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HDR Light Studio - Documentation

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Content provides the visual appearance to a Light (RGBA image data). There are 3 sections of the Light Properties where Content is used: Content, Value Blend and Alpha Multiply.
 
Use Content Presets to change the visual appearance of an existing light within your project. Updating the content on an existing light will maintain it's master and transform settings, meaning the light retains how it is being used within the project, you are simply 'hot swapping' it's visual appearance. Use Content presets to try out different light sources on an already positioned light, and see which you prefer for example.
 
HDR Light Studio is supplied with a wide range of Content Presets, and you can save your own Content Presets too.

There are 6 types of Content in HDR Light Studio - and therefore 6 types of Content Presets to choose from:

BoxGrads
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Can be dragged and dropped onto the Master Content, Value Blend and Alpha Multiply sections of a Light's Properties.

Bulbs
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Can be dragged and dropped onto the Master Content section of a Light's Properties.

Flats
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Can be dragged and dropped onto the Master Content and Value Blend sections of a Light's Properties.

Gradients
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Can be dragged and dropped onto the Master Content, Value Blend and Alpha Multiply sections of a Light's Properties.

Images
Includes most of the content found on the image based Light Presets.
They are included as Content allowing them to be hot swapped on an existing light.
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Can be dragged and dropped onto the Master Content, Value Blend and Alpha Multiply sections of a Light's Properties.

Skies
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Can be dragged and dropped onto the Master Content section of a Light's Properties.

 
How to use Preset Content
 
1. Drag and Drop onto the Content Tabs - Master, Value Blend, Alpha Multiply, to apply to that section.
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2. Drag and drop onto the Content Type labels within the Light Properties panel. Once you begin to drag the preset, the labels where the content can be dropped will highlight green.
drag and drop content exampleIn the example above, the content was changed from a spot light to a window with a simple drag and drop.

3. Right Click on the Preset thumbnail and choose 'Apply to Current Light'.
Content is applied to the Master Content of the active light.
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4. Drag and drop onto any light in the Light List.
Content is applied to the Master Content of the light.
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The advantage of this method is the light does not need to be active to change it's content - so you can easily hot swap any lights content in your lighting design.

 
How to save your own Content Presets
 
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Press the Save Preset button to the left of the Content Type label.
The Create Preset Panel will appear where you will provide a description and tag words for the preset.
Once the preset has been created, it will appear in your presets panel. It will have a small orange triangle in the thumbnail corner, indicating it is a User Preset.
 
For more technical details on where and how User Presets are stored, see: Presets Technical Information

 

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