Blender 2.8 and newer contains a number of HDRi's in it by default for LookDev. I'd like to know how to use them in final renders (EEVEE or Cycles), because quite frankly they appear fantastic.

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    $\begingroup$ Note that these images are only 1024×512. I think all of them are available in higher resolution on HDRI Haven (e.g., forest.exr is Ninomaru Teien). $\endgroup$
    – Stephen
    Jan 10, 2020 at 14:07

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The default HDR images can be found in your installation folder:

  • [Windows] - C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender <version>\<version>\Datafiles\Studiolights\World\
  • [MacOS] - /Applications/Blender/Contents/Resources/<version>/Datafiles/Studiolights/World/
  • [Linux] - /opt/Blender <version>/<version>/Datafiles/Studiolights/World/

In the World section, set the surface type to Background and the Color to use Environment Texture. Then select the HDR image you would like to use:

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  • $\begingroup$ Would have been useful if we can read anything about the node setup on your image :/ $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2019 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ Take a look at this link (minute 9:29) vimeo.com/308999212 it's basically CTRL + T $\endgroup$
    – Emir
    May 1, 2019 at 1:56
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    $\begingroup$ wondering, is there a way to achieve blur effect of background like lookdev $\endgroup$
    – RUben
    Jun 6, 2019 at 15:43
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    $\begingroup$ Blender 2.8: The previews just got better than your renders ;) $\endgroup$
    – TobTobXX
    Aug 23, 2019 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ In 2.90.0 I required Environment texture node, not Image Texture node... with the image node it did not render at all. $\endgroup$
    – DAG
    Nov 4, 2020 at 18:10

Here is a list of corresponding HDRIs from HDRI Haven in full resolution.

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  1. City > Portland Landing Pad
  2. Courtyard > Courtyard
  3. Forest > Ninomaru Teien
  4. Interior > Hotel Room
  5. Night > Moonless Golf
  6. Studio > Studio Small
  7. Sunrise > Spruit Sunrise
  8. Sunset > Venice Sunset

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