This page provides information on the Matte Shadow Render Element.
The Matte Shadow Render Element shows areas where light doesn't reach. While technically not part of the Beauty render elements, the Matte Shadow Render Element can be used to lighten cast shadows by adding it to the Raw Lighting Render Element. It can also be used to assist in adding 3D elements to a background in the composite.
UI Path: ||Render Elements panel|| > Lighting rollout > Shadow Density - Matte Shadow
The Matte Shadow Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of shadowed areas in compositing or image editing software. Below are examples of its use.
Matte Shadow Render Element
Original Beauty Composite
Shadows lightened by adding to the
Raw Lighting Render Element in composite
Shadows warmed by combining a color-corrected Matte Shadow
added to the Raw Lighting Render Element
As seen in the render above, users can use the Matte Shadow render element to brighten and or tint dark unlit areas of a render by adding the Matte Shadow at a lower opacity (such as 30-50%) to Raw Lighting. Doing so lifts the unlit areas of the render as shown in the diagram below.