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This page gives some basic details about the Shadow Raw render element and explains how it is used.

 

Overview


The Shadow Raw Render Element stores information about cast shadows calculated from the lighting in the scene. It is a "reverse" image in the sense that white areas indicate shadows while black areas indicate no shadow.

 

 


 

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Properties


The Shadow Raw render element has no controllable properties.

 

 

Common Uses  


The Raw Shadows Render Element is useful for changing the appearance of shadowed areas after rendering in a compositing or image editing application. Below is an example of its use, where the Raw Shadows are added (plus) with the  vrayRE_Raw_Light pass.

 

 


Shadow Raw Render Element

 


Original Beauty Composite

 

 

 


Shadows lightened by adding the Raw Shadow Render Element

 

 

Underlying Compositing Equation


Shadow Raw x Diffuse = Shadow

 

 

 

Notes


  • Shadows can be both added and subtracted at a composite level without rerendering using the Shadow Render Elements.

  • Shadows can be color corrected using the Shadow Render Elements.