This page gives an overview of the Beauty Render Elements and explains how they are used as layers to composite together.


The Beauty Render Elements are the primary render elements that form V-Ray's pre-composited final render Beauty | RGB Color. When rendering a scene, the image that is output is called the Beauty render. This render is comprised of many elements such as diffuse color, shadows, lighting, and reflections that are composited together to form that final Beauty look. All these component elements can be broken out into separate render elements, which can be used to control different aspects of the final image during compositing.

With this workflow, sometimes called "Back to Beauty" Compositing, many components in the render from its lighting, reflections, and refractions, to its shadows and Global Illumination can be easily adjusted to fine-tune the Beauty render without the need to re-render the scene, saving time and increasing artistic options.

More information on the process of Back to Beauty Compositing can be found on the Beauty | RGB Render Element page.



Render Element Examples

The following are examples of render elements frequently used in Back to Beauty Compositing.



Beauty Render Element


Alpha Render Element


Diffuse Filter Render Element




Specular Render Element


Global Illumination Render Element


Raw Global Illumination Render Element




Light Render Element


Light Select Render Element


Raw Lighting Render Element




Total Lighting Render Element


Raw Total Light Render Element


Reflection Render Element




Raw Reflection Render Element


Reflection Filter Render Element


Refraction Render Element




Raw Refraction Render Element


Refraction Filter Render Element


Shadow Render Elements




Raw Shadow Render Element


Matte Shadow Render Element


Atmospheric Effects Render Element




Caustics Render Element


Self Illumination Render Element


Subsurface Shading Render Element



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