This page provides information on the GI Render Element.


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The GI Render Element is a color image that stores indirect lighting information coming from reflected diffuse light in a scene (without direct light and reflection contributions) when Indirect Illumination is enabled. It is a combination of diffuse coefficient and indirect illumination.

This element may be used directly in Back to Beauty compositing and adjusted for brightness and color to control the final image easily.

For even more control of indirect illumination without re-rendering the scene, the GI render element may be re-assembled by multiplying the Raw GI Render Element by the Diffuse Filter Render Element:

Raw GI x Diffuse Filter = GI




UI Path: ||Render Elements panel|| > Shading rollout > Diffuse Shading (Indirect) - GI


Common Uses  

The GI Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of Indirect lighting after rending in a compositing or image editing software. Below are a couple of examples of its use.



GI Render Element


Original Beauty Composite




Darkened GI


Tinted GI




Compositing Formula

Raw GI x Diffuse Filter = GI