New HDRI Light Kit Pro Version 1.5

September 17, 2010 - By 

Free Upgrade For Existing Users
Hi everyone. I just launched HDRI Light Kit Pro Version 1.5 today and I’m really pumped to show you all the new stuff. It’s a free update for anyone who has purchased the light kit already. Check your Email Inbox for the update. And, if you buy the kit after today, you automatically get the new version for immediate download.

Optimized for Speed and Sexy Renders
Version 1.5 is now fully compatible with Cinema 4D 12. Of course, it still works great with version 11 and above, but the lights now are compatible with the new Linear Workflow that was introduced in version 12. What does this really mean? It means that the lights look better and render even faster (up to 40% faster) than previous versions of the kit.

Perfect DayLight
The new HDRI Light Kit Pro also features the new Daylight Rig. I have been using this non stop in so many renders lately and I’m really excited to share it with you. It’s made to instantly add perfect daylight lighting to your scene.

But Wait… There’s More
New rigs like the Bounce Card and new Studios like the “Golden Hour Studio” and the “Black Reflective Studio” round out the package and make this the best Light Kit Pro update yet. I built this Light Kit to help turn Cinema 4D into a professional lighting studio and to make your renders shine. I hope you check it out.


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  • I bought it and it is awesome, but I can’t seem to get the bounce card to reflect any light. Any ideas?

    • The bounce card is only for reflections unless you are using Global Illumination. THEN, it will bounce.

      • Hi Gorilla.
        First of all I would personally like to thank you about your job(kits, tutorials) everything, literally everything.
        Look, I’m facing a problem with object exclusion in 3lightproductstudio kit.
        Is there an option to exclude an object from those boxes, bearing in mind that most of them are created as luminance materials!
        Please let me know whether I can or not ASAP!?
        Yours sincerely,

  • Hi Nick,
    I did not get the mail about the update for some reason and there’s no way in the Shop page to UPGRADE it.

    what should i do?

  • I don’t seem to have had an email for the upgrade???

  • Great kit! I’ve been plowing through your tutorials of the last week, and came up with this:

  • is awesome dude..

    But when i put in a new light, it turns it off???

  • i miss softbox targets ๐Ÿ™

    am I using these incorrectly? They seem a bit more limiting than your last rigs. Am I just missing something? and/or lazy?

  • Hi Nick, I just saw your New HDRI Light Kit Pro Version 1.5 video. Real quick, which set up would work best for a car lit like in a studio would it be the black reflective studio?

  • I am hoping to buy your kit very soon, but i do have a question regarding HDRI lights, if i place a sky in my animation, and use a HDRI material for the sky, and then place a floor or something else that might cover the sky, would the reflection appear around my whole object or only where the sky is exposed?

    • Hi, Jesus.

      Adding a floor to your scene will block sky reflection. There are a few ways around it. First, try using a compositing tag on the floor with “seen by reflections” turned off. Or. You can add you reflection hdri to the environment channel instead. Hope that helps. Thanks for looking at the light kit. I know you will love it.

  • There seems to be problems with all light types in the 1.5 upgrade, they just don’t give out enough light, in most cases requiring 500%+ brightness to see any lighting at all in the scene. I am using C4D 11.5 64-bit under Windows 7. I’m reverting to the previous version because 1.5 lights require so much work to get them to work I may aswell use standard Cinema 4D lights. I’ve compared side to side between 1.2 and 1.5 and the lights don’t work the same. I see others are having similar problems.

    • Sorry for the problems, Robert. Can you send me some scene files of what you are running in to? Some of the lights were optimized for version 12 and behave a bit different, but there always should be enough light. Let me take a look at the files and see if I can help. Cheers,

  • heyya Nick, i just started c4d *R11 and i’m beginning with your tutorials. so far i’m good with the general basics and moving on gradually. Thanks anyway. i just wanted to know since i’m now introduced to your light kit do i need to purchase whats on here or cause i cant find from my program files either so i could upgrade. if so is it advisable to download straight from the upgrade? thanks..and do treat me well, i’m a humble student! thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Question I’ve made a city scene and I have it lite with the HDRI Light Kit Pro using the Daylight tool. It looks hot.

    I just cant get it to work with the Sky tool. I need to add clouds to this bad boy to finish this project up. Any advice is welcomed.

  • I’m just beginning to flail around with lighting in C4D so this may be something totally obvious, but my results don’t match the video manual. For example here’s my recreation of the simple scene at 2:05 of the Daylight video manual:

    Light Kit 1.5, C4D R12, Linear Workflow off to match the video. And confusion in my brain. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • THE CHAPEAU ROUGE January 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm


    I’m trying to exlude some objects from the linear day light of your KIT. So in the linear day light i’ve made the exlusion from the editor light and the render light but with no results. The objects seems so to be not exclude.

    Do you think i can make this exlusion with the linear day light ?

    Anyway, I’m french painter & editor and you really introduce me to a new world with sharing you knowledge in such a way

    Merci d’avance. ร  trรจs bientรดt.


    • THE CHAPEAU ROUGE January 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm


      Sorry but i’ve just noticed if i make the exlusion in the sunlight it works. As always its all about trying and of course it’s better to find alone the solution after tweaking & tweaking…

      A big MERCI from Paris et bonne annรฉe 2011.

      the chapeau rouge

  • Alastair Bendall January 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Nick,

    We love the light kit pro, however we are having a big problem with a missing texture when using NET Render. Its really causing us problems ๐Ÿ™

    We have tried putting the GSGtextures folder in the tex files on all machines and its still not working. Any ideas? its only the window3.jpg files which is causing us issues.

    We are running C4D R12



  • +1 for Vray version ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eeek, that wasn’t it. Hopefully you’ll be kind enough to delete the previous 2 posts from me and give the real answer ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nick, quick question….been playing around with your daylight rig. and its pretty cool, but I have hit a wall messing with the shadows…for some reason I can’t seem to edit the softness of the shadow…it always produces a sharp shadow and fades nicely at the end; however, I want it to start fading sooner so create a less sharp effect….

    any tips? An example would be using a point light with the shadow caster option with a linear falloff…i’m trying to reproduce that effect…is it no possible with the infinite light? (the sun)

    • Hi, Jonny. With the daylight rig you will always get hard shadows because it’s based on the sun. You may want to try a combination of the skylight rig and a soft box if soft shadows are what you need.

      • Hi Nick & JonnyV,
        I am very late to this party, but I had the same desire for softer shadows in the Daylight rig. I hope that Nick doesn’t mind but I did some looking into the rig and found the solution in the “Sun Light” Infinite light. If you open up the Daylight rig, you will see an Infinite Light named “Sun Light.” If you click on that light and go to the “Details” tab there will be a parameter called “Infinite Angle.” When you add the Daylight rig to your scene, this paramater is set to .5ยฐ which creates hard edged shadows. You can modify this value up to 6ยฐ which will give you the nice soft shadows you are after. Note: This will only work if you have the Daylight rig set to Area Shadows, as the Infinite Angle paramater is only active on an Infinite Light with Area Shadows.

        Thanks Nick for the amazing kit! Are you going to update it for r14?

  • What font did you use in the GSG example.

  • Nick – just moved over from 3ds Max to c4d, love your site very informative.

    quick question to you or anyone else who can help, apologies if you’ve answered this before – you appear to light a lot of your scenes, including your light kit, using geometry with a luminance material assigned as opposed to using an actual area cg light.

    This was a major no no in 3d max.

    After some initial tests the only benefit I can see is that render times are faster using your method – but shadow detail appears far less accurate and animations flicker far worse.

    Am I missing something?

    thanks in advance!

  • Great new kit, but the light targets don’t work for me. When I try dropping a target, or any other layer into the expression, it doesn’t take it! Is there something I’m missing, I understand how you set it up, but I can’t get it to work….

  • Hi Nick ..
    Please I Need Package Softbox (Free) Thanks

  • hi, i downloaded the light kit, but it only works in my cinema 4d r11, because when i try to render in r12, it says that it can’t write the irradiance file thing, what can i do?? i really need help!!!

  • For some reason 1.5 Pro doesn’t work on Cinema 4D for me. It says library is damaged, but when I try it on Cinema R11.5 it works. ๐Ÿ™

    Anyone else having the same problem?

    I have Studio pack as well as it’s working fine on R12.

    • Sorry I should clarify. Light Kit Pro 1.5 isn’t working on Cinema 4D 12, but it is working for v11.5

    • Got it to work on v12 as well. Had to copy the textures into the Basic folder and also had to copy the sky folder from the tex in 11.5.

  • Hey nick, in the hdri kit where it says replace me ,how do you replace ? if you can explain or show us how to do that am learning alot from you thank you mr gorilla:)

  • Does anybody now, how i can disable the visibility of the boxes in the renderer?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Hi Gorilla.
    In “greyscale gorilla light kit pro 1.5” folder you have another folder called “Extras”. Inside this folder are a folder called “HDR Images” with 11 Hi-Resolution HDR Images. This folder have to be placed in some special place like the “tex” folder in cinema 4d directory or i can place it were i want?
    Thanks in advance and keep the awesome work…

  • Hi Nick,

    I got the light kit which is amazing…however, I am having problems with the net render missing texture issue with window3.jpg as has been mentioned above. I did see that there was an update that possibly could fix this problem, but never received it. Otherwise I am just not sure why it won’t let me use the next render for this.


  • Hi Gorilla. I can’t change the luminance color for the softox in one of the preset studios. Please help!

  • Heyo Nick,

    I bought the HDR Studio Kit and the Light Pro Kit, they both have a similar HDR rig, what’s the difference between the two rigs in uses besides the HDR Studio Rig which has Reflective Brightness? Thanks!


    • Hi David,

      There is no huge difference. The one that comes with the HDRI Studio Pack is the one I use all the time because it has the blurriness and brightness settings. The other one was my first attempt at making that rig. I think it will be gone in the next version. Hope you like the kits.

  • I have this and its awesome.The HDRI Library is too good and let me make new things and explore my things.

  • Hi, very nice tutorial
    I am iranian
    Thankyou for all free tutorials .
    gorilla 4d Man. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey Nick,
    Do you have a fix for your HDRI SPV1.5/LightKitPro 1.5…I’m working in Cinema 4d R14, and getting errors in Net Render. Apologies if you have posted a fix and I did not see it, dragging textures into the “tex” folder is not working…thanks in advance!

  • When ever I use your light kit and try to animate the scene, as soon as I place the rigid body tag, the object I was animating flies out of the scene upward.

  • Anastasia Demson June 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Hi Nick,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful product. I was wondering if it is possible to use Exclusion with your Light Kit Pro? For some reason, the Compositing tag is having no effect.

    Thank you,

    Anastasia Demson

  • Anastasia Demson June 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

    In response to my last comment:

    If anyone else has this problem, it is probably because you are applying the Compositing tag to the GSG light’s topmost Null. If you twirl open the light, you will see there is a Compositing tag already applied to the one or some of the underlying objects in the light’s hierarchy. You should apply the Exclusion there instead and it works like a charm!

  • hi nick, am using the linear daylight to render a city scene , but some how , when i zoom the camera into a car on the street , the lighting doesn’t effect the cars interior, everything inside the car turns black, so i was wondring what could be the issue. Would appreciate if you could help out. thanks

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