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Chapter 5. What's New in Rendering > Photometric Lights: Preset Lights

Photometric Lights: Preset Lights

Setting up good lighting is immensely important and is usually done in the final stages before a scene is rendered, although in some pipelines light kits are applied in the previz or layout stage. In either case, you need to make sure that lighting is accurately placed and that the intensity and color complement the scene. New light presets called Photometric Lights take a lot of the effort out of this.

If you want to light your scene with, say, a realistic 60-watt light bulb, you can choose it from the new Photometric lights available through the Create > Lights menu. These lights are the same as in previous 3ds max versions, except now the presets have been configured for you (Figure 5.1).


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