spa­ces that tell sto­ries.

Cre­at­ing a light­ing setup can be a time-con­sum­ing process. Thank­fully though, Light Kit Pro 3 from Greyscale­go­rilla is here to make learn­ing and cre­at­ing be­spoke light­ing set­ups as easy as it can get.

Wisely, Light Kit Pro 3 cre­ates light­ing in the same way a pho­tog­ra­pher does, with a range of light sources that act (and look) like the light­ing tools a pho­tog­ra­pher would use, from soft­boxes to pho­to­graphic stu­dio back­grounds. These ob­jects show in the view­port win­dow and can be in­ter­ac­tively moved and mod­i­fied around the scene with­out need­ing to dive into the Prop­er­ties pal­ette, which is a huge time­saver.

One of the main im­prove­ments that Light Kit Pro 3 pro­vides is mul­ti­ple ren­der en­gine sup­port. As not all ren­der en­gines han­dle light and ma­te­ri­als the same way, it can be a chore re­set­ting light­ing from one ren­der so­lu­tion to an­other if the client or other artists you are work­ing with change. Light Kit Pro 3 han­dles this with aplomb al­low­ing easy drop­down ‘swa­pa­bil­ity’ be­tween Oc­tane, Arnold, Red­shift and Cinema 4D’s Stan­dard and Phys­i­cal ren­der en­gines, mean­ing that a wide range of the ren­der en­gines used by Cinema 4D artists in pro­duc­tion are covered.

If you are in a rush, then Light Kit Pro 3 will have you covered. While the most fun can be had cre­at­ing a be­spoke light­ing en­vi­ron­ment, this plugin comes with a huge range of light­ing set­ups that can be loaded (and swapped out for an­other one eas­ily) with just a click. Light Kit Pro 3 makes light­ing easy and fun.

01 Add A Light

Once Light Kit Pro 3 is in­stalled, adding a light is easy. Sim­ply go to Plug­ins>light Kit Pro 3>Light Types to choose your light model. Once added, a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the light type is shown in the view­port. The light comes with its own tar­get that can be mod­i­fied and moved around the scene eas­ily, and the ge­om­e­try of the light adapts on the fly to any changes in po­si­tion and ro­ta­tion.

02 use the Light

The Light Kit Pro 3 light ob­ject has a plethora of op­tions. From whether the ge­om­e­try of the light is to be seen by the cam­era, the colour, in­ten­sity as well as re­flec­tion in­ten­sity – all can be con­trolled from the com­pre­hen­sive Prop­er­ties pal­ette. The de­vel­op­ers have used their deep knowl­edge of Cinema 4D to en­able the main con­trols to be ac­cessed di­rectly on the light model it­self, en­abling in­ten­sity and fall-off to be mod­i­fied for quick changes on the fly.

03 other Lights And Cycs

Light Kit Pro 3 has some great light op­tions such as ring lights and um­brel­las, which can re­ally help with cre­at­ing real­is­tic light­ing en­vi­ron­ments. Pho­to­graphic back­grounds (also known as a Cyc) are avail­able too with a wide range of model op­tions, which again can be eas­ily mod­i­fied in the view­port and can be made to have ren­der-spe­cific ma­te­ri­als to get an artist set up quickly with a be­spoke light­ing so­lu­tion.

04 Light Kit Browser

If time is press­ing, Light Kit Pro 3 comes with a wide range of light­ing pre­sets in the Light Kit Browser. These can be used at the be­gin­ning of the light­ing process and come with their own stock model ge­om­e­try for a sub­ject. The de­vel­op­ers have thought wisely about how to im­ple­ment the pre­sets, and the de­fault model can be switched off, there­fore not re­plac­ing any­thing al­ready in a scene. Also, the pre­set will de­fault to the cho­sen ren­der en­gine.

05 swap pre­sets

One of the prob­lems when it comes to us­ing pre­sets in most plug­ins is that it can some­times lead to a messy scene. Thank­fully with Light Kit Pro 3 this is not the case. The Light Kit Browser pre­sets can be changed by go­ing back to the browser and choos­ing a new look. Light Kit Pro 3 then swaps out the pre­set, keep­ing ev­ery­thing neat and tidy. This is great for when you want to quickly ex­plore new looks for a scene.

06 Mul­ti­ple ren­der en­gines

One of the big­gest chores in CGI can be swap­ping be­tween ren­der en­gines, as tex­tures and lights work very dif­fer­ently. Light Kit Pro 3 solves the light­ing part of this te­dious task by hav­ing the abil­ity to switch be­tween light set­ups with a drop­down. Make sure to use a pre­set from the Light Kit Browser or have your light ob­jects in a Light Kit Stu­dio ob­ject to en­able this amaz­ing fea­ture, which is a huge time­saver. •

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