Zoo 1: Package Assets & Light Presets

Maya: Zoo Tools Pro 1

In This Class You’ll Access…
Please Note: This page is outdated
See the new Zoo2 pages .

Light Presets
HDR Skydomes
Model Assets
Old Zoo Tools version 1 Page
The Zoo Tools Light Suite and Assets help you light instantly in Maya.

Once logged in you can download the Zoo Tools Pro presets/assets and view the training and documentation. You’ll see how to download and install the presets, instantly light your models, save presets and create thumbnails etc.

Also see the Zoo Tools Pro installation page here .


Quick Start Tutorials In Each Renderer

Here are live demo’s in each renderer. The unlocked page includes more tutorials in further detail.

Arnold Quick Start


Redshift Quick Start


Renderman Quick Start


Included HDRI Images


Purchase Information

You can keep the tools, assets and presets with any site purchase. There is no expiry on downloads.

Purchase subscription here .

Unsubscribe instructions can be found on the FAQ Page .


This Page Includes

Zoo Package Assets x 21 (models)
Light Presets x 138
HDR Skydome Images x 92

Our presets support Arnold 5, Redshift 2 and Renderman 21+ for Maya 2017 and above.


HDRI Images

A big thank you for the 2k HDRI Skydomes from…


Download more free HDRI images and purchase high-resolution images from their respective sites.


Royalty-free models

“Batman” by the talented Mauricio García DC Comics (Edu use only)
“Oris Watch” by R. Chavez

Other create3dcharacters.com characters modeled/animated by Andrew. Thanks to all of the 2d character designers here!

James Castillo (Murfish) “Croc” 2d design and concept
Javier Burgos “Styracosaurus” 2d design and concept
Guy Jamieson & Deanna Hewitt “Robo” 2d design and concept
Kim Allen & Chee Ghee “Zanzi” 2d design and concept
Ville Sinkkonen “Pleased Dragon” 2d design and concept
Irena Bendeich Two Legged Robo Ball animation
And various models by Andrew Silke


Place Reflection

The Place Reflection script is by Ingo Clemmens from braverabbit.com


Full Page Info & Running Time

Running Time: 1:31 hrs
Software: Maya 2018
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 1:31 hrs

1. Getting Started - Install & Quick Start (27 mins)

1.1 – Installing (4:46 mins)
1.2 – Arnold Quick Start (6:07 mins)
1.3 – Redshift Quick Start (6:05 mins)
1.4 – Renderman Quick Start (8:20 mins)
1.5 – Beta Issues (2:16 mins)

2. Light Presets (28 mins)

2.1 – Preset Settings (4:28 mins)
2.2 – Preset Scale (1:25 mins)
2.3 – Included Presets (3:30 mins)
2.4 – Place Reflection (2:03 mins)
2.5 – Editing Lights (4:26 mins)
2.6 – Copy & Paste (1:26 mins)
2.7 – Save Light Presets (3:27 mins)
2.8 – Thumbnail Light Presets (1:28 mins)
2.9 – Chrome Macbeth Scene (3:02 mins)
2.91 – zooScene Preset Files (1:45 mins)
2.911 – Skydome Path Note (1:10 mins)

3. HDR IBL Skydome Browser (16 mins)

3.1 – HDRI Settings (5:31 mins)
3.2 – Mix Presets & HDRs (1:56 mins)
3.3 – Create Thumbnails (5:47 mins)
3.4 – HDRI & Maya Proj (1:00 mins)
3.5 – .tex & .tx (2:12 mins)

4. Zoo Package Assets (19 mins)

4.1 – Package Settings 1 (3:52 mins)
4.2 – Package Turntable (2:49 mins)
4.3 – Alembic Anim (2:17 mins)
4.4 – Packages Explained (2:22 mins)
4.5 – .zooScene Explained (2:22 mins)
4.6 – Create New Package (3:07 mins)
4.7 – Save Package (3:00 mins)
Subscribe now! Cancel Anytime, Keep Tools and Assets Forever!


  1. ctho1208
    March 9, 2019 at 1:28 am ·

    Hi Andrew,
    It doesn’t work when I clicked the Place Reflection bottom you demoed in Video 2.4, I did install the script. Any idea what is going wrong?

    • Andrew Silke
      March 9, 2019 at 11:18 am ·

      It should just work, there is no need to install any extras. Can you open the script editor and let me know if there are any errors when you click on the buttons? Make sure you have a light selected before running.

  2. Vi Nguyen Nang
    May 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm ·

    hi Andrew,
    It has suport for Maya 2017?

    • Andrew Silke
      February 8, 2020 at 1:21 am ·

      Yes should be ok in 2017

  3. kenycastro700
    June 8, 2019 at 7:52 am ·

    Andrew, I’m in love with zoo tools, however, I can’t find a tutorial talking about zoo shaders using displacement maps and the mattes AOVs :(, I honestly think that $10 doesn’t do it justice of how good this is! I can’t wait for zoo tools 2,

  4. alextar
    June 13, 2019 at 10:39 am ·

    Hey Andrew! Do these work on viewport 2.0 at all?

    • Andrew Silke
      February 8, 2020 at 1:14 am ·

      Sorry Alex, I’ve only noticed that my notifications were getting spam filtered (face palm). Yes, but only in Arnold, there is word that Autodesk is making generic HDRIs that will work in all renderers, so we are holding out for those.

  5. himdavamapire
    July 25, 2019 at 10:50 pm ·

    where i can find the keyboard shortcuts for maya

  6. gobi.deagle
    July 29, 2019 at 9:10 pm ·

    Video 1.1 to Video 3.5 are not available because of its own privacy settings.

    • Andrew Silke
      July 31, 2019 at 9:26 am ·

      Hi Dominic, I’ve just checked the settings and the settings are all good. The only issues with videos like this are potential conflicts with web plugins which re-route the site. So some plugins can make it seem like your browser is not connected to create3dcharacters.com.

      Try reloading the page or a different browser. Disconnect any web plugins that may be re-routing the website. Let me know how you go. This issue will affect all videos. So it may just be a page refresh is all you need.

  7. Noelia Veliz
    November 13, 2019 at 12:42 am ·

    Hi Andrew,
    I’m having problems installing Packages Assets, IBL and Light presets. When I put them in their place Maya sends me this error
    # Error: WindowsError: file C:/Users/user/Documents/maya/2018/scripts/create3dcharacters/zooToolsPro\zoo\libs\maya\utils\files.py line 27: 5 #

    • Andrew Silke
      November 14, 2019 at 10:01 am ·

      Hi Noelia, I’ll email you privately. This error seems to be it’s having trouble finding your temp directory which is necessary for some of our operations. I’ll email you to follow this up.

  8. yang wenyu
    December 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm ·

    Please tell me why the material conversion function of renderman to arnold does not support link texmap?

    • Andrew Silke
      February 8, 2020 at 1:16 am ·

      We just have been building Zoo Tools 2 and we have been behind with small little things, texture support is on the top of our list now that Zoo2 is up and running.

  9. Lauro Gutierrez
    February 5, 2020 at 4:17 am ·

    Hi, im having a problem, im in Maya 2018 it says this and i need to use it in maya 2018…

    The shelf “C3dC” has items that cannot be read.

    Is there a solution for it?

    • Andrew Silke
      February 8, 2020 at 1:22 am ·

      Hi Lauro, email me at info@create3dcharacters.com and we can sort out issues like this. I can email you the shelf, sometimes it corrupts, that might be it.

  10. Derek Chow
    February 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm ·

    Hello Andrew,

    I can’t seem to figure out why my skydomes are not rendering. Upon a little research, some say if I update my Arnold to version 4 it will fix it (currently MtoA in Maya2018 and MtoA 4.0 in Maya2020). Tried opening in both Maya versions and still no luck.

    Thank you in advance. I’ve learned so much from this curriculum already:)

  11. Derek Chow
    February 20, 2020 at 12:19 am ·

    Figured it out with some fiddling. It was that the camera visibility attribute on the skydome’s shape node needed to be set to a value other than zero.

    • Andrew Silke
      February 25, 2020 at 12:58 pm ·

      Good to hear. btw in Zoo2 there is a checkbox when you create the skydomes, “Background Vis” that should also affect the skydome in the same way when you create (or edit) it. In Zoo 1 it should be in the bottom bar too.

  12. mustfa_ysfi
    September 20, 2020 at 3:55 am ·

    hi Andrew for me preset is not working im trying to save light preset but it show empty folder

Leave a reply