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Download 200 free HDRIs from HDRI Skies

Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Posted by Jim Thacker

A low-dynamic-range preview of Sky 146 from HDRI Skies’ set of 200 freely downloadable HDRIs.

Originally posted on 8 February 2016. Scroll down for updates.

New resource site HDRI Skies has made mid-res versions of 150 200 of its HDRI files available to for free, including for use in commercial projects. The files are provided in HDR format at 4,096 x 2,048px resolution.

Updated 17 June 2017: HDRI Skies has now reduced the resolution of its free files to 2,048 x 1,024px.

The focus of the site being the skies themselves, the images are all shot in flat countryside, largely parks, grassland or fields in temperate countryside: presumably in Poland, where the site is based.

Images can be searched by time of day, and there are also a range of times of year and weather conditions, including varying degrees of cloud cover, plus mist and fog.

Register to download low-res HDRIs for free, or ultra-high-res versions for €5
To download any of the free HDRIs, you’ll need to be registered with the site, but again, that’s free. Each can be previewed as a 360-degree interactive online panorama before downloading.

HDRI Skies also offers hi-res versions of the files (either 13,000 x 6,500px or 15,000 x 7,500px), priced at €5-7 (around $5.50-8.00) for a single HDRI, or €50 ($55) for packs of 20 full spherical HDRIs.

More free resources to come
Site founder Agata Galewska tells us that she aims to publish a new set of high-quality HDRIs on the site next month, so it’s worth checking back regularly.

HDRI Skies’ sister website, Texturify, which we wrote about last year, also offers a range of free texture resources and 360-degree spherical environment maps.

Updated 17 June 2016: HDRI Skies now has 200 free HDRs available to download. In addition, the full-resolution versions now come with 5K backplates. You can download one free 15K HDR here.

Download 200 free HDRIs from HDRI Skies

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3 responses to “Download 200 free HDRIs from HDRI Skies”

  1. Myself said:

    Sorry, but they are 2k resolution, not 4k. (Cant believe in the year 2016 still there are people out there that does not know that 4000×2000 is a >>2000<< 2k resolution hdri, not 4k.

    11:06 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

  2. Jim Thacker said:

    Interesting point. I’ve followed HDRI Skies’ own description of the files, and they aren’t the only HDR site to use ‘4K’ as shorthand for ‘roughly 4,000px wide’. I do try to include the actual dimensions of the image in stories like this, though, so you can see how many pixels you get in total.

    4:33 am on Friday, December 23, 2016

  3. no one said:

    4k is 4 hd screens which is 3840*2160 and 6k at 3840*3240 doesnt need to be 4000 to be 4 k or 6000 to be 6 k

    2:34 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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