Sunday, May 15th, 2022 Posted by Jim Thacker

Download Location Textures’ 469 free HDRI panoramas

Originally posted on 21 October 2019. Scroll down for news of the latest free HDRIs.

Framestore digital matte painter Jacek Pilarski has made all of the 4K resolution HDRI panoramas on Location Textures, his online reference library, free to download.

There are currently over 50 460 HDRIs available free on the website at 4,096 x 2,048px resolution, including both skies and outdoor environments, shot in a range of weather conditions.

The HDRIs were typically generated using 24-36 Exposure Values (EVs), and are available in EXR format.

The files are only licensed for non-commercial use, although you can pay a $15 fee at the online checkout in order to use them in commercial projects.

Updated 13 September 2020: Jacek Pilarski has released a new set of panoramic HDRI skies, bringing the total number of free 4K HDRIs on the site to 58.

The new free images show sunny skies with clouds, and are available in ACES and sRGB colour space.

Updated 10 May 2022: Jacek Pilarski has released over 200 new panoramas, including both skies and urban and forest environments, bringing the total of free 4K HDRIs on the site to 469.

The new files include “epic skies, massive forests, golden sunsets, pink sunsets, industrial vibes, abandoned places, storms, blue hour storms, god rays, storm god rays and many many more”.

Hi-res HDRIs and photo reference packs also available to buy
For movie work, higher resolutions of the HDRIs remain available to buy: typically 15K and 30K versions.

Location Textures also sells a range of commercial packs of reference photos for matte painting and concept art work.

Download over 460 free panoramic HDRIs at 4K resolution from Location Textures