This page gives information on the MultiMatte Render Element.


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The Multimatte Render Element creates red, green, and blue selection masks based on an object's Object ID (G-Buffer ID) or Material ID. With this render element , only three colors are possible: red, green, and blue. Compare with other matte render elements, which can include a multitude of colors to represent each material or object in a scene with a different color. With Multimatte, a single R, G, or B channel can be used directly as a matte, eliminating the step of selecting the color in the compositing software. This ease of use makes Multimatte a popular choice for compositors.

The Multimatte Render Element includes antialiasing.

To represent all the objects or materials in a scene with just the available red, green, and blue colors, several Multimatte Render Elements can be generated for a single rendering, each with different Material ID or Object ID settings.

Note: The Object ID can be assigned to an object in 3ds Max in the Object Properties dialog's G-Buffer section. A Material ID can be assigned to a material in the 3ds Max Material Editor.


UI Path

||Render Setup window||  > Render Elements  tab  > Add  button  > MultiMatteElement


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 frame buffer.

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

RBuf ON   Causes the red channel to be rendered.

RBuf ID   Sets the ID used for the red channel.

GBuf ON   – Causes the green channel to be rendered.

GBuf ID   –  Sets the ID used for the green channel.

BBuf ON   – Causes the blue channel to be rendered.

BBuf ID   –  Sets the ID used for the blue channel.

isMATID  – When disabled, Multimatte considers the RBuf ID, GBuf ID, and BBuf ID values to be the Object ID (G-Buffer ID) and renders the R, G, and B channels accordingly. When enabled, these values are considered to be the Material ID.

affect matte objects  – Sets whether to include matte objects when generating the render element. A matte object is an object that has been assigned a Wrapper Material with the Matte surface option enabled.

Red include / exclude   – Opens a dialog for selecting objects to be included or excluded from the red ID.

Green include / exclude –  Opens a dialog for selecting objects to be included or excluded from the green ID.

Blue include / exclude Opens a dialog for selecting objects to be included or excluded from the blue ID.

In the include/exclude lists, if you include an object that is already included for a different color due to its Material ID or Object ID, or if you explicitly include an object on more than one list, the colors are added together to give the final color in the MultiMatte render element. For example, if you indicate a Material ID for the Red channel and include one of the objects with that Material ID in the Green list, the object will appear in the render element as yellow (red + green).

Common Uses

The Multimatte Render Element is useful for isolating geometry in a scene. While other matte render elements perform similar tasks, Multimatte is often quicker to use in compositing software because it can be made to include only pure red, green, and blue channels to represent objects in the scene. Compositing software often has a feature for easily selecting the red, green, or blue channels in an image for use as mattes.



Multimatte Render Element


Matte created in composite by using only the blue channel




Original Beauty render


Back wall color-corrected using matte created from
Multimatte blue channel (as a mask in composite)





  • Starting with V-Ray Next, MultiMatte Render Element is not affected by Color Correction Exposure in the VFB.