3D Lighting 101 with Nomad Sculpt

  • Created by Dave Reed
  • Course Duration 1 hour 53 mins
  • Price USD$
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  • Platform Skillshare
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Welcome to 3D Lighting 101! I'll be using Nomad Sculpt, but this lighting information can be used for any and all 3D applications. The basics are the same when it comes to how light affects the physical world and the 3D world. I love lighting, and I'm happy to show you how I create dynamic lighting setups for my 3D models and sculpts. Good or bad lighting can make or break your sculpt, so let's make sure you have some pointers to be able to show your 3D creation in the best light possible!


Welcome to the world of 3D Lighting 101! Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned 3D enthusiast, this course is your gateway to mastering the art of lighting in the digital realm. Regardless of the 3D application you use, the fundamentals of light remain consistent. In this journey, you will learn how light can transform your creations using the power of Nomad Sculpt. Get ready to embark on a luminous adventure that will illuminate your artistic path.

Course Overview

In this comprehensive online course, you will discover the intricacies of 3D lighting techniques using the versatile Nomad Sculpt platform. From understanding the essentials of light interaction to creating breathtaking lighting setups, each module will empower you to harness the full potential of your creations.

What You’ll Gain

By enrolling in 3D Lighting 101 with Nomad Sculpt, you will gain a deep understanding of how light influences both the physical and 3D worlds. Uncover the secrets behind dynamic lighting arrangements that breathe life into your 3D models and sculptures. Whether you’re aiming for realism or fantasy, you’ll acquire the skills needed to craft captivating visuals.

Who This Course is For

This course caters to individuals of all levels, especially those eager to enhance their 3D projects with mesmerizing lighting effects. Beginners will find a supportive environment to learn the fundamentals, while experienced artists can refine their techniques and explore advanced concepts. If you’re passionate about expressing your creativity through 3D design, this course is your beacon of light.

Getting Started

Before diving into the fascinating world of 3D lighting, it’s essential to lay the groundwork. Familiarize yourself with the course structure, resources, and the tools you’ll be using. With a solid foundation, you’ll be better equipped to absorb the upcoming modules.

Understanding Roughness & Metalness

Explore the critical concepts of roughness and metalness in the context of lighting. Discover how these factors influence the way light interacts with different materials, and learn how to create realistic surface textures that respond authentically to illumination.

Creating Captivating Glow Effects

Elevate your creations by adding enchanting glow effects. Uncover techniques to make certain elements of your scene radiate with brilliance, capturing attention and evoking emotions. Harness the power of light to guide the viewer’s gaze and create focal points that tell compelling stories.

Mastering the Art of Adding Lights

Lights are your brushes, and the canvas is your scene. Master the skill of strategically placing lights to evoke specific moods and highlight essential details. Understand the types of lights available and their distinct characteristics, allowing you to craft the perfect atmosphere for your project.

Exploring Lighting Color Shapes

Color is a potent tool that shapes emotions and narratives. Delve into the world of lighting color theory and discover how hues can influence perception. Learn to harmonize colors, create contrasts, and infuse your scenes with emotion through thoughtful color choices.

Balancing Color & Roughness

Dive deeper into the symbiotic relationship between color and roughness. Understand how different materials reflect and refract light, affecting the overall appearance of your scene. Gain insights into achieving harmony between these elements to create visually striking compositions.

Developing a Lighter Theme

Transition into creating lighter themes that exude positivity and vibrancy. Explore techniques to infuse your scenes with a sense of lightness, both in terms of visual aesthetics and emotional impact. Learn to evoke joy and optimism through your lighting choices.

Prepping the Nugget Project

Embark on a hands-on journey as you prepare for the Nugget Project. Lay the groundwork and gather your resources to ensure a smooth execution of your lighting masterpiece. Learn the importance of project planning and organization.

Shining Light on the Astro Nugget

In this module, you’ll apply your newfound knowledge to the Astro Nugget project. Illuminate this 3D creation with precision and creativity, transforming it into a radiant spectacle. Experience the culmination of your learning journey as you bring your skills to life.


Congratulations on completing the 3D Lighting 101 course with Nomad Sculpt! You’ve unlocked the secrets of creating captivating lighting setups that elevate your 3D creations. With your newfound expertise, you have the power to shape emotions, narratives, and visual experiences through the art of light.


  1. Q: Is this course suitable for beginners? A: Absolutely! This course caters to learners of all skill levels, including beginners eager to explore the world of 3D lighting.
  2. Q: What software do I need for this course? A: This course primarily focuses on lighting concepts using Nomad Sculpt. It’s recommended to have access to this software for hands-on practice.
  3. Q: Can I apply these techniques to other 3D applications? A: Yes, the principles of lighting explored in this course are applicable to various 3D applications, enhancing your overall understanding of light interaction.
  4. Q: Will I receive a certificate upon completion? A: Yes, upon successfully finishing the course, you’ll receive a certificate that acknowledges your newfound expertise in 3D lighting.
  5. Q: How long do I have access to the course materials? A: Once you enroll, you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials, allowing you to revisit and reinforce your learning at your own pace.

Enroll now to illuminate your 3D journey with the magic of light! Your artistic creations will never be the same again.