This page gives information about the Unclamped Color Render Element.


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The Unclamped Color Render Element is a color image that shows the original colors that were clamped or adjusted with Color Mapping. This render element is useful in the compositing process for enhancing extreme colors (very bright or very dark) or for shading the final image with the unclamped colors.

When Color Mapping is used, the values that are clamped depend on whether the Clamp Output option has been enabled, as well as the rest of the Color Mapping parameters.





UI Path: ||Render Setup window|| > Render Elements tab > Add button > VRayUnclampedColor




This render element is enabled through the Render Elements tab of the Render Setup window in 3ds Max and displays its parameters in a rollout at the bottom of the window:




vrayVFB – When enabled, the render element appears in the V-Ray Virtual Frame Buffer.

deep output – Specifies whether to include this render element in deep images.

color mapping –  Applies the color mapping options specified in the Color mapping rollout of the V-Ray tab in the Render Setup window to this render element. This option is disabled by default. It is not recommended that this option be enabled, because doing so will negate the unclamped values the render element is designed to show.

multiplier – Sets the overall intensity of the render element, where 1.0 is the standard multiplier.

add background – When enabled, adds the background to the render element.




Unclamped Color Render Element
(with add background disabled)


Beauty Composite Render


Composite using Unclamped Color,
made warmer