sIBL-Edit is a standalone application. Whatever 3d app you choose for the loader scripts - sIBL Edit is the independent backbone, a complete toolkit focused on managing and editing your sIBL Collection. And it looks pretty slick, too. It’s divided in three parts, one for each task: Managing, Editing, and Creation.

1. Sexy browser

In this browser pane you can inspect your collection and do simple management tasks:

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Manage your collection.

You can pull up any of the included images, and have closer look here. A panoramic viewer is built right in. So, if you would like to see how an EXR reflection map looks like, you can do it. Easy.

2. Core functionality: Editing sIBL sets

Double-clicking in the browser takes you to the main editor. That’s your worksheet, where you can swap out individual images, and edit all the setup information that is stored in the .ibl file. Also you get a more detailed analysis of the images, and you can pick the sun position, color and intensity.

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Edit Pane.

Everything is interactive here, the display reacts in realtime when you set exposure, gamma and image shift. Latter is intended for defining the north position, but without touching the images themselves. It can also be handy for lining up images that were stitched separately, maybe even remixed from different sets.

Note, that all these edits are non-destructive to the images. Only metadata in the .ibl files is changed here.

3. Squeezing out the essence of light

Making a new sIBL set couldn't be easier: Just drag-n-drop your original high resolution HDR panorama on the application icon.


sIBL-Edit will automatically split up all the component images. In a specialized toolbox you can then manually tweak each images size, blur amount, crop out a new icon.

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Break it out, pronto!

This window actually does make new images.
You can:
  • apply a panoramic blur, that correctly wraps around the edges and compensates for distortion on nadir and zenith.
  • cut out any kind of icon from the image
  • Apply tonemapping operators (Drago and Reinhard) to background and icon
  • remotely run any HDRShop Plugin (see Banty's Toolbox)

There is even a complete set of panoramic remapping functions included. So you can literally take an HDRI from mirror ball to production-ready with a few clicks. Pretty amazing, isn't it?

Watch a 20-minute tutorial screencast...