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How To Control HDR Shadows in Blender


Reynante Martinez writes:

In this short video, I'll show you how you can independently control the HDR shadow of your scene without affecting the background HDR.

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  1. Super quick, concise and useful! Already knew this trick, but it's something that I'm sure people without experience with the lightpath node might not know. Thanks for sharing with the community!

  2. Bucktooth Raven on

    Hey there, I know this is old but maybe I will get an answer.
    I'm learning Cycles C4D version and would like to control the shadow strength only (darker/lighter) from an HDR.
    Is that similar to what you have done here?

  3. Bucktooth Raven on

    Yes, the C4D version works just like Blender Cycles, how ever I wouldn't know how to control HDR shadows in Blender either, thats my question.

    When lighting a scene with HDR is there a way you can make the shadow strength less/more without affecting the light on the object?

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