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 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.